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'WE WANT TO COMPETE,' SAYS SECRETLY'S VAN ARMAN, AHEAD OF HIS CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY TOMORROW (GUEST POST)

American independent labels want nothing more than a free market with a level playing field. But one thing is standing in our way: market concentration. Big companies are using their power and accumulated resources to take what is not fairly due to them, to the detriment of independent labels, artist creators and songwriting interests.
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ONE-FIFTH OF A PERCENT? A CLOSER LOOK AT AMAZON'S PRIME MUSIC LAUNCH

Launched June 12, Prime Music is a facet of Prime, a paid service that gives Amazon members free, two-day shipping as well as access to Prime Video, a Netflix knockoff with a growing catalog of movies, television shows and original programming.
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RICK RUBIN TALKS PUNK ROCK HIP-HOP, THE ADVANTAGE OF BIG COMPANIES IN RARE INTERVIEW

The Grammy-winning mastermind behind such canonical records as Beastie Boys' "License to Ill," Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Blood Sugar Sex Magik," and Justin Timberlake's "FutureSex/LoveSounds" talked at length about a variety of topics, from Eminem ("The best rapper of any emcee") to taking a break from music to get into magic at age eight to artists he'd like to work with (N.W.A., LCD Soundsystem).
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VIVENDI’S NEW CHAIRMAN TOUTS FOCUS ON UNIVERSAL MUSIC, AS GRAINGE LOOKS ON

New Vivendi chairman Vincent Bollore, the French billionaire who owns a 5 percent stake in the conglomerate, on Tuesday signaled his hope for improved cooperation and synergy across the company's operations.
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BONO CHASTISES APPLE FOR INCONSPICUOUS (RED) BRANDING, SOLICITS MARKETING IDEAS AT CANNES

The U2 frontman spent much of his Cannes Lions presentation urging brands and agencies to help create an AIDS-free generation by supporting the ambitious -- and largely stalled -- goals of his global nonprofit, (Red).
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'LIKE A ROLLING STONE' BRINGS $2M AT AUCTION (UPDATE)

According to a tweet from the Associated Press, "Like a Rolling Stone" sold for $2 million. Sotheby's called it a record for a pop manuscript.
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NXNE, CMW REMOVE RADIUS CLAUSE WHILE 'WHY NXNE SUCKS' PANEL RAGES

Just when a handful of invited detractors on the Why NXNE Sucks panel were griping about the 45-day radius clause imposed on artists performing at the Toronto music festival (June 18 to 22), publicists for NXNE and Canadian Music Week had already written up the press release that the restriction had been lifted.
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MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS TAP THE AGENCY GROUP'S JOSH DICK TO JOIN MANAGEMENT TEAM

Multi-Grammy Award-winning duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and manager Zach Quillen are expanding their team, hiring long-time booking agent Josh Dick of The Agency Group. Dick will join the team responsible for independently releasing the band’s platinum-selling album, "The Heist," and launching the careers of one the most innovative and popular hip-hop duos of today.
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MISTER SATURDAY NIGHT'S FIRST LP CEMENTS THE DANCE PARTY'S COMMUNITY

"Brothers and Sisters," which arrives today, June 24, plays like one of Carter and Harkin's adventurous DJ sets; the industrial funk of Dark Sky's "IYP" eventually gives way to Archie Pelago's saxophone slow jam "Frederyck Swerl," followed by Anthony Naples' house-informed lounger "Mad Disrespect."
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SCHOOLBOY Q CONCERT SHOOTING: COPS HAVE NO LEADS

Investigators haven't been able to develop a description of a gunman who opened fire on an SUV carrying rapper ScHoolboy Q after a concert at the Red Rocks amphitheater near Denver.
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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL APOLOGIZES TO IGGY POP FOR UNAUTHORIZED ANTI-TORTURE AD

Iggy Pop was the poster child for punk rock. Amnesty International has made the mistake of making him the face of torture…without asking him.
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EVER WONDER HOW MUSIC IS MATCHED TO YOUR MOOD?

Before long, it won't be enough for music services to play songs you might enjoy. Instead, the music platforms of the future will know exactly what you want to hear based on your mood. But how?
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PPL AND PRS FOR MUSIC HELP BUSINESSES UNDERSTAND MUSIC LICENSING IN NEW VIDEO

The film, narrated by BBC Radio 6 Music DJ Lauren Laverne, explains the differences between PPL and PRS for Music and clarifies which organisations are respectively represented across the music industry.
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