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SPOTIFY, SPRINT PLAN MUSIC BUNDLE TO BE UNVEILED THIS MONTH

It seems we’ve waited ages for music bundling with major mobile carriers to help fire up the streaming on-demand business and suddenly everyone’s talking to everyone else.
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UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP CUTTING EAST COAST STAFF (UPDATED)

With the splitting up of the Island Def Jam Music Group into three labels, the Universal Music Group is recalibrating the staffing at its East Coast labels.
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KAISER CHIEFS CONTINUE RULE ATOP U.K. ALBUMS CHART, SIGMA BAGS TOP SINGLE

Kaiser Chiefs’ “Education, Education, Education & War” (Kaiser Chiefs/Fiction/ Universal) started a second week atop the artist album chart in the U.K. Sunday (April 13), while London dance duo Sigma scored an instant No. 1 single with “Nobody To Love” (3 Beat/All Around The World/Universal).
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BEYONCE, JAY Z MAKE SURPRISE COACHELLA GUEST APPEARANCES

Four years after Jay Z headlined the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and brought Beyonce out for a surprise duet of "Young Forever," the power couple once again pulled a fast one (or two) on the Indio music festival, making separate appearances on Saturday night (Apr. 12).
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THE BEAT: GARETH EMERY'S 360 GROUP MGMT TEAM'S COACHELLA STRATEGY, EDM SKEPTICISM

Billboard ran into EDM star Gareth Emery with his day-to-day, Josiahs Porter, and his manager, Brett Fisher, both of Three Six Zero Group (the management, publishing , recording and production team in partnership with Roc Nation) in the middle of a press run in the media area, following Emery's packed set at the Sahara tent.
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STEPHEN COLBERT COMES TO 'THE LATE SHOW,' AND JIMMY FALLON FINALLY FINDS A MUSIC RIVAL

Following yesterday's announcement that Stephen Colbert will be inheriting "The Late Show" from David Letterman in 2015, "The Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon posted on Twitter, "I'd like to welcome the great @StephenAtHome to network late night and also congratulate him on his new name: Jimmy Colbert."
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SPOTIFY'S COACHELLA #WEWERETHERE CAMPAIGN: HIGH TECH AND SWEET, SWEET AIR CONDITIONING

For the month of April, the average temperature in Indio, Calif., the locale for the 16th annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, hovers around 90 degrees. Hoofing it between stages and across 90-acre-plus polo fields for hours upon sweaty hours in the desert heat can take its toll. Dehydration, heat exhaustion, skin damage... or worse. So what's a savvy marketer to do?
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MIAMI OFFICIALS WITHDRAW BID TO BAN ULTRA'S RETURN

An announcement from Ultra Music Festival organizers claims that Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado and the city Commissioner, Marc Sarnoff, have withdrawn their call to ban the festival from returning.
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ELVIS PRESLEY AD CAMPAIGN FOR GUNS TRIGGERS LAWSUIT

The Elvis Presley estate is now suing the maker of Beretta firearms for falsely suggesting that the King has endorsed its latest model.
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FIVE QUESTIONS WITH PAPA NUTT, THE MAN BEHIND JUGGALO COINS

We wondered about Juggalo Coin's creator, Papa Nutt -- there seemed no apparent way to contact the person behind all this work and figure out if he was genuine in his ambitions to unite Juggalos the world over with their own brand of remuneration.
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AS COACHELLA BEGINS, FESTIVAL SAFETY TAKES CENTER STAGE

The unofficial start of the North American festivals season begins this weekend with the Coachella Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., amid the usual concerns about the overall safety of live music festivals.
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EXECUTIVE PLAYLIST: ROC NATION'S DOROTHY HUI SHARES EPIC SPRING JAMS

Dorothy Hui oversees digital marketing for Roc Nation's label, management, and sports clients. Her playlist for Billboard is as diverse as Roc Nation's businesses -- from Japandroids to Jay Z to Haim, in her "Soundtrack to Spring Adventures."
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DREAMWORKS LOOKING TO ACQUIRE A PIECE OF VEVO

According to sources, earlier this week DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg made an undisclosed bid for the company, which is owned primarily by Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Abu Dhabi Media.
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U.S. INTERNET AD REVENUE SURPASSES BROADCAST

For the first time, U.S. Internet advertising revenue has surpassed that of broadcast television thanks to sharp growth in mobile and digital video ads.
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APPLE’S LITTLE ADVERTISING CRISIS

One email from Phil Schiller to Tim Cook says that Apple “may need to start a search for a new agency … we are not getting what we need from [Chiat] and haven’t been for a while.”
Observatory


CONCERT PROMOTER AEG STREAMLINES ITS ACT

A year after billionaire Philip Anschutz pulled his Anschutz Entertainment Group off the auction block, the company is embarking on an aggressive expansion, using the lessons it learned from the failed sale to reshape itself.
Wall Street Journal


S.F. MUSIC SCENE EVOLVING IN TECH BOOM

It's Saturday night, and the sidewalks of Polk Street are bustling. But up the hill at the corner of Clay Street, the Red Devil Lounge - the small nightclub that for 20 years played host to up-and-coming Bay Area musicians and '80s nostalgia tours - sits dark, with a note from owner Jay Siegan taped to a window saying it has "closed for good."
SF Gate


BATTLE FOR COUNTRY MUSIC RADIO LICENSE

A radio war has broken out in Dublin, with a group of country music fans determined to wrest a coveted broadcasting licence from an existing station.
Independent.ie


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