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MICHAEL JACKSON HOLOGRAM ROCKS BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS: GO BEHIND THE SCENES

"We've been talking about it for the last five months and while we were talking about it they were still inventing the process," says BBMA director and producer Larry Klein. "It was really strange talking about something that did not exist."
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ED SHEERAN, ARIANA GRANDE, SAM SMITH LEAD SHAZAM’S 2014 SUMMER HITS PREDICTIONS

Ed Sheeran will be the voice of this summer. That’s the word according to the Shazam song recognition service, which has published its top 10 "Sounds of Summer" list.
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BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS 2014: FULL WINNERS LIST

Justin Timberlake was the big winner at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, with 7 trophies on the night including Top Artist and Top Male Artist. Other winners include Imagine Dragons with five, and Pharrell, Robin Thicke and T.I. each scoring four apiece.
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MICHAEL JACKSON’S ‘XSCAPE’ BOWS AT NO. 1 IN U.K.

Michael Jackson’s “Xscape” (MJJ/Epic/Sony Music) debuted at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart yesterday (May 18), as Rita Ora’s “I Will Never Let You Down” (Roc Nation/Universal) opened at the singles summit.
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NAS TO RECORD ON MASS APPEAL RECORDS; WILL RELEASE 'LOST TAPES 2' & POSTHUMOUS PIMP C ALBUM

Nas, who turned hip-hop on its ear 20 years ago with his groundbreaking debut album "Illmatic," is going independent. The venerated rapper, 40, is launching Mass Appeal Records, an independent record label, which, in addition to shepherding a new generation of hip-hop hopefuls, will also provide an outlet for new Nas music when his contract with Def Jam expires later this year.
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THE FUTURE OF STREAMING: APPLE'S ENTRY MAY USHER IN AN ERA OF TITANIC COMPETITION

Talks continued at press time over Apple's bid to buy Beats Electronics for a reported $3.2 billion. But the ripple effects are already being felt among players in the growing market of streaming music providers - which is set for a period of rapid consolidation during the next 12 months, say industry executives.
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BOWERY PRESENTS' 2000-SEAT 'BROOKLYN CLASSIC' VENUE IN ADVANCED PLANNING STAGES

Bowery Presents, the independent New York City music promoter that runs the Bowery Ballroom, Music Hall of Williamsburg and other venues, is in the advanced planning stages of opening a new 2000-seat venue in the East Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.
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ABC'S 'RISING STAR' TO INCLUDE KESHA, LUDACRIS, JOSH GROBAN AND BRAD PAISLEY

"Rising Star" is finally starting to take shape. ABC has tapped Kesha, Ludacris and Brad Paisley to serve on the judges panel of its summer singing competition. Josh Groban will host.
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HOW THE F--- DO YOU MARKET A BAND CALLED F-----D UP?

Many bands second-guess their names, especially when the musicians have matured beyond the juvenile or inebriated inspiration that first sparked their nomenclatorial creativity. Yet the dilemma takes on a whole new dimension when the name is considered indecent by the Federal Communications Commission.
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CHART MOVES: FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE'S 'GOOD TIMES' KEEP ROLLIN', BEN & ELLEN HARPER KEEP IT IN THE FAMILY

This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the "Now 50" album spoiled the "Frozen" party, as the former debuted at No. 1 with 153,000 sold in the week ending May 11, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The "Frozen" soundtrack slipped to No. 2 after 13 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1.
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MOTHER'S DAY LIFTS U.S. ALBUM SALES FOR SECOND WEEK IN A ROW

Mother's Day gifting helped spur a 5 percent gain in sales in the week ending May 11 (4.6 million), which followed a 2 percent gain in the week previous (May 4; 4.4 million).
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50 YEARS AGO: MOTOWN RECORDS' FIRST NO. 1 SINGLE

Fifty years ago today (May 16, 1964) the Motown Records label celebrated its first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 with Mary Wells' "My Guy," a song written and produced by Smokey Robinson.
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PEPSI LAUNCHES LABEL WITH CAROLINE, RELEASING SOCCER ALBUM WITH RITA ORA, KELLY ROWLAND, TIMBALAND

In 2012, Pepsi took a chance by tapping then-emerging DJ-producer Calvin Harris to create an original song for a European soccer campaign on behalf of its fledgling sugar-free soda Pepsi Max. The result? “Let’s Go,” a global hit featuring Ne-Yo that reached the top 20 of the U.S. Hot 100 and helped establish Harris’ profile as the EDM pop maestro this side of David Guetta.
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HOW CHELSEA HANDLER & IRVING AZOFF BECAME COMEDY'S DYNAMIC DUO (COVER STORY)

The superstar comedian and her (legendary) new manager plot her next moves, from tours to books to something "a little more mindful, and not as stupid" as what she’s doing at her soon-to-end E! gig.
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MOG FOUNDER SUES BEATS FOR MORE THAN $20 MILLION (REPORT)

News of the suit arrives as Apple is reportedly closing in on a deal to acquire Beats for $3.2 billion. Best known for its headphone and portable speaker business, Beats also operates streaming music service Beats Music, which stems from its acquisition of MOG in 2012.
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THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE COPYRIGHT INDUSTRY AND THE NSA

The copyright industry has been continuously and relentlessly pushing for more mass surveillance, including surveillance of citizens who aren’t under any suspicion (“mass surveillance”) for this reason. They defended the now-illegal Data Retention Directive, which logs everybody’s communications and location all the time (specifically including yours), as well as similar initiatives.
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MARC ANDREESSEN ON THE FUTURE OF SILICON VALLEY(S), AND THE NEXT BIG TECHNOLOGY

Some big start-ups are having trouble raising money. Others are delaying plans to go public. Hot new technologies like Bitcoin have been struggling. With all the nervous chatter out there — Where is this going? What’s next? — I called on Marc Andreessen, who has lived through a bubble or two (or three).
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