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Joie Manda Resigns as Def Jam President, Moving to Interscope

In a surprise announcement, Joie Manda has resigned as President of Def Jam Records to relocate back to Los Angeles for personal reasons. As part of his relocation, he will remain within the Universal Music Group family by joining Interscope Records as President of Urban Music.

Business Matters: Spotify, Deezer Inactive Accounts Are Just Part of Doing Business

When you hand out free accounts to a digital service -- especially in the age of Facebook Connect -- you're likely to find most people just aren't that into you. That's what Spotify and Deezer have found, notes music industry analyst Mark Mulligan. Whether or not it's a problem -- and how to fix the problem -- is open for discussion.

Rick Ross Under Fire for Lyrics That Critics Say Condone Date Rape

Rick Ross is facing a growing online firestorm over lyrics to the song U.O.E.N.O. from the mixtape Gift Of Gab 2 that critics say condone date rape,

Paul Williams, Crawdaddy Founder, 'Godfather of Rock Criticism' Dead at 64

Paul Williams, the writer and editor who helped create what we now know as rock journalism with Crawdaddy!, a magazine he founded in 1966, died last night at the age of 64 from complications related to a 1995 bike accident.

Mom+Pop Names Robbie Mackey New Head of Marketing, Announces Sub Service, New Imprint

Robbie Mackey, former head of The Orchard's interactive marketing department and alum of Mom+Pop's digital department, has been named as Mom+Pop's new head of marketing, it was announced today. The New York-based label is home to artists like Sleigh Bells, Polica, Metric, Andrew Bird, and more.

Justin Timberlake Hits No. 1 for First Time on Social 50 Chart

Move over Bieber, there's a new Justin in town (again). Concurrent with the release of Justin Timberlake's first album in 6 years, "The 20/20 Experience," the pop star has propelled to the No. 1 position on Billboard's Social 50 chart for the first time.

Clear Channel's iHeartRadio Music Festival Announces Return to Vegas

Clear Channel is bringing its successful iHeartRadio Music Festival back to the MGM Grand in Vegas for its third year, it was announced today. The festival will again include a "star search," dubbed the Macy's iHeart Radio Rising Star campaign, with 25 new or emerging artists competing through the year to play alongside the fest's big acts.

International Music Summit Announces Inaugural U.S Event With Russell Simmons, Troy Carter, Skrillex, More

After six years spent in Ibiza -- hosting wide-ranging conversations with the likes of David Lynch, Giorgio Morode and others -- the International Music Summit is set to debut to America. IMS Engage, to be held April 17 at the W Hotel in Los Angeles, will play host to seven pairs of influential executives, artists, and thinkers, all tasked with exploring the exploding global electronic music scene in a series of unmoderated conversations.

Biz Stone Is Poised to Launch New Mobile Startup Called Jelly

According to sources, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone is close to launching a new startup called Jelly, which one person called a “native mobile” effort.

Lil Wayne Says He's 'an Epileptic,' Blames Seizure Scare on Stress

In his first interview since his life-threatening seizure scare, Lil Wayne says he is epileptic and blames his health issues on stress.

Demi Lovato Returning as 'X Factor' Judge 

Fox network says Demi Lovato is returning as a judge of "The X Factor." The singer-songwriter will be back alongside series creator Simon Cowell when the singing competition begins its third season this fall.
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 Amazon acquires book-based social network Goodreads

Amazon announced Thursday that it is acquiring Goodreads, the book-based social network founded by Otis Chandler in 2006. The purchase price was undisclosed, and the deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2013.

 Carrie Underwood Returning to 'American Idol' Stage

American Idol is bringing in some serious star power for next week's results show as Carrie Underwood returns to the stage. The season-four winner will perform her new single "See You Again."

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