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Beats' Daisy Music Service Dials Up Carriers

Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre's upcoming streaming service known as Daisy, reportedly launching later this year as a spinoff of their Beats Electronics company, has moved into a more practical phase of its pre-launch planning: finding a carrier that will bundle the service.

Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta' May Sell 350-400,000 First Week

Even though Jay-Z began giving away a million copies of his new album "Magna Carta Holy Grail" on July 4, the set is still bound for a big week once it goes on sale July 9. Industry sources suggest it might sell 350,000 - 400,000 by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, July 14.

SiriusXM Radio Surpasses 25 Million Subscribers, Raises Full-Year Target

The satellite radio firm controlled by John Malone's Liberty Media, reported second-quarter net customer additions of 715,000, a high since the Sirius-XM merger. 

Randy Travis Hospitalized in 'Critical Condition'

Country superstar Randy Travis has been admitted to a Texas hospital and is listed in critical condition, according to a statement put out by his rep. The Grammy winner is suffering from complications of recently acquired viral cardiomyopathy.  Travis was admitted into the medical facility on Sunday

Essence Music Festival Draws Blue Chip Sponsors for Record-Setting 19th Year

Now in its 19th year, the Essence Music Festival has often described as an event “you just need to see to believe.” The three-day conference and concert festival is massive in scale — it’s attracted more than 400,000 people over three days for years now, and this year is on track to log in excess of a record 450,000 attendees who will spend upwards of a combined $20 million that will benefit the city of New Orleans.

Hulu Owners Looking to Finalize Deal Within Two Weeks (Report)

The current owners of online video destination Hulu will sort through binding bids received by the end of last week and hope to finalize a deal in the next week or two, according to published reports. 

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' Gay Equality Anthem 'Same Love' Hits Top 20 on Billboard Hot 100

Following the United States Supreme Court rulings on two separate gay marriage issues (June 26), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' gay equality anthem "Same Love" jumps into the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart this week.

Death Grips Signs With Capitol Subsidiary, Launching Imprint Following Nasty Split With Epic

After a very public and bitter break up with Epic Records last year, the Sacramento hardcore punk-rap outfit has teamed up with Capitol Music Group subsidiary Harvest to launch the band's own imprint called Thirdworlds.

Lauryn Hill Begins Prison Sentence

Hill reported to federal prison in Danbury, said Ed Ross, a spokesman for the federal Bureau of Prisons. Inmates at the minimum security prison live in open dormitory-style living quarters and are expected to work jobs such as maintenance, food service or landscaping.

Glitches Mar Jay-Z's Album Release Via App

Last month, when Jay-Z said that he would be distributing one million copies of his newest album free through an application on Samsung Electronics Co.'s smartphones, the rapper was widely lauded for his marketing savvy. Now, five days after that exclusive release, and as the "Magna Carta Holy Grail" album is released to the general public Tuesday, Jay-Z and his collaborators have been forced to halt the victory lap to explain technical glitches and user complaints about privacy that marred the app's debut.
Wall Street Journal

Three Strikes and You’re Still In – France Kills Piracy Disconnections

After years of debate and controversy the French Government has finally backtracked on the law which allowed errant subscribers to be disconnected from the Internet. This morning a decree was published which removed the possibility for file-sharers to have their connections cut for copyright infringement. Instead, those caught by rightsholders will now be subjected to a system of automated fines.
Torrent Freak

New Domain Extension .la Targets Entertainment Biz

The first city-based domain extension for websites, .la, was released Monday with the aim of attracting Los Angeles and the entertainment industry. GoDaddy added .la to its catalog June 20, and expects the domain extension, which is distributed by CentralNic Group, to blow up upon its Monday reveal, as many of the desired entertainment URLs are already taken with top-level domains such as .com, .net and .org.

Outpost Launches Distribution and Publishing Arms

PR agency Outpost Media is to offer a distribution and publishing service after launching two new companies. The company will continue to manage PR campaigns as well as offering clients the option to release records via in-house label 3 Bar Fire Recordings. Powered by indie distributor INgrooves Fontana, Outpost Distribution will distribute to over 600 online and mobile destinations worldwide in over 100 territories.
Music Week

Facebook's Asia Director Joins Spotify

Sunita Kaur, former advertising director for Facebook, has joined streaming music service Spotify to be the company’s Director for Asia. Kaur joins Spotify as it gears up for a larger push into the Asia Pacific region, on the heels of Spotify’s launch in eight new markets in April, including Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.
All  Things D

Barnes & Noble’s Chief Executive Resigns

William Lynch Jr., the chief executive of Barnes & Noble, resigned on Monday, two weeks after a devastating earnings report that accentuated the bookseller’s losing battle against powerful rivals like Amazon. Mr. Lynch’s departure was part of a series of sweeping changes the company announced as it tries to regain its footing after a failed initiative to build up its Nook division and compete in the increasingly crowded market for e-readers.
New York Times

Village Voice Taps Tom Finkel as New Editor

The troubled Voice Media Group is importing an editor from its St. Louis weekly to head its flagship Village Voice in New York two months after former editor Will Bourne quit in protest over staff cuts. Tom Finkel, who edited the Riverfront Times for the past 10 years, will take over as editor later this summer.
New York Post


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