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MICHAEL RAPINO, LIVE NATION CEO, ON BANNER YEAR, EXPANDING MGMT HOLDINGS, 'EXPLODING' GLOBAL MARKET, WAY MORE (VIDEO Q&A)

Michael Rapino, CEO of Live Nation Entertainment, is having a banner year. In addition to record-setting revenues, Live Nation is expanding its management roster with the addition of U2 and Madonna along with their respective managers Paul McGuinness and Guy Oseary. 
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HOW ASTRALWERKS WON THE PORTER ROBINSON BIDDING WAR

After a process that reportedly had Robinson shopping a near-complete album to a variety of majors and EDM-focused indies, the young star landed at the label (an imprint of Capitol in the U.S. and Virgin EMI in the U.K.) -- precisely, he says, because of its non-EDM credentials.
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SONY MUSIC, SONY/ATV COULD BE UNDER PRESSURE AS SONY HIRES BAIN FOR $100M COST CUTS

Sony Entertainment has hired Bain & Company to look for at least $100 million in cost-savings, the New York Times reported. But early speculation about the move is that it will impact Sony Pictures more than Sony Music Entertainment or Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which fall under the Sony Entertainment umbrella.
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TARGET TAKES THE LEAD AS LABELS' FAVORITE BIG BOX (FROM THE MAGAZINE)

While Walmart may still sell more music, in the eyes of record label executives Target’s marketing prowess has helped the Minneapolis-based merchant pull neck and neck with the Bentonville, Ark.-based discount store operation.
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CHINA TO UNDERTAKE SWEEPING CULTURAL REFORMS AS COUNTRY LOOKS TO FOSTER INDUSTRY

Plans for a new court to protect intellectual property rights and reform of state companies in the cultural arena to allow greater private input were among the Hollywood-friendly reforms announced in a landmark 60-point roadmap by China's ruling Communist Party.
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MADONNA AND MUSIC PRODUCER WIN 'VOGUE' SAMPLING LAWSUIT

A lawsuit claiming that Madonna and producer Robert "Shep" Pettibone illegally sampled a tune on her 1990 international hit "Vogue," has been resolved with a ruling favor of the defendants.
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DICK WINGATE LAUNCHES BHI MUSIC GROUP

Music industry veteran Dick Wingate has launched the new artist development label BHi Music Group (BHiMG). The label’s first signings are blues-rock act Jon & the Jones and rock trio AM Aesthetic.
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R KELLY DENIES CLAIMS THAT HE HIRED AN IMPOSTOR TO PERFORM CONCERT

R Kelly has denied allegations that he sent an impostor to perform in his place at a recent gig in Louisiana. 2,200 people showed up for Kelly's 26 October appearance in Monroe, Louisiana, each paying between $35 (£22) and $150 (£93) for tickets.
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BETWEEN ART AND BUSINESS: A MUSICIAN AS A STARTUP

I'm Tommy and I'm a musician. I moved to London 10 months ago, knowing nobody. Early days, I didn't want to feel alone, so I started peering with other musicians, asking them about music in London. The most common  - not so surprising - answer was inevitable: "I can't figure out how to make a living from my music!", despite London's vastness of opportunities. "Why?", I tended to ask?
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SAMSUNG SELLS GALAXY GEAR WITH HELP OF MILEY CYRUS' UNDERGEAR

For on the Samsung UK Twitter feed was an image of trim undergear, a picture of the company's Galaxy Gear and the words: "Hey Miley. You should have a look at our Gear." In order to help you grasp the humor, a tagline offered: "For performers who usually have no pockets for a phone."
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SEAN COMBS UNVEILS REVOLT.TV, THE MOBILE "MTV FOR MILLENNIALS"

Less than a month after launching, Sean “Diddy” Combs's Revolt music channel debuts a new website at Revolt.TV, which aims to integrate with the broadcast channel to create a multi-platform “MTV for millennials.”
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