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Rap Genius, the online lyric site with financial backing from Silicon Valley heavyweights, has signed its first licensing deal. Billboard has learned the Brooklyn-based startup has a licensing agreement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. A Rap Genius statement says the deal was finalized "earlier this year."
On-demand subscription service Deezer is finally be headed to the world's biggest music market. The France-based service is expected to launch in the United States in 2014, according to a major label source.
Bon Jovi, One Direction, Taylor Swift, P!nk, the Rolling Stones and George Strait were among tonight's (Nov. 14) big winners at the 10th annual Billboard Touring Awards at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. The awards, hosted by the Howard Stern show executive producer Gary Dell’Abate (aka “Baba Booey”), honor the concert industry’s top artists, venues and professionals for the year.
Universal Music Group, the world's largest music company, saw sales grow 7% during the third quarter -- excluding revenues from EMI Recorded Music -- but said it’s on course to achieve the £100 million ($160 million) in cost-savings it predicted when it bought the London-based company.
"The only other thing I would ever consider doing," said Roger Waters, the legendary Pink Floyd frontman, about pursuing a career outside of music, "is starting a church. Then you don't have to pay income tax All you need is the gift of the gab, you need to be able to lie really well and you make a fortune with almost no talent." The career change, after hearing Waters' rather intense keynote Q&A at today's Billboard Touring Conference, hardly seemed like much of a stretch.
“I need to hear about it before anyone else does,” the agent said during a panel on the closing day (Nov. 14) of the Billboard Touring Conference in New York. “Once it’s on the Internet, it’s too late. When I take on an act, it’s very, very new. Sometimes before hardly anyone has heard of them or there are just one or two singles on the internet that are out there.”
Next week, trade representatives from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile and various nations along the Pacific Rim will gather in Salt Lake City to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade treaty that has been in the works for several years. Many of the details of the negotiations have been kept private, but on Wednesday, Wikileaks released a draft of the proposals.
The distorted opening chords of Lou Reed’s The Blue Mask blasted at concert volumes in a space better known for classical performances, prompting children on class trips and workers plugged into laptops to turn their heads to hear the music, which began without warning on Thursday afternoon in New York's Lincoln Center.
Can the publishing industry learn anything from the experience of the music industry? This question was posed by Fundación El Libro at the Professional Conference, held in the last International Book Fair of Buenos Aires, and most recently at September’s International Music Fair of Buenos Aires (BAFIM), where a meeting of representatives from both sectors sought to strengthen ties between two rapidly changing industries.
“Slacker has grown quickly in the past year, adding millions of new listeners on web, in cars and on mobile devices,” said Jim Cady, CEO of Slacker said in a statement. “Partnering with Time Warner Cable helps Slacker continue to grow our audience and reach millions of new consumers every day.”
A Government initiative which aimed to improve music education for children has "not been successful enough", the schools watchdog has said. Music hubs have "failed" to improve music education for all , a new report from Oftsed concluded.
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