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  1. Universal Music Sues Over VH1 DJ Competition Series

    August 26, 2014 4:49 PM EDT Universal Music describes a new lawsuit over VH1's Masters of the Mix as a "cut-and-dry copyright infringement case," but modest trappings aside, there's a few reasons to pay attention to this one. The complaint was filed in Ca ...

  2. Steve Aoki, Disco Donnie to Speak at Electronic Music Conference

    August 26, 2014 3:06 PM EDT Asia-Pacific's Electronic Music Conference has unveiled a first round of speakers, as well as other details, for this year's event taking place in Sydney on Dec. 2-4.   The announcement features over 40 speakers, most notably Steve Aoki ...

  3. How Billy Joel and Jason Aldean Saved Six Figures By Splitting Tour Costs

    August 26, 2014 2:15 PM EDT With stadium-show production costs running as high as $1.8 million, Live Nation acts like Billy Joel and Jason Aldean are saving $500,000 to $700,000 apiece by sharing costs in order to minimize the significant costs of producing stadium shows, Li ...

  4. Streaming Accounted for 63% of Danish Revenues in First Half of Year

    August 26, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Led by gains in streaming revenues, digital accounted for 82 percent of Denmark's recorded music revenues in the first half of the year, up from 74 percent a year earlier, trade group IFPI announced Tuesday. Streaming represented 63 percent o ...

  5. Aphex Twin on Kanye West: 'He Tried to F---ing Rip Me Off'

    August 26, 2014 12:31 PM EDT Richard D. James -- aka Aphex Twin -- is primed to release his first proper album in 13 years. With SYRO due out Sept. 23 via Warp, James has completed a lengthy interview with  Pitchfork , which the site posted some excerpts from . Among the juic ...

  6. VMAs Ratings Down Despite Blue Ivy Surprise

    August 26, 2014 12:02 PM EDT The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards was the most-watched show on television Sunday, pulling in 8.3 million total viewers, down 18 percent from the 10.1 million viewers who tuned in last year. Based on Nielsen numbers, the original broadcast had 10.3 m ...

  7. Not Just Hype: Latinos Spend More on Music

    August 26, 2014 10:50 AM EDT Marketers are always talking about music being a “passion point” for Hispanics. Now, hard research shows the hype is true -- and measurable. According to Nielsen’s Listen Up, their just released report on Hispanic consumers and music, Hispanics - ...

  8. Nile Rodgers-Founded Label Partners With Game Music Connect Conference

    August 26, 2014 9:42 AM EDT Sumthing Else Music Works, Nile Rodgers ' record label specializing in video game soundtracks, has partnered with this year's Game Music Connect 2014, a London-based conference for fans of music in games and aspiring composers. Attendees ...

  9. Tribune Company Names John Batter New Gracenote CEO, Plans 'Aggressive' Expansion

    August 26, 2014 8:16 AM EDT Tribune Media Company has named John Batter as the new chief executive of Gracenote, a provider of audio and video metadata and recognition services, as well as executive vice president at Tribune Media. Interim chief executive Shashi Seth , who a ...

  10. Australia's Songl Streaming Service To Shut Down

    August 26, 2014 5:38 AM EDT Australia’s crowded digital music market has one less player after Songl announced it would stop its subscription service next month. The major-label backed Songl informed its users with the announcement , "Unfortunately, we are not continuin ...

  11. Parents Television Council Still Not Happy With ‘Toned Down’ MTV VMAs

    August 26, 2014 4:13 AM EDT After the Parents Television Council urged MTV to avoid a repeat of last year's twerk-heavy Miley Cyrus performance at this year's Video Music Awards , the family-values watchdog group seemed mostly pleased with Sunday night's less ...

  12. Exclusive: Exploration Obtains $5 Million Funding, Will Begin Paying Digital Royalty Advances

    August 25, 2014 9:26 PM EDT Exploration.io , a digital rights management and software company that specializes in YouTube and SoundCloud, has secured $5 million to advance and purchase digital royalties. The infusion of cash -- a huge amount for digital rights management st ...

  13. Morrissey Probably Won't Be Taking His Option for a Second Record with Harvest

    August 25, 2014 3:56 PM EDT According to a source familiar with the situation, " Morrissey has not been dropped by [Harvest Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Music Group, itself a subsidiary of Universal Music Group] but out of deference to his request they have reluctan ...

  14. Whatcha Listenin' To? New App LISNR Feeds You Content Based on the Sounds Around You

    August 25, 2014 2:56 PM EDT Google and Facebook have pioneered the art of the web-based content algorithm, but what about for audio? LISNR, a Cincinnati-based mobile tech firm, is hoping to become that solution. A new app that debuts today on iOS and Android uses an "ul ...

  15. Trade Bodies Say Global Release Day a Good Idea – Just Not the One Proposed

    August 25, 2014 2:34 PM EDT When the IFPI has announced that the industry is considering a global Friday streetdate , a spokesman told Billboard that the Friday streetdate is not a done deal, and that the merits of which date should serve as the global street date are still ...

  16. SpinMedia Appoints Stephen Blackwell as CEO

    August 25, 2014 12:57 PM EDT Death and Taxes founder Stephen Blackwell has been named CEO of SpinMedia, the digital publishing company announced on Monday. Related News Hype Machine Partners with Townsquare Media, Departing SpinMedia SpinMedia LLC Acquired By New Investors as ...

  17. Which Fall Releases Have Blockbuster Retail Potential?

    August 25, 2014 12:52 PM EDT With streaming curtailing downloads and the holiday shopping season suffering sales erosion in five of the last seven years, retailers can feel buoyed by how the fourth-quarter release schedule is shaping up. One music retailer says that October ...

  18. Corner Office: The Agency Group's Gavin O'Reilly on Taking Over Nashville

    August 25, 2014 12:47 PM EDT How an Ireland-born, London-based music industry newbie made waves in Nashville by acquiring the respected 30-year-old Bobby Roberts Company has been a hot topic in Music City since the Aug. 4 contract was signed. Bobby Roberts, a successful indie ...

  19. Exclusive: Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, Sturgill Simpson to Perform at Americana Awards

    August 25, 2014 12:14 PM EDT Spend any amount of time with Jed Hilly , executive director of the Americana Music Association, and you will no doubt be blown away with the sense of unbridled passion and energy that he approaches his job with. A great example of such an occasio ...

  20. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Makes Record Start At Radio

    August 25, 2014 12:05 PM EDT Taylor Swift sets a record for the highest debut in the history of Billboard's Adult Pop Songs radio airplay chart, where "Shake It Off" blasts in at No. 9. On the Pop Songs chart, "Shake" soars in at No. 12, tying the rec ...

  21. Hackers Divert Sony Exec's Plane, Launch DoS Attack on PlayStation Network

    August 25, 2014 9:51 AM EDT An American Airlines flight carrying Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley was diverted on Sunday after a hacker group dubbed the Lizard Squad used Twitter to call in a bomb scare. Earlier in the day, the group claimed responsibility fo ...

  22. David Guetta Shines Atop U.K. Chart With 'Lovers On The Sun'

    August 25, 2014 6:01 AM EDT David Guetta is No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart for the fifth time as a lead artist, after debuting at the summit yesterday (Aug. 24) with “Lovers On The Sun” (Parlophone/Warner Music), featuring Sam Martin . Ed Sheeran’s eight-week run atop the a ...

  23. G-Unit Quietly Drops Six-Track 'The Beauty of Independence'

    August 25, 2014 4:23 AM EDT G-Unit surprised fans when its members reunited earlier this summer at the year's biggest hip-hop concert, and they have another surprise: they digitally released six new songs Beyonce-style early Monday. The rap group dropped "The Beaut ...

  24. Slim Dusty’s ‘Best Of’ Hits Chart Milestone Down Under

    August 25, 2014 12:58 AM EDT The late Australian country great Slim Dusty  has established a new chart milestone with his best-of compilation which appears on the ARIA Top 40 Country Music chart for an 800th week. First released in November 1998, The Very Best Of Slim Dusty i ...

  25. Grimes Declines Ice Bucket Challenge Over ALS Association's Animal Testing Policy

    August 24, 2014 1:38 PM EDT Dozens of musicians have accepted the widely popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which aims to raise funds and awareness for Lou Gehrig's disease. But Grimes has politely rejected her nomination by Richie Hawtin because of the ALS Association’s ...

  26. Cliff Richard Rejects Sexual Assault Allegation

    August 24, 2014 9:00 AM EDT British pop star Cliff Richard says police have questioned him about a sexual assault allegation. Cliff Richard's House Searched in Sex Assault Investigation A statement issued Sunday on behalf of Richard says the allegation that he assaulted ...

  27. Wiz Khalifa Cancels Concert Following Fan's Death

    August 23, 2014 7:02 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa has canceled his show in Chula Vista, California following a fan's death . He was supposed to perform on Saturday (Aug. 23), but confirmed the cancelation on Twitter hours before the performance. The rapper was slated to take the ...

  28. Pink Martini Drummer Derek Rieth Dies of Suicide

    August 23, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Police say the longtime percussionist for Portland, Ore., band Pink Martini has been found dead. A police spokesman said Friday that the Oregon State medical examiner's office has determined that 43-year-old Derek Rieth died of a self-inflict ...

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