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Don Omar, an artist who in the past few years has been defined by his hit singles, and Jenni Rivera, whose chart success was driven by album sales, were the top winners at the 2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards. The awards, presented by State Farm, were broadcast live on the Telemundo network from the BankUnited Center in Miami.
In less than 10 years, iTunes has become embedded in people’s everyday lives as part of the fabric of our regular digital commerce. Our ongoing coverage of this industry-changing platform, includes: a Spotify playlist, of iTunes biggest hits; 7 ways iTunes changed the landscape in the words of the music execs; a guest post by Jason Herskovitz on Apple's choice ahead and more.
WARNER MUSIC GROUP OUTLINES PARLOPHONE PLAN, EXPECTS $70 MILLION IN SAVINGS
In a memo to the Warner Music Group staff today, CEO Stephen Cooper has laid out the procedure by which the Parlophone Label Group will be integrated into the company. Warner acquired Parlophone from Universal Music Group in February. According to its SEC filing, Warner is seeking an $820 million term loan in order to finance the Parlophone acquisition, pay related fees and expenses and use for general corporate purposes
THE IMPORTANCE OF APPLE'S ECOSYSTEM
It's no secret that Apple's ecosystem is vital to the company's success. Now two of the three ratings agencies agree.
Thanks to Record Store Day, weekly U.S. vinyl album sales hit a historic high: A total of 244,000 vinyl LPs were sold in the week ending April 21, according to Nielsen SoundScan -- the largest one-week sum for vinyl albums since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991.
Selena Gomez flies 22-5 on the Social 50 chart this week, earning the singer/actress her highest rank (No. 5) since Nov. 24, 2012. The chart surge is owed in part to a performance of the track on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" (April 18), as well as residual buzz from its premiere performance on the MTV Movie Awards (April 14).
SpinMedia, the company formerly known as Buzz Media that includes a number of websites including Spin magazine, has bought Vibe, the hip-hop/R&B magazine founded by Quincy Jones and Time Warner in 1992. CEO Steve Hansen said Vibe is likely to go online-only later this year.
Alabama Shakes, M83 and BOY are among the breakout indie artists of 2012 nominated for this year's Libera Awards. A2IM, the American Association for Independent Music, recently announced the full slate of nominees, which include both artists
Lauryn Hill took to her Tumblr page to comment on recent media reports that she’d inked a new deal with Sony Music in order to help her avoid prison time for three years' worth of missed tax returns. She wrote that she will be launching a new label through Sony to release her new music but called media reports on the nature of the deal and its dollar amount “inaccurate.”
ULTRA MUSIC LANDS IN EUROPE, APPOINTS UNIVERSAL'S TOM KEIL GM
Ultra Music has set up a dedicated European office, based in Zurich, Switzerland and Patrick Moxey, president of Ultra Music, has appointed Tom Keil, former A&R Manager of Universal Music Germany, as the new general manager for Ultra Music Europe. Keil served Universal Music Germany for more than two years Sony Music and Ultra announced a global-spanning strategic alliance between the companies earlier this year.
Online shoppers, beware. Freedom from sales taxes is on the way out. Late Thursday afternoon, in a 63-to-30 procedural vote, the Senate cleared the way for passage of a bill to effectively end tax-free shopping online. A final Senate vote is scheduled for May 6. The bill, called the Marketplace Fairness Act, would allow states to require online sellers around the country to collect sales tax for them on purchases made by their residents.
Wall Street Journal
The PepsiCo Americas Beverages division of PepsiCo is teaming up with Complex Media on behalf of one of its biggest soft-drink brands, Mountain Dew, for a sponsored-content initiative that will be housed on a new Web site, Green-Label.com. The site will replace several Web sites and a YouTube channel that have been overseen by PepsiCo Americas Beverages since 2007. Complex Media operates numerous verticals, devoted to the same kinds of content featured on Green-Label.com, on subjects like fashion, music, sports and style.
New York Times
The Red Bull Music Academy, a five-week series of concerts, lectures, art installations and workshops that is one of the biggest musical happenings in New York, as well as perhaps the most elaborate example of the reach of corporate brands into popular culture. A combination citywide festival and private musical summer camp, the academy has been held in a different international city nearly each year since 1998, when it began in Berlin. The events this year — underwritten by Red Bull, at a cost that is undisclosed but is surely well into the millions — include eyebrow-raisers like Brian Eno presenting his visual art piece “77 Million Paintings”; Ryuichi Sakamoto performing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Giorgio Moroder, the pioneering producer of Donna Summer, offering what he says is his first D.J. set in the United States.
New York Times
Atlanta entertainment attorney James L. Walker, Jr. sued Sony BMG Music Entertainment for telling black artists not to use a black law firm and has found settlement with the music titan for an undisclosed amount. This settlement comes after the two have been in litigation for about 8 years. According to Rap Rehab Walker filed a 13 count complaint alleging among other things that the Verity Gospel Division of Sony BMG attempted to defame his name by telling lies and attempting to rip clients from his small Connecticut based law firm.
Skylar Diggins, the third player chosen in the Women’s National Basketball Association draft, has signed with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports, a statement from the firm said. Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, announced April 2 that he was starting an athlete representation firm with New York Yankees All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano as its first client.
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