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Taylor Swift, fun. and Maroon 5 lead the finalists for the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, which will air live on Sunday, May 19 beginning at 8/7c on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. While all three artists are finalists in a whopping 11 categories this year, Swift and Maroon 5 will also compete for the coveted Top Artist prize at this year's ceremony.
Madonna, Bieber, Gaga -- Guy Oseary, Scooter Braun and Tory Carter have helped manage the careers of three of music's biggest acts. Now they've set their sights on finding the rock stars of tech, companies like Spotify, Uber and SoundCloud. In this Billboard magazine cover story, find out how this music business power trio is changing the way the entertainment and tech industries intersect.
Power players in the Latin music industry got a preview of both pop singer/songwriter Natalia Jimenez’s upcoming album and Barefoot Wine’s new Refresh brand on Tuesday at the second annual Billboard Most Influential Women in Latin Music luncheon. The lunch was held at the JW Marriott Marquis in Miami, where the Billboard Latin Music Conference presented by State Farm in association with Pepsi starts Tuesday.
RICHIE HAVENS, FOLK SINGER AND WOODSTOCK STAR, DEAD AT 72
Richie Havens, a veteran folk singer and a star of the Woodstock festival and film, died this morning at his home from a sudden heart attack. He was 72.
Apple’s iTunes.which launched a decade ago and within five years became the world’s largest music retailer, is now dominating the market for digital video as well, according to a report released Tuesday by the NPD Group Inc. iTunes accounted for 67% of TV show sales in terms of units in 2012, NPD estimates. For feature films, iTunes had a commanding 65% share of the market.
RIHANNA SETS RECORD FOR MOST MAINSTREAM TOP 40 NO. 1S
Rihanna becomes the first artist in the 20-year history of Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Mainstream Top 40 radio airplay chart to tally 10 No. 1s, as "Stay," featuring Mikky Ekko, rises 2-1.
Music streaming service Grooveshark on Wednesday will launch a new service called Broadcast that will allow people to create their own live, online radio shows. Broadcast will be free of charge.
Four urban hit makers -- producer Boi-1da, DJ Camper, DJ Mustard and producer Harmony Samuels -- came together to discuss songwriters with the secrets of creating some of contemporary hip-hop’s most successful tunes at ASCAP Expo.
The Senate on Monday voted to move ahead with a bill that could effectively end tax-free online shopping in most states, overcoming last-minute lobbying against the measure by antitax conservatives, online businesses and other critics. Lawmakers voted 74 to 20 to open debate on the measure, which would allow states to compel out-of-state merchants to collect sales tax for them. Supporters say the existing tax break robs states of revenue. Opponents, including marketers such as eBay Inc., have argued it would raise taxes on consumers and burden small businesses.
Wall Street Journal
The South Korean pop star hit another mark for viral views with his new single "Gentleman," earning 38 million views in a single day as it set a blistering pace to 200 million views. Kevin Allocca, YouTube's trends manager, says "Gentleman" was viewed 38 million times on April 14, surpassing the single-day record of 30 million set by the "KONY 2012" short film. It also holds the day-of-debut record with 18.5 million views.
Mergers, acquisitions and other deal activity in the entertainment, media and communications industries in the U.S. increased to $96.2 billion in 2012 from $55 billion the year before, even as the volume of deals fell from 931 to 839, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers report due Tuesday. The jolt was primarily due to a $20.1 billion Softbank/Sprint deal. Other big deals included Disney/Lucasfilm and acquisitions of AMC Entertainment Holdings and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Hollywood Reporter
YouTube is experimenting with a new feature designed to help users better discover videos and channels on its site. Called “YouTube Mix”, it’s an auto-generated playlist that will display suggested videos based on what you’re reading. YouTube Mix offers users the ability to watch 50 videos continuously that it thinks they’ll be interested in. No additional work needed to click through each video one by one to watch it.
The Next Web
Self-service ticketing platform Eventbrite has raised $60 million in new financing led by Tiger Global Management and new investor T. Rowe Price. After this round, the company’s total funding is $140 million. While still a small player compared to Ticketmaster, today's investment comes after months of rapid growth for Eventbrite: 100 million tickets sold across 179 countries, totaling $1.5 billion in gross sales with 1/3 of those sold within the previous 9 months. The company also announced last month that it had doubled the total number of tickets processed to 100 million since February 2012.
Twitter continued its march into the advertising world with the news on Monday that the social media company had signed a deal with one of the largest advertising agencies in the world, the Starcom MediaVest Group, part of Publicis Groupe. The multiyear deal, its value estimated to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars, comes at the beginning of the upfront season, the annual series of meetings where networks introduce their new offerings to advertisers and media buyers.
New York Times
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