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Warner Music Group has finalized the integration of Parlophone’s roster into its U.S. label structure following the acquisition of the record imprint from Universal Music Group for £487 million (about $765 million) earlier this year, Billboard has learned. Parlophone will remain a frontline label in other international territories.
Daft Punk, the elusive, pioneering French electronic duo whose "Random Access Memories" -- the pair's biggest-selling album which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 -- has topped multitudes of year-end lists and was released in semi-surprise fashion earlier this year, will perform at the Grammy Awards on January 26th, executive producer Ken Ehrlich said.
The BMI/Pandora rate court ruling means if Pandora doesn't cut some kind of deals with publishers like Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG and Kobalt -- who all have notified BMI that come Jan. 1, they intend to withdraw their digital rights -- Pandora could be in copyright violation if they haven’t pulled those songs by that date.
Sony Corp. is reportedly exploring a sale of Gracenote, a subsidiary business that operates a database covering 180 million tracks and whose audio recognition technology is embedded in various mobile devices and music services including Apple Inc.'s iTunes.
/A few guns are always loaded during awards season in Hollywood to try to takedown the competition. The most common tactic is to take aim at the veracity of movies based on true stories, smear campaigns basically, against a filmmaker's interpretation of real events.
Among the parodist's claims were that he had been cheated on digital income, that he helped Sony get equity in YouTube and that he hadn't seen money from the Napster settlement.
WME and its stakeholder Silver Lake Partners have announced an agreement to acquire IMG Worldwide, a rival talent agency and marketing firm with particular depth in sports. WME, the agency run by Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell, came out on top during an auction where bids were submitted on Friday.
After only three days on sale, Beyonce's new self-titled album is the No. 24 biggest-selling album of 2013 in the U.S. With 617,000 sold through Dec. 15, according to Nielsen SoundScan, "Beyonce" is sandwiched between Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" (No. 23 with 633,000) and Kanye West's "Yeezus" (No. 25 with 607,000).
It's hard to imagine, but there was once a time when karaoke didn't exist. Sure, there have long been singalongs and pianomen. And people have made drunken fools of themselves at bars since there were bars. (And before: Alcibiades at Plato's Symposium? Awkward!) But this particular fixture of the festive landscape, the karaoke bar and the machine(s) that enable it: This had a discrete moment of creation.
Yet another chapter in the still not-quite-wrapped tale of the Beastie Boys and the toy company that tried to capitalize off of their legacy. According to court documents obtained by SPIN, GoldieBlox have dropped their pre-emptive lawsuit against Island Def Jam, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, and Universal Music Publishing — originally filed by the toymakers in order to fight for their right to parody Beasties song "Girls" without being accused of copyright infringement.
Moby called Thom Yorke an old man yelling at trains the other week. Upon hearing the news, Yorke - the man who at the dawn of the 21st century loudly tossed away his guitar and embraced electronics - yanked his indie senior citizen bus pass out on twitter and proudly declared himself "A 45-year-old luddite and proud of it."
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