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Paul Mccartney Closes Olympics Opening Event

28th July 2012

Sir Paul McCartney closed the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympic Games last night, encouraging the crowds to sing along.After the British band Arctic Monkeys covered 'Come Together' by his famous band the Beatles, the...

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Jay-z And Partners Sued Over Logo

13th July 2012

Jay-Z and his partners are being sued for $7 million. Clothing designer Dwayne Walker claims in a lawsuit that he is owed money by the '99 Problems' hitmaker and his former Roc-A-Fella record label in...

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Justin Bieber Treats Fans To Boyfriend Sing-along

28th June 2012

Justin Bieber treated fans to a sing-along of his latest single 'Boyfriend'. The 18-year-old singer surprised a host of his supporters waiting to catch a glimpse of their idol outside the 'Tonight Show With Jay...

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Cyber Vigilantes Go To War Against Doj, Fbi

20th January 2012

Within minutes after the Department of Justice shut down the cyberlocker MegaUpload, the "hacktivist" collective Anonymous managed to shut down the Department of Justice's and the FBI's own websites as well as those of the...

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Madonna Signs New Record Deal

14th December 2011

Madonna has signed a three-album deal with Interscope Records. The 53-year-old singer finished her contract with Warner Music Group - who she had been signed to since the start of her career in 1982 -...

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David Bowie To Leave Emi?

8th November 2011

David Bowie is reportedly set to leave EMI.The legendary rocker's deal with the troubled label - which is in the middle of being auctioned by Citigroup - came to an end in January after 15...

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Robbie Williams Quits Emi

21st October 2011

Robbie Williams has left EMI.The 'Angels' singer has been with the record company for his entire solo career - which began in 1997 - and he famously signed an £80 million deal with them in...

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Lady Gaga's Website Hacked

19th July 2011

Lady Gaga's British website has been hacked.The 'Edge of Glory' hitmaker was targeted by internet imposters, who accessed the email addresses and names of a number of the fans on her database.However, no passwords or...

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Adele Named Most Powerful In British Music

27th May 2011

Adele has been named the most powerful person in the British music industry. The Music Power 100 poll by the Guardian newspaper saw the singer - who has topped the UK album charts for 16...

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U2 And Justin Bieber Donate Tracks For Japan

22nd March 2011

U2, Justin Bieber and Rihanna are to donate tracks for a charity album for victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.The pop trio are being joined by a host of other acts - including Bon...

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Vivendi Sells Its Last Stake In Universal

27th January 2011

French conglomerate Vivendi is now out of the Hollywood studio business. In 2004, it sold 80 percent of Universal Studios and its cable networks, including USA and what is now SyFy, to NBC for $14...

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Messier, Bronfman Convicted In Vivendi Scam

21st January 2011

In a surprise verdict, a French court ruled today (Friday) that former Vivendi CEO Jean-Marie Messier had misappropriated company funds and misrepresented the financial condition of the company when he went on a $77-billion acquisition...

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Tommy Hilfiger To Design For Gaga

10th January 2011

Tommy Hilfiger is set to design a fashion range for Lady Gaga.The US brand's company Music and Entertainment and Sports Holdings (MESH) is negotiating with Universal Music Group to develop clothing collections for its entertainment...

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Nicola Roberts Signs Solo Record Deal

6th December 2010

Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts has reportedly signed a solo record deal.The star is said to have signed with Universal music and already recorded the majority of the tracks for her debut album. A source...

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Coldplay Win Songwriting Award

14th October 2010

Coldplay and Taio Cruz were honoured with songwriting awards last night (13.10.10)The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) named the group's 2008 single 'Viva La Vida' as its Song of the Year. The...

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Marley Family Lose Court Battle

14th September 2010

Bob Marley's family have lost a legal battle over copyright of the singer's music. The wife and children of the iconic reggae star were hoping to obtain copyrights to five of the late singer's best-known...

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Redone Launches Label

9th August 2010

Lady Gaga's co-writer and producer has launched his own record label. RedOne - who has also worked alongside the likes of Michael Jackson, Kylie Minogue and Akon - has joined forces with Universal Music to...

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Queen To Quit Emi

11th May 2010

Queen are set to quit EMI after 40 years with the label.The legendary band - originally fronted by the late Freddie Mercury - are in talks with Universal Music Group to sign a deal that...

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Young Actor Defends Violent Video

29th April 2010

The red-headed boy playing the victim of anti-redhead American soldiers in U.K. rapper M.I.A.'s censored video has come to its defense. Although apparently yanked from YouTube by Vivendi's Universal Music Group, M.I.A.'s record label, ostensibly...

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Universal Music Yanks Violent Music Video From Youtube

27th April 2010

Universal Music has reportedly yanked "Born Free," a music video by British rap singer/songwriter M.I.A. that includes violent images depicting U.S. Army personnel invading homes, beating naked adults as they lay in bed and arresting...

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Vivendi Shaken By Record Fine

1st February 2010

Shares of the French media company Vivendi slid nearly 4 percent in Paris today following a ruling by a New York jury on Friday that the company lied about its actual worth when it acquired...

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French Company Holds Nbc's Fate In Its Hands

12th October 2009

Vivendi, the French water-company-turned-media-conglomerate, may control the fate of NBC Universal, the New York Times reported today (Monday), noting that a little-known clause in its contract with GE gives it veto power on any change...

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50 Cent Welcomes Jay-z Showdown

21st July 2009

50 Cent insists he would welcome a show-down with Jay-Z.The 'Candyshop' rapper and the '99 Problems' hitmaker are both releasing new albums within two weeks of each other in September, but 50 says he'd be...

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Amy Winehouse Coming Back To Britain

13th July 2009

Amy Winehouse is set to return to the UK.The 'Rehab' singer - who has been living in St. Lucia since late last year - has annoyed lots of locals during her time on the Caribbean...

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Google, Universal Music To Launch Premium Music Video Site

10th April 2009

YouTube owner Google and the world's largest music company, Universal Music, will launch a new site to stream high quality videos.The website, which will feature advertising before videos, will be called Vevo and will feature...

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Nirvana Back Catalogue To Get Vinyl Release

21st March 2009

The back catalgoue of Nirvana, arguably grunge music's biggest-ever band, is set to be released on vinyl for the first time ever, it has been revealed.The album re-releases are to be managed and manufactured by...

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Take That Break First-day Sales Record With New Album

3rd December 2008

The Circus, the new album by Take That, has achieved the biggest first-day sales of the year, it has been confirmed.The reunited boyband's fourth album sold a staggering 133,000 copies on Monday, according to the...

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Release Date Confirmed For New Guns N' Roses Album

23rd October 2008

The new Guns N' Roses album will be released on November 24th, it has been announced.One of the most eagerly-awaited albums in rock history, the record will be the band's first since the simultaneous 1991...

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Passer-by Leaks Bono Holiday Tracks

15th August 2008

Tracks believed to be from U2's new album have been leaked on the internet – and frontman Bono may be partly to blame.An opportunistic tourist passing by Bono's villa on France's Cote d'Azur realised he...

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Rolling Stones Quit Emi For 'Exclusive' Universal Deal

25th July 2008

The Rolling Stones have left their record label EMI to sign an "exclusive, long-term, worldwide" contract with Universal, it has been confirmed.The new deal sees Universal given control of the rock veterans' future albums as...

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