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AVICII'S 'WAKE ME UP' SMASHES 267,000 FIRST-WEEK U.K. SALES, ROBIN THICKE BOWS ATOP ALBUMS CHART

 

It deposed Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (Interscope/Universal), featuring TI and Pharrell Williams, after five aggregate weeks at the top, but Thicke’s album of the same name gave him the major consolation of a No. 1 debut on that chart.
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PRIORITY RECORDS RELAUNCHES THROUGH CAPITOL, INSURGENCY; MICHAEL COHEN NAMED PRESIDENT (EXCLUSIVE)

Capitol Music Group and Insurgency Music are re-launching iconic imprint Priority Records, whose roster once included legendary West Coast hip-hop artists like N.W.A, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg. Insurgency Music's Michael Cohen was named president of Priority, which will formally launch on Aug. 8.
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INGROOVES LAUNCHES MUSIC PUBLISHING SERVICES COMPANY, OLIVIER CHASTAN TO RUN (EXCLUSIVE)

The move is in response to many INgrooves artists and label clients taking control of some or all of their publishing rights and asking the San Francisco-based company to administer them, according to INgrooves CEO Robb McDaniels.
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CHART ANALYSIS: JAY Z'S 'MAGNA'-IFICENT WEEK ON THE HOT 100

As Jay Z scores his lucky 13th No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with Magna Carta… Holy Grail, extending his mark for the most leaders among soloists in the chart's 57-year history, he likewise updates his already impressive resume on the Billboard Hot 100.
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BUSINESS MATTERS: ACTION ITEMS FOR GODRICH, YORKE CONVERSATION ABOUT SPOTIFY

A conversation about Spotify's business model started last week with tweets by Nigel Godrich and Thom Yorke. The fact that the conversation, amplified by social media and covered by more traditional media, continues to this day is remarkable and speaks to the weight of the subject matter.
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WHAT DO ANNA KENDRICK AND BARBRA STREISAND HAVE IN COMMON ON THE CHARTS?

They are the only two people that have earned a top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and Academy Award and Tony Award nominations in acting categories.
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PEARL JAM PLAYS UNTIL 2:00 A.M. AT CHICAGO'S WRIGLEY FIELD FOLLOWING RAIN DELAY

Frontman Eddie Vedder was emotional as he sang brooding, building show opener "Release" (1991) to the sold-out crowd of 40,000-plus fans in the fine, if humid, twilight. "It's kind of like I've been waiting a lifetime for this one," The Chicago native and avid, lifelong Cubs fan said a few songs later.
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MORRISSEY CANCELS REMAINING SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES, HINTS AT POSSIBLE RETIREMENT

Last week Morrissey issued an apology stating food poisoning as the reason for his tour cancellations. He's since cancelled the entire tour citing lack of funds to get everything readied for the shows.
DIY


COUB RAISES $1M FOR ITS GIF-LIKE LOOPING MUSIC VIDEOS SERVICE

Coub, the Russian startup that lets you create Gif-like short looped music videos, has raised $1 million from local VCs Brothers Ventures and Phenomen Ventures.
TechCrunch


LAURYN HILL OPENS UP ABOUT PRISON LIFE

She began her sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut on 8 July (13), and on Saturday (20Jul13), a friend of the star took to her tumblr.com page to tell fans Hill is "doing well" in jail.
TMZ


CHART WATCH BRITAIN: PET SHOP BOYS SCORE HIGHEST CHARTING ALBUM IN TWENTY YEARS

The Pet Shop Boys were not able to pull off a number 1 album, getting beat out by Robin Thicke and a late surging Jay Z; however, Electric is their highest charting album in the U.K. in twenty years.
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WHEN ZUCKERBERG THOUGHT HIS SALES GUY WAS 50 CENT

In April 2005, current General Catalyst Venture Partner (disclosure) Kevin Colleran replaced Eduardo Severin as Facebook’s business development head and sales lead. He was Facebook employee number seven.
TechCrunch


THE HOBOKEN SOUND: AN ORAL HISTORY OF MAXWELL'S

“Maxwell’s felt like a Portkey in Harry Potter,” says ex–Hoboken resident Chris Stamey, one of the many musicians  mourning the great venue’s passing. In the pantheon of important New York City rock clubs—Max’s Kansas City, CBGB, the Bottom Line—Maxwell’s ranks as high as any, even though its legal address is New Jersey.
Vulture


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