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SPOTIFY SERENADES ARTISTS WITH DATA, COMMERCE

Amid a growing chorus of debate about how much streaming services pay artists, Spotify on Tuesday tried to present its own side of the argument, outlining in a new website how it has paid out $1 billion in music royalties since its launch five years ago.
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CARRIE UNDERWOOD, BRAD PAISLEY: JUDGE ALLOWS LAWSUIT CLAIMING THEY STOLE SONG

Country music superstars Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are suddenly facing a very serious lawsuit after a federal judge in Nashville refused on Tuesday to dismiss a songwriter's claim of having her song stolen to create the duo's platinum-selling song, "Remind Me."
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HOW OUR NEW MAYOR COULD MAKE NEW YORK CITY A MUSIC CAPITAL AGAIN (GUEST POST)

A Mayor’s Office of Music could initially focus on three key areas: encouragement of music production in New York through an extension of “Made in New York” benefits, simplification of the complex permit process associated with starting music venues and festivals, and expansion of public-private partnerships like Spaceworks that provide low-cost rehearsal studio options to the city’s artist community.
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METALLICA SCRAPS ORION FESTIVAL FOR 2014

A spokeswoman for C3 Presents, the Austin, Texas firm that promotes and produces Orion, confirmed that the group's overseas run -- a half-dozen shows announced so far -- will scratch the third Orion.
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'20 FEET' AND 'PUSSY RIOT' DOCS ON OSCAR SHORTLIST

Two documentaries that focus on musicians, "20 Feet from Stardom" and "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer," are among the 15 films advancing in the voting process for the 86th Academy Awards. One hundred forty-seven films had originally qualified in the category.
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TOP 10 ARTISTS SHAZAM EXPECTS TO BREAK IN 2014, BASED ON USER CURIOSITY

When people hold their phones in the air to identify a song, they are essentially saying, “I don’t know what this song is, but I like it.” As such, Shazam has unique insight into where our collective music taste is headed. Which artists are people most curious about? Which ones make them fire up Shazam to tag the song and find out more?
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RUSSIA AMENDS ANTI-PIRACY LAW TO SPECIFY PROCEDURE FOR BLOCKING ILLEGAL CONTENT

New amendments to the Russian anti-piracy law clearly stipulate a procedure for blocking web sites carrying illegitimate content, introducing fines of up to $30,000 for hosting providers and site owners.
Billboard.biz


SPOTIFY VS. PANDORA VS. GROOVESHARK

Spotify has had a hefty place in the music listening market for a couple years now. Where Grooveshark and Pandora once reigned supreme, Spotify has challenged their empires. We realize there are many more options out there for music listening, like Rdio, but these don’t offer as complete a suite of services as the big three music streaming titans. We compare how they stand up against one another.
Digital Trends


MICHAEL JACKSON'S FAMILY TO SEEK NEW TRIAL IN WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT

The family of late singer Michael Jackson has filed court documents indicating they plan to seek a new trial in a wrongful death lawsuit against concert promoter AEG, after a Los Angeles jury cleared the company of liability in October.
Reuters


COPYRIGHT THIEF GIVEN 18-MONTH PRISON SENTENCE

A man who was found to be in possession of one of the largest ever hauls of hi-tech equipment for use in copyright theft ever found in the UK has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Music Week


SENZARI RELEASES A SEARCHABLE MUSICGRAPH SERVICE FOR MAKING MUSICAL CONNECTIONS

Music data company Senzari has launched MusicGraph, a new service for discovering music by searching through graph of over a billion music-related data points.
The Next Web


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