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WHY LIVE CONCERT STREAMING HAS YET TO TAKE OFF

"The production cost can be prohibitive, where you spend more money than you would make," says Kevin Browning, a member of the band's management team who oversees the live content. "There's often union fees. Bandwidth is actually a sizable hurdle. You also have promoters who aren't into it -- they think it'll affect ticket sales."
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'NOTICE TO BLACK ARTISTS': BEHIND R&B'S STRUGGLE AT RADIO & THE LETTER THAT HAS THE INDUSTRY BUZZING

No song spent more time atop the Billboard Hot 100 last year than Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” which logged 12 weeks at No. 1 and set the all-time record for radio audience when it reached 229 million listeners in a week. It did so by tapping the sound of classic R&B, which has sparked both controversy -- its groove is close enough to Marvin Gaye’s 1977 No. 1 hit “Got to Give It Up” to have sparked a since-settled suit involving the Gaye family -- and ongoing discussion.
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RESERVOIR ACQUIRES FIRST STATE; DEAL GROWS CATALOG TO 75,000 SONGS

Reservoir Media Management has acquired the 26,000 song catalog of First State Media Group in a deal that grows the company's catalog by one-third to about 75,000 titles.
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AUSTRALIA’S ‘THREE-STRIKES’ DEBATE HEATS UP AS CONSUMER RIGHTS CAMPAIGNERS WARN OF ‘DIGITAL DARK AGES’

The Australian government’s proposed anti-piracy measures have been blasted by a consumer rights watchdog which is warning that a "three-strikes" policy would force-up the price of Internet access.
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BASTILLE, SAM SMITH, ARCTIC MONKEYS ENJOY POST-BRIT AWARDS SALES SPIKES

Winners and performers at last week’s BRIT Awards ceremony dominated the new sales charts when they were published by the Official Charts Company on Sunday (Feb. 23). Best British Breakthrough act Bastille returned to the album summit with “Bad Blood” (Virgin/Universal) and Critics’ Choice winner Sam Smith debuted at No. 1 on the singles chart with “Money On My Mind” (Capitol/Universal). Arctic Monkeys, Disclosure, Rudimental and others also enjoyed substantial spikes in sales.
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LA VIDA BOHEME LEADER TURNS TO TWITTER ACTIVISM AMIDST VIOLENCE IN VENEZUELA

Henry D’Arthenay, the leader of Venezuelan rock group La Vida Boheme, has spent most of the past week inside his home in Caracas, communicating with band mates who live on neighboring streets through Skype, and Tweeting videos of street violence, blockade alerts and lists of names of student protesters detained by police.
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ROBERT JOHNSON'S SON WINS CASE OVER ONLY EXISTING PHOTOS

The son of legendary Delta bluesman Robert Johnson can keep profits from the only two known photographs of his father, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
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LE1F SIGNS TO TERRIBLE RECORDS/XL RECORDINGS JOINT VENTURE, LISTEN TO NEW SINGLE 'BOOM' (EXCLUSIVE)

The New York rapper and producer Le1f -- who with the release of standout 2012 Internet single “Wut” became one of the most visible members of hip-hop’s queer, left wing -- has signed a multiple-album recording agreement with Terrible Records as a part of its joint venture deal with XL Recordings (Adele, Vampire Weekend).
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MIRANDA LAMBERT FINDS EMOTIONAL LOSSES AMONG TECHNOLOGY'S GAINS

As Miranda Lambert worked through a session at Nashville’s Sound Stage a few months ago, she periodically stopped to text messages with cartoony emoticons to songwriter Natalie Hemby (“Pontoon,” “White Liar”), providing clues about the titles she was cutting. When Lambert sent the image of a gun, it was an immediate sign to Hemby: they were working on “Automatic.”
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MORE FIGURES RELEASED TO SHOW MUSIC’S PER-STREAM PAYOUTS VERSUS DOWNLOADS

Recent months have seen more transparency around payouts from streaming music service, including Spotify’s publication for the first time of its average payouts.
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FOR HINTS AT APPLE’S PLANS, READ ITS SHOPPING LIST

One company used sensors to read body movements. Another recommended TV programs. Several others offered location and mapping services.
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