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APPLE ADDS SHAZAM INTEGRATION AT WWDC, BUT NO MENTION OF BEATS

Apple’s integration of song identification service Shazam was among a host of new features introduced along with two new operating systems at its Worldwide Developers Conference on June 2. But company executives onstage never mentioned newly acquired headphone vendor Beats Electronics or streaming service operator Beats Music, even as they introduced hip-hop producer and Beats co-founder Dr. Dre as a new Apple employee.
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APPLE INTRODUCES NEWEST EMPLOYEE: DR. DRE AT WWDC (UPDATED)

Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi introduced Dr. Dre as a company employee via telephone during the keynote presentation at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference. “What time should I show up for work?”
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SEE THE LAWSUIT CLAIMING LED ZEPPELIN STOLE 'STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN'

Using the Led Zeppelin IV typeface, and including a claim for the "Falsification of Rock N' Roll History," the heirs of songwriter Randy Craig Wolfe have finally lodged a copyright infringement lawsuit against Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and others Led Zeppelin parties over the 1971 song, "Stairway to Heaven."
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ADULT SWIM LAUNCHES 2014 SINGLE SERIES WITH GIORGIO MORODER, SLEEP, FUTURE (EXCLUSIVE)

Adult Swim Singles today announced its 2014 series, featuring a slate of artists new and old, including new tracks by legendary producer Giorgio Moroder, reformed stoner metal band Sleep and hip-hop artist Future, among others.
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RCA RECORDS AND VP RECORDS TEAM FOR RISING SOCA STAR BUNJI GARLIN'S NEWEST

The upcoming album by Trinidadian soca star Bunji Garlin, whose career has soared internationally since the release of his soca-meets-EDM single “Differentology (Ready For The Road)," will be released through a joint venture between RCA Records and Queens, N.Y.-based reggae independent VP Records, reps from both labels have confirmed exclusively with Billboard.biz.
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AMERICA'S MUSIC: HOW COUNTRY POPPED ITS WAY INTO THE MAINSTREAM

As country music fans from around the world descend upon Nashville for the 2014 CMA Music Festival, the genre seems to be in a pretty good spot right now. The nightly concerts at LP Field have long been sold out, and the artists and songs coming from Music Row seem to be more plugged into the musical mainstream as ever before. Why is this?
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NAPSTER WOULD BE 15 – A TIMELINE OF DIGITAL DISRUPTION

With the advent of June yesterday, Napster would have turned 15 years young -- had it not gone through as many transformations and transitions as Miley Cyrus has over the past decade-and-a-half.
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TOM ROUNDS, PIONEER OF MUSIC VIDEOS AND ROCK FESTS, DEAD AT 77

Tom Rounds, the man who put on the first rock festival, produced the first music videos and co-created “American Top 40,” the syndicated radio countdown program hosted by Casey Kasem for most of its run, died yesterday, June 1. He was 77.
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BILL YOUNG, LEGENDARY CONCERT PROMOTION PROFESSIONAL, DEAD AT 74

Legendary concert promotion professional Bill Young, founder and COO emeritus of Bill Young Productions, Inc., passed away May 30 in Sugar Land, Texas, after a long battle with lung disease. He was 74.
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APPEALS COURT: DIGITAL MUSIC STORE WAS ILLEGAL PYRAMID SCHEME

A federal appeals court determines that BurnLounge was focused in building revenue through participant recruitment, not through sales of any product.
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JOHN OLIVER EXPLAINS NET NEUTRALITY IN 13 MINUTES ON 'LAST WEEK TONIGHT'

Late night talk-show host John Oliver tackled net neutrality on Sunday night's episode of his HBO show "Last Week Tonight." "Yes, net neutrality," he told the audience. "The only two words in the English language that promise more boredom are 'featuring Sting.'"
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WENDY & LISA TO RECEIVE ASCAP'S INAUGURAL SHIRLEY WALKER AWARD

Named for the first prominent female film and TV composer, the Shirley Walker Award is given to those whose achievements have contributed to the diversity of film and television music.
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LAYOFFS COMING TO MAKER STUDIOS

The Culver City-based YouTube multichannel network is handing out pink slips to 10 percent of its about 380 employees.
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