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BIG BOI ANNOUNCES NEW RECORD DEAL WITH EPIC RECORDS

Big Boi is back in a big way indeed, and not just for his string of Outkast reunion tour dates this summer: the Atlanta-raised rapper has announced a new deal with Epic Records for his next solo record.
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LILY ALLEN’S 'SHEEZUS,' MR. PROBZ' 'WAVES' RIDE TO NO. 1 ON U.K. SALES CHARTS

British pop favorite Lily Allen’s “Sheezus” (Parlophone/Warner Music) has become her second U.K. No. 1 album. The Official Charts Company’s new sales data, published Sunday (May 11), also showed Dutch hip-hop star Mr. Probz reclaiming the singles chart crown with “Waves” (Left Lane Recordings).
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WOULD STEVE JOBS HAVE BOUGHT BEATS?

As Steve Jobs famously said, “People don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”
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TAKE THAT MEMBERS FACE HUGE BILL FOR TAX-AVOIDANCE SCHEME

Members of the British boyband face having to pay back tens of millions of pounds after a U.K. tribunal ruled that they and others took part in a mass-scale tax avoidance scheme.
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WILL DR. DRE BE THE 'FIRST BILLIONAIRE IN HIP-HOP' WITH THE APPLE-BEATS DEAL?

With news breaking yesterday evening of Apple’s acquisition of Beats Electronics for a reported $3.2 billion, the question of whether Beats principle Dr. Dre (née Andre Young) -- who co-founded the company with Interscope boss Jimmy Iovine -- stands to become the wealthiest hip-hop artist or not is something many are wondering.
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SIMON COWELL WANTS HIS OWN VERSION OF 'FROZEN'

Animal Logic Entertainment ("The Lego Movie," "Happy Feet") and Cowell's Syco Entertainment have formed a partnership to make and develop music-based animated films and hybrid animation/live-action movies. Sony Pictures purchased their first film and has scheduled it for release in 2016.
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HOW CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK AND NXNE ARE LEARNING TO GET ALONG

It is not a death match. It's not even a heated battle. It’s what both sides call healthy competition, but it would be foolish to think there isn't inherent tension between Toronto's Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast, given their history. This year, after 31 years, CMW moved up its conference five weeks closer (May 6 to 10) to the 20-year-old NXNE (June 13 to 22) and hired their former festival booker.
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BUSINESS MATTERS: APPLE & BEATS, IN SEARCH OF THE ULTIMATE BUNDLE

The $3.2 billion deal, reportedly near completion but still not done, would represent the moment when the world’s richest tech company finally decided that access to music will be more important to consumers than owning music -- and may be the trigger for a faceoff among some of the world’s biggest tech companies to capture the music subscription market.
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RICK KRIM, VH1'S EVP OF TALENT & MUSIC PROGRAMMING, RESIGNS

"I got a lot of WTF emails," said Rick Krim, VH1’s EVP of Talent & Music Programming, who announced yesterday (May 8) that he is leaving the cable network after 13 years without specifying his next move. "I'm just exploring a bunch of options right now," he said. "It'd be great to end up somewhere where music is the driving the force to whatever the organization is."
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SINÉAD O'CONNOR SIGNS WITH NETTWERK, NEW ALBUM COMING

The Irish singer’s upcoming album, her tenth, is “indicative of where Sinéad is in life,” according to a statement issued by Nettwerk. The music company describes the recording as “passionate and direct, yet with an overarching fragility; her voice is a weapon, as powerful as it is tender.” “The Vishnu Room” will get an Aug. 12 release date.
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GERMANY’S DEAG BUYS 51% STAKE IN U.K.'S KILIMANJARO LIVE

German concerts firm Deutsche Entertainment AG (DEAG) has acquired a controlling stake in the British concert, tour and festival promoter Kilimanjaro Live and its subsidiary Twin Peaks Ltd for a sum of nearly €4 million ($5.5 million).
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CONCHITA WURST, BEARDED AUSTRIAN DRAG QUEEN, WINS EUROVISION (WATCH)

The Austrian bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst won the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with a James Bond-inspired power ballad that had unleashed a wave of protests in eastern Europe before the competition.
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FILM & TV COMPOSER WILLIAM OLVIS DIES AT 56

William Patrick Olvis, who composed the sweeping theme for the popular CBS Western drama "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," died May 6 of throat cancer at his home in Malibu. He was 56.
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BYRDS, DOORS, PARSONS, ZAPPA: 'SOUNDS OF LAUREL CANYON 1965-1977' OPENS AT GRAMMY MUSEUM

Laurel Canyon wasn't much to look at - a few modest bungalows and log cabins crammed between an occasional faded mansion that had been left over from the days when it was a secluded, semi-rural retreat for Hollywood's silent-movie stars.
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U.K. PROVIDERS AND TRADE BODIES DRAFTING PROGRAM TO ADDRESS INFRINGEMENT

“Content creators and ISPs have, with the support of government, been working in partnership to develop a joint awareness programme that would support the growth of legal digital entertainment services, reduce illegal downloading and create the best possible customer experience online," a spokeperson for BPI said.
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L.A.'S THE AVALON NIGHTCLUB REVAMPS WITH 'SUPERCLUB' PRODUCTION

Unveiled in 1927, Los Angeles’ historic Avalon nightclub has hosted the Beatles’ American debut, the Jackson Five’s television debut, and in 1996, the last show by the Ramones. In 2014, the saga continues, as a total overhaul -- comprising a new state of the art sound system, 11 LED screens, new bathrooms and new VIP area -- cements the venue at the epicenter of LA’s EDM scene, bringing “superclub” production values to the medium-sized 1,200 capacity venue.
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QUESTLOVE TO PRODUCE MUSIC SERIES FOR VH1

The Roots leader is executive producing a music series for VH1 that will feature three artists performing simultaneously on one stage. "SoundClash" debuts July 23 with Lil Wayne, Fall Out Boy and buzzed British group London Grammar.
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APPLE TO UNVEIL IPHONE 6 THIS SUMMER (REPORT)

Sources famliar with the matter confirmed that a 4.7-inch version would arrive in August, followed by a 5.5 or 5.6-inch model in September, currently the size of Apple's latest iPhone, the 5S/C.
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50 CENT DETAILS $23 MILLION INTERSCOPE RECORDS PAYOUT

"So, the language in the contracts spoke to the same light and the way I would be paid off a ringtone...if that’s the way I was to be paid off the singles would mean that they owed me like another $23 million maybe. So we went through that process and it took—for four years actually. It took a while for us to get through it."
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WHEN MUSIC WAS STRANGE

Once, the world was safely divided into AM and FM. For years I drove a 1963 VW Beetle (I remember going with my father to buy it new for under $2,000) that had only an AM dial, and it was on WFIL and WIBG in Philly that I listened to the Stones, the Beatles and, God help us, the Archies. When I got home, I’d listen to WMMR-FM, which in the early ’70s was a “free form progressive rock” radio station; D.J.s like Carol Miller and Michael Tearson would play pretty much anything in those days, from Hound Dog Taylor to Rahsaan Roland Kirk to Randy Newman and Frank Zappa.
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TWO ARRESTED IN RAID FOR COUNTERFEIT CDS

The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) launched the investigation following a referral from the British Recorded Music Industry (BPI). It is believed that the two people arrested were selling the counterfeit CDs through an online marketplace, and then shipping them directly from an overseas source.
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