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BUSINESS MATTERS: WHY SPOTIFY BOUGHT THE ECHO NEST

Spotify's acquisition of the Echo Nest signals the growing importance of data in the music business as context becomes king in a world of virtually unlimited content.
Billboard.biz


SXSW EXECUTIVE STRATEGIES - TOM WINDISH: 'WE HAVE 121 ARTISTS THIS YEAR'

Billboard polled a brain trust of veteran music execs to get expert strategies for how best to approach the conference; and to explain why, exactly, it's still worth the ticket to Austin. From now through Tuesday, Billboard.biz will roll-out first-person narratives from five music executives -- The Windish Agency's Tom Windish, Def Jam's Sickamore, Mom+Pop Music Company' s Michael Goldstone, Glassnote Record's Daniel Glass and MTheory's Madeleine Bennett --who give us their seasoned perspective on the industry's annual Texas takeover.
Billboard.biz


LADY ANTEBELLUM, KEVIN MCCARTHY, NANCY PELOSI TO BE HONORED AT 2014 GRAMMY ON THE HILL AWARDS

Lady Antebellum will be honored with the Recording Artists' Coalition Award during the Recording Academy's 2014 Grammys on the Hill Awards, to be held April 2 in Washington, D.C. House of Representatives majority whip Kevin McCarthy and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi will also be honored.
Billboard.biz


IS LADY GAGA'S TOUR A FLOP? LIVE NATION'S ARTHUR FOGEL SLAMS 'RIDICULOUS' REPORTS

According to Live Nation's Arthur Fogel, reports of struggling ticket sales for Lady Gaga's artRave: The ARTPOP Ball Tour, which is at 80% capacity sold across North America and Europe, are completely false. "I just don’t know how this shit gets any traction without people doing their homework," he tells Billboard.biz.
Billboard.biz


PINK'S PRODUCER CAN'T RECOVER OLD ROYALTIES

The singer and Sony Music prevail in a legal dispute over an administration error.
Billboard.biz


THE ORCHARD ACQUIRES BALCONYTV (EXCLUSIVE)

The Orchard today announced it has acquired BalconyTV, a global music channel featuring artists playing on balconies from across the globe. Past performers on BalconyTV include such artists as Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe, Ed Sheeran, Jessie J and Kimbra who have helped the channel generate over 50 million video views.
Billboard.biz


RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY FESTIVAL NEW YORK ANNOUNCES LINEUP, SCHEDULE

Red Bull Music Academy Festival, the month-long series of live performances, club nights, lectures, art installations, and more with artists including D'Angelo, David Byrne, and Kele Okereke will kick off May 1. Legacy to last year's Red Bull Music Academy, the festival is slated to become an annual New York City event.
Billboard.biz


SEAN PARKER LEAVES FOUNDERS FUND

The flamboyant executive is a director at Spotify, and on his Facebook page, Parker is still listed as “executive general partner” at Founders Fund.
Billboard.biz


THE SWEET, STREAMING SOUND OF DATA

Once, all you needed to succeed in the music business were a pair of golden ears and some hustle. Now, it also takes mountains of data. That is the thinking behind a string of recent music technology deals, including Spotify’s announcement on Thursday that it had bought the Echo Nest, a company that analyzes music consumption patterns and was founded by computer scientists from M.I.T.
NYT


HOW WE MADE RADIOHEAD'S POLYFAUNA APP FOR IOS AND ANDROID

For PolyFauna, we were approached by Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood, the band's long-time visual collaborator, after they had seen our Super-Computer-Romantics show at La Gaite Lyrique in Paris, and our website and sleeve work for Warp Records.
The Guardian


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