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'HEDWIG' AND 'A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE' WIN BIG AT TONY AWARDS

It looks like LL Cool J and T. I. have found a new home: on Broadway rapping with Hugh Jackman. The artists joined the Tony Awards host onstage at Radio City Music Hall for the 68th annual event on Sunday Night to perform an updated version of the opening number from The Music Man.
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GEORGE STRAIT'S FINAL SHOW BREAKS ATTENDANCE RECORD

About 105,000 people packed in for the last concert of Strait's final tour - exceeding the stadium's official capacity by 5,000 - and shattering the previous record set by The Rolling Stones at The Louisiana Superdome in 1981.
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TOM SILVERMAN ON THE 2014 NEW MUSIC SEMINAR: 'WHO NEEDS ANOTHER MUSIC CONVENTION?'

“There’s really no reason for another conference, there's enough out there,” says Tom Silverman who is three days out from the 23rd iteration of his New Music Seminar, which starts this Sunday, June 8 at New York's Wyndham New Yorker Hotel. “If you're not doing something no one else is doing, what’s the point?"
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NUMERO GROUP GOES FULL MORDOR WITH '70S FANTASY-ROCK GAME, COMP

"A lot of the inspiration for the release came from [Numero Group co-founder] Ken Shipley's stepdad, Robert Soden," Drase said. You can see a piece of Soden's craft immediately above. "Ken was looking through his mom's closet and found all these original maps and detailed drawings of this game he used to play in the '70s. He had a notebook with all these logos like Rush, Van Halen... so we were like, 'Alright, how do we make something out of this?'"
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CHUCK D ON HOT 97'S 'SLOPPY FIASCO' SUMMER JAM: 'GOAL IS TO CHANGE URBAN RADIO'

Chuck D wants Urban radio to "get it right or be gone" -- and he's not just talking about Hot 97 in New York. The Public Enemy co-founder has been in a Twitter war of words with the Hot 97 team since the station's Summer Jam concert on June 1, when he derided "what a sloppy fiasco (the station) has made of Hip-Hop."
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THE FUTURE OF INTERSCOPE: IOVINE IS GONE, BUT IT'S STILL FULL STEAM AHEAD

Your company is losing one of the biggest names in the business, a genuine titan who has tight personal ties to scores of top-selling artists and has put out many of the highest-grossing albums of the last quarter-century. So you’re freaking out, right? Wrong.
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HOT 97 CO-HOSTS RESPOND TO CHUCK D’S HARSH CRITICISM OF SUMMER JAM

Hot 97 on-air hosts Ebro Darden and Peter Rosenberg were pulled into the fray directly and indirectly, responding to remarks that include the charge that Hot 97 is a “CORPlantation.”
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GOOGLE OFFERED $15 MILLION TO BUY SONGZA (REPORT)

The deal would give the search giant company a new music property that could improve its Google Play Music All Access subscription service or a future YouTube product, as the Mountain View, Calif.-based company maneuvers against Apple, Spotify and Amazon to gain the upper hand in the streaming music sector.
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'JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR' TOUR FAILED DUE TO 'HORRIFIC' TICKET SALES, SAYS PROMOTER

“We realized we had a problem the day we went on sale,” reflects Michael Cohl. It had been four days since he officially pulled the plug on the "Jesus Christ Superstar" Arena Spectacular tour before the cast could do its first show, which had been scheduled for June 9 in New Orleans.
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WIN'S ALISON WENHAM ON LICENSING IMBROGLIO: 'YOUTUBE IS TRYING TO DEVALUE THE STREAMING MARKET'

On Wednesday June 4, it was confirmed that the European independents association IMPALA will be filing a formal complaint with the European Commission seeking urgent regulatory action against what WIN terms as YouTube's "bullying" tactics and "highly unfavourable" licensing terms - accusations which sources close to the Google-owned company strongly reject.
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STUBHUB GETS 'SKIN IN THE GAME' WITH NEXTSTAGE CONCERT SERIES FT. LYKKE LI, GROUPLOVE

It wasn't easy for StubHub to get into the concert game, which they are with the NextStage Concert Series. Glenn Lehrmann, head of communications for the ticket re-seller, was very aware of perceptions of the company.
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ED SHEERAN, SAM SMITH TOP U.K. CHARTS

Ed Sheeran has scored his first U.K. No. 1 single, debuting at the top of the new chart published by the Official Charts Company on Sunday (June 8) with “Sing” (Asylum/Warner Music). Sam Smith started a second week at the album chart summit with “In The Lonely Hour” (Capitol/Universal) as wartime favorite Dame Vera Lynn set a new chart record by debuting in the top 20 at the age of 97.
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FREE MUSIC, AT LEAST WHILE IT LASTS

I wondered why I hesitated when it came time to pony up and realized that, as just one more participant in the Something for Nothing economy, I’d grown accustomed to getting all sorts of lusciousness for the price of zero.
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COKE COMBINES POP SONGS WITH ITS PACKAGING TO CREATE "MUSICONS" IN CHINA

"The campaign is called 'Share a Coke,' not 'Hoard Cokes,'" says Doherty. "So we tried to think of things people might actually want to share, and music quickly came up. But what about music? Artists? Songs? Genres? We settled on lyrics--the juicy, beating, instantly recognizable, quickly digestible heart of a song. Lyrics are immediately recognizable and show a knowledge of, and appreciation for, youth culture in the same way that using playful Internet nicknames in China did last year with Nickname Coke."
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