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BIG MACHINE, CUMULUS PARTNER ON NEW NASH LABEL, EVENTS BUSINESS

Radio giant Cumulus Media and country house Big Machine Label Group have announced a partnership around the Cumulus-borne brand Nash. The companies will launch a new record label Nash Icons and live events business.
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REMEMBERING MALIK BENDJELLOUL, THE MAN WHO RE-BIRTHED SUGAR MAN

Rodriguez had a phrase for Malik Bendjelloul and his film "Searching for Sugar Man." He used it while we were eating lunch at SXSW in March 2012; he would use it again 11 months later over a meal in Los Angeles the day it would win one of its 32 awards.
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WARNER BROS. RECORDS EXPANDS DANCE MUSIC TEAM, HIRES ULTRA MUSIC'S TARYN HAIGHT, LAUREN LIPSAY (EXCLUSIVE)

Haight -- along with Lauren Lipsay, who joins the label as manager of dance marketing -- will be responsible for the development of WBR's growing roster of dance music artists which includes Pete Tong's FFRR label, part of Parlophone (which parent company WMG acquired last year) as well overseeing the U.S. marketing for Warner Music UK dance imprint One More Tune (OMT), headed by Anton Partridge.
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EAST VILLAGE RADIO TO CLOSE, CITES HIGH COST OF LICENSING

East Village Radio, a commercial-free station launched in 2003 and located in a New York storefront on First Avenue, has announced that it will be fading out its broadcast at the end of next week.
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CASEY KASEM FOUND IN WASHINGTON STATE

Kasem's condition was not immediately known, although his children rejoiced after days of uncertainty and said in a statement that locating their father was the first step in bringing him back to the Los Angeles area.
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UNIVERSAL MUSIC, SONY MUSIC AND WARNER MUSIC ALL TAKE CASH STAKES IN SHAZAM, BETTING ON IPO

Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group all bought small stakes in privately held Shazam Entertainment in recent weeks, according to several people familiar with the talks.
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BEYONCE & JAY Z LEAD 2014 BET AWARDS

BET has announced the nominees for the 2014 BET Awards. Beyoncé and Jay Z take the lead with four nominations each. Beyoncé is nominated for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Best Collaboration ("Drunk In Love"), and Video of the Year twice ("Partition," "Drunk In Love").
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THE BLACK KEYS VS. MICHAEL JACKSON FOR NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD 200

As of May 14, the Black Keys' eighth album, "Turn Blue", has the edge over Jackson's "Xscape", but not by much. Industry forecasters suggest the former may sell upwards of 150,000 copies in the week ending May 18, while "Xscape" could sell 140,000. Both albums were released on Tuesday, May 13.
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ROSS ON RADIO: DID CUMULUS JUST FRAGMENT COUNTRY RADIO?

By partnering with Big Machine Label Group, Cumulus has planted the seed for country radio to do something it has resisted for years: fragment into two different formats that both expose current music.
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BRAD PAISLEY'S NOT AFRAID TO GET CHEESY WITH SPONSOR OF TOUR BEHIND HIS NEW RECORD

“You should see our trucks -- it’s 10 white semis,” Paisley said from his suite at the Trump International Hotel, which overlooks New York’s Central Park, on Wednesday (May 14) morning. “I’m tempted to take a Sharpie and write, ‘Brad Paisley World Tour’ on the front of it. They’ve been asking me for weeks, and I keep going, ‘I haven’t named the album yet.’”
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MEXICAN POP STAR GLORIA TREVI TO STAR IN MUN2 REALITY SERIES

Trevi, who has been an entertainer for more than three decades, will give fans insights into her life as she, her family and team prepare for the launch of her U.S. tour "De Pelicula." Trevi is married and has two young children.
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JOHN LEGEND LEADS HOT 100, PARAMORE HITS TOP 10

John Legend's "All of Me" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week, while Paramore, which has been charting on the Hot 100 for seven years, notches its first top 10 at last, as "Ain't It Fun" ascends 13-10.
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SPOTIFY TO LAUNCH IN BRAZIL THIS YEAR (UPDATED)

In addition to posting a strategic partnership manager career opportunity in Sao Paulo, the music streaming service invited press to an unspecified event in the same city on May 28. Though Spotify representatives dismissed talk of a launch as "just rumors at this point," it is suspected that the press conference will unveil the launch.
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LUDACRIS TO HOST 2014 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS

Hosting this Sunday's annual music celebration on ABC is one of hip-hop's all-time most successful artists -- Ludacris.
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LINDY MORRISON, DRUMMER WITH THE GO-BETWEENS, TO RECEIVE AUSTRALIA'S TED ALBERT AWARD

Lindy Morrison, drummer with critically-revered group the Go-Betweens and a tireless advocate for artists and people working in the music industry, is this year's recipient of the prestigious Ted Albert Award For Outstanding Services To Australian Music.
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FIREFOX WILL BEGRUDGINGLY SUPPORT NEW DRM STANDARDS AS FLASH & SILVERLIGHT DIE OFF

Facing pressure from content owners and competing browsers, Mozilla today detailed plans to support digital-rights management (DRM) technology natively in Firefox.
Venture Beat


WILLIAM BENDER, TIME EDITOR AND MUSIC CRITIC, IS DEAD AT 83

William Bender, a critic and editor for Time magazine who covered the gamut of America’s musical scene in the late 1960s and ’70s, from Leonard Bernstein to David Bowie, died on May 4 in Olathe, Kan. He was 83.
New York Times


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