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- 50 Cent signs a big new deal: "I did a deal this afternoon its gonna make me a loooot of money! I'll tell u about it later. I'm in a good mood" tweeted the rapper/entrepreneur. He promised more details today.
- An interview with Ian Rogers on Topspin, Google and the state of the old and new music industry. (LA Times)
- Musopen raises $40,000 via Kicktsarter to set classical music "free". (ars)
- EMI vs. Citi - A judge will rule no later than Sept 15th if the disagreement surrounding the 2007 purchase will go to trial. (Reuters)
More Music Industry News & Commentary:
- Moguls and musicians thrash out filesharing. U2's manager and Gama Bomb's frontman enter the debate over whether to fight filesharing or embrace it. (Guardian)
- Bob Marley's Work Declared 'Work For Hire,' Family Can't Get Rights Back. (Techdirt)
- Nokia launches music phone X2 at Rs 6,579 (Economic Times) More executive chages are also rumored at the #1 mobile manufacturer.
- Video Music Awards provide sideshows: Lady Gaga, Kanye West and Taylor Swift contribute to story lines at an event that, as usual, is not actually about trophies. (LA Times)
- A profile of industry vet and Orchard exec Richard Gottherer. (NY Times) The Orchard also just cut a deal to release the Seseame Street music catalog including many of the classic music guest appearances.
- Universal Music Group Nashville appoints Beverly Keel to SVP of Media & Artist Relations.
- Norton Cybercrime Report: 46% Think Illegal Downloading is “Legal.” (ZeroPaid)
- Sony announces a 128GB disc format. (Inquirer)
- The Indie Rock Swindle: The Polaris Prize rewards Canada’s not-so-independent indie musicians. (Walrus)
- Martin Atkins: 10 Ideas For Making Your Show an Event. (Eventric)
- The Face of Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg opens up. (NewYorker)
- Disaster for Twitter: John Mayer quits. (CNet)