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MARC ANTHONY’S SALSA REVIVAL SWEEPS BILLBOARD LATIN MUSIC AWARDS

A remake of an Algerian song, set to a salsa beat, helped propel Marc Anthony to become the top winner at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards, which aired live on the Telemundo network on April 24.
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PANDORA NARROWS LOSSES, FORECASTS FULL-YEAR PROFIT

Aided by a surge in mobile advertising, Pandora on Thursday posted stronger than expected revenue of $194.3 million its first quarter, up 69% from a year ago. Losses narrowed to $28.9 million, down from $38.7 million a year earlier.
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A2IM LIBBY AWARDS: CHVURCHES, WILLIAM ONYEABOR, ATO, GLASSNOTE AMONG 2014 NOMINEES (EXCLUSIVE)

Chvrches and William Onyeabor lead the artist nominees for the third annual A2IM Libera Awards (known as the LIBBYs), to be held June 19 at the Highline Ballroom in New York. A2IM is a not-for-profit trade organization represending the independent music business.
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RECORD STORE DAY RETAILERS REPORT BIG SPIKES, BEST-EVER SALES

In a week when overall U.S. album sales were down 2.2% over the same week in 2013, the independent record store sector collectively rode the Record Store Day sales bonanza to an 11.2% gain, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
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RECORD STORE DAY CHART RECAP: VINYL ALBUM SALES REACH HISTORIC HIGH

On the 25-position Tastemakers chart -- which tracks the top-selling albums at independent and small chain stores -- only three albums weren't specifically tied to RSD festivities. The chart (excerpted below) is led by Green Day's 18-track "Demolicious" album, which was released exclusively to indie retailers on CD, vinyl and cassette. (Yes, cassette.)
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MY FIRST 'AMERICAN IDOL': AN INTERN'S TALE

The stage may be smaller in person, but the talent -- especially at the judges' table -- feels much bigger.
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LATIN CONFERENCE: AFO VERDE, SONY LATIN CEO, ON THE 'ART OF A&R'

In some ways music executive Afo Verde, who gave a presentation during the Billboard Latin Conference in Miami yesterday, is a rock star. He not only provided keen insights into the industry during his talk, but at one point a member of the audience gave him a demo -- which was followed by at least 50 other people who ran up to him with more CDs than he could physically hold.
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SIRIUS XM RADIO GROWS SUBS TO 25.8 MILLION IN FIRST QUARTER

The satellite radio company, controlled by John Malone's Liberty Media, added 266,799 subscribers on a net basis in the latest quarter, ending it with a total of 25.8 million paid subscribers, a new company record.
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FRED DAVIS, RAINMAKER WHO SHEPARDED SPOTIFY, STICKING AROUND AS IPO TALK RAMPS UP

When Spotify founder Daniel Ek finally shares details on his company's plans to file an initial public offering (IPO) -- probably later this year -- Fred Davis will be by his side, as he has from the start.
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MOOG CEO MIKE ADAMS ON RETOOLED MOOGFEST: ‘IT’S MORE THE ENGINEERING GEEKY SIDE OF THINGS’

Where can you see futurist George Dvorsky by day and living meme Riff Raff by night? This year's retooled Moogfest is an eccentric five days of daytime musings on sci-fi, instrument design and music visuals and evening performances ranging from M.I.A to Holly Herndon. The celebration of art, technology and innovation begins today in Asheville, North Carolina.
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ELECTRIC ZOO UNVEILS SECURITY REFORMS, REQUIRED PSA; AOKI, VAN BUUREN ON REVIEW BOARD

Electric Zoo, the annual EDM festival owned by SFX Entertainment, has announced a slew of new security reforms for its 2014 edition, which the dance conglomerate holds on New York's Randall's Island, the last day of which was cancelled last year following the drug-related deaths of two attendees as well as four others becoming critically ill.
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OTHER MUSIC'S JOSH MADELL ON RECORD STORE DAY SUCCESS, RECORD STORE WOE (GUEST POST)

"We did a week’s worth of business in one afternoon; the only day that has come close was RSD 2013, and RSD 2012 just behind that."
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BEATS MUSIC IS TOP DOWNLOADED ITUNES MUSIC APP

Beats Music, which switched on the ability for listeners to buy subscriptions to the service within its iOS app on Sunday, has climbed up the iTunes charts in recent days.
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BAND RELEASES ALBUM AS LINUX KERNEL MODULE

A band called netcat (also the name of a popular networking tool) has released its new album, Cycles Per Instruction, in a number of formats, including a world first: the album can be compiled as a Linux kernel module.
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LOBBYING EFFORTS INTENSIFY AFTER F.C.C. TRIES 3RD TIME ON NET NEUTRALITY

In the nine weeks since the Federal Communications Commission said it would try, for a third time, to write new rules to secure an open Internet, at least 69 companies, interest groups and trade associations — over one a day — have met with or otherwise lobbied commission officials on what the rules should specify.
New York Times


LATE SLIPKNOT BASSIST’S WIFE TESTIFIES AGAINST FORMER DOCTOR

Dr Daniel Baldi is accused of the involuntary manslaughter of Gray, who died of a drug overdose in 2010, and eight other patients. Criminal proceedings were launched in 2012 after Baldi was subject to four medical malpractice lawsuits, including three wrongful death suits, mainly for prescribing dangerous levels of prescription medications to patients.
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