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A car plowed into a crowd outside a club at the SXSW festival in Austin on Thursday morning, killing a man and a woman and injuring more than two dozen people.
Neil Young and his PonoMusic team were all smiles the day after launching the music service and player at South By Southwest, and with good reason. A Kickstarter campaign for player pre-orders doubled its goal in less than 24 hours, with more than 5,000 “backers” ponying up $1.6 million for the music players, due out in October. “That’s a significant accomplishment,” Young told Billboard at Austin’s bucolic Hotel St. Cecilia. “It’s hard to ignore that there seems to be a market there for what we’re offering.”
Rapper Rick Ross collects his fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "Mastermind" arrives atop the list. The set sold 179,000 copies in the week ending March 9, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Rdio will mostly likely not renew its business ties with The Echo Nest following Spotify's announced acquisition last week of the music intelligence platform. The music streaming site will be "transitioning away" from The Echo Nest, but not dropping them right away, according to a source knowledgable with the arrangement.
Reps from major streaming services, including Beats Music, Pandora, Rdio and Google Play, as well as TastemakerX, had a very friendly conversation about the song-selection process for each of their services, though not on everythingat Wednesday’s "Man vs Machine: The Curation Dilemma panel at SXSW."
The British inventor of the World Wide Web wants a digital bill of rights to protect Internet users from surveillance. Speaking on the 25th anniversary of his creation, Tim Berners-Lee says he hopes to spark a global conversation about the need to defend principles that have made the Web successful.
The only thing the current crop of dance music fans may love more than listening to EDM is tweeting about it. A new study from online ticketing platform Eventbrite found that prolific social media posting and an emphasis on the live experience were key factors that differentiated EDM fans from their counterparts in other music genres.
Four of the biggest U.S. technology groups collectively hold an estimated $124 billion in U.S. Treasury debt, much of it offshore, earning them tax-free interest, the UK's Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ) said on Thursday.
Filmmaker Josh Wakely’s production company, Grace, has acquired the worldwide rights to the Beatles’ music catalog in an agreement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Grace will have the rights to the group’s song catalog for an animated children’s series called “Beat Bugs.” The series will be based on the original characters and world created by Wakely.
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