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CASEY KASEM, ICONIC RADIO PERSONALITY, DEAD AT 82

Kasem, who hosted the syndicated weekend show for nearly four decades, died of complications from dementia at St. Anthony's Hospital in Gig Harbor, Wash. Danny Deraney, the publicist for daughter Kerri Kasem, has confirmed that the radio host died at 3:23 am on Sunday. Danny Deraney, the publicist for daughter Kerri Kasem, has confirmed that the radio host died at 3:23 am on Sunday. Kerri Kasem, wrote the following message on her Facebook page on the morning of June 15.
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NEW JAY Z REMIX AVAILABLE ONLY ON BEATS MUSIC

Dr. Dre's mysterious Tweet at Jay Z yesterday which said only “Welcome to the jungle @S_C_” has been explained while at the same time offering a clue to Beats Music's possible future business strategy: exclusives.
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CASEY KASEM, YOU’VE TRULY REACHED THE STARS

No, Casey did not invent the countdown. Since the 1940s, stations all over the U.S. reviewed the week’s most popular songs. One such program, titled “Make Believe Ballroom,” reportedly inspired a young Casey Kasem not only to pursue a radio career but host a national countdown show.
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UNIVISION SALE TALKS UNDERWAY (REPORT)

The network's current owners, including Haim Saban, have had "preliminary discussions" with several groups including CBS (CBS) and Time Warner (TWX).
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CAN THESE WOMEN MAKE CDS COOL AGAIN?

The market for CDs may be crashing, but the creators of ZinePak are doing their best to keep hope alive. A New York-based startup, the company seeks to recapture the pleasure of holding a musical object in your hand -- packaging CDs with mini-magazines and merchandise. Their version of Katy Perry’s Prism came with decals that fans can stick on their fingernails.
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HOW TO SOLVE THE MARIAH CAREY PROBLEM: FORMER RECORD EXES CHIME IN

Mariah Carey's latest album, Me. I Am Mariah… the Elusive Chanteuse, entered the Billboard 200 chart at No. 3 with 58,000 sold, her lowest total for a non-holiday album since 1991's Emotions entered at No. 4 with 156,000, when SoundScan first started tracking sales.
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KASABIAN, 'X FACTOR' ALUM ELLA HENDERSON LEAD U.K. SALES CHARTS

British rock staples Kasabian notched their fourth U.K. No. 1 album as “48:13” (Columbia/Sony) debuted at the top with 70,000 sales on Sunday (15), according to Official Charts Company data. 2012 “X Factor” contestant Ella Henderson scored an instant No. 1 single with “Ghost” (Syco Music/Sony).
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HEDLEY, DRAKE WIN BIG AT CANADA'S MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS

Hedley, a Vancouver rock band that headlines arenas in Canada and has just released their new album in the U.S., not only kicked off the 25th anniversary broadcast of the MuchMusic Video Awards with a performance of their latest single, “Crazy For You,” but took home the most trophies of the night, for Video of the Year, Pop Video of the year and viewer-voted “Your Fave Video,” all for the song “Anything.”
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PRINCE ROYCE LAUNCHES D'LEÓN RECORDS AND SIGNS MEXICAN POP SINGER SOFIA REYES

The New York-born singer/songwriter, who in April took home four trophies at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, has personally asked Mexican-born singer Sofia Reyes to join his newly created label, D'Leon Records, in a joint effort with Warner. Reyes will also tour with Royce this summer.
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REWINDING THE CHARTS: 17 YEARS AGO DIDDY TOASTED AN ICON (AND FRIEND)

June 14, 1997 was a new day for rap. Fans still were mourning the unsolved March 9 murder of 24-year-old star The Notorious B.I.G. in Hollywood as the one-year anniversary of Tupac Shakur's killing approached. Both were icons, helping bridge the gap between hip-hop and pop. But Sean "Diddy" Combs (then-known as Puff Daddy) — the 27-year-old head of B.I.G.'s label home, Bad Boy, and a rising rapper himself — had bigger plans.
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FCC EXAMINING REASONS FOR INTERNET TRAFFIC JAMS

The Federal Communications Commission is setting out to unravel the mystery behind the Internet traffic jams bogging down the delivery of Netflix videos and other online content.
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RAY DAVIES, GAMBLE & HUFF, DONOVAN HONORED AT SONGWRITERS HALL

The Songwriters Hall of Fame is the Grammys of the publishing industry, the place where legendary songwriters and executives are honored and the titans of the industry mingle. Hey, there's Marty Bandier! Paul Williams! Willard Adritz! Ed Christman! And wow that guy looks just like … actually that is John McEnroe. Huh? (Oh right, he's married to ex-Scandal singer Patty Smyth, who performed at last year's ceremony.)
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WARNER MUSIC UK’S MAX LOUSADA APPOINTED BRITS CHAIRMAN

Warner Music U.K. CEO Max Lousada has been named chairman of the BRITs Committee, assuming creative responsibility for the 2015 edition of the U.K.'s biggest annual music awards show.
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WITH AN AMAZON SMARTPHONE, THE RETAILER SEEKS A TETHER TO CONSUMERS

The retailer is expected to introduce a smartphone on Wednesday at an event in Seattle, a long-rumored project that aims to close any remaining gap between the impulse to buy and the completed act.
New York Times


MUCHMUSIC AN UNWITTING VICTIM OF ITS OWN SUCCESS

When the channel launched in 1984, it did so with a broadcast licence that granted it so-called genre protection: a guarantee by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission that Much would be the place on the cable lineup to watch music videos. (The CRTC only formally encoded genre protection in 2000, although the practice existed long before that.)
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