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FRANKIE KNUCKLES, HOUSE MUSIC LEGEND, DIES AT 59

Frankie Knuckles, the DJ and producer widely revered as the “Godfather of House,” has reportedly died due to complications with diabetes. He was 59. 
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ROLLING STONES TO RESUME TOUR IN MAY

The Rolling Stones will restart their world tour next month in what will be the group’s first concerts since the death of L’Wren Scott, the partner of frontman Mick Jagger.
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TOM WAITS SIGNS WITH WME, FIRST MUSIC AGENT IN 20 YEARS

For the first time in more than two decades, Tom Waits has signed with an agency. William Morris Endeavor now represents the legendary singer-songwriter, composer and actor in all areas. He is managed theatrically by The Schiff Company. 
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KANYE WEST DELAYS AUSTRALIA TOUR TO COMPLETE NEW ALBUM

Kanye West has rescheduled his Australia tour to work on his new studio album, tentatively due this year. Live Nation Australasia reported the news on the morning of April 1, though reps for the concert promoter confirm its press release wasn’t an April Fools prank.
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ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL WRAPS IN MIAMI AMID PROBLEMS (ANALYSIS)

With another Ultra Music Festival in the books, the 2014 American EDM festival season is officially underway, though perhaps off to a rocky start. The 16th annual festival and flagship of the worldwide Ultra brand began on Friday, March 28 at Miami's Bayside Park with the announcement that headliner Avicii was ill and would not perform on Saturday.
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MARTIN GARRIX, SCOOTER BRAUN AND EELKO VAN KOOTEN TALK 'ANIMALS,' TEASE COLLABS, NEW MUSIC AT ULTRA (VIDEO)

What a difference a year makes. In 2013, young dance stud Martin Garrix was at Ultra in a totally different capacity. “I was actually in the crowd last year,” he told Billboard’s Kerri Mason just an hour removed from performing at the Miami dance fest. “I was dreaming and hoping I could be here one day.”
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PHARRELL TO REPLACE CEE LO GREEN ON 'THE VOICE'

Williams will rotate in for season 7, following Cee Lo Green's exit. "I'm not coming back, guys," he told Ellen DeGeneres in an interview last month. "I don't want to wear out my welcome there . . . I have so many other things that I want to do. I haven't released an album in four years."
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NEW MICHAEL JACKSON ALBUM 'XSCAPE' TO BE RELEASED IN MAY

Epic Records and Michael Jackson's estate have announced they'll release "Xscape," an 8-song collection of previously unreleased tracks from the late King of Pop, on May 13.
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PLUTO.TV AIMS TO TURN ONLINE VIDEO INTO LEAN-BACK EXPERIENCE

As pervasive as online video seems to be, the amount of time people spend with YouTube and other video platforms remains a fraction of how long they spend watching good, old-fashioned television. 
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THE SOURCE FOUNDER BENZINO'S NEPHEW PLEADS NOT GUILTY, CLAIMS SELF-DEFENSE IN FUNERAL SHOOTING

The nephew of rapper and reality TV star Benzino appeared in court on Monday on assault charges in the shooting of his uncle during a funeral procession south of Boston over the weekend. Gai Scott, 36, pleaded not guilty through his attorney, who asserted that his client was trying to protect himself during the odd turn of events.
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BANDPAGE SECURES $9.25 MILLION IN NEW FUNDING ROUND

BandPage has secured $9.25 million in funding from a Series C round, the popular artist-to-fan platform announced today. The money will, according to a post on the company's website, be spent strengthening the artist platform's partnerships with companies like Pandora, SoundCloud and Google.
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APPLE AND SAMSUNG SQUARE OFF... AGAIN

The fiercest rivalry in the world of smartphones is heading back to court this week in the heart of the Silicon Valley, with Apple and Samsung accusing each other, once again, of ripping off designs and features.
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LARGER PHONE SCREENS DRIVE MOBILE VIDEO CONSUMPTION

No, it’s not an hilarious analyst April Fools’ Day joke. Although, the elementary logic may suggest otherwise: larger screen phones — such as phablets — are a key driver in increased mobile video consumption.
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THE RECORDED MUSIC MARKET IN JAPAN, 1990-2013

Compared to other markets, the world’s second largest recorded music market is very different – at least in respect to digitization. Whereas the digital music segment is booming in other large markets, it is shrinking in Japan according to the latest report of the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ). In 2013, the total digital music sales were ¥ 41bn (EUR 290m) compared to ¥ 54bn (EUR 383m) a year before – a drop of 23 percent.
Music Business Research


SPOTIFY FACES CHALLENGE FROM INTERNET GIANTS BEFORE IPO

With sales of music downloads slipping into decline, big guns like Google, Apple and Amazon are taking aim at the streaming music upstart as it eyes an initial public offering, possibly in the fall.
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