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Janrain Acquires Arktan; Adds Powerful Social Streams and Trends Technology to Industry's Leading Customer Identity Management Platform Janrain Acquires Arktan; Adds Powerful Social Streams and Trends Technology to Industry's Leading Customer Identity Management Platform
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2014

PORTLAND, OR - Janrain, the leading provider of Customer Identity Management technology, today announced the acquisition of Arktan, a leading provider of innovative real-time social curation and social engagement products. (more...)

Sam Smith's Debut Album 'In The Lonely Hour' Certified Platinum By RIAASam Smith's Debut Album 'In The Lonely Hour' Certified Platinum By RIAA
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2014

Sam Smith's debut album In The Lonely Hour has been certified Platinum by the RIAA, following Multi-Platinum (4X) certification for his debut single, 'Stay With Me,' and his current Platinum smash, 'I'm Not The Only One.' (more...)

Barry Manilow Earns Milestone 14th GRAMMY Nomination for 'Night Songs'Barry Manilow Earns Milestone 14th GRAMMY Nomination for 'Night Songs'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2014

First recognized by The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences with a GRAMMY Award for Best Pop Male Vocal Performance for his mega-hit 'Copacabana (At The Copa)' in 1978, Manilow is celebrating his 14 th GRAMMY nomination (more...)

EA Teams with KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records to Deliver Heart-Pounding Title Track for Battlefield HardlineEA Teams with KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records to Deliver Heart-Pounding Title Track for Battlefield Hardline
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2014

“The music, and moreover the audio help create that emotional experience you want gamers to feel as they play in the world we've built for them,” said Steve Papoutsis, VP and General Manager of Visceral Games and Executive Producer of Battlefield Hardline. “With 'Karma', Jamie captured that gritty cop and criminals tone that defines Hardline, where not everyone is good and not everyone is bad, toeing that fine line of the law.” (more...)

Watch 'Terra Live Music In Concert' Performance Featuring Luis Fonsi, J Balvin, Juan Magan And Pablo Lopez, Presented By SprintWatch 'Terra Live Music In Concert' Performance Featuring Luis Fonsi, J Balvin, Juan Magan And Pablo Lopez, Presented By Sprint
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2014

MIAMI, Dec. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Terra hosted the ultimate concert headlined by Latin GRAMMY winnerLuis Fonsiin the latest 'Terra Live Music in Concert' presented by Sprint. The mega concert features 3 of the most talented voices in Latin entertainment including urban music sensationJ Balvin, internationally renowned artist/DJ/producerJuan Maganand Spanish pop sensation,Pablo Lopez. The concert, exclusively offered to Terra's audience, can be viewed atwww.Terra.com. (more...)

Big Machine Label Group CEO Scott Borchetta Joins AMERICAN IDOL XIV as MentorBig Machine Label Group CEO Scott Borchetta Joins AMERICAN IDOL XIV as Mentor
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2014

Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of the Big Machine Label Group and one of the most successful forces in the music industry today, has joined AMERICAN IDOL XIV as mentor to help shape the career of the competition's winner. Borchetta's relationship with the next AMERICAN IDOL will extend past the show's finale; Borchetta's Big Machine Records will partner with 19 Entertainment and Universal Music Group to oversee the launch of his/her recording career. The winner will join Borchetta's record label roster of superstar talent, including global pop star Taylor Swift, whom he discovered at the age of 14, as well as Tim McGraw, Reba, Rascal Flatts, Florida Georgia Line and The Band Perry. (more...)

Chrysler Group LLC and Universal Music's Interscope Records Offer 'American Music Awards' Viewers a One-Time Only Television Experience, Featuring Songs From Hit ArtisChrysler Group LLC and Universal Music's Interscope Records Offer 'American Music Awards' Viewers a One-Time Only Television Experience, Featuring Songs From Hit Artis
by BWW News Desk - Nov 24, 2014

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Nov. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Chrysler Group LLC teamed up with Universal Music Group's Interscope Records during last night's American Music Awards (AMAs) to present viewers with a one-time only television experience featuring the songs of some of the music industry's biggest artists. Together, the company and Interscope Records debuted four 30-second and one 60-second customized videos featuring new songs by Eminem ('Guts Over Fear'), Fergie ('L.A.Love (la la)'), Gwen Stefani ('Spark The Fire') and Phillip Phillips ('Unpack Your Heart') during the three-hour live broadcast airing on ABC. The videos aired that night only during the AMAs in what is one of Chrysler's biggest television partnerships. (more...)

Pre-Order Available Now for SAFE HAVEN Original Motion Picture SoundtrackPre-Order Available Now for SAFE HAVEN Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2014

Relativity Music Group and Republic Records original motion picture soundtrack for Relativity's upcoming deeply romantic thriller Safe Haven, is available for pre-order today on iTunes (http://smarturl.it/SafeHavenSNDTKiT). (more...)

DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and CEA Launch Year-Long Collaboration to Promote Latest and Greatest In Home EntertainmentDEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and CEA Launch Year-Long Collaboration to Promote Latest and Greatest In Home Entertainment
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2014

Each month, Lyons will spotlight what's new in consumer electronics home entertainment technologies while highlighting new Blu-ray titles from major Hollywood studios. As part of the series, Lyons will discuss the hottest Blu-ray Disc Combo Packs being released. Blu-ray Combo Packs provide consumers with a Blu-ray version of the movie or TV program and a Digital-HD version for a laptop, tablet, phone or other mobile device. At the same time, Lyons will showcase the latest in immersive mobile and home entertainment technologies including 4K Ultra HD, the next generation of home display technology. 4K Ultra HD display products feature more than eight million pixels – four times the resolution of Full HD – and other possible future technical improvements designed to result in greater color depth and an overall unparalleled home entertainment experience for consumers. (more...)

Moves' New Sports & Entertainment Media Platform Goes Inside The Locker Room, Behind The Velvet RopeMoves' New Sports & Entertainment Media Platform Goes Inside The Locker Room, Behind The Velvet Rope
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2014

MIAMI, Nov. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Moves Media Ventures, LLC, today announced the expansion and reintroduction of the iconic Moves magazine brand as a dynamic digital news and content platform providing a behind-the-scenes look into the exclusive domains and luxury lifestyles of professional athletes and entertainers. (more...)

Past And Future Rock Icons Celebrated At Rock n' Roll Awards ShowPast And Future Rock Icons Celebrated At Rock n' Roll Awards Show
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2014

Hosted by UK-based Classic Rock magazine, the 10th annual Classic Rock Awards--the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour presented by Orange Amplification--celebrated some of the most influential and respected musicians in rock at The Avalon in Hollywood (more...)

SoundHound and Grand Marnier Bring Custom In-App Music Experience to UsersSoundHound and Grand Marnier Bring Custom In-App Music Experience to Users
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2014

The “DNA of Music” is a custom program that delivers to users a breakdown of songs that are covers, remixes, or that contain samples from other tunes. For example, users who SoundHound Daft Punk's “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” are served a Grand Marnier ad, as well as an integrated row that allows them to discover not only the samples that are incorporated in the song (Edwin Birdsong's 'Cola Bottle Baby'), but also those songs that sample the Daft Punk track itself, such as Kanye West's “Stronger,” and Diplo's “Work is Never Over.” The “DNA of Music” program is powered by WhoSampled, the world's largest database of sample-based music, cover songs and remixes. (more...)

TIDAL High Fidelity Music Streaming Service Launches TodayTIDAL High Fidelity Music Streaming Service Launches Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2014

OSLO, Norway, Oct. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ TIDAL, the first high fidelity lossless music streaming service with HD music videos and curated editorial, today announced the launch and availability of its service in the U.S. and UK. The ideal service for those who care about quality, TIDAL welcomes music lovers to enjoy its extensive library of 25 million-plus tracks, 75,000 music videos, and curated editorial articles, features and interviews written by experts. Ad free and available now for a monthly subscription of $19.99/19.99, visit www.tidalhifi.com or download the app from iTunes App Store or the Google Play Store. (more...)

TIDAL High Fidelity Music Streaming Service Launches TodayTIDAL High Fidelity Music Streaming Service Launches Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2014

OSLO, Norway, Oct. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ TIDAL, the first high fidelity lossless music streaming service with HD music videos and curated editorial, today announced the launch and availability of its service in the U.S. and UK. The ideal service for those who care about quality, TIDAL welcomes music lovers to enjoy its extensive library of 25 million-plus tracks, 75,000 music videos, and curated editorial articles, features and interviews written by experts. Ad free and available now for a monthly subscription of $19.99/19.99, visit www.tidalhifi.com or download the app from iTunes App Store or the Google Play Store. (more...)

Universal Music Group Names Michael Frey, President, Supply Chain & Media ServicesUniversal Music Group Names Michael Frey, President, Supply Chain & Media Services
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2014

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Universal Music Group (UMG), the world's leading music company, has named Michael Frey, President, Supply Chain & Media Services, effective November 10. Frey, who joins UMG from his current role as President, Sony DADC New Media Solutions, will oversee UMG's global digital and physical supply chains, production/logistics and asset management. He will report to UMG's EVP and Chief Financial Officer, Boyd Muir. (more...)

Project Music Nashville:  Leveraging Tech to Write the Next VerseProject Music Nashville: Leveraging Tech to Write the Next Verse
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2014

Project Music is the only concentrated music business accelerator in the country, recently unveiled by the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC) and Country Music Association (CMA). Startups from around the world will be invited to apply for the accelerator program. Only six to eight applicants will be selected, and they will each be awarded a minimum of $20,000 investment to start their businesses in exchange for equity. The program leverages the EC's proven accelerator formula with the industry strength of title partner CMA, for the development of the music industry. (more...)

Boinc Joins with Dialog Axiata to Bring the Joy of Unlimited Music to Sri Lanka's Mobile SubscribersBoinc Joins with Dialog Axiata to Bring the Joy of Unlimited Music to Sri Lanka's Mobile Subscribers
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2014

NEW YORK, Oct. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Music lovers in Sri Lanka can now enjoy over 15 million tracks of global and local music on their Android-based smartphones. Sri Lanka's premier telecom service provider, Dialog Axiata, is joining hands with Boinc to launch the service as part of Dialog Music. Customers can get Boinc when they subscribe to a music-enabled data plan, or with purchase of the new Dialog Q243 Android smartphone, which comes bundled with the service 'free-for-life' on the device. (more...)

Scott Greer Named Executive Vice President Of Capitol Music GroupScott Greer Named Executive Vice President Of Capitol Music Group
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2014

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Oct. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Scott Greer has been named Executive Vice President of Capitol Music Group, it was announced today by CMG Chairman and CEO Steve Barnett, to whom Greer will report. In his new position, Greer will serve as a senior member of Barnett's executive team, along with CMG EVPs Michelle Jubelirer and Greg Thompson and CFO Geoff Harris, oversee the company's operations in New York and utilize his extensive and industry-renowned marketing expertise on key CMG artists and projects spanning the company's portfolio of labels, including Capitol, Virgin and Motown. He will also work closely with Jubelirer on overseeing CMG labels Harvest Records, Blue Note, Astralwerks, as well as Caroline: the company's independent services division. (more...)

Scott Greer Named Executive Vice President Of Capitol Music GroupScott Greer Named Executive Vice President Of Capitol Music Group
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2014

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Oct. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Scott Greer has been named Executive Vice President of Capitol Music Group, it was announced today by CMG Chairman and CEO Steve Barnett, to whom Greer will report. In his new position, Greer will serve as a senior member of Barnett's executive team, along with CMG EVPs Michelle Jubelirer and Greg Thompson and CFO Geoff Harris, oversee the company's operations in New York and utilize his extensive and industry-renowned marketing expertise on key CMG artists and projects spanning the company's portfolio of labels, including Capitol, Virgin and Motown. He will also work closely with Jubelirer on overseeing CMG labels Harvest Records, Blue Note, Astralwerks, as well as Caroline: the company's independent services division. (more...)

Harvey Weinstein Responds to FINDING NEVERLAND's Boston ReviewsHarvey Weinstein Responds to FINDING NEVERLAND's Boston Reviews
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2014

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Harvey Weinstein and director Diane Paulus recently announced that Finding Neverland will open on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on April 8, 2015. This announcement comes on the heels of Finding Neverland's sold-out, world-premiere engagement at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University. Finding Neverland will begin preview performances on Broadway in March, 2015. Casting will be announced shortly. (more...)

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