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SPOTIFY CEO DANIEL EK ANNOUNCES LED ZEPPELIN DEAL, FREE MOBILE SERVICE AT NEW YORK HQ

Spotify on Wednesday made the launch of a free streaming service for tablets, both iPads and Android devices, and other mobile devices official. So far, mobile access required users to pay for a premium version of the otherwise free -- advertising-supported -- service.
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BEASTIE BOYS VS. GOLDIEBLOX: NEW COUNTERSUIT AS UNIVERSAL MUSIC WATCHES CLOSELY

The dispute isn't over -- after pulling the Beastie Boys' "Girls" from one viral advertisement, the toy company could also find itself facing claims over music from Daft Punk and others in more ads.
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‘SPIDER-MAN’ CO-PRODUCER MICHAEL COHL ON TAKING SHOW TO LAS VEGAS AND POSSIBLE 2016 ARENA TOUR (Q&A)

From his roots as a strip club operator turned concert impresario in Canada, Cohl, Billboard’s first Legend of Live, became a live entertainment titan as a producer of all the Rolling Stones tours from 1989's Steel Wheels through their last, the $558 million-grossing (according to Boxscore) Bigger Bang tour of 2005-07.
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'12 YEARS A SLAVE' LEADS A SOUNDTRACK REVIVAL

Film studios are providing a rare fourth quarter in which honest-to-god musical history is explored in fact-based scripted films. "Saving Mr. Banks," the story of how Walt Disney turned the Mary Poppins stories into a musical with Richard and Robert Sherman, and "Inside Llewyn Davis," a fictional ramble through Greenwich Village's pre-Bob Dylan folk scene, are both stellar examples of creative storytelling driven by existing songs. A less obvious member of this new wave is "12 Years a Slave."
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GARTH BROOKS EARNS NINTH NO. 1 ALBUM, BRITNEY SPEARS DEBUTS AT NO. 4

Garth Brooks earns his ninth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 this week, as his new boxed set, "Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences," jumps 3-1 in its second week.
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EMINEM, RIHANNA RULE HOT 100 WITH 'THE MONSTER'

Eminem and featured artist Rihanna roar 2-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with their collaboration "The Monster," which gives each artist a new slice of history in the chart's 55-year archives. The song also shoots 4-1 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart, where Rihanna adds more accolades.
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YLVIS' 'THE FOX' IS YOUTUBE'S TOP TRENDING VIDEO OF 2013

Ylvis still doesn't know what the fox says, but the Norwegian duo can take comfort: Its viral hit exploring that question has been named YouTube's top trending video of 2013. Also in the top trending videos category revealed Wednesday: a military version of "Harlem Shake," a Chatroulette take on Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" and Jean-Claude Van Damme's "Epic Splits" for Volvo.
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YOUTUBE ADVERTISING REVENUE SURGES 50% TO $5.6BN

Advertisers will spend a projected $5.6bn on YouTube in 2013, an increase of more than 50 per cent on the previous year, according to a report that underlines a shift away from traditional television ads.
Financial Times


RETAILERS FINE-TUNE STORE MUSIC TO REFLECT BRAND, MAKE YOU WANT TO SHOP

Retailers are fine-tuning their stores' playlists as they wake up to the power of music to communicate a brand message and put shoppers in the mood to spend. One shopper's favorite song can make another shopper cringe.
Wall Street Journal


EUROPEAN COPYRIGHT LAWS LEAD TO RARE MUSIC RELEASES

Thanks to a provision in the European Union’s new copyright law, fans of some musicians who made recordings in the 1960s are likely to be treated, for the foreseeable future, to annual batches of previously unissued material. But because artists and record labels are apparently unhappy about being forced to release material they would rather keep in the vaults, collectors need to be quick and alert.
New York Times


WHAT DOES AN $800 TICKET TO WU-TANG CLAN’S NEW YEAR’S EVE DENVER SHOW GET YOU?

When it was announced last month, Wu-Tang Clan‘s Wu-Year’s Eve became one of Colorado’s most unexpected New Year’s Eve shows of the year. But what shocked us as much as the sudden opportunity to see Ghostface Killah, Method Man and Raekwon at Denver’s Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom on the biggest party night of the year was the price range.
Reverb


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