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HMV has been handed a lifeline. Retail restructuring specialist Hilco has swooped in with a rescue package for the British chain -- reportedly worth some £50 million ($76 million). The arrangement all-but secures the future for the once-great music and entertainment retailer, and saves some 2,500 jobs.
YOUTUBE, UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING STRIKE MULTI-NATION DEAL
The Universal Music Publishing Group has reached a new agreement with YouTube which will allow its Anglo-American repertoire to be played on the website in 127 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
The Billboard Latin Music Awards, presented by State Farm, will feature performances by some of music's leading names including singer/songwriter Marc Anthony, bachata star Romeo Santos, regional Mexican crooner Roberto Tapia, reggaeton artist Daddy Yankee, entertainer Tito El Bambino and Dominican singer Juan Luis Guerra.
PEPSI SENIOR MKTG DIRECTOR BREAKS DOWN NW BEYONCE SONG, CAMPAIGN
Pepsi premiered its latest commercial with Beyonce on Thursday, “Mirrors,” as part of its renewed creative partnership with the singer, valued at $50 million in media spend for the global ad campaign and a special fund designed for content co-creation. Billboard spoke with Rishi Daing, senior director of marketing at Pepsi, about the campaign.
FACEBOOK REVEALS NEW 'HOME' FOR ANDROID PHONES
With its new "Home" on Android gadgets, Facebook aims to put its social network at the center of people's mobile experiences.
Goldenvoice, the promoter behind both Coachella and Stagecoach festivals, reached an agreement with the city of Indio, CA that will keep the two festivals at their current home through 2030.
As previously reported, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop," featuring Wanz, logs a sixth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, while Imagine Dragons ("Radioactive") and Ariana Grande ("The Way") storm the chart's top 10. Who else makes notable moves on the Hot 100 and other song charts this week?
Shakira and Usher debuted last week on NBC's "The Voice," alongside continuing coaches Blake Shelton and Maroon 5's Adam Levine. In turn, the pair jump straight into the top 10 on the Social 50. They rise 19-8 and 14-7, respectively.
NARM TO HIGHLIGHT BILLBOARD'S 40 UNDER 40 AT MUSIC BIZ 2013 PANEL
NARM announced today that they would be featuring members of Billboard's 40 Under 40 list in a keynote panel at their Music Biz 2013 conference this May in Los Angeles.
APPLE iRADIO DEAL WITH TWO MAJOR LABELS COULD BE CLOSE
CNET reports that Apple could sign deals with both Warner Music and Universal Music Group within the next week, according to two sources. But both people caution that the deals have not yet been made and could still fall apart. In addition, Apple still needs to get Sony Music Group on board, as well as the music publishers. The report also says Apple's planned music service will offer new revenue streams to labels including a quick way for consumers to buy a song they hear and a revenue share of new audio ads Apple is planning to add to the free service.
Analytics company comScore provides data on everything from smartphone marketshare to social network adoption, but those figures could come at a heavy cost to user privacy. That's the allegation set out in a lawsuit filed against the company in 2011; this week, the case was awarded class action status. Lawyers acting on behalf of two individuals claim that comScore surreptitiously and intrusively collects user information via tracking software before selling it on to third parties; the company's OSSProxy software is often installed on computers alongside other free downloads. The plaintiff argues that OSSProxy goes beyond the scope of its user license agreement by logging crucial data such as bank details, passwords, and Social Security numbers.
The US arm of the Rebel Agency has joined the Creative Artists Agency. The Rebel Agency is the Toronto-based company responsible for representing Crosstown Rebels and its axis of DJs, including Damian Lazarus, Jamie Jones, Art Department and Soul Clap. Its three agents -- Inbal Lankry, Jazz Spinder and Matt Kingsley -- have moved to the Los Angeles base for the CAA.
Mark Knopfler has cancelled two concerts in Russia owing to what he called a crackdown on human rights groups. "Given the crackdown by Russian authorities on groups including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, I have regretfully decided to cancel my upcoming concerts in Moscow and St Petersburg in June," the former Dire Straits singer-guitarist wrote on his website. Russian prosecutors and tax officials searched the offices of Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Memorial, Russia's oldest rights group, and other such organisations last month in what Kremlin critics said were raids aimed at stifling criticism of President Vladimir Putin.
Roger Ebert, the ardent, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who put his indelible thumbprint on the history of film criticism forged from spending a lifetime at the movies, has died, the Chicago Sun-Times has reported. He was 70.
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