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While shareholders and the business media regard as big news the Vivendi announcement that it will study a demerger plan and that activist shareholder Vincent Bollore has been appointed vice chairman of the company's supervisory board, the moves are expected to have little impact on the Universal Music Group.
Despite predictions of a tight race between Ariana Grande's "Yours Truly" and Tamara Braxton's "Love & War" for No. 1 on the Billboard 200, Grande came out on top by a sizable margin. In other chart news, Nine Inch Nails snagged No. 3 with its first album since 2008, "Hesitation Marks"; John Legend racks up his sixth consecutive top 10 album on the Billboard 200; and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" slip a couple of positions each.
As expected, Sony Music Entertainment, UMG Recordings, Warner Music Group and ABKCO have filed suit against SiriusXM for allegedly continuing to ignore state copyright laws and refusing to pay artist performance royalties for pre-1972 music it broadcasts.
Mister Cee, a DJ on New York's Hot 97 for the past 20 years, has resigned from the station after audio surfaced of a sexual encounter and financial transaction allegedly involving the on-air personality. Though he denies the allegations, Mister Cee said it was in his and the station’s best interest to resign. He also compared himself to controversial politician Anthony Weiner.
Digital advertising veteran Brian McAndrews will replace Joe Kennedy as CEO, president and chairman of Pandora, the company announced Wednesday. Kennedy announced in March he would be stepping down.
Icona Pop is about to host a “Paris Is Burning”-esque vogue-off in their latest video for “All Night,” which Billboard exclusively teases below. The video is the first part of a new partnership between Icona Pop and Absolut to support the national launch of Tune, a sparkling Sauvignon Blanc-and-vodka product that was rolled out in select markets earlier this year.
Jeff Toig, the senior vice president in charge of Cricket Wireless's Muve Music subscription service, has left the company. Tyler Wallis SVP - product and marketing at Cricket Wireless, has taken over Toig's leadership position at Muve Music, a Cricket spokesperson tells Billboard. The reason for Toig's departure is unknown.
Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis' viral sensation "The Fox," which has taken the Internet by storm in recent days, debuts at No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100, fueled almost exclusively by its online traction. It's the highest-bowing song on the tally this week.
Nicki Minaj is being taken to court over her massive 2012 pop-crossover hit “Starships,” according to the Chicago Tribune. The report states that Chicago electronic artist Clive Tanaka has filed court papers alleging that Minaj lifted his 2011 track “Neu Chicago” to create “Starships.” Minaj’s song set a Billboard chart record when it debuted in the Hot 100 top ten upon its release and then stayed in the top ten for 21 consecutive weeks.
Founded 25 years ago, the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop is one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious orchestral lab programs for advanced jazz artists. Funded by Broadcast Music Inc.—the royalty-collection and music-rights management company—the workshop accepts about a dozen applicants each year and started its new season this week.
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Tonight at the Standard East Village in NYC, Daniel Arsham and Pharrell revealed four sculptures that they created together. Days before on Instagram, Pharrell revealed that the pieces were re-creations of the Casio MT-500, which is the first instrument he ever made music on. He noted that it is "as if it was found in an archaeological dig or in the distant future." Arsham added today on Instagram that, "I have remade them in volcanic ash, crystal, and steel, as if they have been found in the future."
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