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CLEAR CHANNEL, FLEETWOOD MAC SIGN GROUNDBREAKING PERFORMANCE ROYALTIES DEAL
Clear Channel Media & Entertainment has cut a deal to pay performance royalties to Fleetwood Mac for songs from its recently released “Extend Play” EP that are broadcast on its 850 terrestrial radio stations. According to Clear Channel, it’s the first rights partnership between a radio company and an artist.
PANDORA BUYS TERRESTRIAL RADIO STATION IN SOUTH DAKOTA, AIMS FOR LOWER ASCAP ROYALTIES
Internet radio giant Pandora is taking an innovative route to lower ASCAP fees: The purchase of a small-market terrestrial radio station. The company announced Tuesday it has purchased KXMZ-FM in Rapid City, South Dakota. Terms of the deal, which closed last Wednesday, were not disclosed.
Roc Nation Records -- home to J. Cole, Rita Ora, Jay Electronica and Bridget Kelly -- has named Jason Iley as its president. He comes to the newly minted position from his most recent post as president of Mercury Records in the U.K.
In reaching the plateau of paying out $300 million to distributed artists since its inception, Tunecore claims that company revenues have grown to $50 million in the first five months of 2013. That represents 20% growth from the $42 million in revenue the company generated in the first five months of 2012
A panel of execs from the music subscription business, including Spotify's Sachin Doshi and Rhapsody president Jon Irwin, tackled issues including market differentiation, how to expand internationally and what Apple’s entrance into the space means for competitors at the New Music Seminar.
The inaugural Breakaway Music Festival, produced by rising young promoters Prime Social, will launch in September with two new events at Major League Soccer stadiums in Columbus and Dallas. Performers at the multi-genre events, include Bassnectar, Empire of the Sun, Kendrick Lamar, Wu-Tang Clan, Matt & Kim and others.
Talent agency William Morris Endeavor has taken its spat with rival Creative Artists Agency to a higher -- more visible -- level.
JGerman broadcasting giant ProSiebenSat.1 is looking to carve out a piece of the growing music streaming business with the launch of Ampya, an online streaming service akin to Spotify. The new service, which launched this week, features more than 20 million music titles in addition to some 57,000 music videos and more than 100,000 radio stations, available either through an ad-supported freemium service or on a subscription basis.
Sun Records, the storied Memphis label that has been solely in the licensing business for more than four decades, will return to releasing new music with a new album from former Mercury Records artist Julie Roberts. Her album, 'Good Wine and Bad Decisions,' will be released Oct. 29; Red River/Sony RED will handle distribution.
Between a top 5 album, his first major headlining tour and coaching his fourth season of NBC’s “The Voice,” Blake Shelton is already having a pretty iconic summer. But when Pepsi approached him to be the lead spokesman for its Iconic Summer program at last week’s CMA Fest in Nashville, it gave him a chance to do another thing he loves -- hang out one-on-one with his fans.
Mr. West has had the most sui generis hip-hop career of the last decade. No rapper has embodied hip-hop’s often contradictory impulses of narcissism and social good quite as he has, and no producer has celebrated the lush and the ornate quite as he has. He has spent most of his career in additive mode, figuring out how to make music that’s majestic and thought-provoking and grand-scaled. And he’s also widened the genre’s gates, whether for middle-class values or high-fashion and high-art dreams.
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In a rare interview, the Kraftwerk co-founder talks about how The Catalogue has helped draw a line under the band's past and why, despite advances of technology, improvisation is still central to their music.
With a single drastic price cut, Sony Music Unlimited just opened a new front in the already heated battle among music streaming services trying to grab market share. Until today's cuts by Sony, $9.99 a month was almost industry standard for ad free unlimited music streaming to all devices.
NBC's most popular show, approaching its season finale next week, had 11.3 million viewers for its Monday edition last week and 10.9 million on Tuesday. Both were enough to rank them within the Nielsen company's top six shows for the week.
On Tuesday, shareholders approved measures that will allow Murdoch's sprawling media empire to be cleaved into two separate publicly traded companies. The most profitable assets — Fox News Channel, the Fox broadcast TV network, Fox regional sports networks, FX and the 20th Century Fox movie studio — will form 21st Century Fox Inc.
The rumors started in February of last year, when a BBC radio personality mentioned out of the blue that a Boards of Canada double album was on the way. A short time later, a fan asked the group on Facebook if that was true. The response was, "Yes." Then nothing — until April 2013, on Record Store Day, when a mysterious 12" was found at Other Music, a store in New York City.
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