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INDIES BLAST YOUTUBE’S ‘UNNECESSARY & INDEFENSIBLE’ TACTICS AS STREAMING SERVICE READIES

The independent music community is getting ready to rumble with YouTube after the Internet giant was accused of using bully tactics to sign-up indies for its long-rumored streaming music service.
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KEVIN GODLEY'S WHOLEWORLDBAND APP ALLOWS FANS TO CREATE VIDEO MIXES ONLINE, ARTISTS GET PAID

With WholeWorldBand, music biz vet Kevin Godley's innovative new iPad and iPhone app, users anywhere in the world can record music and video in a virtual studio with a who's who of superstars.
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UMG'S MAX HOLE DELIVERS MUSIC MATTERS KEYNOTE, SAYS ASIAN CONSUMERS 'HOLD KEY TO MUSIC INDUSTRY FUTURE'

That’s the basis of remarks made by Universal Music Group International chairman/ceo Max Hole in his keynote speech this morning at Music Matters in Singapore, Asia’s leading music business conference.
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KOBALT RELEASES 2013 FINANCIAL RESULTS: REVENUE, LOSS INCREASES

The Kobalt Music Group managed explosive sales growth last year but the company's loss also widened as it increased investments in two new business areas: label services and neighboring rights.
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'AMERICAN IDOL,' 'THE VOICE' FINALES SUFFER SHARP RATINGS DECLINE

A sharp decline in viewers for the season finales of "The Voice" and "American Idol" this week raises the question of whether music competition shows on television are fading out.
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PAUL MCCARTNEY RECOVERING AFTER JAPAN HOSPITAL VISIT FOR VIRUS

Paul McCartney is on the mend after seeking treatment for a virus he contracted in Japan. A spokesperson for the rock legend confirmed in a statement to Billboard that he was hospitalized in Tokyo due to an illness that led to the postponement of several concert dates. His treatment has been touted as "successful" but no other specifics of his ailment were given.
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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN'S 2014 HIGH HOPES CLOSES, TOPS HOT TOURS WITH $14.3M

Bruce Springsteen has wrapped his 2014 High Hopes tour that included performances in 25 cities worldwide during a four-month span, with Guns N' Roses and Michael Bublé rounding out the top three.
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TRANS WORLD ENTERTAINMENT REPORTS 7.2% SALES DECLINE

Trans World Entertainment reported a loss of $386,000, or one cent per share, on sales of $87.2 million for the fiscal first quarter ended May 3. That compares with the $1.6 million, or 5 cents per share, in profit that the company reported in the corresponding period last year, when sales were $93.9 million.
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WHY BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS' MICHAEL JACKSON CAN'T BE CALLED A 'HOLOGRAM'

Michael Jackson's virtual performance was one of the highlights of Sunday's Billboard Music Awards, but it actually wasn't a "hologram," as was widely reported. It does, however, presage some exciting news about where the technology is heading.
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THE POST-PC REVOLUTION IS STILL ON TRACK

With Microsoft’s latest attempt to merge the laptop and tablet into one, it’s worth checking in on Apple CEO Tim Cook’s prediction—now almost three years old, and rather bold-sounding at the time—that the tablet market would eventually grow larger than the PC market.
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HOW CREEPY HOLOGRAPHIC CONCERTS ARE TRANSFORMING THE FUTURE OF THE MUSIC BUSINESS

Five years after his death, Michael Jackson stole the show. He always did when he was alive, and it was no different during Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards (BBMA), when a holographic MJ joined a five-piece band and 16 dancers onstage.
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