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MAKER STUDIOS LAUNCHES VIDEO STREAMING PLATFORM

The Culver City digital media firm, led by executive chairman Ynon Kreiz and newly appointed head of content Erin McPherson, took the stage at the Digital Content NewFronts to unveil Maker.tv, a destination for windowed and exclusive original content from Maker and its roster of online talent.
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BLUE NOTE RECORDS LAUNCHES ITUNES DESTINATION, RADIO STATION FOR 75TH ANNIVERSARY (EXCLUSIVE)

Blue Note Records launched an iTunes destination page Tuesday, making every in-print Blue Note title from its 75-year history available in one place. The site will also feature Blue Note Radio, one of the first label-branded radio stations on Apple's iTunes Radio.
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PANDORA LAUNCHES BETA OF BRAND-CURATED STATIONS

Pandora has announced the beta launch of 'Promoted Stations,' a way for the service to better serve advertisers by providing users with a custom-curated stations from brands.
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TWITTER STOCK HITS ALL-TIME LOW AS POST-IPO LOCK-UP PERIOD ENDS

Twitter's stock is down to an all-time low after a post-IPO lock-up period preventing employees and early investors from selling expired Tuesday.
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HOW KEITH WHITLEY'S CONFLICTED LEGACY SPAWNED AN 'AUTHENTIC' COUNTRY REVIVAL

When NBC launched the current season of The Voice on Feb. 24, one of the stunners was a performance of “Don’t Close Your Eyes.” The singer was Jake Worthington, a Texan who got three of the four coaches to turn their chairs around and compete to nab him for their teams. Particularly surprising was the kid’s age — at 17, most of Worthington’s country-loving peers are being influenced heavily by the bro-country of Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan.
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LIVE NATION Q1 EARNINGS UP 22% TO $1.1 BILLION YEAR-OVER-YEAR

In today's first quarter earnings statement, Live Nation Entertainment, the world's largest concert promoter, management company, and ticketing company in its Ticketmaster division, reported year-over-year revenue up 22% for Q1 to $1.1 billion, and an increase in adjusted operating income (AOI) up a whopping 56% to $83 million, with operating income improving 63%.
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WOMEN IN MUSIC 2014: MAKE YOUR NOMINATIONS HERE

For the tenth consecutive year, Billboard's special feature Women in Music will identify these individuals -- and we once again invite our readers to offer their nominations online.
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DATA BREACHES OFFER CEOS NEW NIGHTMARES

Target's chief executive, Gregg Steinhafel, is the first boss of a major corporation to lose his job over a theft of customer data. His exit from the helm of the nation's third-largest retailer on Monday shows that - in addition to guiding company strategy and keeping Wall Street happy with ever-growing profits- today's chief executives are being held responsible for lapses in computer security.
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JACK WHITE’S 'LAZARETTO' ULTRA VINYL: DUAL GROOVES, HIDDEN TRACKS, FLOATING ANGEL HOLOGRAM (VIDEO)

Jack White’s Nashvile-based Third Man Records has been consistently innovative over the past five years in its analog releases, bringing to life many ideas that were new to the century-old vinyl format.
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SPOTIFY SILENCES VULFPECK'S SILENT 'SLEEPIFY' ALBUM

The company's first email was friendly, offering assistance if the band needed anything, according to keyboardist Jack Stratton. But in late April, the act received a respectful request to take down "Sleepify" for an unspecified terms-of-service violation, before Spotify pulled the plug itself.
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RHAPSODY INVESTS IN EDM STREAM OPERATOR DUBSET

Streaming service Rhapsody International has taken an equity stake in electronic dance music licensing and distribution agent Dubset Media Holdings in exchange for a Series B investment of undisclosed size. The drop represents Rhapsody’s first-ever cash investment in another company.
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GOOGLE PLAY MUSIC EXPANDS TO CANADA

Google Play Music has expanded to Canada, the online radio streaming service posted to its blog on May 5, the eve of Canadian Music Week. In doing so, Google's digital distribution platform makes its bid for a subscription-based music streaming platform market formerly occupied by Rdio and Deezer.
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AIM SIGNS BLANKET LICENSING DEAL WITH BBC

Effective immediately and retroactively, the agreement allows labels and BBC Worldwide to use the broadcaster's catalog of live sessions and recordings -- effective across TV, radio, and online platforms -- for licensing, streaming, downloads, physical audio and DVD releases (including compilations and anthologies), and TV sales without negotiating on a case-by-case basis.
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MILEY CYRUS, RICKY MARTIN TO PERFORM ON BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS

Miley Cyrus and Ricky Martin have joined the growing list of performers on the upcoming 2014 Billboard Music Awards. The BBMAs will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 18, on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.
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N.Y.-BASED MUSIC PUBLISHER SPIRIT EXPANDS TO WEST COAST

The expansion includes the appointment of Ty McKery to head the newly founded Urban Division, while Teddy Blum will become part of the licensing and acquisitions team. The new offices are located at 8730 Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles.
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RADIO HAS A MORE CERTAIN FUTURE THAN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

Richard Marks of Research the Media argues that BBC's Playlister service reflects the blurring of the lines between radio and music streaming services - but these do not have as defined a role as radio or even a successful commercial model.
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