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Legacy Recordings has acquired the catalog of Van Morrison in a major career-spanning deal that encompasses 50 albums, videos and compilations and unlocks all of his albums for digital distribution, many for the first time.Through the new content acquisition, the Northern Irish legend’s 33 album titles will be made available digitally and through all streaming services, to roll out from…

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TuneIn, the free digital audio service that lets users listen to real radio, has introduced a new paid tier called TuneIn Premium that should make some sports fans very happy. Launched today, the premium subscription features over 600 commercial-free music stations and unlimited access to the site’s audiobook catalog. But the biggest incentive for premium users will likely be its…

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In the wake of the release of the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, the iconic rap group’s music takes over Billboard charts.On the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart dated Sept. 5, N.W.A notches its first top 40 hit, as “Straight Outta Compton” debuts at No. 38 (the survey’s highest debut of the week). It’s not only the first top 40…

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Veteran investment banker Mark Sperling has joined ASCAP as svp of strategy and business development, a role in which he’ll lead efforts to expand partnerships and new alliances at the performing rights society. He’ll report directly to recently appointed chief strategy and development officer Alice Kim.Sperling arrives at ASCAP following a 16-year tenure at the banking firm Allen & Company,…

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Internet radio giant Pandora has an old-school way of attracting local advertisers. It’s called local offices. Since 2012, the Oakland-based company has been operating small sales teams in cities around the country in an effort to land new contracts from local businesses. The tally is up to 37 cities now with the entry of an office in Minneapolis, the country’s…

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This post was originally published at billboard.comCeline Dion returns to Caesars Palace on Thursday to pick up her Las Vegas residency, following a year-long hiatus that was due to her husband and manager René Angélil’s struggles with throat cancer.In an intensely personal interview with USA Today, Dion detailed her family’s current state as she prepares to take the stage again.“I…

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This post was originally published at billboard.comJapan’s digital music market grew 5 percent in the first half of the year, according to figures released Monday by the Recording Industry Association of Japan. In spite of the modest gain, the overall Japanese recorded music market, the world’s second largest, fell 2.9 percent from the prior-year period.Digital revenue rose 5 percent, to…

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This post was originally published at billboard.com A new survey tries to answer an age-old question: do people attend fewer concerts as they age? This particular survey, conducted by ticketing company Eventbrite, found millennials and boomers alike see “experiences” as an important part of a fulfilled life — not surprising considering boomers were attending Woodstock, The Newport Folk Festival…

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This post was originally published at musicweek.com Mark Sperling has joined ASCAP as senior vice president, strategy and business development. Sperling reports directly to Alice Kim, chief strategy and development officer, who was appointed in April. He will spearhead strategic initiatives and lead business development efforts as ASCAP explores new alliances and partnerships. Sperling comes to ASCAP from Allen…

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Overcoming Dreamkillers – Ignoring Those Who Don’t Support Your Artistic Endeavors In The Music Business Staying focused can be very tough when overcoming dreamkillers in your life. Many musicians experience the heartbreak of not receiving the support of loved ones they had hoped would back their aspirations. So, in this episode Shaine offers his experienced advice and encouragement to anyone…

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This post was originally published at billboard.com Ten former black contestants on American Idol who alleged they were the victims of racial discrimination in the way they were disqualified have failed to get the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals to revive claims. The lawsuit came in July 2013 from Corey Clark, Chris Golightly, Jaered Andrews and others, and while…

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Bonnaroo and EDM are the focus of the second half of our two-part series on the state of the summer music festival. In this episode, Larry Miller talks with Jonathan Mayers of Superfly Productions and Jonathan Azu of Red Light Management about the inception and astounding growth of Bonnaroo. Billboard’s Ray Waddell gives us some analysis on opportunities for growth…

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This post was originally published at thebillfold.com The Future of Music Coalition provided data to The New York Times for the Creative Apocalypse piece, and they think the NYT got the interpretation wrong. Author : Nicole Dieker Follow thebillfold.com Follow @HookBlast on Twitter for the best curated music industry news feed on the web. See vetted & verified…

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This post was originally published at billboard.com Celine Dion returns to Caesars Palace on Thursday to pick up her Las Vegas residency, following a year-long hiatus that was due to her husband and manager René Angélil’s struggles with throat cancer. In an intensely personal interview with USA Today, Dion detailed her family’s current state as she prepares to take…

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This post was originally published at billboard.com Japan’s digital music market grew 5 percent in the first half of the year, according to figures released Monday by the Recording Industry Association of Japan. In spite of the modest gain, the overall Japanese recorded music market, the world’s second largest, fell 2.9 percent from the prior-year period. Digital revenue rose…

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This post was originally published at billboard.com OMI’s debut smash “Cheerleader” tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week. The reggae/pop tune again fends off “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd, who wowed the crowd in his headlining set at the inaugural Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival at Jones Beach, N.Y., over the weekend. As we do each…

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This post was originally published at billboard.com Sony Music Entertainment has acquired German hard music company Century Media Records, the company confirmed. The deal, first reported Music Business Worldwide, has been in the works for months. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, sources say that Century Media and its family of labels, generate about $12 million in…

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