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GEORGE STRAIT, MIRANDA LAMBERT WIN BIG AT ACM AWARDS

It was Las Vegas' night to celebrate country music, as the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards celebrated the format in party fashion tonight with Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban reigning as the big winners with three trophies on the night, while George Strait repeated his November CMA win for Entertainer of the Year – an award he last won in 1989.
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BETTE MIDLER DISPARAGES PANDORA, SPOTIFY OVER ARTIST COMPENSATION (UPDATED)

Add Bette Midler to the growing list of musicians publicly expressing their displeasure with the amounts Pandora, Spotify and other digital radio and music streaming services pay artists.
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HOW UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP'S NEW TOP-LEVEL TROIKA BRINGS PEACE (FOR NOW)

Universal Music Group’s April 1 announcement that it was splitting Island Def Jam and Motown into three standalone labels was met by cheers as insiders hailed UMG chairman Lucian Grainge’s decision to empower the imprints as individual brands and promote several company veterans.
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JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE'S 20/20 WORLD TOUR TO MAKE NORTH AMERICAN RETURN

Justin Timberlake 's 20/20 Experience World Tour will return to North America for 13 more arena dates this fall, promoter Live Nation announces today. The 20/20 Experience World Tour is promoted worldwide by Live Nation's Global Touring division.
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COUNTDOWN TO THE 25TH ANNUAL BILLBOARD LATIN MUSIC CONFERENCE: 1994-1998

The conference has hosted Superstar Q&A’s from Latin legends including Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, Don Omar and the late Jenni Rivera. Showcases from the event have assisted in the launch of countless careers, including Selena, Kat Dahlia and Prince Royce. Here: a look back at 1994-1998.
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KAISER CHIEFS, ALOE BLACC LEAD U.K. SALES CHARTS

U.K. modern rock band the Kaiser Chiefs debuted at No. 1 on the new British album chart Sunday (Apr. 6) with their fifth full-length, “Education, Education, Education & War” (Kaiser Chiefs/Fiction/Universal). Aloe Blacc’s “The Man” (Interscope/Universal), currently No. 8 on Billboard’s Hot 100, went straight to No. 1 in the U.K. to become his first solo chart-topper here.
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ACM AWARDS MOVING TO AT&T STADIUM, HOME OF DALLAS COWBOYS, IN 2015

Co-hosts Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton kicked off the 49th ACM Awards with an announcement about No. 50. Next year's show will be leaving Las Vegas for the wide open spaces of Texas and the home of the Dallas Cowboys.
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JOE SATRIANI’S 'CHROME DOME': THE SHINIEST PART OF A NEW CAREER RETROSPECTIVE

Joe Satriani is recognized as one of the greatest guitarists in the world. In his early years, he gave lessons to the likes of Steve Vai and Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, and has released 14 albums since his ’86 debut, "Not of This Earth," garnering 15 Grammy nominations along the way.
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VIVENDI SELLING SFR TO ALTICE IN $23 BIL. DEAL

Vivendi said it accepted a bid worth 13.5 billion euros ($18.5 billion) in a pact that also includes additional payments of up to 750 million euros ($1.03 billion). Vivendi will keep a 20 percent stake in SFR but said it may sell those holdings at a later date.
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JOHNNY ROTTEN, MICHELLE WILLIAMS, JC CHASEZ, BRANDON BOYD TO DO 'JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR' ARENA TOUR

The 1970s rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" is being resurrected for a North American arena rock tour this summer, led by a former boy band member, an R&B siren and a punk icon.
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FLEETWOOD MAC'S MUSIC SALES SURGE ON REUNITING NEWS

The act, which appeared on NBC's "Today" show on March 27 and gave a number of high-profile press interviews, saw its album sales grow by 33% in the week ending March 30, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The group's catalog of albums sold 10,000 copies for the week -- up from the 8,000 in the week previous.
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ACMS EXEC PRODUCER R.A. CLARK ON JAY BROWN GETTING SHAKIRA; BLAKE VS. LUKE; MERLE HAGGARD TRIBUTE (Q&A)

Here, Clark discusses the Merle Haggard tribute (and the time his dad killed the country icon in a film), the chemistry and competition between Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, the amazing crossover happening in country music right now, and how Roc Nation’s Jay Brown helped make the Shakira-Blake Shelton duet happen.
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PRINCE BRINGS PUBLISHING IN-HOUSE

Fresh from releasing "FALLINLOVE2NITE,” his latest single, on Epic Records, Prince has announced that he is assigning the rights to his catalog to NPG Music Publishing, which means he will be doing it himself, with the help of “some of the best talent in the industry,” according to the release.
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CHEAP ALCOHOL, AN IT CROWD AND LOW TAXES: HOW METAL GOT A HOLD IN BANGALORE

Ask any metal fan in India for the one moment that changed the country’s music landscape and they will all point you to Iron Maiden’s first show in Bangalore, in 2007. The British heavy metal band played to an audience of 40,000 screaming, teary fans, as hardened metalheads wept in each other’s arms.
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CAPITOL MUSIC'S BRAND PARTNERSHIP DIRECTOR TALKS ABOUT HOW MARKETING AND MUSIC ARE CHANGING

A chat with Zoe Sonquist King.
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THE ELEPHANT IN THE MUSIC ROOM

A few people actually see the elephant; a few more can’t see it but have noticed that something incredibly huge is taking up a lot of space in the room; yet, most people haven’t even noticed that the room is getting smaller – or that there’s this humongous, pissed-off elephant just sitting there, scowling at them.
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