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SPOTIFY NOW HAS 10 MILLION PAID SUBSCRIBERS, 3 MILLION IN U.S. (EXCLUSIVE)

The number of paying Spotify subscribers has grown to ten million globally and three million in the U.S. -- major landmark numbers for the music industry as it looks to monthly streaming services as the future of the business.
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EDM BIZ WORTH $6.2B (REPORT)

The IMS report collates its data from festivals, club gigs, traditional recorded music sales and streaming/video services, sales of DJ software and hardware, DJ earnings from other ventures and value from other platforms.
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EAST VILLAGE RADIO'S FOUNDER, GM ON INSPIRATION, CHALLENGES, PULLING THE PLUG (GUEST POST)

Frank Prisinzano and Peter Ferraro are the founder and general manager, respectively, of East Village Radio, a long-running Internet radio station which announced its closure last week. The station's last day on the air will be this Friday.
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DR. DRE, JIMMY IOVINE FACE ROYALTIES CLAIM FROM BEATS HEADPHONES CO-FOUNDER (EXCLUSIVE)

As the rumored marriage between Apple Computers and Beats Electronics remains stubbornly awaiting its "I do's," a royalty dispute that looks back at the beginning of the headphones giant is heating up.
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FORMER MEMBERS OF HEART SUING ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

Two former members of Heart are suing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for using their likenesses in promoting the 2013 induction ceremony even though they were not inducted.
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FCC'S WHEELER TAKES ANOTHER STAB AT EXPLAINING HIS NET NEUTRALITY POSITION

What started out as a rocky hearing for Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler turned into an opportunity for him to explain at length to lawmakers about the agency’s new rulemaking on net neutrality, opened less than a week ago.
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SHUTTERSTOCK IS GETTING INTO THE MUSIC BUSINESS

You'll now be able to go to Shutterstock for more than just images and videos. The company today unveiled a licensable music section for those with soundtrack needs.
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TOM MACKAY PROMOTED AT REPUBLIC RECORDS

Mackay has been part of UMG’s Republic Records label since its inception in 1998. As an A&R executive, he participated in the signing and artistic guidance of Republic Nashville country crossover juggernaut Florida Georgia Line and Eli Young Band as well as rock radio mainstays 3 Doors Down and Hinder.
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JASPER DONAT ON MUSIC MATTERS 2014: 'EVERY YEAR WE BRING SOMETHING NEW TO THE PARTY'

Music Matters, the largest and most important music conference in Asia, starts Wednesday (May 21) in Singapore and runs through Friday with live music showcases for the event continuing through Saturday.
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TALENTHOUSE SECURES $10 MILLION SERIES C FUNDING, INVESTORS INCLUDE DAVE STEWART, GERARD BUTLER

Talenthouse is a company that’s been helping young creatives find high-profile work in the music and fashion industries since 2009, when it was founded by Amos Pizzey, a UK ad agency veteran and early member of Culture Club, and tech entrepreneur Roman Scharf.
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'JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS' ADDS JULIETTE LEWIS

Lewis, who most recently starred in "August: Osage County," joins Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott, Aurora Perrineau and Hayley Kiyoko, who have been cast as Jem and her bandmates the Holograms. THR previously reported that Ryan Guzman will play the love interest, Rio.
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PUBLISHING BRIEFS: SONY/ATV'S NEIGHBORING RIGHTS DIVISION SIGNS PHARRELL, ROBIN THICKE, MORE; PRINTZ BOARD TO ATLAS; DISNEY NABS TRION

Sony/ATV Music Publishing's neighboring rights division adds Lou Reed's estate, Nile Rodgers, and more while Atlas Music Group signs Black Eyed Peas collaborator Printz Board and Disney Music Publishing scores songwriting/production team TRiON.
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