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AMAZON PREPS PRIME MUSIC SERVICE FOR LAUNCH WITHIN WEEKS (REPORT)

Another day, another tech behemoth getting into the music streaming business. Amazon.com is reportedly preparing to add a library of music to its hybrid Amazon Prime service within a few weeks, giving annual subscribers access to a limited catalog of songs.
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INDEPENDENT STUDY: PARTISAN RECORDS, HOME OF FELA KUTI, DEER TICK, SYLVAN ESSO

From working in a Lobster Inn to acquiring the catalog of Fela Kuti and launching Deer Tick into the near-mainstream, Partisan has done it their way.
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RESPECT BILL WOULD PUT GOLDEN OLDIES UNDER FEDERAL COPYRIGHT

On Thursday, the RESPECT Act was introduced by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Rep. George Holding (R-NC). The bill would place pre-1972 sound recordings under federal law.
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WINNERS AND LOSERS FROM THE APPLE-BEATS DEAL

Love it or hate it, Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, the tech giant's largest acquisition to date, will have a huge impact in the music industry and beyond. Beats' financial backers clearly benefit from the sale price.
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JIMMY IOVINE PART OF GROUP BIDDING FOR L.A. CLIPPERS (REPORT)

The Beats by Dre founder, who cashed out for a cool $3 billion yesterday, is already putting that windfall to work, according to ESPN.com, which cites him as part of a group bidding for the L.A. Clippers along with Guggenheim Partner principals, co-founder Mark Walter and president Todd Boehly, that also includes entertainment mogul David Geffen, Oracle software co-founder Larry Ellison, TV personality Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs’ widow Laurene and Steve Wynn’s ex-wife Elaine.
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ITUNES STORE CUSTOMER SPENDING DOWN 24% (REPORT)

It would seem that Apple's purchase of Beats and attendant move into the streaming music service business was prescient. CNN, citing a report from Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty, writes that Apple's per-user spending in its iTunes Store -- which sells and rents television shows, movies and books as well as music -- dropped 24% year over year.
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JIMMY IOVINE CLAIMS BEATS MUSIC HAS 225K SUBSCRIBERS, CRITICAL OF SPOTIFY AT CODE CONFERENCE (REPORT)

Apple SVP Eddy Cue and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine discussed Steve Jobs' legacy, Beats' ill-fated partnership with mobile phone provider HTC and Spotify's recently announced subscription numbers, among other things, during the Code Conference on Wednesday.
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SPOTIFY LAUNCHES IN BRAZIL

After reports that the online streaming service, which had been available in the country as an invite-only trial version, was gearing up to launch in the eighth largest market in the world (and the biggest South American market), Spotify posted an announcement to its blog Wednesday afternoon.
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PRIMARY WAVE ADDS THE GO-GO'S TO MANAGEMENT ROSTER

Independent music marketing, talent management and publishing company Primary Wave Music has signed iconic '80s rock band The Go-Go’s for talent management.
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CHER CLAIMS TOP SPOT ON HOT TOURS WITH $15.5M IN REVENUE

Cher takes her Dressed to Kill tour to No. 1 on the weekly ranking of Hot Tours with more than $15.5 million in revenue reported from the legendary entertainer’s ongoing North American trek.
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EDMBIZ ANNOUNCES FIRST WAVE OF PANELISTS, SPEAKERS INCLUDING HARDWELL, TOM WINDISH, MORE (EXCLUSIVE)

EDMbiz Conference & Expo today announced the first wave of speakers and panelists to appear at the annual industry event’s third edition this June.
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JOHN MELLENCAMP SIGNS 'LIFETIME' DEAL WITH REPUBLIC; NEW ALBUM THIS FALL

Republic Records has signed rock veteran John Mellencamp to what they're calling a "lifetime" recording contract. The label announced the deal on Thursday, adding that Mellencamp will release his 22nd full-length album, titled "Plain Spoken," this fall.
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THE MAKING OF LED ZEPPELIN'S 'WHOLE LOTTA LOVE'

An oral history from guitarist Jimmy Page and the engineers who helped place Robert Plant's vocals at the top of the charts.
Wall Street Journal


UNDERSCORING SUCCESS OF LIVE TV, MUSIC SPECIALS WILL MAKE A RETURN

A MEDIA executive who has had a high profile on Madison Avenue is returning to the spotlight by reviving a pair of music-centered television specials he developed, signing sponsors and partners like AOL, Cumulus, L’Oréal, Macy’s, Mazda, Time Inc. and Verizon.
New York Times


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