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New Music Industry Briefing For Monday July 24, 2006

- European and US regulators and weak markets have not been nice to record industry stocks in recent weeks:

  • Warner Music closed the week at $25.46 off a 52 week high of $32
  • EMI closed at 260 pounds off a 52 week high around 320 on the London Exchange
  • Sony ended the week at $41.00 after a 52 week high of $52.29
  • The more diverse Vivendi Universal close at $32.88 off from a 52 week high of $37.20

- Analysts react to the announcement that Microsoft will challenge Apples iPod/iTunes under the Zune_logoZune moniker. "This is the only run at Apple that has a chance." (AFP) (original Zune announcement)

Madonna- A look at why Madonna gets no love from radio. (Kings Of A&R)

- How the unofficial mix tape market helps drive hip hop sales and marketing. (NY Times)

- Music blog Stereogum gets hacked...sort of... (Stereogum)