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JAY Z, BEYONCÉ ON THE RUN WITH CHASE: HOW THE BANK SCORED THE SUMMER'S HOTTEST TOUR SPONSORSHIP

Fans aren't the only ones scrambling for a piece of the action. The lucrative tour sparked competition among top brands in financial services, which jockeyed with other bidders for sponsorship rights.
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SONGWRITER EQUITY ACT PICKS UP MOMENTUM IN SENATE, AIMS TO MODERNIZE COPYRIGHT LAW

Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker (both R-Tenn.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) have introduced legislation that charges the Copyright Royalty Board with trying to achieve fair market value when setting songwriter publishing rates on digital music services, in addition to the four other considerations it already uses.
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APPLE MAY UNVEIL IOVINE, DR. DRE EXEC APPOINTMENTS AT JUNE CONFERENCE

Apple could unveil Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre as its latest recruits at its Worldwide Developers’ Conference in June, according to people familiar with the Beats Electronics acquisition talks.
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ROSS ON RADIO: TUNE IN FOR WHAT?

The "most-followed" radio station in the world is a British top 40 powerhouse. The most-followed American stations are a pair of hip-hop outlets: one broadcast, one digital-only. The most-followed top 40 station from America is a pureplay as well, and has twice the followers of its leading broadcast rival.
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VETERAN COUNTRY MUSIC AGENT KEVIN NEAL JOINS WME AS PARTNER

Veteran country music agent Kevin Neal, who for the better part of 30 years has called Buddy Lee Attractions his home, has joined WME as a partner. He brings with him acts such as Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Colt Ford and Parmalee.
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JAY Z & SOLANGE ELEVATOR FIGHT: STANDARD HOTEL INVESTIGATING SECURITY BREACH

Asked about the video on Monday by The Associated Press, the hotel issued a statement saying it is "shocked and disappointed that there was a clear breach of our security system."
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FIRST-QUARTER MUSIC PUBLISHING RANKINGS: SONGS SURGES AGAIN

The first-quarter rankings for music-publishing royalties are in, and the most notable winners are Sony/ATV and SONGS. Although the former’s No. 1 finish is hardly surprising -- Sony/ATV has held the top spot for seven successive quarters.
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MOTOWN APPOINTS MYISHA BROOKS VICE PRESIDENT OF CREATIVE RELATIONS & MARKETING

In the newly created position, Brooks will report to president Ethiopia Habtemariam, taking on responsibilities of marketing, artist development and public relations, as well as leading on strategic initiatives for recently signed artists.
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CASEY KASEM MISSING: JUDGE ORDERS INVESTIGATION

A judge on Monday ordered an investigation into the whereabouts of Casey Kasem after an attorney for the ailing radio personality's wife said the former "Top 40" host had been removed from the country.
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DR. DRE LOSES $3 MILLION ROYALTY CLAIM ON DEBUT ALBUM

A bankruptcy judge administering the Death Row Records estate won't let the hip-hop artist seek three years of money from his debut album, "The Chronic."
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DELTASONIC RECORDS FOUNDER ALAN WILLS DEAD AT 52

Wills was a highly popular and influential figure in the current day Liverpool music scene and was widely respected throughout the British music community. His label’s most famous signing was Liverpool indie act The Coral, who released six studio albums through Deltasonic.
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REPUBLIC RECORDS' DAVID NATHAN MOVES TO BIG MACHINE LABEL GROUP

Republic Records has announced that David Nathan, SVP of promotion and artist development, will move up to Big Label Machine Group, where he will service as a high-level executive intermediary between the companies.
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NBC SETS 'MUSIC MAN' LIVE PRODUCTION

Bob Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment chairman, announced during the network's upfront presentation Monday morning that the network has closed a deal to bring a broadcast version of the 1957 musical, which won five Tony Awards.
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WEIRD MERCH: ST. VINCENT'S INTELLIGENTSIA COFFEE

Following the ring stains of musicians with their own coffee lines like James Murphy, David Lynch, and Styx, St. Vincent has unveiled her own brand of java, reports Clash. A longtime fan of Intelligentsia Coffee, St. Vincent (real name Annie Clark) teamed with the company for a "Bring Me Your Mugs" blend, riffing on her song "Bring Me Your Loves."
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CHINA SAYS GOODBYE IN THE KEY OF G: KENNY G

There are many things about modern China that defy easy explanation: parents posing their children next to live tigers, the sight of grown women wearing furry cat-ear headbands while shopping, the performance-art-like spectacle of strangers napping together in Ikea display beds.
New York Times


UK PARLIAMENT URGED TO REVISE COMMERCIAL RADIO REGULATIONS

Parliament is being urged to relax commercial radio regulations as the platform faces competition from digital services such as Spotify, Deezer and iTunes.
Music Week


BROADCASTERS TAKE FCC TO COURT OVER CRACKDOWN ON STATION SHARING PACTS

The National Assn. of Broadcasters on Monday asked a federal appellate court to set aside a public notice that the FCC issued in March that set guidelines on how the agency would view such sharing agreements when processing ownership applications.
Variety


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