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PASQUALE ROTELLA'S INSOMNIAC & INTERSCOPE GEFFEN A&M LAUNCH NEW IMPRINT (EXCLUSIVE)

Insomniac Records brings the experience of more than two decades of promoting some of the largest dance music events in the world to its new affiliation with Interscope Records.
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JUSTIN BIEBER INVESTIGATED BY LAPD FOR ATTEMPTED ROBBERY

The 20-year-old singer is being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department after being accused of committing an attempted robbery on Monday, a LAPD spokesperson confirmed.
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OK GO, FUGAZI, PEARL JAM'S EDDIE VEDDER, MORE PROTEST PROPOSED NET NEUTRALITY CHANGES

Mark Ruffalo, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and members of OK Go are asking the FCC not to change its net neutrality rules, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. More than 50 stars have signed a letter to FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler, calling his proposed changes to net neutrality a threat to artistic freedom.
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#SELFIE MADE MEN: CHAINSMOKERS DRAW INTEREST FROM ACROSS THE INDUSTRY

The overnight success of The Chainsmokers is a testament to the power of social media's viral nature and the ability of DJ-producers Alex Pall, 28, and Andrew Taggart, 24, to capture the zeitgeist. Now, the No. 1 music publisher and the head of one of the biggest label groups are betting that the creators of "#Selfie" are no one-hit wonders -- both signing the duo to seven-figure deals.
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SIMON COWELL'S SYCO ENTERTAINMENT AND UNIVISION TEAM UP TO FIND ULTIMATE LATINO BOY BAND

Univision and Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment have announced the creation of a new TV show called “La Banda” (The Band), in which contestants across North and South America compete to join the ultimate Latino boy band.
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JOHN LEGEND INVESTS IN VIDEO START-UP ADVENTR

Legend is among the backers of newly-launched web video start-up Adventr, co-founded by his former schoolmate, roommate, producer, and fellow songwriter Devo Harris, also known as Devo Springsteen. Adventr is in the field of so-called “hypervideo” -- a type of interactive video whose narrative sequence changes when the user clicks the screen.
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CLAY AIKEN WINS NORTH CAROLINA CONGRESSIONAL PRIMARY FOLLOWING RIVAL'S DEATH

"American Idol" singer Clay Aiken won what had been a hotly contested Democratic primary for a North Carolina congressional seat according to a final, unofficial vote count that was posted Tuesday, a day after the accidental death of his closest rival.
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RCA BRINGS IN PROMO VET DENNIS BLAIR AS SVP

Nipper gets his man. Dennis Blair returns to the RCA Records label as svp promotion, reporting to evp/gm Joe Riccitelli, based in the company’s N.Y. headquarters. Blair will be responsible for overseeing the promotion campaigns for rock, alternative and other formats at the label.
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'SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN' DIRECTOR MALIK BENDJELLOUL DEAD AT 36

Malik Bendjelloul, the acclaimed Swedish film director behind the Oscar-winning music documentary "Searching for Sugar Man" has died. He was 36. Police spokeswoman Pia Glenvik told the Associated Press Bendjelloul died in Stockholm late Tuesday, but wouldn't specify the cause of death.
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PULSE RECORDING AND FUJIPACIFIC MUSIC (WEST) PACT FOR FUNDING COMMITMENT

Music publisher, management and music services company Pulse Recording and Fujipacific Music (West) have joined together to form Pulse Music Publishing, a partnership between that will encompass Pulse's existing music publishing catalog and future acquisitions.
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JENNIFER LOPEZ TALKS NUVOTV, FUSE ACQUISITION, BEING NAMED LOPEZ AT NEW YORK UPFRONT (Q&A)

Monday, May 12, was the start of an exceptionally hectic week for Jennifer Lopez. Home in New York for a few days on business, she was due back in L.A. Wednesday for the penultimate week of “American Idol”’s 13th season, then radio promo for her upcoming eighth album “A.K.A.” before heading to Vegas on Sunday, where she’ll be honored with Billboard’s Icon Award.
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NASH THE SLASH, MYSTERIOUS CANADIAN EXPERIMENTAL MUSICIAN, DEAD AT 66

Nash The Slash, the intriguing experimental rock musician who wrapped his head in gauze bandages and wore glasses, a top hat, bowtie and tuxedo — and who esteemed music crit Lester Bangs once declared “is the kind of opening act that makes the headliner work twice as hard” — has died at age 66.
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JOAN JETT SETTLES 'BLACKHEART' HOT TOPIC LAWSUIT

Filed last year, the suit claims the store's merchandise line "Lingerie for Girls Who Rock & Roll," featuring snakeprint push-up bras and skull-and-crossbones-emblazoned panties, constituted false advertising, unfair competition, and was "geared towards trading off the substantial goodwill associated” with Blackheart Records, according to the Los Angeles Times.
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MICHAEL JACKSON'S FORMER PUBLICIST CAN'T REVIVE $44 MILLION LAWSUIT

Long before Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei, spurred a Hollywood boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel thanks to the institution of Sharia law in his tiny Southeast Asia nation, he enjoyed a special relationship with one Michael Jackson. In 1996, the pop star performed a concert to mark the Sultan's 50th birthday, and a year before Jackson's death, the singer came close to buying one of the Sultan's properties in Las Vegas.
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TRIBECA FILM PICKS UP NAS DOCUMENTARY, EYES OCTOBER RELEASE

Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to Time Is Illmatic, the documentary by the artistOne9 which recounts the creation of Nas’ classic 1994 hip-hop album Illmatic. The film had its world premiere as the opening night selection at the recent Tribeca Film Festival.
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FCC REVISING INTERNET RULES AFTER PUBLIC BACKLASH

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is broadening the scope of his proposed open Internet rules and suggesting tougher standards for Internet providers who wish to create paid priority fast lanes on their networks.
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RANDY NEWMAN SIGNS WITH WME

The singer-songwriter and composer, who has won three Emmy Awards, six Grammys, and two Oscars during his illustrious career, will be represented by WME in all areas except for touring, which will continue to be handled by Paradigm.
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SONY CEO, TOP EXECS TO RETURN $10 MILLION IN BONUSES AMID ELECTRONICS UNIT LOSSES

Sony Corp. CEO Kazuo Hirai has suggested that he and about 40 senior executives and managers forego up to $9.78 million (¥1 billion) in bonuses to take responsibility for continuing losses at the conglomerate's electronics division.
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WHO WATCHES THE WATCHERS? BIG DATA GOES UNCHECKED

The National Security Agency might be tracking your phone calls. But private industry is prying far more deeply into your life.
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SEE DECADES OF RAP DRUG REFERENCES, VISUALIZED

Since 1988, over 19,000 rap songs have made reference to marijuana and cocaine. Far fewer have mentioned prescription drugs, Codeine and MDMA, though Sizzurp, that foul concoction of cough syrup, alcohol, soda, and Jolly Ranchers, seems to be having a resurgence.
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ADDING “FAST LANES” DOES NOT REQUIRE HARMING THE INTERNET

We use the Internet an enormous amount. At home, we consume north of 150 gigabytes of data every single month; on the go, we consume 7.5GB of LTE mobile network data, in addition to an unknown amount of data via our office computer.
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