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J&R MUSIC WORLD CLOSING

In a letter to customers on the store's website, owners Joe and Rachelle Friedman said, "On April 10, J&R will close its doors so that we can rebuild this location into what we hope will be an unprecedented retail concept and social mecca."
Billboard.biz


UNDERWHELMING START TO ITUNES RADIO LIGHTS FIRE UNDER APPLE

The failure of iTunes Radio to halt the decline of music downloads has prompted Apple Inc. to consider the most dramatic overhaul of its iTunes music store in more than a decade, according to executives familiar with Apple’s internal deliberations.
Billboard.biz


DROPBOX MUSIC? NEW CAROUSEL PHOTO APP HINTS AT PLANS

The company says Carousel is part of a broad strategy to turn its utilitarian folders into a series of more specialized experiences -- a “home for life,” in company parlance. As Dropbox unveils more products in the coming months, is a music app in the offing?
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GARY HABER, 68, ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY BUSINESS MANAGER, CPA

Gary Haber, an entertainment industry business manager and CPA who divided his time between Los Angeles and Nashville died April 7 at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. He was 68.
Billboard.biz


LIVE NATION ANNOUNCES JBL LIVE AT PIER 97, NEW OUTDOOR NYC VENUE (EXCLUSIVE)

Live Nation and Harman International are partnering to debut a new outdoor venue in Manhattan, JBL Live at Pier 97, set to open in early summer at New York’s Pier 97 on 57th St. and the West Side Highway.
Billboard.biz


CHAYANNE TO DEBUT NEW SINGLE AT 2014 BILLBOARD LATIN MUSIC AWARDS

Puerto Rican pop star Chayanne is set to launch the first single from his new album live at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 24.
Billboard.biz

 


TWITTER REDESIGN: NOW MORE MOM-FRIENDLY

Twitter wants your Mom to sign-up. That helps explain why they debuted their new redesign on the "Today Show" and why it looks strikingly similar to a Facebook profile page. The more consumer friendly design is clearly targeted to first time users of the site, using larger photos and text to attract the mom-crowd Twitter needs to compete with Facebook.
Billboard.biz


WILL MUSIC SAVE 'NASHVILLE'?

Just two months ago, the hourlong soap set in country music’s epicenter appeared destined for cancelation — according to a source, crew members were informed they should look for work come May. Season-two ratings have steadily eroded since an audience of 6.5 million watched the Sept. 25 premiere.
Billboard.biz


AZOFF'S AMSGE CONTINUES ACQUISITIVE STREAK, BUYS 50% STAKE IN BURNS

The latest acquisition by Azoff MSG Entertainment (AMSGE), the joint venture between Azoff Music Management and the Madison Square Garden Company, sheds further light on CEO Irving Azoff’s master plan as the multifaceted firm continues to beef up its marketing holdings, this time through a 50% stake in celebrity and music procurement firm Burns Entertainment.
Billboard.biz


THESE AREN'T THE ROCK HALL INDUCTEES YOU'RE LOOKING FOR

The guitarist's face is painted white, save for some red lipstick and a big black star around his right eye. A hulking bass player dressed in armor and kabuki makeup stalks the stage behind him in six-inch platform boots. A shouted challenge from the guitarist — "Is everybody ready for a rock and roll party!?" — is answered by a roar from the crowd, and the musicians break into a rousing rendition of "Deuce."
NPR


THE RECORDED MUSIC MARKET IN GERMANY, 2003-2013

In the following, the future development of the German recorded music market will be analysed based on the BVMI report as well as on historic empirical data.
Music Business Research


COUNTRY MUSIC'S GAY STARS: 'WE'RE STILL KICKING DOWN THE CLOSET DOOR'

Country music is known for tears, beers and big hats – not gay anthems. One singer set out 40 years ago to change that, but the scene is still gripped by fear.
The Guardian


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