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WARNER ACQUIRES GOLD TYPHOON GROUP TO GROW CHINA PRESENCE

Warner Music Group has signed a deal to acquire the recorded music catalog and artist roster of Gold Typhoon Group, one of the largest independent music companies in Greater China. The deal was formally announced Monday (April 28) and is due to be completed by the summer.
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LIVE NATION, YAHOO ANNOUNCE DAILY LIVE STREAM CONCERT PARTNERSHIP

Live Nation and Yahoo will live-stream 365 concerts over a 12-month period set to begin later this summer, the two companies announced Monday (April 28) during Yahoo’s “Newfront” presentation to advertisers at New York’s Lincoln Center.
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HOW AN UNSIGNED UNKNOWN WON OVER CLEAR CHANNEL

Just one year ago, British pop singer Katy Tiz was an upstart signed to Lava/Republic working the radio-promo circuit hard for her debut singles, "Famous" and "Red Cup." A few stations took a chance on the latter, but Tiz soon met the fate of many young acts before her -- she was dropped by the fall.
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BEYONCE, JAY Z ANNOUNCE ON THE RUN SUMMER STADIUM TOUR

The Carters have officially announced their rumored joint tour. Beyonce and Jay Z will head out on a 16-date stadium tour they're calling On The Run, to kickoff in Miami on June 25th and wrap in San Francisco on August 5.
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QUEENSRYCHE, GEOFF TATE ANNOUNCE LAWSUIT SETTLEMENT TERMS

Nearly two years after Queensryche fired Geoff Tate, the parties agree that his former bandmates will keep the group's name.
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RDIO WANTS TO STREAM STRONGER, LAUNCHES 'ARTISTS FOR QUALITY' INITIATIVE WITH GRATEFUL DEAD'S BOB WEIR

Looks like Neil Young isn't the only veteran rocker with quality on his mind; The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir has teamed with Rdio on a program the company is calling "Artists for Quality."
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PAUL SIMON, EDIE BRICKELL ARRESTED IN CONNECTICUT

Paul Simon and his wife, Edie Brickell, have been arrested in Connecticut on disorderly conduct charges. A police spokeswoman in New Canaan said the arrests stemmed from an incident Saturday.
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RADIUS-TWC ACQUIRES QUINCY JONES-PRODUCED DOC ON TRUMPETER CLARK TERRY

The Quincy Jones-produced film on trumpeter Clark Terry has been acquired by RADiUS-TWC, the company that had Oscar-winning success with "20 Feet From Stardom." Terry, a veteran of the Duke Ellington and Count Basie bands before leading his own groups, taught Jones the trumpet 70 years ago.
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DEMI LOVATO AND SHAZAM ANNOUNCE DEAL TO LET FANS PLAN NEW TOUR

Pop star Demi Lovato and Shazam have announced a first-of-its-kind partnership today that will put her fans (or those simply curious as to who she is) into the driver's seat of her tour van.
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BOB ROBACK APPOINTED FENDER PRESIDENT

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation announced Monday that Bob Roback has joined the company as president and a new member of the board of directors.
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BMI HEAD DEL BRYANT TO BE PRESENTED WITH VISIONARY LEADERSHIP AWARD AT SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME

BMI President Del Bryant will become only the second individual honored with the Visionary Leadership Award at the 45th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Dinner, Thursday, June 12 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York.
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PHARRELL, JAY Z, BEYONCE WIN WEBBY AWARDS

The winners of the Webby Awards were announced on Monday, and Pharrell Williams won the Webby and People's Voice Award in the best use of interactive video category for his 24-hour "Happy" music video.
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CLOSING ARGUMENTS DELAYED IN APPLE-SAMSUNG TRIAL

Dueling expert witnesses were called back to the stand Monday in a San Jose federal courtroom to discuss whether the ruling in a legal dispute between Apple and Motorola has any effect on the Apple and Samsung trial.
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BERT BERNS: LABEL BOSS, FRIEND TO WISEGUYS AND FOE TO VAN MORRISON

Remembered with equal parts animosity and affection, the Bronx-born music man blazed a trail in an era of industry pimps, visionaries and gangsters.
Irish Times


THE KYLIE MINOGUE CASE UNDERLINES THAT CREATIVES SHOULD BE PAID

A furore has erupted over the pay rates, or lack thereof, offered to dancers working on Kylie Minogue’s new video.
The Guardian


NASHVILLE MUSIC STAR CATCHES CROOK WITH HIDDEN CAMERA

A convicted thief, who once worked for a premier tour bus company, admitted to the Channel 4 I-Team that he "made mistakes" when he stole money from a safe in the tour bus of bluegrass music star Rhonda Vincent.
WMSV


WATCH FLYING DRONES PLAY MUSIC AS HUMANITY COWERS IN TERROR

In a truly worrying sign for the future of the human race, the folks over at KMel Robotics have taught machines how to express themselves musically.
A.V. Club


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