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In an era in which the music business has seen unprecedented change and disruption, some things remain constant. The creativity of songwriters and composers lies at the heart of the music business. And the ability of creators and their publishers to get paid for their work is the financial foundation upon which the music industry has been built.
Comcast's proposed $45.2 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable figures to be a hot topic in the nation's capital for months to come.
Despite the hand-wringing about whether all young listeners have migrated to streaming music, many continue to regularly listen to broadcast radio. A survey from Nielsen estimated that about 65.2 million people in the U.S. aged 18 to 34 years listen to traditional broadcast radio each week.
Emmis Communications, the radio and publishing company which owns WQHT (Hot 97) in New York, has announced a deal with YMF Media to purchase two New York radio stations -- WBLS 107.5 FM (the No. 2 station in the market) and WLIB 1190 AM for $131 million in cash.
After 85 years, Oscar is putting on his very first concert, and there are plans to televise future shows worldwide.
Sting, a marathon-length concert dubbed "the greatest one night reggae and dancehall show on earth," is the longest running event on Jamaica's jam-packed music calendar. It is also the only concert on the planet promoted by a 20-year veteran of the Jamaican police force with major sponsors and a large pay-per-view audience.
An appellate court is refusing to grant a rehearing to Michael Jackson's doctor on the appeal of his involuntary manslaughter conviction.
Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung's mobile chief and co-CEO JK Shin reportedly met last week to try and thrash out a settlement to their long-running intellectual property dispute. Sources indicate that the mediation effort was unproductive, which comes as no surprise given the history of animosity between Apple and Samsung and the fact that similar talks were fruitless back in 2012.
As a result of the deal, Comcast would reach 30-million broadband customers out of 92-million U.S. households with high-speed Internet access. Its sheer size and market clout present an opportunity for the Federal Communications Commission to revisit its efforts to regulate broadband Internet access.
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