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Adding to its pedigree is creative director Spike Jonz and Vice, the ultra-hip content factory often likened to MTV in its raging hormone growth stage. {Ex-MTV/Viacom supremo Tom Freston is big investor and advisor.} More importantly, the YouTube Music Awards have already drawn a blue chip advertiser, Kia. The Korean auto giant has signed on as the exclusive title sponsor of the 90-minute live show. Major advertisers want and are willing to pay a premium to reach a young, engaged audience. YouTube is staying mum, but ad rates for its award show could easily demand rates 25-50 percent higher than usual fare. While theres been some softening of video ad rates over the last several months given so much available inventory, music video ad rates have stayed consistently strong on YouTube, according to video ad buying platform TubeMogul . Launching the YouTube Music Awards is offense programming. YouTube is the No. 1 search engine in the world for music, says BTIG media analyst Rich Greenfield. The YouTube Music Awards are a logical step. We see how original programming helped Netflix increase its traffic. A wide-range of competitors want to be the music streaming service of choice, whether its Vevo or Vimeo. Recently launched iTunes Radio, Spotify and Pandora, theyre all competition for the ears and hearts of the music audience. Google may have recently invested an estimated $40-$50 million in Vevo to keep the services high quality videos coming, but the two are frienemies, as GigaOm pointed out . The same day YouTube announced its award show, Vevo touted the launch of a version of its system for Germany, a country where YouTube has run into major regulatory hurdles.

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Pete Tong ‘s name is, quite literally, synonymous with dance music (see the rave-movie staple “It’s All Gone Pete Tong” for proof). For two decades, the U.K. DJ and producer’s program on BBC Radio One has set the pace in dance-music culture, in Europe and around the world. So there might not be better proof of L.A.’s dance-music vitality than Tong having just moved to Beverly Hills last month. “I wanted to raise my game, basically,” Tong said. “I’m established in the U.K., but I want to shake it all out and find out what I’m really made of.” PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times As Los Angeles has become a global destination for dance music, with local firms such as HARD Events and Insomniac getting tens of millions of investment dollars and new clubs springing up every few months, one thing that’s lacking is institutional memory. New York has a legacy of legendary clubs such as Paradise Garage; Detroit and Chicago have trademark sounds that helped form the dominant mode of pop music today. Los Angeles’ current bull market in mainstream dance music is relatively recent. It was built on big festivals such as HARD Summer and Electric Daisy, where young crowds came of age to contemporary house, neo-disco and dubstep. What it doesn’t have is a gatekeeper, a universally agreed-upon tastemaker whose acknowledgment can cement a career and put challenging new sounds in context. In England and around the world, Tong has filled that role since mainstream dance-music culture cohered in the ’90s. For producers, landing a track on his BBC show or his live mixes was a seal of approval that you’ve struck a nerve on dance floors. INTERACTIVE: A festival for every fan SoCal’s yearly sonic lineup His move to L.A. is a similar validation. The world’s most influential voice in dance-music media thinks the genre’s future is in Southern California.

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Beats acquired MOG , another music streaming service, for $14 million in July last year. The company was already working on Beats Music before the buyout, but subsequently accelerated the projects internal development. GigaOM discovered in August that playlists were being touted as a core part of the Beats Music experience. Freelancers had been commissioned to compile thousands of these centered around a particular artist, activity, or the general mood of the listener.Wood corroborated this report: Were going to focus really heavily on playlists, because thats how we consume music and thats how most people consume music. Music streaming is a highly competitive space at the moment, with established brands such as Spotify, Rdio and Deezer fighting for new subscribers. Microsoft and Google are trying to muscle in with similar offerings, while Apple opts for a Pandora-style approach with its recently launched iTunes Radio . Wood emphasized that Beats Music would be different and based around a very specific idea. The service is focused on curation, rather than forcing users to search blindly for new tracks or artists that they might like. Were talking about real depth of personalization and knowing who I am, who you are, what were listening to, what we like, what weve listened to before and then offering up music that is highly relevant to our taste profile, he added. Beats has created a formidable empire based on its popular range of high-end headphones, earphones and speakers. It has similar ambitions for Beats Music and will supplement this curation with an algorithm-based approach. You need to start with a great editorial team that has a point of view, but we want to have a situation where we can really scale to the depth of your appetite, he said. If you really love music, we want something that can go deep with you for a really long time.


icons took jabs at the music industry, petty judges on singing reality competitions and the hypersexualized music videos bombarding audiences today. By Chiderah Monde / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday, October 6, 2013, 12:22 PM Comment Sinead O’Connor name-checked Simon Cowell as a murderer of music in a new interview, following her Miley Cyrus open letter rants. After Sinead O’Connor ripped Miley Cyrus and the music industry for promoting “prostitution,” the Irish singer got even more specific with the name droppingrailing music executives like Simon Cowell for their hand in what she considers the “murder” of music. “I feel sorry for the murder of music and rock ‘n’ roll,” O’Connor, 47, said in an interview with Ireland’s “Late Late Show,” according to E! News. RELATED: SINEAD O’CONNOR FIRES BACK AT MILEY CYRUS AGAIN “Because of Simon Cowell, (and others, like TV music judge) Louis Walsh. It all amounts to the murder of music.” The “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer caused a stir after posting an open letter to Cyrus , 20, on her website, cautioning her not to become a “prostitute” of the music industry. Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images British singer Annie Lennox also slammed new music videos from young female singers as pornography. In the lengthy post Thursday, O’Connor said Cyrus was perpetuating a sexist system in which music execs make money off of talented, but hyper-sexualized women. The motherly gesture wasn’t well received by the “We Can’t Stop” singer, thus igniting a back-and-forth between the two that O’Connor said is now “over.” RELATED: SINEAD OCONNOR TO MILEY CYRUS: DON’T LET THEM ‘PROSTITUTE’ YOU “There’s a certain alarm that needs to be rung and I know there are a lot of musicians around the country and around the world that will agree,” she continued in the TV interview. “The power of rock ‘n’ roll to change things, to move people, is being murdered by all this worship of fame, ‘Pop Idol,’ ‘X Factor,’ all this stuff.” RELATED: MILEY CYRUS HOSTS AND PERFORMS ON SNL The ‘No More I Love You’s’ singer didn’t name Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears in her Facebook rant, but alluded to their raunchy new videos as ‘new lows.’ Similarly, musician Annie Lennox appeared to second O’Connor’s concerns, speaking out against the “pornographic” music videos from female singers bombarding the Internet and television in a lengthy Facebook post. Without naming Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and Britney Spearswhose recently released music videos have warranted backlash for their racinessLennox, 58, wrote that she is “disturbed and dismayed” at the overt sexuality. RELATED: RIHANNA TWERKS, SWINGS AROUND STRIPPER POLE IN POUR IT UP MUSIC VIDEO “You know the ones I’m talking about,” she wrote. “It seems obvious that certain record companies are peddling highly styled pornography with musical accompaniment. As if the tidal wave of sexualised imagery wasn’t already bombarding impressionable young girls enough.” “It’s depressing to see how these performers are so eager to push this new level of low,” she added .

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Stock Watch Platinum-Selling Rock Music Breakouts Imagine Dragons Announce INTO THE NIGHT TOUR Kicking Off In February 2014 Tour Will Visit Over 20 North American Cities Including Los Angeles, Toronto, Vancouver, Chicago And Minneapolis Tickets On Sale Starting October 11 at Press Release: Live Nation Entertainment 1 hour 0 minutes ago Imagine Dragons.Click Here to Download Image RELATED QUOTES 18.76 -0.209999 LOS ANGELES, Oct. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –Platinum-selling rock band, Imagine Dragons, announced today they will kick off their INTO THE NIGHT TOUR on February 8 in Boise, ID. One of music’s breakout artists of 2013, Imagine Dragons have become touring sensations as they played to sold-out shows throughout their latest Night Visions tour.Produced by Live Nation, the INTO THE NIGHT TOUR will take the band to over 20 cities across North America including Los Angeles, Toronto, Vancouver, Chicago and Minneapolis and will be the band’s last round of U.S. and Canadian shows supporting the Night Visions album before a string of international dates and festivals through the spring of 2014.Alternative rockers The Naked And Famous will join the INTO THE NIGHT TOUR as special guests. Also appearing on select dates during the tour will be Los Angeles indie music artists, Nico Vega, and Brooklyn rock band, X Ambassadors.Tickets for the general public go on sale on starting Friday, October 11 at . Beginning today, Monday, October 7, fans can visit to RSVP for early access to presale tickets available at 10:00 AM local time on Thursday, October 10. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Tuesday, October 8 at 10:00 AM local time through Citi’s Private Pass Program. For complete presale details, visit . Live Nation mobile app users will have access to presale tickets beginning Thursday, October 10 at 10:00am local time. Mobile users can text “LNAPP” OR 404040 to download the Live Nation mobile app (available for iOS and Android.).A fan club presale will begin today on October 7. For information on the fan club presale, please visit . All presales end at 10:00 PM local time on Thursday, October 10. “It’s been just over a year since we released our debutalbumNight Visions, and the show of support for the music on and off the road has been unbelievable and humbling,” says lead singer Dan Reynolds. “This is ourlastNorth Americantourbefore returning to the studio, so we plan to make it a very special experience for those who come out to share it with us.” Imagine Dragons’ debut album Night Visions on KIDinaKORNER/Interscope has been certified platinum by the RIAA. The album arrived on the Billboard Top 200 at #2 with the best first-week sales for a full-length debut by a new rock band in over six years. The album has been propelled by the amazing success of the 2x platinum selling single, “It’s Time” and the 6x platinum follow-up “Radioactive.” The current single, “Demons” has sold over 1.3 million copies. OnOctober 22, a bundle will be available with “Demons” remixes, a live acoustic performance of the song, and the music video.Check out the Imagine Dragons Remix of “Demons” here: Rolling Stone proclaimed Imagine Dragons “the biggest breakout of the year” and Entertainment Weekly called 2013 the “Year of the Dragons” while Billboard noted, “Imagine Dragons are rock’s 2013 live breakout.” The band also just released via iTunes their new film, The Making Of Night Visions, a live documentary that chronicles the recording of the platinum-certified album.

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In an exclusive interview with an extremely talented musician, we reveal inspiration and clarity. Monvelyno Alexis is the epitome of musical/artistic talent and determination. From Port-au-Prince, Haiti, he arrived in the U.S. to study on full-scholarship at the prestigious Berklee College of Music with solid plans to fulfill his dream of becoming an internationally recognized musician. Since 1986 (at just 10 years old), he has toured over 15 countries with his music, singing in Creole, French, and English. His performances gather more than enough fans to pack the venue, he has produced and composed four original albums, and he is always creating new material. Musicians and fans alike ask the question, Why arent you famous yet? (Meanwhile, he is paying his band-mates out his own pocket as he markets, produces, and books his own gigs.) Was the dream of coming to the land of opportunity just an illusion? he asks. His hope remains with the message, Create the opportunities, keep refining your craft, and persist. Monvelyno has bridged the gap between traditional Haitian roots music, classical jazz, and American pop music with a truly unique sound. Polyrhythmic drumming, exotic guitar scales, and melodic vocals layer each song The talent is overwhelming but is it too complex for the American listener? According to music industry experts, the average music consumers are teenagers and young adults who focus less on talent and more on visual artists that get them dancing. The YouTube-generation wants to be entertained, not necessarily enlightened through music. So without compromising his true calling as a musician, Monvelyno released a pop album entirely in English (you wouldnt believe its the same guy after listening to his first album, Kouzen Azakamede), streamlining his previously intricate structures with catchy hooks and dance-able rhythms.