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Apple Inc. is working on implementing changes at its stores. According to 9to5Mac, several retail managers over at Apple have been briefed about the changes that relegate the iPod lineup to accessory shelves. The iPad product displays have also been eliminated to simplify store experience. The said changes will start from next week and users will be able to see…

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The first round of data to come from a partnership between BandPage and streaming service Rhapsody — which uses information about which artists listeners like in order to target and deliver push notifications to those users’ phones — could signal the entrance of a new way to generate revenue in the digital streaming industry. BandPage claims in its announcement that…

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After a successful pilot scheme, overtly sexual, violent and explicit music videos distributed online will carry advisory age ratings in the United Kingdom, the British Government has announced. The trial measures were originally introduced Oct. 1 last year when the U.K. arms of Sony Music, Universal Music and Warner Music partnered with digital platforms Vevo and YouTube to put clearly…

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Multiple sources tell Billboard that United Talent Agency is in advanced negotiations to acquire The Agency Group, in a move that would vastly boost UTA’s profile in music, while paying dividends for a rapid expansion strategy by TAG. TAG’s roster of about 2,000 clients includes the Black Keys, Deep Purple, Guns N’ Roses, Muse, Paramore, Nickelback, Bullet for My Valentine,…

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Rick Kern/WireImage The Spanish government has condemned the much publicized cancellation of Matisyahu’s appearance at this weekend’s Rototom Sunsplash festival near Valencia, Spain after he failed to meet festival organizers’ demands that he clarify his position on Palestinian statehood. “Imposing a public declaration [from Matisyahu] puts into question the principles of non-discrimination on which all plural and diverse societies are…

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Apple has announced the first batch of headliners who will head to London to headline the re-branded Apple Music Festival, former called iTunes Festival. Only four acts have been announced so far, but Apple Music has gone big with their bookings, three from the UK and one from the United States – One Direction, Pharrell, Florence + The Machine and…

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It may finally be business time once again. The long-rumored Flight of the Conchords movie is in the early stages, according to a new Indiewire interview with Jemaine Clement. Clement confirms that he and Bret McKenzie are in the process of writing material for it. “We have actually started writing one,” Clement said. “But who knows if it will ever…

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SFX shares fell 23.3 percent to $1.02 in Tuesday morning trading after a Stifel Nicolaus analyst downgraded the stock to “sell” and lowered its price target to $1 from $2. Shares had rebounded slightly to $1.08 by late morning ET. The downgrade came after SFX’s announcement on Friday chairman and CEO Robert Sillerman failed to meet a deadline to secure…

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Here the famous comedian weighs in on the importance of a performer’s connection with the music they play and that the song’s meaning and the performance to properly align. _________________________________ Guest Post by Anthony Ceseri on The DIY Musician Recently I heard Louis C.K. being interviewed on The Howard Stern Show. After Howard asked Louis if he ever changes his…

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Earlier this month, sources pointed Digital Music News to significant changes ahead in Spotify’s ad-supported, ‘freemium’ offering, specifically the introduction of a premium-only access tier for certain artists and releases. Now, on-the-record comments from Universal Music Group chief executive Lucian Grainge lend support to that information. In an interview with Hits Magazine, Grainge noted that ad-supported, free access would not…

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Platinum sales certifications for all albums compiled by the Recording Industry of America (RIAA). This post was originally published at digitalmusicnews.com Author : Paul Resnikoff Do you want to pitch your songs DIRECTLY to Music Industry Pros? click here.

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Vladimir Putin, President of Russia smiles during the Opening Ceremony of the 16th FINA World Championships at TatNeft Arena on July 24, 2015 in Kazan, Russia. Russia’s communications ministry has come up with a proposal aimed at changing the existing system of copyright royalty collection, but the initiative has been criticized by the record industry. In accordance with the proposal,…

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This past weekend, the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton topped the box office and surpassed previously reported debut projections by a long shot, better than doubling the original expected take. Like Us on Facebook Compton debuted to $56.1 million this weekend in 2,757 theaters nationwide. As noted by CNBC, the film trumped American Pie 2, making it the biggest ever…

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Authorities say they have recovered a custom guitar that was stolen from the pop-country trio Rascal Flatts during a concert in Oregon over the weekend. The band was performing at the Willamette Country Music Festival in Brownsville, north of Eugene, on Friday night when the $2,000 instrument went missing backstage. CMA Fest 2015: Rascal Flatts, Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker &…

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A Jon Bon Jovi & The Kings of Suburbia show scheduled for Saturday in Vancouver, British Columbia, has been canceled. A spokesperson from Bon Jovi Tours Inc. has issued a statement about the cancellation of the show, which was on track to sell out. “The band was ready and willing to give a great performance on Saturday,” the statement reads.…

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Pharrell Williams, One Direction and Florence + The Machine are going to appear at the Apple Music Festival next month. Apple announced Tuesday that the musicians will be among the headlining performers at the 10-night festival at London’s Roundhouse that begins Sept. 19. Festival performances will be broadcast live and on-demand on Apple Music, and additional material will be available…

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Johnny Depp didn’t say a word as he stepped onto a small stage inside the Lucky Strike bowling alley. He just strapped on a guitar and started playing with the band. One song later, Gene Simmons joined in. The superstar pairing capped off a fundraising concert Sunday for MendingKids.org, an organization that provides hundreds of free corrective surgeries each year…

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Neil Young has announced a second leg of his “Rebel Content Tour” with Promise of the Real behind their latest album The Monsanto Years. The tour will take them around the West Coast this October. Seeing as he’s touring behind an album where he repeatedly takes a stance against Monsanto, each show will feature an advocacy concourse called “Neil’s Village.”…

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