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Twitter, which released its music application to a handful of celebrities last week, today announced on "Good Morning America" that the rest of the world can now pile in. The free application, built using technology from We Are Hunted, lets users discover music through artists’ and others' Tweets, listen to their music using Rdio or Spotify, check out their concert dates, watch their videos on YouTube or Vevo and buy songs via iTunes. The service will be available at the Apple App Store later today.
BIG MACHINE MUSIC, DR. LUKE'S PRESCRIPTION FORM JOINT VENTURE
Big Machine Music and Dr. Luke's Prescription Songs have formed a joint venture to allow the two companies to co-publish songwriters with the goal of bringing country and pop writers into each other's realm. The deal opens the door for the 30-to-40 writers in Dr. Luke's camp to work with the 10 writers signed to the Big Machine's relatively new publishing operation.
GUGGENHEIM DIGITAL MEDIA ANNOUNCES FORMATION OF BILLBOARD GROUP
Billboard’s parent company, Guggenheim Digital Media, is creating a newly expanded Billboard Group that will include the Backstage and Sonic Bids businesses. John Amato, currently chairman and CEO of Backstage LLC, will become president of the newly formed division of GDM. He will report to Ross Levinsohn, CEO of Guggenheim Digital Media.
Universal Music Group and the Stockholm-based digital music company X5 Music Group have launched a partnership to produce digital compilation albums from the catalogs of Universal’s Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Verve and Blue Note Records labels.
RECORD STORE DAY Q&A WITH GRAHAM JONES OF 'LAST SHOP STANDING' DOCDISTRIBUTION, SERVICES
“Last Shop Standing,” a documentary on U.K. record shops based on the book of the same name, is the official film of this year’s Record Store Day and will be screened at record shops during the event. Biz caught up with the author Graham Jones who explained how candlestick makers inspired him, how grocery stores hurt independent music retailers and why the future now looks brighter.
ON BILLBOARD 200
Rock band Paramore nabs its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 this week, beating out Brad Paisley, who debuts at No. 2. The former's self-titled set starts with 106,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, while Paisley's 'Wheelhouse' launches with 100,000.
TRACY MORGAN TO HOST BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS
Comedic actor Tracy Morgan, whose eight seasons on "Saturday Night Live" and seven on "30 Rock" solidified him as one TV's funniest stars, will host the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, live from Las Vegas at the MGM Grand on Sunday, May 19, airing on ABC.
Songwriter/producer Max Martin, fun.’s “We Are Young,” Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, producer/DJ Diplo, Sony/ATV, Kobalt and Prescription Songs were among the top honorees at ASCAP’s 30th annual Pop Awards Wednesday night.
VICE, RECREATION WORLDWIDE DISCUSS DEBUT OF NEW EDM VERTICAL THUMP
Vice, the self-described “bad boy” media empire, debuted a new EDM vertical Wednesday called THUMP, a new digital platform created in partnership with Recreation Worldwide, a creative agency founded by executives from AM Only and Complete Control Management.
The cloud is the future of music, but the cloud -- or parts of it -- doesn't work properly from time to time. The service disruptions of many Google applications Wednesday morning was a reminder that cloud-based services inevitably experience service problems and users can be forgiving if the company deals with the issues correctly.
KENDELL 'YOUNG SAV' FREEMAN NAMED VICE PRESIDENT OF RICK ROSS' MAYBACH MUSIC GROUP
Kendell Freeman, aka "Young Sav," formerly the Mixshow manager at Def Jam Records, has been named the vice president of rapper Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group, the label announced today. Maybach Music Group is part of Atlantic Records' portfolio and features artists such as Meek Mill, Wale, and Rick Ross himself.
ASSOCIATION OF MUSIC PRODUCERS ANNOUNCE FIRST-EVER AMP AWARDS
The Association of Music Producers will hold its first-ever AMP Awards for Music and Sound in New York City on May 7. The event will recognize music use in a variety of platforms including ads, film, gaming and online and will also feature performances by Caveman and Quadron with DJ sets from French Horn Rebellion and Savoir Adore.
Shares of Apple Inc. fell below $400 for the first time in a year and half on Wednesday, after a supplier hinted at a slowdown in iPhone and iPad production. The stock was down $21.89, or 5.1 percent, at $404.35 in early afternoon trading. Earlier in the day, it hit $398.11, the lowest level since Dec. 2011. Late Tuesday, Cirrus Logic Inc., which supplies audio chips for the iPhone and iPad, said sales of a particular chip are slowing down as an unnamed customer moves to a newer component.
One of the best performances at the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was Blur's smart, wide-ranging set last Friday night on the main stage. While The Stone Roses' rambling jam-a-thon, which came directly after Blur's show yet went down in front of a crowd roughly one-fifth the size. For the second installment of the festival, which runs Friday to Sunday at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, the two reunited Britpop acts will swap places, according to official set times posted on the Coachella's website.
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A major South Korean broadcaster says it has banned PSY's new music video because the rapper is shown abusing public property. The "Gentleman" video opens with PSY kicking a cone that says "no parking." State-funded KBS said Thursday the scene doesn't meet its standards as a public broadcaster. Two spokesmen say KBS has banned other videos for similar reasons in the past.
Jay-Z may be having second thoughts about becoming a sports agent following the launch this month of his Roc Sports management company, Receiving certification from the NFL Players Association will allow Jay-Z to actively recruit NFL players, but in order to become a certified agent he must first successfully pass the NFLPA’s admission test. On top of passing the admission test, the Hip Hop mogul would also have to work directly with the NFLPA to somehow have the postgraduate degree requirement waived. And with the possibility of that particular requirement being waived arises issues of favoritism and special treatment for the rapper.
THE LOUD FAMILY, R.I.P.
The Loud Family website confirms that Scott Miller, the frontman and songwriter for the power pop bands Game Theory and the Loud Family, has died. He was 53. Game Theory released eight albums throughout the 1980s. After that band broke up, Miller formed the Loud Family, who released six LPs, an EP, and a live album between 1993 and 2006. Miller was also the author of the book Music: What Happened?, which compiled blurbs on his favorite songs between 1957 and 2009.
Award-winning country and folk singer Rita MacNeil, a beloved Canadian icon who hosted her own variety show in the 90s, was a member of the Order of Canada, and had 10 albums certified gold, platinum to triple platinum, died last evening (April 16) from post-surgical complications. She was 68.
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