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Get ready for this Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena airing live on ABC at 8:00 p.m. ET and hosted by Tracy Morgan. Tune in to see living legends and honorees Prince (who's also performing!) and Madonna; pop superstars Taylor Swift, Lil Wayne Bruno Mars and Justin Bieber; next generation luminaries Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Miguel, the Band Perry, Ed Sheeran and much, much more.
Ticketmaster has agreed to settle claims for up to $23 million over a lawsuit affecting more than a million people who, after buying a ticket online, were enrolled in a rewards program that cost $9 a month but never gave them any benefits.
The Great Googa Mooga is back for seconds. Superfly Present’s food-and-music festival is returning to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park tonight after an inaugural year that made more headlines for its problems than its successes -- namely, bringing together several acts big and small, dozens of acclaimed New York restaurants and 40,000 hungry foodies and music fans. But Superfly has made several changes to the festival to address last year’s problems in hopes of improving attendees’ experiences and, presumably, its own bottom line.
HOW CANDICE GLOVER WON 'AMERICAN IDOL'
With a flawless voice that recalled past "American Idol" finalist Jennifer Hudson and a sense of determination after not making it in previous seasons, Candice Glover did the one thing Hudson wasn't able to do: She won the title of "American Idol."
CLEAR CHANNEL, THE CW NETWORK TEAM-UP FOR 4 TV BROADCASTS, INCLUDING IHEARTRADIO, JINGLE BALL
The CW Television Network and Clear Channel are teaming up for TV broadcasts of four Clear Channel event franchises, including the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas this September and the Jingle Ball concert series in November and December. The CW made the announcement at its upfront presentation Thursday morning.
What would happen if Pandora did direct deals with major labels? Less than you might think. As long as Pandora continues to operate as a statutory service, artists would receive 50% of performance royalties that would be paid to labels.
WARNER/CHAPPELL MUSIC STRIKES DEAL WITH LIONSGATE
Warner/Chappell Music has taken another step to fortify in the film and TV music business, signing a deal for portions of Lionsgate's music library and setting up a co-publishing partnership with the film and television producer for other works. Warner/Chappell chairman/CEO Cameron Strang tells Billboard more deals for film and TV music may be on the horizon.
Honorees on the day included Marc Almond, Randy Newman, Noel Gallagher, Bush’s Gavin Rossdale and Moody Blues’ Justin Hayward.
BACKBEAT: HOW ADULT SWIM BOOKED KANYE WEST FOR THIS YEAR’S UPFRONT
How Kanye came to play a rare secret gig in a smoky pyramid at last night's Adult Swim upfront at NYC's Roseland Ballroom is no easy thing to deconstruct: the tale involved months of conversation between consultant and former Epic COO Mark Shimmel, CAA's Cara Lewis, Adult Swim's Jason DeMarco, a French set designer and more.
Paul Drew, one of Top 40 radio’s major architects, died May 16 of natural causes at Victor Royale Assisted Living in Glendale, Calif. The 78-year-old’s multi-faceted career included stints as a DJ, programmer, broadcasting executive and consultant.
WILL.I.AM TALKS HONORARY CLIO, BRAND COLLABORATIONS, NEW BRITNEY ALBUM: 'WE START NEXT WEEK'
Will.i.am received an Honorary Clio Award Wednesday night for his work with brands like Coca-Cola, Intel and Beats by Dre. But he’s also hard at work shaping another blockbuster brand -- Britney Spears, whose upcoming eighth studio album he’ll be executive producing and which began with the two pop stars doing nothing but going out "to lunch for two months."
Two artists make 10-position jumps straight into the top 10 on the Social 50 this week, as both Demi Lovato and Avril Lavigne return to the top tier. Elsewhere, the buzz around Enrique Iglesias marriage rumors and Lana Del Rey's official music video for her song on The Great Gatsby Soundtrack propelled them onto this week's survey.
The standing ovation for honoree Cliff Martinez was fully expected at BMI's Film & TV Awards Wednesday night. But when the performing rights organization's two top executives -- Doreen Ringer-Ross and Ray Yee -- were greeted with standing O's, you knew this was once again the rare night that sees this particular creative community gather.
RECORD COMPANIES' COPYRIGHT CLAIMS REVIVED, THANKS TO YOUTUBE DECISION
A judge has revived copyright claims by record companies and music publishers against a digital music site after re-evaluating the case following an appeals court ruling that clarified how the Digital Millennium Copyright Act can be applied. The ruling allows certain claims to move toward trial in the Manhattan federal court in a lawsuit filed by Capitol Records LLC and other plaintiffs, including EMI Virgin Songs Inc, against MP3Tunes and its former chief executive. The plaintiffs are represented by Pryor Cashman and Jenner & Block.
Daft Punk may be set to have the fastest selling album in UK chart history, according to Paddy Power. The French duo, who have spent three weeks at the top of the Official UK Singles Chart with "Get Lucky," are scheduled to release their fourth studio album Random Access Memories on May 17. The record is 4/5 odds-on favourite to outsell the Oasis album Be Here Now, which currently holds the moniker after achieving sales of over 650,000 copies within the first week of its release in 1997.
“SIX STRIKES” ANTI-PIRACY OUTFIT LOSES COMPANY STATUS, FACES PENALTIES
The Center for Copyright Information, a partnership between the RIAA, MPAA and several major Internet providers, has had its company status revoked. The CCI, who are leading the “six strikes” anti-piracy scheme in the US, has violated state laws and is unable to conduct any official business anywhere in the United States. In addition the outfit faces civil penalties and risks losing its name to a third-party company. It appears that they did not file proper government paperwork and/or pay their fees, but will likely be back in business before the end of the year.
Earlier this week, Yahoo CFO Ken Goldman spoke at JP Morgan’s Global Technology conference and underscored the need for the aging Silicon Valley Internet giant to attract more users from the coveted 18-to-24-years-old age bracket. Along with more marketing, he explicitly said Yahoo needed to be “cool again.” According to sources close to the situation, that could mean a strategic alliance and investment in or outright buy of perhaps the coolest Internet company of late: Tumblr. Sources said the talks were serious, but any kind of deal -- of course -- could come to naught.
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