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SEAN COMBS SAYS REVOLT WAS 'USED AS A PAWN' TO DRIVE UP FUSE PRICE

Sean Combs said during the final opening session at the NCTA convention on Thursday that Madison Square Garden used his company -- parent of cable music channel Revolt TV -- to get a higher price when it sold the Fuse music network to NuvoTV, suggesting MSG never intended to sell the network to him.
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TUNECORE INKS DEAL WITH KKBOX, TOP ASIAN MUSIC SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE (EXCLUSIVE)

Digital distribution platform TuneCore announced Thursday it has signed a deal with KKBOX, one of the largest digital music subscription services in Asia. Effective immediately, music distributed through TuneCore will be made available in Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and Malaysia as part of KKBOX’s music subscription service.
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KOBALT LAUNCHES YOUTUBE MATCHING TOOL PROKLAIM, BOASTS 1BN PROCESSED STREAMS PER MONTH

With YouTube royalty revenue on the upswing, music publishers and labels are getting more proactive in making sure they get their share of payments.
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YOUTUBE OFFERS PHARRELL, PEPSI, GOOGLE PREFERRED AD TOOL AT UPFRONT

Just two years ago, YouTube touted a lineup of premium content from traditional-media players and Hollywood talent (an investment valued at over $100 million) to pitch advertisers on buying TV-quality content online. But at YouTube (and Google’s) 2014 “Brandcast” upfront presentation to advertisers in New York Wednesday (April 30) night, the focus was more on homegrown talent, and the big, highly measurable audiences who watch them.
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RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY CO-FOUNDER MANY AMERI ON STAYING IN NEW YORK, MUST-SEES (Q&A)

We caught up with Academy co-founder Many Ameri to find out what drew him back to New York, how the program achieves authenticity and what five events this month are absolute must-sees.
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BLOOM.FM SAYS IT'S 'GAME OVER,' BUT IS IT?

Bloom.fm, the U.K.-based streaming app that secured over 1.1 million users in its first year, has announced it's "game over" for the company after an investor unexpectedly backed out at the eleventh hour.
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RDIO, CUMULUS ANNOUNCE FREE AD-SUPPORTED MUSIC STREAMING SERVICE

Subscription music streaming service Rdio and broadcast radio network Cumulus Media have announced a free ad-supported service set tolaunch later this year.
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JUAN FORMELL OF LOS VAN VAN DEAD AT 71

Juan Formell, the founder and leader of Cuba’s leading dance band Los Van Van, has died. The bassist, composer and arranger, whose songs formed the soundtrack of contemporary Cuba since 1969, was 71 years old.
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CHART MOVES: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN EARNS 26TH TOP 40 ALBUM, BASTILLE HITS TARGET WITH 'BLOOD'

This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Disney's "Frozen" soundtrack held firm for a 12th nonconsecutive week at No. 1, while Future and Iggy Azalea's latest albums debuted at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively.
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TWO NEW BREAKTHROUGHS AIM AT EASY MUSIC PUBLISHING SOLUTIONS

Technology is once again helping the music industry eliminate the middle man, with new online ways to facilitate game/app music licensing and the solution of termination/reversion issues.
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IGGY AZALEA MAKES SOCIAL 50 CHART DEBUT AS 'THE NEW CLASSIC' ARRIVES

The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart's methodology blends weekly additions of friends/fans/followers along with artist page views, song plays and reactions as measured by music analytics company Next Big Sound.
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UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP AND DANIEL BARENBOI LAUNCH DIGITAL IMPRINT PERAL MUSIC

Daniel Barenboim, legendary conductor and pianist, has launched a new digital-only label in partnership with Universal Music they're calling Peral Music. Peral Music will be offered in the iTunes Store's ‘Mastered for iTunes’ format, and the first release will be offered through iTunes with a two-month exclusivity. The deal was announced today in Berlin.
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VH1, REPUBLIC RECORDS PARTNER ON 24-HOUR LIVESTREAM COMPETITION ‘MAKE A BAND FAMOUS’ (EXCLUSIVE)

The winner of the online competition will be signed to Republic Records, land a performance slot on Brooklyn’s Northside Festival and receive exposure on VH1’s “You Oughta Know” program.
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BIZ POLL: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON NET NEUTRALITY?

Critics contend this will lead to a "have-and-have-not" Internet, bifurcating the web and placing much more power into the hands of the major service providers -- such as Comcast and Time Warner (who are currently attempting to merge). Wheeler has asserted the proposed rules do not mean the end of the "open Internet." The (poll) question is, what do you think?
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PAUL SIMON MADE 911 CALL AFTER 'BREAKING' EDIE BRICKELL'S HEART

Paul Simon made the 911 call that led to the arrests last week of him and his wife, singer Edie Brickell, on disorderly conduct charges, according to a police report.
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SNEAKERNOMICS: WILL KANYE WEST HELP ADIDAS SALES?

The music industry and the sneaker business have been entwined for decades. We only need to recall Run-DMC and what they did for Adidas , or The Ramones wearing Chuck Taylors to understand the importance of this relationship. Brands have “seeded” the celebrity market for years to get exposure for their products.
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A RESPONSE TO STEVE ALBINI ABOUT THE INTERNET AND MUSICIANS BY UNSOUND FILM DIRECTOR

Steve Albini’s poorly reasoned piece was posted, so I feel obligated to try to correct some of the glaring misinformation. I’ve spent the past 2 years working on a documentary called Unsound that addresses the issues that Steve brings up in his post.
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UK COULD EARN EXTRA £4BN FROM MUSIC HERITAGE TOURISM - REPORT

Titled Imagine, the study's findings take the example of Liverpool, where the heritage of The Beatles attracts millions of music tourists every year and generates £70 million for Liverpool’s local economy.
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