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THOMAS HESSE LEAVING BERTELSMANN AT END OF YEAR

The German media conglomerate, which owns BMG, one of the globe's largest music publishers, issued a statement confirming that its supervisory board met today and Hesse will be released from his role at the company on Dec. 31 2013.
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AEG CEO DAN BECKERMAN ON RANDY PHILLIPS DEPARTURE: ‘IT WAS TIME TO MOVE IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION’

In his first interview since Randy Phillips’ exit as CEO of AEG Live on Monday, Dan Beckerman, president and CEO of parent company Anschutz Entertainment Group, weighed in on Phillips' contributions in building AEG Live into the second largest promoter in the world.
Billboard.biz


INDIE BEAT: AN L.A. HOLIDAY WITH INDEPENDENT LABEL MARKET

In Los Angeles, this holiday season brings plenty of festively lit palm trees, the return of pumpkin spice lattés and a plethora of great indie records on vinyl, too. The Independent Label Market, founded in London in 2011 by Joe Daniel, is returning to L.A. for a third time December 8— this time with a holiday theme.
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BRINGING RECORD STORES BACK TO BLACK: RECORD STORE DAY'S CARRIE COLLITON ON U2, RETAIL CELEBRATION AND... CASSETTES?

On the eve of the Thanksgiving and with Black Friday looming, we took time to catch up with Record Store Day cofounder Carrie Colliton about how her organization is growing, how they get those sweet pieces of special vinyl, and... Cassette Store Day?
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TAME IMPALA, FLUME CLEAN-UP AT THE ARIAS

Tame Impala and Flume were the big winners at the 27th ARIA Awards, taking out the bulk of the night’s biggest categories between them. Kevin Parker’s Tame Impala was named best group, and its critically-lauded “Lonerism” (Modular Recordings) won for best album and best rock album. The hattrick of awards caps a meteoric rise for the psychedelic outfit which has already earned heaps of praise – and trophies – from around the world.
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ITV TO BRING ISRAELI SINGING COMPETITION 'RISING STAR' TO U.K.

The Keshet International hit format, which features real-time voting, has also been picked up by ABC in the U.S., as well as being ordered up for Italian, Hungarian and other versions.
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HMV PULLS LOSTPROPHETS' MUSIC FOLLOWING SINGER’S SEX ABUSE CASE

British entertainment retailer HMV has yanked Lostprophets’ music from its stores and Website after the alternative rock act’s frontman pleaded guilty this week to a series of appalling sexual offenses.
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SONY SEEKS ‘AT LEAST ONE NEW DIRECTOR’

The Japanese media and electronics giant is seeking to add at least one new director and has approached several US-based media executives, according to sources familiar with the search.
New York Post


ONE DIRECTION'S MIDNIGHT MEMORIES BECOMES FASTEST SELLING ALBUM OF 2013

One Direction's Midnight Memories is officially the fastest selling album of 2013. As predicted, the boy band's third full-length has topped the UK chart, more than doubling the sales of Gary Barlow's solo comeback, "Since I Saw You Last."
Guardian


PRESSURE CONTINUES OVER BLOCKING ACCESS TO PIRACY SITES

More site-blocking is afoot in Ireland, where the three major labels and industry body IRMA are going to court today in an effort to get filesharing site Kickass Torrents blocked by telcos Vodafone, UPC, O2, Digiweb and Three.
Music Ally


BEST FOR MUSIC: PS4 OR XBOX ONE?

Let’s get one thing out of the way: Nobody buys a gaming console for music. Yes, modern consoles increasingly run all kinds of non-game apps — especially the entertainment kind — as the manufacturers of just about every type of consumer electronics aim to be the primary interface between people and their favourites 1s and 0s.
Gizmodo


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