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IS TRENT REZNOR OUT AT BEATS MUSIC?

USA Today has published a feature in which the Nine Inch Nails frontman is said to have “reportedly left the company” he had been working at since at least October 2012. The report doesn’t attribute the source of its information, and there’s no further detail on the rocker’s apparent departure.
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WORLD CUP: WHERE IS THE REAL BRAZILIAN MUSIC?

"The Girl From Ipanema" turns 50 this year, and Verve/Universal is celebrating with a reissue of "Getz/Gilberto," the Grammy-winning Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto album that includes the English-language version sung by Astrud Gilberto that reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1964. But as the World Cup puts the spotlight on Brazil, some are asking why the global perception of Brazilian music hasn't changed much in those five decades.
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PSY'S 'GANGNAM STYLE' HITS 2 BILLION YOUTUBE VIEWS

The mega-hit has just become the first video in history to surpass two billion views on YouTube, a little more than 17 months after becoming the first to surpass the initial billion mark. The video reached its goal late on Friday (May 30).
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APPLE’S BEATS DEAL: WHY CONTENT IS NO LONGER KING (GUEST POST)

Apple's Beats deal is a Rorschach Blot: people's reactions slot into their existing view of whether Apple still has 'it'. If you think Apple's lost it, the Beats deal is confirmation. If you don't, it's… perplexing.
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SAM SMITH'S 'IN THE LONELY HOUR' OPENS AT NO. 1 IN U.K.

Twenty-two-year-old rising British star Sam Smith followed the No. 1 U.K. singles chart debut of “Stay With Me” last week with a chart-topping start for the Capitol/Universal album “In The Lonely Hour.” Techno/house producer SecondCity scored an instant No. 1 single with “I Wanna Feel” (Ministry Of Sound).
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LIVE NATION & FACEBOOK ANNOUNCE 'EVENTS' TAB FOR ARTIST PAGES

Live Nation and Facebook have teamed up to launch 'Official Events,' a tab on artist pages that will link to Ticketmaster purchase pages. The new tab was debuted earlier this month on Jay Z and Beyonce's Facebook pages, ahead of their joint summer tour.
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DIGITAL TECH, HELPING MONETIZE AND EXPAND THE LIVE MUSIC EXPERIENCE (GUEST POST)

Mobile apps, specially designed “wearables,” sophisticated audio and video technology, and geofencing enable these new opportunities. Mobile apps and wearables can “hear” otherwise inaudible sound signals emanating from venue-based speaker systems, triggering micro-targeted cues and messages.
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BANDA SINGER 'TITO TORBELLINO' SHOT TO DEATH IN SONORA, MEXICO

A U.S.-born singer of northern Mexican "banda" music has been shot to death at a restaurant in the border state of Sonora. State police in Sonora said Tomas Tovar Rascon was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and was shot several times at the restaurant in Ciudad Obregon.
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JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR ARENA TOUR IS CANCELLED

The "Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Spectacular Tour” included in its cast Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd, John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) of the Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd, 'N Sync’s JC Chasez and Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams. According to reports, some elements of the production had already arrived in New Orleans.
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'BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT' LIVE SEMI PULLS LOW RATINGS

The final live semifinal episode of the eighth season of Simon Cowell talent show Britain's Got Talent on ITV this weekend drew the lowest ratings for the competition this season.
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'ARSENIO HALL SHOW' CANCELED AFTER ONE SEASON

"The Arsenio Hall Show" has been canceled because of low ratings, ending Hall's late-night comeback bid after a single season. Hall's bid to recreate the success he enjoyed 20 years ago failed to find a big enough audience in the ever-crowded TV market.
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SONY NAMES NICOLE SELIGMAN PRESIDENT OF ENTERTAINMENT UNIT

The senior exec's appointment to the newly appointed role is part of a broader leadership shakeup, as the Japanese conglomerate seeks to return to profitability.
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BEATS MUSIC VALUED AT $500M (UPDATED)

According to the Wall Street Journal's sources, Beats Music, launched in January, is worth $500 million of the $3 billion Apple is paying for the brand. A source familiar with the matter told Billboard that the estimate "isn't far off."
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“I DON’T THINK IT’S SO PLUR, JUMPING OFF A STAGE AND PARALYSING SOMEONE”

Seth Troxler caused some giggles and uncomfortable looks when he confronted Team Avicii at their Q&A with questions about whether the Swedish superstar is a modern day “Milli Vanilli situation”.
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AN INCREDIBLE METAL TRIBUTE TO VIDEOGAME THEME MUSIC

In the space of 17 raucous, rhythmically magnificent minutes, FamilyJules7X manages to shred through a platoon of games as obscure as Phozon (1983, Japan only) and as ancient as 1975′s arcade shooter Gun Fight all the way through videogame history to stuff as recent as Dark Souls II (released just this March). The video salutes 38 games in all.
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