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FACEBOOK ANNOUNCES SLEW OF TWEAKS FOR SMOOTHER MOBILE MUSIC EXPERIENCE

During its f8 developer conference Wednesday, Facebook introduced new tools designed to make mobile navigation, sharing, and advertising a smoother experience, while enabling seamless communication among third-party apps and Facebook itself.
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MOOGFEST 2014: WELL-RECEIVED, BUT WILL IT RETURN NEXT YEAR?

“We got the cyborg man here what more could you want,” joked Mike Adams, CEO of Moog Music to a crowd of organizers, participants and sponsors-- including Neil Harbisson, a man with an antenna implanted in his skull that allows him to hear color-- on the closing night of Moogfest.
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PEACHES GELDOF DIED OF HEROIN OVERDOSE (REPORT)

Though Peaches Geldof's autopsy results won't be officially revealed until Thursday, as of late Wednesday, The Times of London is reporting that the British television presenter and fashion personality died of a heroin overdose.
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PAUL GODDARD, BASS PLAYER WITH ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION, DIES AT 68

Paul Goddard, the bass player and a founding member of the stylish Southern rock band the Atlanta Rhythm Section, died Tuesday of cancer in Atlanta, the group's manager, Len Fico, told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 68.
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NEW TOUR DATES FOR JUAN GABRIEL

Juan Gabriel's North American "Volver 2014" tour dates have either been postponed or canceled due to the singer's ongoing health problems, which began after he was diagnosed with pneumonia earlier this month.
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STEVE ALBINI SAYS ONLINE STREAMING 'BEST THING SINCE PUNK ROCK'

Old man Steve Albini does not yell at the Cloud -- at least, not anymore. Just over 20 years after publishing his seminal 1993 essay "The Problem With Music," which painted a bleak picture of an industry driven by record label fat cats preying on baby bands that didn't know any better, the famously analog producer known for Nirvana's "In Utero" has changed his tune.
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SCOOTER BRAUN, CAA'S ROB LIGHT ON THE FUTURE OF MUSIC AT MILKEN CONFERENCE (VIDEO)

Justin Bieber manager Scooter Braun and CAA Music Dept. head Rob Light were two of the six panelists holding forth on “The Evolution of Music and the Music Consumer” at yesterday’s Milken Institute Global Conference at the Beverly Hilton.
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PHARRELL WILLIAMS TOPS HOT 100 FOR 10TH WEEK, IGGY AZALEA VAULTS INTO TOP 10

Pharrell Williams' "Happy" crowns the Billboard Hot 100 for a 10th week, becoming one of just 28 songs to reach double-digit weeks at No. 1 in the chart's 55-year history. Plus, John Legend's "All of Me" ascends to No. 1 on Radio Songs and rap rookie Iggy Azalea sends her first Hot 100 chart entry, "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, into the top 10.
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FCC CHAIRMAN TOM WHEELER ADDRESSES NET NEUTRALITY FUROR, ASSURES INTERNET WILL REMAIN 'OPEN'

A few days ago, NPR released a 20-year-old staff memo introducing employees to the Internet. "A code of 'netiquette' exists among users and within user groups," the document reads, "but otherwise, you pay your money, find your niche and take your chances."
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CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! ANNOUNCES HOT SUMMER SEASON

Amos Lee, Nickel Creek and St. Vincent are among the headliners announced this morning for the Celebrate Brooklyn! performing arts series, one of the nation’s longest-running free summer festivals, which will open June 4 with a show by Janelle Monáe in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.
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'FROZEN' STILL NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD 200; FUTURE DEBUTS AT NO. 2

Disney's soundtrack to "Frozen" continues to chill for a 12th week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, while the latest albums from Iggy Azalea and Future arrive in the top three.
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STUBHUB TO PRODUCE ITS OWN CONCERTS

You can soon buy concert tickets from StubHub for shows produced by StubHub. The company, which helps brokers and fans buy and sell tickets on its website, announced Wednesday it will sell tickets to concerts that it will produce.
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TAXPAYER FUNDS ACID PUNK AND THRASH METAL AS TRADE MINISTER PICKS NEW MUSIC STARS FOR GRANTS

It’s a “Yes” from the Trade Minister. Fourteen “indie” music acts, ranging from Japanese acid punk to thrash metal, have been selected to receive Government funding in a bid to find a new wave of artists who can follow Mumford & Sons’ path to international success.
The Independent


USE OF JAIL AS MUSIC VIDEO SET QUESTIONED

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office is defending its role in a music video after citizens questioned the role county employees played in it.
Daily News Journal


ROYAL ALBERT HALL POSTS RECORD OPERATING INCOME IN 2013

The Royal Albert Hall has revealed a record performance in 2013, posting its highest ever operating income of £18.6 million.
Music Week


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