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RUPAUL MESSAGES PIRATES WITH DECOY ALBUM: 'YOU DONE STOLE MY ALBUM! UH UH, NO YOU BETTER DON’T, HOOKER!'

The queen of drag turned the table on pirates by putting out a decoy album on several popular Torrent sites that traffic in bootleg music. While this trick has been done before, few have gotten the viral online buzz that the RuPaul's decoy has received, largely because of the stream-of-conscious monologues it contains (check-out two tracks from the "Born Naked" decoy album below).
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'THIS IS SPINAL TAP' AT 30: TOP 11 MUSIC BIZ CLICHES SKEWERED BY ST. HUBBINS, TUFNEL & SMALLS

"It's such a fine line between stupid and clever." So observes David St. Hubbins, the hapless singer/guitarist of Spinal Tap. That line -- one of dozens that have become quote fodder during the past 30 years -- explains why "This Is Spinal Tap," the mockumentary co-written and directed by Rob Reiner released on March 2, 1984, still makes rock fans, bands and music industry folks alike howl with laughter.
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KANYE WEST'S DONDA ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH ROC NATION

Kanye West's creative design and content entity Donda has entered into a partnership with Jay Z's Roc Nation, which will manage all DONDA Music, according to a press release and an official statement on the latter's web site. The alliance will focus on West's international recording brand and touring ventures.
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PLEDGEMUSIC REDESIGN DE-EMPHASIZES CROWDFUNDING

PledgeMusic on Monday rolled out a redesign that de-emphasizes the crowdfunding features of its platform, a sign that crowdfunding has potentially reached the limit of its utility for musicians as they seek new ways to generate revenue directly from fans.
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WITH RATINGS DOWN AND AT&T OUT, 'AMERICAN IDOL' FACES COSTLY 13TH SEASON

A Feb. 20 event to toast the 13th season of "American Idol" should have been a celebratory affair, but minutes after the show’s Top 13 and star judges arrived at West Hollywood hotspot Fig & Olive, Fox senior executive VP David Hill, a burly Australian and Rupert Murdoch loyalist best-known for a two-decade-plus tenure at Fox Sports, was making a beeline for the bar and ordering a Belvedere -- straight.
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GROUPME JOINS FOURSQUARE IN SKIPPING SXSW

While South by Southwest Interactive is expected to be a marketing extravaganza next weekend, it's becoming clear that prominent members of tech's Who's Who have other plans.
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AEG LIVE, TRANSOM CAPITAL MERGE BANDMERCH WITH CINDER BLOCK, CREATING MERCH POWERHOUSE

AEG Live and Transom Capital Group have announced that their entertainment licensing and merchandising companies, BandMerch and Cinder Block, respectively, will merge into a standalone company.
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MSG NAMES TAD SMITH PRESIDENT/CEO, HANK RATNER VICE CHAIRMAN

The Madison Square Garden Company has announced that former Cablevision executive Tad Smith will succeed Hank Ratner as president/CEO of MSG. Ratner is now vice chairman and joins the company’s board of directors.
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NICOLA TUER NAMED SONY MUSIC U.K. COO

Sony Music Entertainment has confirmed the promotion of executive vice president Nicola Tuer to the head of its U.K. label, following last week’s shock departure of CEO and chairman Nick Gatfield.
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DISNEY, DISH STRIKE DEAL TO FACILITATE INTERNET-DELIVERED TV

Dish Network and Disney have reached a landmark deal that envisions the day when Dish will offer a Netflix-like TV service to people who'd rather stream TV over the Internet than put a satellite receiver on their roof.
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HOW DIGITAL MUSIC SERVICES MAY BE FUELLING A ‘SUPERSTAR ARTIST ECONOMY’

Music industry analyst Mark Mulligan’s MIDiA Consulting has published a new report exploring the ‘superstar artist economy’. It suggests that while artists’ share of total recorded-music income has grown from 14% in 2000 to 17% in 2013, the top 1% of musical works are now accounting for 77% of all those artist revenues thanks in part to a “tyranny of choice” on digital services.
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APPLE TIGHTENS GRIP ON WORLDWIDE SUPPLY CHAIN WITH ASIA HIRING SPREE

Apple is seeking even more control over the global supply chain that feeds the development and manufacturing of the iPhone and the iPad.
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