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FIVE THINGS HOLDING UP THE APPLE-BEATS DEAL

We, like other outlets, have been reassured the deal is happening…or as close to definitely happening as any source is willing to say given they’re speaking on background. (Although the scuttlebutt on the Silicon Valley anonymous gossip app Secret might say otherwise.)
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RAP GENIUS CO-FOUNDER MAHBOD MOGHADAM RESIGNS IN WAKE OF ELLIOT RODGER ANNOTATION

The resignation follows an annotation by Moghadam on the manifesto written by Elliot Rodger, the person who went on a killing spree near the University of Santa Barbara Friday night killing six before taking his own life.
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DAVE GROHL TALKS RISKY FOO FIGHTERS ALBUM, HBO PROJECT, MORE

Foo Fighters' 20th anniversary comes with an album, its own cable docuseries and an ambitious mission to tell the story of America through its indigenous music.
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DISNEY POSSIBLE BUYER OF KIDZ BOP

Kidz Bop, the series of compilation albums of youngsters singing current pop hits that has become a commercial juggernaut, is on the block, according to sources. And The Walt Disney Co. is prominent among the possible suitors, these sources say.
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SESAC PARENT CONSIDERS ACQUISITION OF HARRY FOX AGENCY

Rizvi Traverse, the private equity firm owner of public performance rights organization SESAC, is planning a bid to acquire the Harry Fox Agency, the U.S. mechanical rights organization.
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MUSIC MATTERS WITH DANIEL GLASS, APL.DE.AP, MARC GEIGER WRAPS UP IN SINGAPORE

The 9th Music Matters conference in Singapore wrapped up on Saturday, running May 21 through May 24. The proceedings are the focal point of the music industry in Asia when they happen. The live music showcases saw their culmination on the final day as did the Music Matters Academy, which offers understanding of the music business for aspiring entrants.
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PITBULL, JENNIFER LOPEZ WORLD CUP SONG A FLOP?

Since the recent release of FIFA's "We Are One (Ole Ola)," hordes of fans in Brazil have been slamming the official 2014 Cup theme. Many expressed their frustration on Twitter under the tag (hash)VoltaWakaWaka - a plea for the return of the widely loved song that Colombian artist Shakira performed for the 2010 tournament in South Africa.
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KANYE WEST'S NEW SONG ‘GOD LEVEL’ DEBUTS IN ADIDAS AD (WATCH)

Less than three weeks ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Adidas has released a new advertisement for its "The Dream: All In or Nothing" campaign that features new music by Kanye West, who married Kim Kardashian in Florence on Saturday.
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USHER GETS GOOD NEWS IN SONGWRITING DISPUTE (POSSIBLY LED ZEPPELIN TOO)

Usher and others involved in the creation of the the song "Bad Girl" have escaped a songwriter's copyright infringement claims. However, this might be one of those rare instances where news of a superstar singer's success takes a back seat to the misconduct of the lawyer who brought the lawsuit in the first place.
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CASEY KASEM'S WIFE SERVED WITH COURT ORDER LIMITING GUARDIANSHIP

The wife of ailing radio personality Casey Kasem was served Friday with a California court order that temporarily suspends her powers to determine her husband's medical care amid concerns about his health and welfare.
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WILL LED ZEPPELIN BE GORED BY 'RAGING BULL' DECISION? (GUEST POST)

Spirit seeks a co-writer’s credit for Randy California, the band’s deceased guitarist and songwriter, and an injunction to block the impending release of the remastered vinyl and CD deluxe reissues of Zeppelin’s album catalog. Will a court tell Spirit to ramble on?
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SPOON SIGNS TO LOMA VISTA; ALBUM EXPECTED SOON

Austin-based indie rock band Spoon has signed to Loma Vista, the label started by former Warner Bros. Records' chairman/CEO Tom Whalley. Loma Vista declined to comment on the signing but two sources verified the deal though exact terms were not disclosed.
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PHARRELL WILLIAMS TO PERFORM AMEX 'UNSTAGED' CONCERT JUNE 3 AT NYC'S APOLLO

Pharrell Williams has been tapped to kick off the latest installment of “American Express Unstaged” live-streaming concert series, a partnership with Vevo and YouTube.
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MARYLAND GOV. MARTIN O'MALLEY SPOTTED PLAYING BANJO ON THE STREET IN ANNAPOLIS

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley might just prove to one of the most formidable Democratic presidential candidates in 2016 — as his own musical warm-up act.
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HOW SOVIET KITCHENS BECAME HOTBEDS OF DISSENT AND CULTURE

The individual kitchens in these tiny 50-square-foot apartments became hot spots of culture. Music was played, poetry was recited, underground tapes were exchanged, forbidden art and literature circulated, politics was debated and deep friendships were forged.
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