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EDM KING BOB SILLERMAN’S SFX COMPENSATION DOUBLED TO $30 MILLION IN 2013

Bob Sillerman, the colorful and controversial founder and CEO of publicly-traded EDM conglomerate SFX Entertainment, saw his total compensation double to over $30 million in 2013 thanks to an increase in a variety of option and stock awards.
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RISE RECORDS' UNLIKELY, EXPONENTIAL SUCCESS

Rise Records is a tiny operation -- just six employees at a modest office in Beaverton, Ore. But in the metal music world, the independent label is making impressive noise. Three of its albums have cracked the top 10 of the Billboard 200 so far this year, including "Unconditional" by Dallas metalcore outfit Memphis May Fire released in March (No. 4).
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ROB HALLETT ON AEG LIVE DEPARTURE: 'I'VE GOT MY OWN AMBITIONS’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Rob Hallett has exited his post as President of International Touring for AEG Live with about a year left on his contract, he tells Billboard.biz. Hallett had been with the live entertainment division of global sports, venue and live entertainment giant Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) for 10 years.
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ETHIOPIA HABTEMARIAM NAMED UMPG PRESIDENT, URBAN MUSIC

Ethiopia Habtemariam has been promoted to president of urban music/co-head of creative at Universal Music Publishing Group U.S. Formerly executive VP of the division, she will continue to co-head UMPG’s overall creative operations in the U.S. with Monti Olson, executive VP/head of pop & rock music.
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QUINCY JONES, DEADMAU5 KEYNOTE, SFX'S SHELLY FINKEL: CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK PREVIEW

Snow and sub-zero temperatures are not on the schedule for the first time in Canadian Music Week’s 32-year history. The annual music industry conference and festival, held in Toronto, has moved from March to May (6-10).
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BRAD PAISLEY'S ROYALTY SUIT AGAINST SONY MAY TRANSITION INTO A DIGITAL BATTLE

Brad Paisley is claiming the company misreported or improperly withheld $10 million from him. But with a new lawyer on the case, Sony may even be on the hook for a larger amount, as digital royalties are likely to become an additional focal point in the long-running case.
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SMOKEY ROBINSON'S EX-WIFE DEMANDS SHARE OF RECLAIMED HIT SONGS

Did the singer-songwriter commit fraud nearly three decades ago when he got a divorce and failed to mention that he might one day have the power to reclaim rights to his songs?
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DR PEPPER BUILDS L.A. RECORDING STUDIO, TO RELEASE EPS FEAT. RZA, DAVE SITEK AND HOOD INTERNET (EXCLUSIVE)

For several years now, brands like Converse, Red Bull and Sonos have established studio spaces where emerging and established artists could record and perform new music, free of the endorsement trappings one would initially associate with a branded studio. But Dr Pepper is taking the trend a step further.
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CONAN O'BRIEN LAUNCHES COMEDY RECORD LABEL

The first release under the Team Coco comedy record label will be a stand-up album from comedian Ian Edwards, 100% Half Assed, recorded at the La Jolla Comedy Store on March 8. The album will be released in June.
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MICHAEL JACKSON, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE'S DUET OFF TO MORE THAN 'GOOD' RETAIL, RADIO START

The lead track from 'Xscape,' the late King of Pop's album due May 13, is headed to this week's Hot 100 thanks to a strong first few days of sales, airplay and streaming.
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RIHANNA NOW A ROC NATION ARTIST, BUT DEF JAM REMAINS IN THE PICTURE

Earlier today Complex Magazine reported that Rihanna has "left" her longtime label, Def Jam, joining the in-house imprint at Shawn "Jay Z" Carter's management company Roc Nation. The 26-year-old singer's next album, the follow-up to 2012's "Unapologetic,” will still be distributed by Def Jam, with an announcement on official plans expected "soon," according to sources.
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JENNIFER LOPEZ TO RECEIVE ICON AWARD AT 2014 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS

The pop superstar will be on hand to collect the prestigious award at the annual ceremony, to be held May 18 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. And she’ll grace the stage to perform with one of the night’s finalists Pitbull to premiere the official anthem of this year’s FIFA World Cup, “We Are One (Ole Ola).”
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MEEK MILL LOSES SUIT OVER PHILLY POLICE STOP

Mill, who trying to catch a flight to Atlanta to launch his debut album, was instead handcuffed and detained on Halloween night 2012 with his entourage: an Atlantic Records executive, an off-duty police officer and his cousin.
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IRISH SINGING PRIEST OFFERED MUSIC LABEL DEAL

Fr Ray Kelly, the singing priest who became a YouTube sensation after his version of Leonard Cohen’s song Hallelujah went viral, has been offered two separate record deals with Sony and Universal.
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ONE DIRECTION MANAGEMENT UPSET OVER ‘ONE ERECTION’ CONDOMS

“Stay ‘UP ALL NIGHT’ with these FDA approved ONE ERECTION condoms. There is only one direction to go with these babies and that is UP! Great ice breaker at parties and bars,” reads the promotional blurb reported by the Daily Star.
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THIS PSYCHEDELIC VIRTUAL CITY MAKES MUSIC CONTROLLED BY YOUR BRAIN WAVES

It feels like a cross between a video game and an acid trip. But as you walk through the neon, geometrically tripped-out cityscape, the music you hear is no hallucination. Every measure of ambient electronic tones and textures is composed in real time by your own brain waves.
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