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Coachella's young audience a marketers paradise

Saturday, April 19, 2014 8:25am

FILE - In this Sunday, April 13, 2014 file photo, Coachella festival goers Justin Gibbs and Olivia Hansen of Los Angeles relax on the Empire Polo Field during the third day of the 2014 Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. The Coachella crowd may be there to listen to music under the hot desert sun, but the retailers are there for the celebs and the crowd, which is young, hip and with money to spend. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, file)INDIO, Calif. (AP) — When it first started in 1999, Coachella was a couple of stages and a dance tent. Tickets were $65. A few dusty stands sold hot dogs and Cokes. It was the end of grunge and the start of a new millennium, and it was all about the music. All for one weekend.


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Prince reaches agreement with music label

Friday, April 18, 2014 12:55pm

FILE - In this Aug. 6 2011 file photo, American singer and songwriter Prince performs on the Isle of Amager in Copenhagen, Denmark. Prince now owns the rights of the music he recorded on Warner Bros. Records after years of disputes and battles with the record label. Warner Bros. announced Friday, April 18, 2014, that it reached an agreement with the pop icon. Prince was signed to label from 1978 to mid-1990s, during which he released key projects like “Purple Rain,” “1999” and “Around the World In a Day.” The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. (AP Photo/Polfoto/Jakob Joergensen, File) DENMARK OUTNEW YORK (AP) — Prince now owns the rights to the music he recorded on Warner Bros. Records after years of disputes and battles with the record label.


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Music films hit distinct note at annual Tribeca Film Festival

Friday, April 18, 2014 7:15am

Robert De Niro waves upon arriving for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival opening night screening of 'Time Is Illmatic' in New YorkBy Chris Michaud NEW YORK (Reuters) - Music and movies played together even before sound revolutionized film during its infancy, and so it is at the Tribeca Film Festival where the documentary lineup is heavy on musical subjects, from hip hop star Nas to shock rocker Alice Cooper. And while documentaries have traditionally comprised as much as half of Tribeca's scores of offerings, films about musicians Bjork, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir, James Brown and others have lent this year's festival a decidedly tuneful air. "We never program to an agenda," said Tribeca's director of programming, Genna Terranova.


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U.S. music labels sue Pandora over royalties for golden oldies

Thursday, April 17, 2014 3:35pm

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Several major U.S. music companies sued Pandora Media Inc on Thursday, accusing the online streaming service of cheating them out of royalties by playing thousands of pre-1972 recordings without paying royalties. The music in question, from musicians such as the Beatles, Louis Armstrong, Marvin Gaye and Fleetwood Mac, is "some of the most iconic music in the world," the lawsuit said. The plaintiffs include Vivendi SA's Capitol Records Inc and UMG Recordings Inc, Sony Corp's Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group Corp and ABKCO Music & Records Inc. Pandora did not immediately respond to requests for comment.... more

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