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ASCAP PRESIDENT PAUL WILLIAMS ON EXPO 2014, CONSENT DECREES & PASTRAMI SANDWICHES, DAFT PUNK (Q&A)

Billboard caught up with ASCAP's inimitable president Paul Williams, the Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe winning Hall of Fame composer whose many hits include "We've Only Just Begun," "Rainy Days and Mondays," "The Rainbow Connection," "An Old Fashioned Love Song," on the eve of this year's confab.
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HAPPY NINTH BIRTHDAY YOUTUBE: FROM ‘ME AT THE ZOO’ TO BILLIONS

As groundbreaking recorded media events go, YouTube’s first upload is about as banal as Thomas Edison reciting “Mary Had A Little Lamb” on the first phonograph record. In the eighteen-second clip “Me At The Zoo,” uploaded for the world to see nine years ago today, April 23, 2005, YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim stands before the old Elephant Mesa habitat at the San Diego Zoo.
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MEET THE LAMB OF WALL STREET, BROKER OF SUB POP-WARNER DEAL, BUYER OF DICAPRIO'S COCKATOO

The story is, well, like a movie -- specifically, "The Wolf of Wall Street," which he believes he inspired, as DiCaprio in the late '90s often stayed at Giacchetto's SoHo loft, which Giacchetto says was awash in sex, drugs and punk rock.
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APPLE SHARES SURGE ON EARNINGS, DIVIDEND BOOST

Apple Inc. on Wednesday posted a modest 4.7% increase in sales and a 7% jump in profit its second quarter that nevertheless beat the expectations of Wall Street analysts and helped send the company's stock soaring more than 8% following the financial announcement.
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FACEBOOK HAS $2.5B IN Q1 REVENUE, A BILLION MOBILE USERS

Facebook posted quarterly revenues of $2.5 billion during a transformative first three months of 2014, during which the company made a pair of acquisitions for $4.4 billion in cash and nearly a tenth of its overall equity. The company beat consensus revenue estimates of $2.3 billion.
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LATIN CONFERENCE: MARC ANTHONY TALKS SALSA, STAGE FRIGHT & HIS LOVE OF MOTOWN

Marc Anthony couldn’t help it. He was born to sing. But he dabbled in a few different genres before he found the niche he created with a whole brand of salsa. And he may sort of owe it to Mexican balladeer Juan Gabriel.
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LATIN CONFERENCE: GLORIA TREVI, KAT DAHLIA, LESLIE GRACE AND LA MARISOUL AT DIVAS PANEL

The annual panel of Latina superstars sharing their experiences and advice at the 25th Annual Latin Billboard Conference and Awards starred veteran Gloria Trevi and a newer generation of muchachas musicales – Kat Dahlia, Leslie Grace and La Marisoul, lead singer of Santa Cecilia.
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LIVE NATION'S ALAN RAKOV APPOINTED CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER, U.S. CONCERTS

Live Nation Entertainment has announced that Alan Rakov has been promoted to chief strategy officer of United States concerts (USC).
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THE JAM'S PAUL WELLER CRIES FOUL AFTER RECORD STORE DAY

Paul Weller has joined the chorus of critics challenging Record Store Day and the sales flips, mostly on eBay, that result of the day's exclusive releases.
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VH1 LAYS OFF MAJORITY OF NEW YORK DEVELOPMENT TEAM

“With ratings on an upswing and the pace of development increasing cross platform, we felt it was the right time to examine our overall production and development structure in New York," said the network in a statement.
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APPLE CROWD-SOURCES PIXIES' 'GIGANTIC' FOR IPHONE 5S COMMERCIAL

The minute-and-a-half commercial follows people building the song using predominantly recording or music-making features, with previews of apps for video games, photography, even exercise and language translation.
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BRAZIL LOOKS TO PROTECT PRIVACY AND NET NEUTRALITY WITH INTERNET BILL OF RIGHTS

President Rousseff hails the legislation as a victory for human rights, though provision on data storage is dropped.
The Verge


ALOHA IT'S ME: TODD RUNDGREN ON HOW TO OPEN AN AUTHENTIC HAWAIIAN TIKI BAR

On the occasion of Todd Rundgren's second appearance on his old friend Daryl Hall's syndicated Live From Daryl's House program, the visionary rock producer, musician and fellow Philly native flew Hall over to Todd's house, a custom designed pagoda-like structure on the scenic Hawaiian island of Kaua'i.
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TOM PETTY, FUN. AND OTHER TOP NAMES IN MUSIC HONORED AT 31ST ANNUAL ASCAP POP MUSIC AWARDS

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) hosted its 31st annual Pop Music Awards tonight at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.
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