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THE BEATLES CELEBRATED ON 'NIGHT THAT CHANGED AMERICA' 50 YEARS AFTER ED SULLIVAN (REVIEW)

The Beatles' arrival 50 years ago Feb. 9 in black and white is celebrated in musical hues of tangerine, yellow and green on "The Night That Changed America" special that airs Sunday on CBS. History weaves in and around material from throughout the Beatles' career in the 1960s, but it's the Fab Four's later material, worked with vigor by Pharrell Williams, Joe Walsh, Dave Grohl and Gary Clark Jr., that stands out in the interpretations.
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BMG TO BUY TALPA MUSIC

BMG is to acquire Benelux music publisher Talpa Music, a key player in electronic dance music, for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition is expected to be finalized later this month. At that time, BMG will merge its operations in the Netherlands with Talpa Music and will trade under the name BMG Talpa Music.
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FOX CANCELS 'THE X FACTOR'

The writing has been on the wall, given the expensive series' significant ratings declines in the second and third years, but executive producer and star Simon Cowell had been quite vocal about negotiations to keep the show on Fox in some limited capacity.
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SKINNY PUPPY ON INVOICING THE U.S. GOVERNMENT: 'I'M SURE BMI AND ASCAP WOULD LIKE TO KNOW'

"It's kind of setting a precedent. No band has had physical proof of this before," Cevin Key said in an interview, referencing Holdbrooks' book and willigness to testify to what he saw at the prison, "and now we have it."
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BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB RIDES TO U.K. CHART SUMMIT, CLEAN BANDIT HAS TOP SINGLE

London four-piece Bombay Bicycle Club landed their first U.K. No. 1 album with their fourth set “So Long, See You Tomorrow” (Universal Island) as the weekly sales figures were published by the Official Charts Company Sunday (Feb. 9).
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GIORGIO MORODER ON HIS DAFT-PUNK-FUELED RE-EMERGENCE, DJ GIGS, VEGAS HOTEL SHOW (EXCLUSIVE)

Producer Giorgio Moroder, who helped invent disco in the 1970s with Donna Summer (“I Feel Love,” “Love to Love You Baby”) before conjuring the ’80s synth sound of film soundtracks (“Scarface,” “American Gigolo,” “Flashdance”), disappeared from pop culture for two decades.
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TONI BRAXTON, BABYFACE HEADING FOR THEIR HIGHEST CHARTING ALBUM IN YEARS

The musical reunion of Toni Braxton and Babyface on their new album "Love, Marriage & Divorce" has proved profitable. The duo are aiming for the top five on next week's Billboard 200 chart -- the highest charting album since 2005 for Braxton, and the highest charting ever for Babyface.
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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN TOPS HOT TOURS, GROSSING $5.2 MILLION FROM SOUTH AFRICAN SHOWS

On the road in support of his latest album "High Hopes," released in January, the Boss opened the 2014 tour in South Africa, a country he has never visited on any of his previous tours. The opener was a three-show engagement at a 10,000-seat arena in the city of Bellville, located near Cape Town. The Bellville Velodrome hosted the tour for concerts on Jan. 26, 28 and 29 with sellout crowds at each show.
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ATLANTIC'S CAMILLE HACKNEY TALKS WARNER MUSIC'S GLOBAL BRAND PARTNERSHIPS COUNCIL, BRUNO AND OLYMPICS (Q&A)

Brand partnerships and commercial synchs become increasingly crucial to artists’ exposure and labels’ bottom line -- and a rapidly growing area at that. Licensing revenues for recorded music totaled $78 million in WMG’s just-announced fiscal first quarter, ending December 31, up from $60 million during the same period in 2012, while synchronization revenues for music publishing grew from $22 million during the quarter in 20-12 to $28 million in 2013.
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CELEBRATED JAPANESE COMPOSER CONFESSES HE'S A FRAUD

His story was the stuff of pure heart-wrenching biopic: the gifted son of a WWII atomic bomb survivor who overcame poverty and a degenerative hearing disorder to share his love of music with the nation, scoring video games, films and an opus dedicated to the victims of Hiroshima -- a national treasure known as "Japan's own Beethoven." Unfortunately, it appears it was all a lie.
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DOUBLE BOOKED ENDORSEMENTS (FROM THE MAGAZINE)

When Bob Dylan agreed to license one of his best-known songs, “I Want You,” for a Chobani Super Bowl commercial, it was a major coup for the yogurt company, as it sought to compete with brands like Oikos during the big game. But the news was somewhat overshadowed by fans worrying about Dylan overload when news also broke that the Man in the Black Hat himself would appear on-camera in Chrysler’s latest cinematic Super Bowl spot.
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INDUSTRY AND CONGRESS AWAIT THE F.C.C. CHAIRMAN’S NEXT MOVES ON INTERNET RULES

In his first 100 days as the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler persuaded mobile phone companies to agree on rules about unlocking consumers’ phones, cemented an effort to increase the reliability of calls to 911, proposed tests to do away with old-fashioned telephone networks and freed $2 billion to connect schools and libraries to the Internet. Those were the easy tasks.
New York Times


APPLE: WE’RE THE PATENT TROLLS’ TOP TARGET, FACING 92 LAWSUITS IN 3 YEARS

Recent public comments by Apple show that the Cupertino gadget company has reason to believe it's the most popular target of so-called "patent trolls," companies whose only business is suing over patents.
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