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Republic Records named ‘Top Label’ by Billboard

Billboard once again named Republic Records the music industry’s “Top Label” on the publication’s year-end charts. The label accomplishes the best overall performance across the Billboard 200 albums chart and Billboard Hot 100 songs chart combined.

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Live Nation acquires two Australian music festivals

Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. has announced that it has acquired 51% in Secret Sounds Group, the Australian company led by Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco, which owns and produces two of Australia’s leading festivals: Splendour in the Grass (located in Byron Bay New South Wales) and Falls Music & Arts Festival (located in Byron Bay, Lorne Victoria, Marion Bay Tasmania and Fremantle Western Australia).

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StarVista LIVE acquires stake in Abbey Road on the River Festival

StarVista LIVE, a leader in live entertainment, announces it has acquired a financial and operational stake in Abbey Road on the River, a five day music festival that draws over 20,000 fans annually and is dedicated to the music and influence of The Beatles. The new partnership will heighten the current festival’s artistic and experiential components and develop companion events in new markets throughout the country, as well as build new programs. Abbey Road on the River was founded in 2002 and currently takes place in Jeffersonville, IN, on the northern banks of the Ohio River across from downtown Louisville, KY. StarVista LIVE, associated with the Time Life brand, creates unique entertainment experiences that bring fans together to relive their favorite moments, create new memories, and enjoy unparalleled access to the superstars they love.

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Cymbal maker Robert Paiste dies

Robert Paiste (pronounced PIE-Stee), grandson of Paiste cymbal founder Michail Toomas Paiste, has died at the age of 84. No cause of death has been revealed but the company made the announcement on Wednesday (Nov 16th).

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Capitol Records launches year-long 75th anniversary celebration

Capitol Records, one of the world’s preeminent music companies and the first record label established on the West Coast, will launch its 75th Anniversary Celebration in November with an extensive slate of music, film and literary projects that will pay tribute to Capitol artists spanning the past eight decades and shine a spotlight on their historic contributions to music and popular culture.

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Home Music Production Tips You Need to Know

Thanks to technological advances and a wide variety of software and apps currently available, music production is easier than ever. A lot of indie producers are actually making stunning music from home, using tools that can be acquired at affordable prices.

Before you jump right in and start creating your own music, however, there are a few important things you need to know. These next several tips we are about to cover in this article will help you avoid unnecessary mistakes and start producing great tunes right away.

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Citi, Live Nation announce virtual reality concert series

Citi, Live Nation and NextVR have announced they are working together to produce a series of up to ten live virtual reality concerts as a new part of the “Backstage with Citi” initiative. This planned series will transport fans into an immersive VR experience with extraordinary access to some of the world’s biggest artists. In addition to watching select concerts live in VR, the plan is to bring fans “backstage” with the artists as they prepare to take the stage.

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BMI announces highest revenues in 76 year history

BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.), the global leader in music rights management, has announced the highest revenues in its 76-year history, achieving $1.060 billion for its fiscal year ended June 30th. The company also distributed and administered a record-breaking $931 million to its songwriters, composers and publishers, a 6% increase over last year. These results represent the most public performance revenue and royalty distributions by any music rights organization in the world.

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UMG teams up with Keshet for original digital video content

Universal Music Group’s Interscope, Geffen and A&M Records have teamed up with Keshet Studios to develop, produce and distribute music-related digital content. The deal will include scripted and non-scripted video content.

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HBO announces ‘Vinyl: The Complete First Season’ for DVD, Blu-ray

Vinyl, created by Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee Mick Jagger (Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown), Academy Award winner and Emmy winner Martin Scorsese (The Departed, Boardwalk Empire) and acclaimed author Rich Cohen and Academy Award nominee and multiple Emmy winner Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire), is set to make its home entertainment debut on Digital HD on May 23rd and on four disc Blu-ray with Digital HD and four disc DVD with Digital HD June 7th.

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