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AMERICA'S LARGEST RECORD PLANT EXPANDS THANKS TO VINYL BOOM – BUT IT'S NEVER BEEN IN TROUBLE (Q&A)

Billboard spoke to Jay Millar, director of marketing for United Record Pressing who previously worked for PolyGram, Universal and SonyBMG. Below, Millar turns many common assumptions about vinyl on their heads.
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BEHIND LIVE NATION'S Q1 REVENUE GROWTH: EXPANDED CONCERT SEASON, STADIUM SHOWS, ARTIST NATION SYNERGY, MORE

Live Nation's earning call yesterday provided rich insight into the largely positive numbers revealed by the live entertainment giant's Q1 earnings report, including details on how specific business areas are performing within the Live Nation structure.
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MICHAEL JACKSON'S BACK: HOW L.A. REID PLANNED HIS 'XSCAPE' (COVER STORY)

A little less than a year ago, L.A. Reid met John Branca for dinner at Cecconi's in West Hollywood. Reid had been the chairman and CEO of Epic Records ("the house that Thriller built," as Reid calls it) since July 2011, and he'd inherited a cold label that so far hadn't gotten much hotter.
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MICHAEL JACKSON TO UNLEASH WORLD PREMIERE EXPERIENCE AT BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS

On what already promises to be one of the year’s stand-out music events, the 2014 BBMAs raise the bar even higher with a world premiere experience featuring the late King of Pop.
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GLENN DANZIG SUES FORMER MISFITS BANDMATE OVER ICONIC 'FIEND SKULL' (REPORT)

The Misfits' unnecessarily plentiful merchandise could be taken as the ultimate symbol of capitalism's shameless commodification of punk rock, but it's also worth a lot of money -- money founding singer Glenn Danzig is suing former bassist Gerald Caiafa, a.k.a. Jerry Only, for taking.
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'FROZEN' SPENDS LUCKY 13TH WEEK AT NO. 1; LINDSEY STIRLING BOWS AT NO. 2

As expected, Disney's soundtrack to "Frozen" refuses to budge from the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200. The set spends a lucky 13th nonconsecutive week at No. 1, selling 106,000 copies (down 8 percent) in the week ending May 4, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
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LATIN RECORDING ACADEMY LAUNCHES LATIN GRAMMY CULTURAL FOUNDATION

It's been 15 years since the launch of the Latin Grammy Awards, and as part of the anniversary the Latin Recording Academy is introducing a new educational initiative with a global reach.
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AUSTRALIAN RECORD PRODUCER MARTIN ERDMAN DIES AT 77

Martin Erdman, the Australian record producer and sound engineer who worked on Peter Allen’s 1980 hit “I Still Call Australia Home” and served as house producer for Festival Records, has died at the age of 77.
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MUVE MUSIC UP FOR SALE (SOURCES)

Muve Music, the leading paid U.S. subscription play, bundled as part of the Cricket Wireless service, is being put up for sale according to people familiar with early discussions. News of the sale discussions was first reported by New York Times.
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CHARLOTTE’S REFLECTION SOUND CLOSES, EARLY R.E.M. RECORDING STUDIO

It’s a royal return for the King of Pop to the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. Michael Jackson's "Love Never Felt So Good" with Justin Timberlake makes splashy debuts at No. 20 on the Hot 100 and No. 6 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The track is the first single from Jackson's posthumous album "Xscape," due Tuesday (May 13).
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JIM DONIO OPENS MUSIC BIZ ASSN. CONVENTION WITH HONORS FOR SYLVIA RHONE, JONATHAN PONEMAN

In his opening address to the Music Business Assn. convention in Los Angeles, the trade group's president Jim Donio noted that, while the growth of streaming was more than offsetting declining download sales, IFPI data also showed physical was still holding 51.4% of global revenue.
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JOHN LEGEND TOPS HOT 100 WITH 'ALL OF ME,' ARIANA GRANDE DEBUTS AT NO. 3

John Legend takes over the Billboard Hot 100 at last, as his piano ballad "All of Me" unseats Pharrell Williams' "Happy," which reigned for 10 weeks. Meanwhile, Ariana Grande blasts in at No. 3 with "Problem" (featuring rap newcomer Iggy Azalea), which narrowly misses bowing at No. 1 itself. The song is one of two that Azalea places in the top five, as her "Fancy" (featuring Charli XCX) flies 7-4.
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STREAMING APP TUNEIN ADDS WAY TO HEAR 'RECENTLY STARTED' SONGS

Tired of flipping through the radio dial? Internet radio service TuneIn is offering a way to see which songs have just started on 100,000 radio stations around the world, allowing you to listen in soon after the tune starts.
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HOW APPLE CAN TURN ITUNES INTO AN INDUSTRY-DOMINATING STREAMING SERVICE

When Apple debuted iTunes Match, its cloud music locker feature, in 2011, everyone assumed it was the first step towards iTunes becoming a streaming music service. Three years later, and iTunes is still straddling the future and the past, unable to commit to on-demand rental access — all while competitors like Spotify, Rdio, Beats Music, and Deezer push on.
The Week


OPEN INTERNET BACKERS STAGE 'OCCUPY FCC'

Internet libertarians calling for the equal treatment of all Internet data have camped out in front of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, D.C., saying they won’t quit their Occupy-style protest until the regulator stands up for Net neutrality.
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MUSICIANS ON GOOGLE: FROM KASABIAN AND JOHN CALE TO NICKI MINAJ AND M.I.A.

There are several lessons to be learned from the lyrics of Kasabian's new single 'eez-eh', including not venturing down the front at one of their gigs without a snake hook or trained mongoose to hand.
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