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BILLBOARD AND TWITTER PARTNER TO CREATE 'BILLBOARD TWITTER REAL-TIME CHARTS'

New charts will be the first to use Twitter data to identify the top and emerging tracks and artists of the moment.
Billboard.biz


FACEBOOK LAUNCHES LAB TO BRING INTERNET EVERYWHERE

Facebook is giving more details about its effort to connect remote parts of the world to the Internet, involving drones, lasers and satellites. CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the company is hiring "key members of the team" from NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, Ames Research Center and Ascenta.
Billboard.biz


GERMAN ECHO MUSIC AWARDS: AVICII, EMINEM, DEPECHE MODE WIN BIG

Experience trumped novelty at the 2014 Echo Music Awards, Germany's equivalent of the Grammys, with veteran rockers, some of which had their hey-day 30 years ago, beating up more up-and-coming artists.
Billboard.biz


FOURTH PERSON DIES FROM INJURIES IN SXSW CRASH

The tragic car crash which occurred in Austin on March 18 during SXSW has claimed another victim. DeAndre Tatum, 18 years old, passed away from injuries sustained in the violence which occurred on the evening of March 13. The news was verified by the Austin Police Department.
Billboard.biz


PITBULL PLANS TO BE THE NEXT BILLION DOLLAR BRAND

Pitbull's aspirations go far beyond being just an entertainer. With a net worth somewhere between $11-20 million, nine top 10 singles under his belt, the official song of the 2014 World Cup, and a portfolio of brand sponsorships spanning Dr Pepper, Kodak, Bud Light, Voli Vodka and, most recently, Playboy, he's working towards a billion-dollar enterprise.
Billboard.biz


JUKEBOX HEROES? HOW BROADWAY MUSICALS ADD UP FOR SONY/ATV

The music publisher behind Carole King's "Beautiful," "Motown: The Musical" and "Jersey Boys" finds new revenue on the Great White Way.
Billboard.biz


WARNER MUSIC GROUP TO REFINANCE DEBT, STANDS AT $3.1B

The Warner Music Group is refinancing its debt to achieve lower interest rate payments, with expected savings to total nearly $30 million annually, according to a report from Moody's Investors Service.
Billboard.biz


RADIO STILL THE MOST POPULAR WAY TO FIND NEW MUSIC, STUDY SAYS

With the rise of services such as Spotify, Pandora, iTunes and countless others, it's clear that digital music is booming. But when it comes to music discovery, new listeners bypass these apps and tools for a class device — the radio.
Mashable


DESPITE LOSS, SFX DRAWS CORPORATIONS AS SPONSORS

Fans of electronic dance music, get ready for a lot more corporate sponsorship. That was a message in the fourth-quarter earnings report by SFX Entertainment, a company founded two years ago by the media mogul Robert F. X. Sillerman to exploit the new craze for dance music.
NY Times


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