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Universal has agreed to buy Sanctuary Group for ($88 million). “The Sanctuary business will be a good strategic fit for us,” UMG CEO Doug Morris said in a statement.

Several people in the radio department and promotion have been let go from the Warner Music Group in a restructuring move.

More than 428,000 tickets for the 24 Ozzfest dates have been given away through LiveNation.com—the largest number of free tickets ever given out in the domestic concert business.

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Coolfer makes a good obversation. Everybody is moving to Nashville these days. Jon Bon Jovi has crossed over to country. Darius Rucker (Hootie and the Blowfish) signed to Capital Nashville and Jewel is shopping record produced by Big & Rich’s John Rich

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Lou Pearlman Mug Shot (courtesy of AP)Boy band mogul and scum bag extraordinaire, Lou Pearlman, is no longer on the run. Pearlman had been hiding out in an Indonesian hotel when immigration officials informed him that he is not welcome in their country and turned him over to US officials. He was escorted by the FBI to Guam, a US territory, where he was immediately arrested. In February, all of Pearlman’s Florida properties and documents were seized and he is now facing numerous federal charges and civil suits.

While the federal charges remain publicly unknown, Pearlman has been charged in both state and federal court with civil complaints alleging widespread fraud in an “employee investment savings account ” program he ran for more than two decades through his Trans Continental Airlines company.

The civil suits, including one from the Florida Office of Financial Regulation, have alleged he received more than $317 million from more than 1,800 investors who were told their money was going into safe, secured, high-interest accounts. They money instead fueled a huge, long-running Ponzi scheme, in which later investments were used to keep earlier investors happy, the suits allege. In addition, a dozen banks have sued him after foreclosing on more than $130 million in loans.- Orlando Sentinel

Pearlman fell off the radar in January, but popped up on German television in support of boy band US5, who was touring throughout the country at the time. He then disappeared again, leading the FBI on a global chase before being turned over by Indonesian authorities and expelled from the country. Pearlman is currently being held in Guam and could remain there for weeks. With fraud claims exceeding a half billion dollars, Pearlman could be facing a minimum of 30 years in prison.

Click here for a list of Pearlman’s many, many lawsuits over the years.

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While the major label industry is up in arms about collecting royalties from streaming internet stations, many artists are asking the question, “Why make internet pay when terrestrial NEVER has?” The newly developed MusicFIRST Coalition is a partnership between artists and a number of industry organizations aimed at succeeding where the RIAA has failed- protecting musicians and fighting for fair practices. A number of big name artists are participating in the coalition including Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera, John Legend, Don Henley and many more, however the rights they are fighting for are intended to compensate everyone from songwriters to back up singers, major label acts to unsigned ones.

The first order of business is collecting royalties from corporate radio play. “Of all the ways we listen to music, “Corporate Radio” is the only medium that refuses to pay performers even a fraction of a penny for their voice and creativity,” said Mark Kadesh, Executive Director of musicFIRST. “This campaign is about making sure everyone, from up-and-coming artists to our favorites from years-ago, is guaranteed fair treatment when their music is played.”

The RIAA has proposed a “performance tax” for local radio, a proposition the National Association of Broadcasters has sworn to “fight aggressively.” NAB argues that radio exposure makes millions of dollars for labels via record sales, and should therefore be seen as ‘free promotion.’ They also call out singer John Legend for being a part of the coalition, but appearing in a NAB ad campaign years ago thanking radio for their support. Whatever.

With radio losing such a big portion of their audience over the years and record sales declining across the board, does NAB have a leg to stand on with this issue? Should terrestrial radio be paying out royalties for the music they play?

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My goodness, the news just keeps on coming in on Kelly………

Due to the recent woes in Clarkson’s camp, her summer national tour has been postponed. This news comes days after firing her management company and less than 2 weeks before her album release.

Kelly wrote: “I can’t tell you how much I’ve been looking forward to getting out there to perform for y’all. In the craziness of the music business, performing is what I look forward to doing the most, so it really is disappointing for me to have to tell you that I won’t be coming out to tour this summer. The fact is that touring is just too much too soon. But I promise you that we’re going to get back out there as soon as is humanly possible to give you a show that will be even better. Thanks for all of your love and continued support.”

LiveNation CEO Michael Rapino, who was promoting the tour:
“It is mind-blowing when you stop to think about what Kelly Clarkson has achieved during her young career. But ticket sales have not been what we anticipated and we came to the realization that we had bit off more than we could chew. In the end, we are in the Kelly Clarkson business and for that reason we believe that this decision will only benefit her and her fans in the long run.”

Added Another Planet CEO Gregg Perloff: “Kelly is a spectacular artist and an incredible performer who undoubtedly has what it takes to sustain a long and prosperous career. The day when she will play in sold-out arenas is, no doubt, coming, but for now her fans should look forward to seeing her in a more intimate concert environment. Kelly deserves a tremendous amount of praise for her courage in not only being a part of, but in supporting, this difficult decision.” (Source)

Future concert dates become available, current ticket holders will be invited via email, mail or phone notification, to purchase tickets through an exclusive presale, which will take place prior to the general on sale date for each concert.

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Check out indie piano driven act Meese.

Recently added to KTCL spinning “The Start of It” 25 times a week. Sold out the 650 capacity venue Bluebird Theatre in Denver. Just finished dates with Straylight Run and Sparta and will be performing dates with the Fray this summer. Meese was just picked up by Little Big Man Booking Agency and are getting 3,000-6,000 plays a day on myspace. For more information on how to get in contact with MEESE.

Tour Dates:

Jun 15 – the Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, Ohio
Jun 16 – Locals Only -    Indianapolis, Indiana
Jul 25 – Les Schwab Ampitheatre w/ the Fray – Bend, Oregon
Jul 26 – Edgefield w/ the Fray – Portland, Oregon
Jul 27 – Marymoor Ampitheater w/ the Fray – Seattle, Washington
Jul 28 – Marymoor Ampitheater w/ the Fray – Seattle, Washington
Jul 29 – Deer Lake Park w/ the Fray -Vancouver, British Columbia
Jul 31 – USANA Ampitheater w/ the Fray – Salt Lake City, Utah
Aug 4 -  Red Rocks Ampitheater w/ the Fray – Morrison, Colorado

Check out the track Taking the World On

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