MTV Unveils Artist.MTV Pages, Tries to Catch MySpace Napping
If a re-launched MySpace isn't going to be the online destination for musicians it once promised to be, maybe MTV is up for the job. MTV today unveiled its long-awaited Artists.MTV platform... Read More HERE:
( Billboard.biz)

Taylor Swift's New Single Set For Record Sales Debut
"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," the first single from Swift's fourth studio album Red, due Oct. 22, appears headed for the upper reaches of next week's Billboard Hot 100 chart, thanks to its immediate acceptance across multiple radio formats and a projected record first-week digital sales total. ( Billboard.biz)

John Malone's Liberty Media Closer To SiriusXM Take Over
John Malone of Liberty Media's stated goal of taking over satellite radio giant SiriusXM has just gotten little closer to becoming a reality. In recent days Liberty spent a reported $225 million on SiriusXM stock purchases and agreed to buy an additional 41 million shares.
(THR)

Deezer Launches in Asia, Now In 91 Countries
Deezer, the rapidly expanding French music streaming service, is launching in Asia starting with Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia.
(TechCrunch)


Obama Web Ad Courting the....EDM Vote?

Is a new web re-election ad (above) released by the Obama campaign featuring DJs going after the all-important…EDM vote? The spot, called DJs for Obama, includes appearances by Dim Mak head Steve Aoki, Adam 12, and D-Nice, DJ Rashida and DJ Irie. (The ad does not include a message from the president saying he approves.)
( L.A. Times)

On Eve of Pussy Riot Verdict, Activists Rally

With a verdict expected on Friday in the trial of Pussy Riot, the jailed Russian punk band/collective arrested last March for staging a protest against Vladimir Putin, events are mushrooming all over the globe. Yesteray, Billlboard.biz featured an exclusive interview with JD Samson of the bands Le Tigre and MEN explaining tonight's NYC rally.
( AP)

Major US Retailers Planning Mobile Payment Inititative
Major U.S. retailers, including Target, Wal-Mart, 7-Eleven and Sunoco, are forming a mobile payment company called the Merchant Customer Exchange. The Wall St. Journal, which broke the story, says the plan is a reaction to Google's mobile Wallet app.
(Fast Company)


Songwriter Claims He Wrote Justin Moore's 'Backwoods'

The song "Backwoods" by Justin Moore, has been downloaded more than 300,000 times and the song's album, on Big Machine, has sold nearly 500,000 copies. Now songwriter Bobby Carmichael claims he wrote the song eight years ago.
(Tennessean)

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