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SPOTIFY CEO DANIEL EK ON HITTING 10 MILLION SUBS, APPLE-BEATS DEAL, IPO (Q&A)

On Wednesday Spotify revealed it now has ten million paying subscribers and 40 million active users. CEO and founder Daniel Ek spoke to Billboard about what the numbers say about where the industry and his own business is right now.
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AMAZING MEDIA, DIGITAL A&R SOLUTION, DRAWS BIG NAMES, MONEY

Former BBC executive Paul Campbell launched a new company in the United Kingdom in 2007, looking for ways to help musicians find a wider audience for their work. He established a website allowing select unsigned acts to upload their music, sell it -- and keep the proceeds.
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THE BLACK KEYS EARN FIRST NO. 1 ALBUM; MICHAEL JACKSON DEBUTS AT NO. 2

Rock duo the Black Keys collect its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with "Turn Blue" debuting at No. 1, while Michael Jackson's "Xscape" starts at No. 2.
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PRINCE RUPERT LOEWENSTEIN, LONG-TIME ROLLING STONES BUSINESS MANAGER, DIES AT 80

Prince Rupert Loewenstein, the Bavarian banker who helped turn the Rolling Stones into one of the most bankable acts in history, has died at the age of 80. He is understood to have died peacefully Tuesday morning following a long battle with illness.
Billboard.biz


VIGGLE EXPANDS INTO MUSIC IDENTIFICATION

Shazam is getting some more competition. Viggle, an online platform that allows television viewers to "check in" to programs they watch, is branching out to music. Now the Viggle mobile app has been expanded to include a music identification feature like that of Shazam and numerous other apps.
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FACEBOOK INTRODUCES MUSIC, TV AUDIO RECOGNITION FEATURE

For Shazam and SoundHound, audio recognition and identification is the core of their businesses. But for Facebook, it’s now a feature. Beginning today, the social network is rolling out a new functionality that will enable users to tag status updates with the song or TV show playing at that moment, by picking up audio through the microphone of the user’s mobile device.
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EX-BILLBOARD WRITER UNDERTAKES LABOR OF LOVE FOR NEW ORLEANS' GAY GOSPEL LEGEND RAYMOND MYLES

Back in 1982 on his first visit to New Orleans when Leo Sacks was a 25-year-old Billboard correspondent covering the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, he wrote about a vibrant performer and powerful gospel singer named Raymond Myles, who led a spirited choir called The RAMS (the Raymond Anthony Myles Singers).
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ROBYN'S FIRST COMMERCIAL: INSIDE VOLVO'S NEW 'MADE BY SWEDEN' AD

"I've never done commercials before, or anything like this," says Robyn, discussing her appearance in a new Volvo television spot while video-chatting from her kitchen in Stockholm. "I really wanted to make sure I could make something that didn't feel like an intrusion."
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NMPA LAUNCHES SUITS AGAINST INFRINGING LYRIC SITES

The National Music Publishers Assn. is saying it has taken a last-resort approach and filed lawsuits against two lyric websites it claims is infringing copyright laws by posting lyrics without getting licenses from -- or paying -- rightsholders.
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IF NOT TWITTER & SOUNDCLOUD, WHO WILL MAKE A DEAL?

Conversations about acquisitions happen all the time, so maybe the story about Twitter and SoundCloud discussing a deal was more of an interesting leak than a close call. In the past two days, we’ve learned that there were conversations between the two, there was a deadline for exclusivity of talks, and that it passed with no deal.
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BOSTON CALLING BRINGS (SOME) LOCAL BANDS, SAM ADAMS, AND HOMETOWN PRIDE

“It’s right in the middle of the city,” he says. “There’s nothing more Boston than the bricks and the buildings that surround it. I’m a little bit envious of Coachella and Lollapalooza and their parks, but we’re doing our own thing over here and so far it’s working out pretty well for us.”
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VIMEO TO LAUNCH MUSIC COPYRIGHT ID SYSTEM

Vimeo, the hosting site popular with video artists of all stripes and which uses the motto "upload your own work," will be implementing a system they're calling Copyright Match, intended to prevent music copyright infringement on the site.
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LYOR COHEN'S 300 SIGNS JACQUIE LEE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ATLANTIC (EXCLUSIVE)

“I had no idea I'd be signing an artist who performed on “The Voice” or any of these TV shows,” says Lyor Cohen principle of 300, a music start-up company launched in November 2013 and which today is announcing the signing of the 16-year old Lee to a worldwide label deal in partnership with Atlantic Records.
Billboard.biz


HOW THE ROLLING STONES BECAME MUSIC'S BIGGEST BUSINESS

The man who masterminded the Stones' finances, Prince Rupert Loewenstein, has died. Here's how they revolutionised rock finances.
Guardian


SONY LOOKS FOR TURNAROUND AFTER RESTRUCTURING

Sony, the maker of PlayStation game consoles and Bravia televisions, expects its sixth annual loss in seven years this year, hurt by mounting restructuring costs, and is slashing about 5,000 jobs.
New York Times


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