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AFTER JUDGE'S RULING, PUBLISHING COMPANIES' DIGITAL RIGHTS WITHDRAWAL ANYTHING BUT CLEAR-CUT

While the BMI website says that four of the five largest music publishing catalogs have withdrawn from BMI, sources tell Billboard that most of those publishers have reached a stand-still agreement with digital music services and BMI while they continue to negotiate deals.
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COUNTING CROWS LATEST TO GO TO COURT OVER DIGITAL ROYALTIES

The California band believes that UMG should be treating downloads of hits like "Mr. Jones" and "Round Here" off of venues such as iTunes as licensing rather than sales. The royalty difference is significant: a 50 percent share for the first compared to what's traditionally been about 15 percent for the latter.
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RONNY JORDAN, JAZZ GUITARIST, DEAD AT 51

The guitarist's death was confirmed on Facebook today (Jan. 14) after Jordan's siblings set up a page in his honor. "We appreciate that Ronny has got many fans around the world and so we ask that you keep an eye out for further announcements in relation to his funeral arrangements," Jordan's brother and sister, Rickey and Denise, wrote on the page.
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RICARDO ‘EL MANDRIL’ SANCHEZ NOT RENEWED AT SBS RADIO

Ricardo "El Mandril" Sanchez, once considered the king of Spanish-language radio, is no longer employed by his longtime Los Angeles station KLAX-FM (97.9) La Raza, which is owned by the Spanish Broadcasting System.
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SOUNDEXCHANGE TO MAKE MONTHLY ROYALTY DISTRIBUTIONS

Artists and record labels won't have to wait so long between SoundExchange royalty checks. This month the Washington D.C. performing rights organization will begin paying royalties monthly rather than quarterly to member artists, labels and rights holders that have elected to receive electronic payments.
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THE UPRISING, CHICAGO-BASED EYES & EARS ANNOUNCE MERGER

The Uprising Creative, a Los Angeles-based creative agency, announced today that they have merged with Eyes & Ears Entertainment (E&E), a Chicago-based interactive agency and long-time strategic partner.
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PSYCHEDELIC ROCK POSTER ARTIST GARY GRIMSHAW DEAD AT 67

The rock world lost one of its pioneering concert poster artists on Monday when Gary Grimshaw passed away at the age of 67 in his home town of Detroit after a long battle with a variety of illnesses.
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PAUL MCCARTNEY, RINGO STARR, TAYLOR SWIFT TO PERFORM AT GRAMMY AWARDS

A pair of Fab rock legends will perform at the 56th annual Grammy Awards. It was announced today that Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, who with the Beatles are this year's recipients of the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, will perform at the ceremony, set to take place live from Los Angeles' Staples Center on Jan. 26.
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WHAT’S NET NEUTRALITY? WHAT HAPPENED TO NET NEUTRALITY YESTERDAY? WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? A Q&A FOR THE REST OF US

Net neutrality is dead, and the Internet is in peril. Or, maybe: Net neutrality is dead, and the Internet will be fine. Or, perhaps: Net neutrality is threatened, but can be saved. Or maybe none, or all, of the above?
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NME AWARDS 2014: ARCTIC MONKEYS AND HAIM LEAD NOMINATIONS

Arctic Monkeys lead nominations for the NME Awards 2014, up for eight gongs including Best British Band. The Sheffield band is also in contention for Best Live Band, Best Album, Best Track, Best Music Video, Music Moment Of The Year and Best Fan Community, while frontman Alex Turner is up for Hero of the Year.
Music Week


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