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NEWS BRIEF: Love Loses Cobain Rights, LN's Concert Calendar, Topspin + Tunecore, Rdio & More

  • Courtney Love loses rights to Kurt Cobain's image -  Income from late Nirvana singer's name and likeness pass from widow to daughter, Frances Bean, in exchange for $2.75m loan (Guardian)
  • Live Nation’s Introduces A Concert Calendar That Recommends Gigs From 75 Ticket Sites, Earns You Discounts. (TechCrunch)
  • Topspin and Tunecore are linking for a deal than includes easy cross-loading of content and special discounts. More here.


  • Rdio launches in the UK and France (The Verge)
  • Criminal Creativity: Untangling Cover Song Licensing on YouTube (Wired)
  • Brian Phillips has been appointed Head of Promotion & Artist Development for Megaforce Records based in NYC. Most recently, Phillips was MD of New York's WRXP.
  • Deezer has opened its API for developers.
  • Not to be outdone by Spotify's new app, today iHeartRadio announced a major update its iPad app, that includes Custom Stations, enhanced Facebook integration and full retina support. 
  • TalentSplash Is A Social Network For Finding Or Becoming The Next Lady Gaga (TechCrunch)
  • The 50 States Project: 500+ Bands on the Rise - Paste Magazine is scouring the country for great new bands. If you have a suggestion for your home state, send a link to
  • TuneWiki, the lyric app, has released updated versions of its Spotify web app, Android mobile app and website.
  • Music Hack Day Barcelona on 14th and 15th of June. Details here.