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  1. Prince Charles, Paul McCartney and Lily Allen Toast PRS For Music's Centennial

    November 26, 2014 9:00 AM EST Late last week, their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a reception at their official London residence, Clarence House, to celebrate 100 years of U.K. collection society  PRS for Music .  Sir Paul McCartney ...

  2. Retailers & Indie Labels Pushing for Monday Global Release Day

    November 25, 2014 5:41 PM EST In August, it was reported that the music industry had its eye on a Friday global release day that would take effect July 2015. Now that proposition is getting some pushback from a cohort of retailers and indie record labels, who are endorsing a ...

  3. Prince Deletes Twitter & Facebook Accounts

    November 25, 2014 5:23 PM EST Musical genius and admitted Luddite Prince  ended his awkward, year-long dalliance with social media on Tuesday (Nov. 25). Yes, the Twitter handle for Prince/3rdEyeGirl (his backing band) and his Facebook page are now missing from the Internet, ...

  4. Jian Ghomeshi Withdraws $55 Million Lawsuit Against the CBC

    November 25, 2014 4:54 PM EST Former Canadian radio host Jian Ghomeshi has dropped a $55 million lawsuit against the CBC. Canadian Radio Host Jian Ghomeshi Fired After Sexual Abuse Allegations A CBC spokesman on Tuesday (Nov. 25) confirmed the legal move to The Hollywood Rep ...

  5. Spotify's 2013 Financials: What You Need to Know

    November 25, 2014 4:54 PM EST The release of Spotify's 2013 financial information (via an article at The Guardian ) comes amidst heavy criticism about the company's freemium business model and the amount of royalties it pays to rights holders -- especially from its ...

  6. Concert Venues Parting Ways With Promoters Are Capitalizing on Going DIY

    November 25, 2014 4:27 PM EST Friday, Nov. 14 was a sort of ­coming-out party for New York's Webster Hall, which, after 10 years as a Bowery Presents venue, celebrated its independence from the New York-based promoter with sold-out shows in each of its three music rooms ...

  7. Firechat May Soon Solve Your Texting Woes at Crowded Events

    November 25, 2014 4:00 PM EST Cell phone communication has always been a problem for music festival goers. With upwards of 90,000 people all gathered in one small area, cell phone towers are often unable to cope with the number of inbound signals, and temporary wi-fi setups ...

  8. Op-Ed: Independent Musician Ron Pope: How I Made $250K From Streaming

    November 25, 2014 1:58 PM EST I’d like to start by saying this: I am an honest-to-goodness Taylor Swift fan. I’ve purchased each of her albums, I’ve seen her live, I cheer when she succeeds and find myself, almost inexplicably, personally insulted when people are unkind to h ...

  9. The Niche Releases to Watch for on Black Friday -- From a ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Mixtape to a Limited-Edition ‘Big Lebowski’ Soundtrack

    November 25, 2014 11:54 AM EST Record Store Day is typically celebrated in April, but since 2010, mom-and-pop shops -- along with labels and even movie studios -- have also welcomed exclusive releases for Black Friday. On tap for 2014: a Guardians of the Galaxy mixtape on cas ...

  10. One Direction Hits One Billion Plays on Spotify (But Are Still Way Behind Eminem)

    November 25, 2014 11:12 AM EST One Direction has surpassed a billion streams on Spotify, joining Coldplay as only the second British band to accomplish that feat on the streaming music service. According to data provided by Spotify, the boy band reached the milestone last wee ...

  11. Australia’s BigPond Music Download Service to Close

    November 25, 2014 12:56 AM EST Another digital music service is pulling the plug Down Under.  BigPond Music, the download store of leading telco Telstra and once the biggest of its kind in Australia, has announced it will close for business on Dec. 12.   Australia's Musi ...

  12. System of a Down Announce 2015 European Tour Dates, First Armenian Show

    November 24, 2014 9:57 PM EST System Of A Down has announced dates for a 2015 European tour, including a show at Wembley Arena and the band's first ever gig in Armenia with a free show on the 100-year anniversary of the Armenian genocide.  The "Wake Up The Souls&qu ...

  13. IFPI's Investing in Music Report: Annual A&R and Marketing Spend Tops $4.3 Billion

    November 24, 2014 7:00 PM EST It's become a much-heard and endlessly repeated complaint of the digital age that record labels no longer invest in artist development, but a new report from IFPI suggests that the opposite is in fact true. Record companies' annual spe ...

  14. Amazon Prime Music Debuts First Exclusive Content

    November 24, 2014 5:11 PM EST Amazon has made exclusive video a component of Prime Instant Video streaming service, its answer to Netflix. Now the company is doing the same with music -- sort of. Amazon quietly debuted last week its first exclusive music release, the 43-trac ...

  15. Apple to Donate Portions of Holiday Sales to Bono's (RED)

    November 24, 2014 3:18 PM EST The holiday shopping season is upon us and once again Apple is partnering with Product (RED) to generate awareness and a significant amount of money to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS. Related Queen Shares Unreleased '80s Track to Help Fight A ...

  16. Judge Rules Against Pandora in Licensing Fight

    November 24, 2014 3:17 PM EST Pandora's effort to get BMI rate court Judge Louis L. Stanton to rule that the digital service has a "license-in-effect" with the performance right society has failed, with the Judge ruling last Friday (Nov. 21) against the Oakl ...

  17. Bono, Robin Thicke Make GQ's List of 'Least Influential People'

    November 24, 2014 2:38 PM EST Bono just can't catch a break, can he? On the mend after suffering a nasty fall from his bike earlier this month, the rocker and his band U2 have topped GQ 's highly influential Least Influential People of 2014 list. As you can expect, ...

  18. Spotify Seems to Be Gaining on YouTube's Streaming Dominance

    November 24, 2014 2:17 PM EST Hozier 's 2014 breakout can be attributed to the popularity of "Take Me to Church's" intriguing music video on YouTube. With an impressive 24 million video views to date, it's surprising that in any given week, more ...

  19. Jim Schwartz, Pioneering Indie Music Distributor, Dead at 91

    November 24, 2014 1:16 PM EST Legendary indie music distributor Jim Schwartz died in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 8 of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 91. Although Schwartz ran Schwartz Brothers for many years, the company was originally founded right after W ...

  20. Awkward: Vice Editor Not a Big Fan of 'Scumbag' Vice Partner Live Nation

    November 24, 2014 11:52 AM EST Earlier this month Live Nation and Vice Media announced a co-branded site to fill a "big white space" in live music content on the web. The news of the currently untitled partnership, due to launch in 2015, is now getting a little adde ...

  21. Kobalt Publishing Hires Jamie McLaughlin as Creative Director

    November 24, 2014 11:47 AM EST Kobalt Music Publishing has appointed Jamie McLaughlin to the position of creative director, charged with signing new talent, arranging writer collaborations and pitching songs. She has hit the ground running in the new job, having already playe ...

  22. Corner Office: Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman/CEO of Gibson Brands, on Surviving Scandal and Setting Up Shop on the Sunset Strip

    November 24, 2014 10:21 AM EST A conversation with Henry Juszkiewicz , chairman/CEO of Gibson Brands, is as colorful as his office and conference room -- peppered with rustic asides and anecdotes about guitar legends like Les Paul and B.B. King and revealing a reverence and a ...

  23. From Sugarhill Gang to Trinidad James, a Look at the Influences of Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars' 'Uptown Funk'

    November 24, 2014 10:01 AM EST Part of the excitement of Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk," the just-released kickoff single from the DJ/producer's  Uptown Special is catching the allusions to one early '80s funk/R&B classic after another. Even on Rons ...

  24. Gwen Stefani Releases 'Spark the Fire,' New Pharrell-Produced Single

    November 24, 2014 9:47 AM EST Gwen Stefani 's next single, "Spark The Fire," has hit the internet. Check out the Pharrell -produced track below. Stefani is attempting to reemerage as a solo artist after a lengthy hiatus -- her last full-length, The Sweet Escap ...

  25. Band Aid 30’s 'Do They Know It’s Christmas' Opens at No. 1 in U.K. With Huge Sales

    November 24, 2014 4:56 AM EST Band Aid 30’s updated “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (EMI/Universal) has become the U.K.’s fastest-selling single of the year to date, selling 312,000 downloads to go straight to No. 1. Sunday's (Nov. 23) new Official Charts Company data als ...

  26. Paul Paoliello Appointed International CEO/COO of Murphy Petrol Group

    November 24, 2014 4:30 AM EST Chris Murphy has promoted music biz veteran Paul Paoliello to international CEO/COO of the Murphy Petrol Group, with immediate effect. The South African-born Paoliello until recently served as director of business development for the Australian ...

  27. Drake Announces First-Ever Headline Tour of Australia & NZ

    November 24, 2014 2:20 AM EST Drake’s first visit Down Under has evolved into a full-scale arena tour. Rapper 2 Chainz will join the Canadian artist on his first-ever Australasian headline shows early next year, which will kick off in Auckland, New Zealand then go west for s ...

  28. Sting Sets Out to Save 'The Last Ship'

    November 23, 2014 11:47 PM EST Sting is not letting The Last Ship sink without a fight. The former Police frontman, who composed the score for the Broadway musical set in his Northern English hometown, will join the cast as speculated, in a bid to lift the $15 million product ...

  29. Interscope, Chrysler Team For Ad Spots With Eminem, Fergie, Gwen Stefani & More During AMAs

    November 23, 2014 11:03 PM EST Interscope has new videos coming from Eminem , Fergie , Gwen Stefani , Imagine Dragons and Phillip Phillips -- and the company is going to let you know about them during the American Music Awards telecast on Sunday (Nov. 23), with the help of Ch ...

  30. Music Fans Can Vote for Their Favorite AMA Artists, Submit Fan Art on Twitter

    November 22, 2014 3:29 PM EST Now is your chance to show off all those paintings you've done of One Direction . (Don't pretend like you don't know what we're talking about.) AMAs Producer on Taylor Swift Receiving New Dick Clark Award, Pitbull's Host ...

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