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RECORD LABELS SUE PANDORA OVER PRE-1972 RECORDINGS

As expected, the three major labels, ABKCO, and the RIAA filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in New York state court against Pandora for playing pre-Feb. 15, 1972 recordings without making any royalty payments. This suit is a follow-up to the one filed against SiriusXM last September.
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BUSINESS MATTERS: FIVE WAYS SPRINT WILL HELP SPOTIFY

The news this week that Sprint could be announcing a partnership with Spotify at its April 29 press event was just the latest in a multitude of pairings between streaming music services and telecommunications companies.
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LIVE NATION ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRES MINORITY STAKE, ASSUMES SOLE OWNERSHIP OF LIVE NATION JAPAN

The Japanese company was formed in early 2012 and has since promoted sold-out concerts by regional and international acts including Lady Gaga, Nickelback, Infinite and Jin Akanishi.
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RECORD STORE DAY’S MICHAEL KURTZ ON EXPONENTIAL GROWTH, NOT SELLING OUT (VIDEO Q&A)

Billboard sat down with RSD co-founder Michael Kurtz who explained the inspiration behind the event (Tower Records closing, Free Comic Book Day), some stores' initial resistance (claims of being a "sell-out") and the event's exponential growth (from 100 stores to nearly 2,000).
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SELENA GOMEZ SIGNS WITH WME, BRILLSTEIN

Selena Gomez has found a new representation team. After she relieved her mother and stepfather of their managerial duties in early March, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the actress and singer, who previously was with CAA, has signed with WME as well as Brillstein for management.
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NEW LAWSUIT ASKS FOR UNWINDING OF MAKER-DISNEY MERGER

Former Maker Studios employee Andy Faberlle has hit the digital studio with a new lawsuit that demands a rescission of the Disney merger. Faberlle identifies himself as a Maker stockholder. His LinkedIn profile says he worked at the company from April 2011 to August 2013 as Director of Partnerships.
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STRAIT’S FAREWELL STANDS ATOP HOT TOURS WITH $6.4 M IN SALES

George Strait, the reigning Entertainer of the Year for both the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association, is nearing the end of his Cowboy Rides Away tour that began its final leg in January.
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OFF THE DOCKET: SETTLEMENTS FOR BLACK FLAG'S STAFF WOES, EMINEM VS. FACEBOOK AND CAPITOL ROYALTIES ROW

Not every Hollywood lawsuit ends with a made-for-TV court ruling. Among the pieces of litigation that have been quietly put to bed in the past week are headline-making disputes over whether former Black Flag members could tour as "Flag," Facebook's use of Eminem music in an advertising campaign and more.
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COACHELLA BOOSTS BEYONCE AND JUSTIN BIEBER UP SOCIAL 50 CHART

During a slow week on the Social 50 chart, the first weekend of the Coachella festival (April 11-13) in Indio, Calif. spurs some big gains for a couple of superstar acts.
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SOUTH KOREA SHIPWRECK: ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY HALTS AMID RESCUE EFFORTS

As South Korean authorities rush to resolve a devastating ferry disaster that has left nearly 300 missing at sea and the rest of the nation in shock, everyone from musicians to liquor makers are voluntarily refraining from anything deemed "too festive."
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HANS ZIMMER AND JUNKIE XL EXPLORE THE INTERSECTION OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC AND FILM SCORES

Film composer Hans Zimmer and the electronic musician and film composer Junkie XL were well aware they were taking a meandering journey as they spoke about the evolution of electronic music as used in film scores during the International Music Summit on April 16.
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SEAN 'DIDDY' COMBS TOPS FORBES' ANNUAL LIST OF HIP-HOP'S RICHEST... AGAIN

Forbes has released its eighth annual list of hip-hop's wealthiest artists, and for the second year in a row, Sean "Diddy" Combs tops the list. Since the list was launched in 2007, he has consistently vied with 50 Cent and Jay Z.
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ARETHA FRANKLIN FILING $10 MILLION LAWSUIT OVER FAKE PATTI LABELLE FIGHT STORY (REPORT)

Back on April 11, the Onion-esque parody site The News Nerd published a fake story about Patti LaBelle punching Aretha Franklin at "an R&B/Soul concert" on March 20. Franklin didn't appreciate the clunky dose of internet humor and posted a formal denial of the scuffle on April 15.
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SHAZAM AND APPLE'S IOS COZY UP (REPORT)

The integration will be across the mobile operating system and will likely integrate closely with the iTunes Store and iTunes Radio, which has been rumored to be a separate app in the next version of iOS.
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PAIR OF DETROIT EDM FESTIVALS CALLED OFF

Two new electronic music festivals scheduled for July 4th weekend in Detroit have been canceled for this year -- but have already announced dates for 2015.
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SALSA GREAT CHEO FELICIANO DIES IN CAR ACCIDENT

Police say Puerto Rican salsa legend Cheo Feliciano has died in a car accident in the U.S. territory. He was 78. Officer Israel Arroyo says Feliciano was alone in his Jaguar when he hit a post before dawn Thursday in the northern suburb of Cupey.
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THE LIFE CYCLE OF A POP SONG

Conception Phase -- The song is born in a basement, a warehouse, or among buskers on the street or subway station. The song may not be entirely finished yet.
The Awl


COACHELLA BRINGS IN ARCADE MACHINES TO SAVE NATURE

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Annual Festival has partnered with Global Inheritance to create an arcade that encourages visitors to earn game tokens by performing nature-saving tasks.
Polygon


SKRILLEX: 'DANCE MUSIC IS NOT A BUBBLE'

Rave idealist, hippie capitalist, sci-fi dreamer … the EDM star talks about the promise of the Tumblr generation – and the rebirth of LA's music scene.
The Guardian


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