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GETTING ON THE ITUNES HOME PAGE: WHAT IT MEANS AND HOW TO GET THERE

The most valued position at iTunes is home-page placement. And why wouldn’t it be? iTunes’ home page is the digital equivalent of a CD display near the entrance of a Tower Records. Prime placement all but guarantees people will see your product. But the impact will vary for a number of reasons.
Billboard.biz


BUSINESS MATTERS: WHAT THE SPOTIFY-VODAFONE PARTNERSHIP MEANS TO THE U.S. MARKET

News that Spotify has formed a partnership with Vodafone in Ireland is fairly routine. Such partnerships are commonplace, and Spotify has partners throughout Europe. But one news report contained a bit of information that shows the value of a mobile partnership to money-losing startup: the partnership is being supported by a $2 million marketing campaign.
Billboard.biz


LAYOFFS HIT RDIO

"Rdio confirms making workforce reductions yesterday to improve its cost structure and ensure a scalable business model for the long-term," Nada Antoun, director of Global Public Relations at Rdio, said in a statement.
Billboard.biz


ELVIS PRESLEY'S INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS SOLD TO AUTHENTIC BRANDS

Authentic Brands Group said Tuesday it has bought Elvis Presley's intellectual property from CORE Media Group and is partnering with the founder of another company to operate the Graceland tourist attraction.
Billboard.biz


FILM, TV, OTHER COPYRIGHT INDUSTRIES ADD $1 TRILLION TO U.S. ECONOMY IN 2012 (STUDY)

Those employed in these industries, which include music, books, software, video games and more, earn 33 percent more than the average U.S. worker, according to a study by the Intellectual Property Alliance. The “core” copyright industries, which include motion pictures and other entertainment product, added more than $1 trillion to the U.S. economy for the first time in a single year in 2012, a trade group said Tuesday.
Billboard.biz


SFX ACQUIRES MAJOR GERMAN PROMOTER I-MOTION FOR $21 MILLION

i-Motion, the long-established German dance event promoter founded in 1994, has been acquired by Robert Sillerman's SFX Entertainment for $16 million in cash and $5 million in stock. The acquisition was already known to be in the works as early as this summer, when SFX was still planning the IPO it held in early October.
Billboard.biz


LADY GAGA TO PLAY FINAL SHOWS AT ROSELAND BALLROOM IN NYC

When New York City's  Roseland Ballroom shuts its doors this April, it will certainly go out in style. Today, Lady Gaga announced plans to close out the venue with a string of four concerts: March 28, 30, 31, and April 2.
Billboard.biz


JEAN MICHEL JARRE NAMED AS KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR MIDEM 2014

Electronic music pioneer Jean Michel Jarre has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the 2014 Midem trade fair in Cannes, where he will sit for a special Q&A on the subject “Fair Share for Creators.”
Billboard.biz


THE WORLD'S HIGHEST-PAID MUSICIANS 2013

Lady Gaga and Madonna have a superstar rivalry made in gossip-blog heaven. The former burst onto the scene five years ago with a provocative pop sensibility reminiscent of the latter’s. Last year, Madonna accused Gaga of ripping off one of her songs; this year, the “Born This Way” singer insisted she doesn’t want the Material Girl’s throne.
Forbes


DETROIT'S MUSIC INDUSTRY A $1.1 BILLION BUSINESS THAT CONTRIBUTES $170 MILLION TO ECONOMY, REPORT CLAIMS

A 24-page report released Tuesday by the Anderson Economic Group claims the five-county region is a $1.1 billion business that directly or indirectly employs over 7,000 and contributes $170 million in worker earnings to the local economy.
Mlive


LADY GAGA'S $25 MILLION ART MACHINE CAN'T BUY A REAL HIT

Her new album, "ARTPOP," was conceived as an exploration of what happens when high-brow art meets low-brow pop and if there’s really any difference between the two. It’s a theme broached in her previous albums—and touched on by Kanye West in his oil-painting-turned-music-video for "Power"—but with "ARTPOP," Gaga is trying to position herself as the second coming of Andy Warhol.
Businessweek


KIM DOTCOM ON MEGA, BABOOM'S AD-FUNDED MODEL AND HIS ALBUM RELEASE

In part one of a two part interview, Wired.co.uk spoke to Dotcom about making encryption mainstream through Mega, what it was like working with Black Eyed Peas producer Printz Board on his album Good Times, and how his browser-based music service will compare to iTunes and Spotify.
Wired


KARDASHIAN, BANKS, BIEBER (WHO ISN'T TRYING TO PROFIT ON TECH?)

As Kim Kardashian has put her name to a celebrity video game and Tyra Banks invests in an app that puts pretty pictures on lock screens, we only wait for Bill Murray to launch a "Lost In Translation" iPhone app.
Cnet


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