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The streaming music service on Thursday publicly announced a multi-year licensing deal with Merlin, a British agency that negotiates digital licensing deals on behalf of its 20,000 members, including Kobalt, Epitaph Records, Beggars Group, Merge and other independent labels.
Paul McGuinness, legendary U2 manager and winner of this year's Billboard Industry Icon Award, does not mince words. Not only did he deliver one of Midem's best speeches at the award's ceremony, but he also gave a fantastic follow-up interview discussing life after U2, his thoughts on major tech firms, the Midem conference and why he's not afraid to jump into the fray.
Fresh from landing his third No. 1 debut on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart with “Odio” (featuring Drake), bachata star Romeo Santos led the charge as the top finalist for the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards, presented by State Farm and broadcasting live April 24 on Telemundo.
Pandora Inc. on Wednesday posted an improved financial quarter with higher revenue and profits, but skittish investors nevertheless pushed the Internet radio company's stock down more than 8% immediately after the report.
Susan Wojcicki, Google VP ads and commerce, replaces Google SVP Salar Kamangar as head of its online video platform.
Mars' second album, "Unorthodox Jukebox," flies from No. 18 to No. 7 on the Billboard 200 chart with 42,000 -- up 180%, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His first album, "Doo-Wops & Hooligans," jumps from No. 82 to No. 19 with 16,000 (up 303%).
Danielle Smith, a former executive at Warner Music Group, was arraigned on a charge of first-degree grand larceny after Smith allegedly embezzled $1.3 million from her former employer.
SoundExchange celebrated its 10th anniversary with a record $170.4 million paid out to artists in the fourth quarter of last year, with a total all-time high of $590.4 million for the year, a 28% increase over 2012.
Former "American Idol" star Clay Aiken is officially running for Congress. The season two runner-up announced his candidacy in a video posted on Wednesday. Aiken is running for the House of Representatives seat in North Carolina's second district, looking to unseat second-term Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers.
Townsquare Media, a web media, radio, live event and advertising servicing company, has announced its partnership with Hype Machine, the long-running music discovery engine and aggregator launched in 2005.
The European Parliament has passed a bill on Tuesday (4 February) making it easier for online music streaming sites to provide services in several European countries, with the aim of boosting entrepreneurship in online music services.
Digital music and Rogers came of age together: from a five-year-old record collector to a web designer for the Beastie Boys in 1993, the Beats Music CEO launched their new premium streaming service in January.
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