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  • Shutterstock Acquries Premium Beat For $38 Million, Continues Music Expansion

    Jan 15

    Stock photo and video site Shutterstock (NYSE: SSTK) continues to expand its music offering with toady's announcement that it has acquired PremiumBeat, a royalty-free music service with 5,000 curated tracks. Shutterstock paid $32 million in cash for PremiumBeat, with additional considerations due if financial goals are met through 2018. New Leader For Shutterstock Music PremiumBeat provides tracks and sound effects for use in videos, films, television, and other creative projects with...

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  • Parquet Courts Share Parkay Quarts Video for "Pretty Machines"

    Jan 15

    Parkay Quarts, aka Parquet Courts, have shared a video for their Content Nausea track "Pretty Machines". The video, directed by the band's Austin Brown with Johann Rashid (of the band East Link) follows Brown as he goes about his day (while wearing electrical tape on his upper lip)... or does it? Read our recent feature on Parquet Courts. Watch Parquet Courts play "Stoned and Starving" at Pitchfork Music Festival:

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  • Introducing Nia Jones, Music Think Tank Community Manager

    Jan 15

    Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Nia Jones, the new community manager of Hypebot.com's sister site, MusicThinkTank.com. Nia joined us as an intern in 2014 and has proved herself an invaluable addition to the team. Immersing herself in the music industry as much as possible, Nia has helped develop strategies for musicians ranging from unknown indie artists to Snoop Dogg, Far East Movement and YG. Nia has also worked on marketing campaigns for Sony Home Entertainment and...

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  • Rdio Launches In India, Offers Premium Music Streaming For Just $1.99

    Jan 15

    U.S. based Rdio has become the first global music streaming service to launch in India. Much like Rdio's offerings elsewhere, India's massive user base can access free radio-like streams or upgrade to a full on-demand premium subscription service, which in India will cost just $1.99 US a month. The expansion into India has been expected since Rdio acquired troubled Indian streaming music service Dhingana in March of 2014. Dhingana was India's largest music service with 10 million users when...

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  • Arca Releases Sheep Musical Score From Hood By Air Fashion Show

    Jan 15

    Arca has shared Sheep, an eleven-song musical score he performed at streetwear label Hood by Air's show at this year's Pitti Uomo (a trade fair for menswear) in Florence, Italy. You can stream it above, download it at his Soundcloud, and check out the tracklist below.  The final song, "Immortal", includes a sample of Björk's "Enjoy". (Arca produced six songs and co-wrote two for Björk's new album, Vulnicura.) There are also Lana Del Rey and Robert Wyatt samples. Read our recent...

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  • Common and John Legend, The Lonely Island and Tegan and Sara Nominated for Oscars

    Jan 15

    The 87th Academy Awards ceremony will air on February 22, with this year's event hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. This morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees, and Common and John Legend, Jóhann Jóhannsson, and The Lonely Island and Tegan and Sara are all up for awards in 2015.  The nominees for Best Original Song are Common and John Legend's "Glory" from Selma, the Lonely Island/Tegan and Sara for "Everything Is Awesome" from The Lego Movie, Rita Ora's...

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  • AM NEWS BRIEF: MySpace Is Not Dead, Rdio Adds India, Orchard Lands Dangerbird, WMG Owes $2M & More

    Jan 15

    THURSDAY 1.15.2014 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web  CLICK HERE  Updated Continuously @ Hypebot's More News Tab 

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  • Uber Adds Another Music Partner: Live Nation

    Jan 15

      Ride share service Uber is doubling down on music as a sales driver. First there was a deal to have your Spotify playlist blaring as you took your ride. Now, thanks to a deal with Live Nation, concert-goers can request Uber rides directly through their Live Nation app. The new integration of Uber's service within Live Nation's updated iOS and Android apps offers a way for concertgoers to order rides to and from events complete with time and cost estimates for all Uber requests, as well...

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  • Action Bronson Freestyles for Hot 97

    Jan 15

    Yesterday, Action Bronson dropped by Funkmaster Flex's Hot 97 show, where he freestyled for a few minutes over the beat from Prodigy's "Keep It Thoro". You can watch a video below, via WorldStar. Here's a representative line: "If I die, change my suit four times at the wake." At one point, he gets so animated that his headphones fall off, forcing him to stop rapping for a few seconds to put them back on. Hey, it happens to all of us. Bronson's new album, Mr. Wonderful, will be out March...

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  • Panda Bear Performs "Boys Latin" on "The Tonight Show"

    Jan 15

    "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" welcomed musical guest Panda Bear last night. With lights flashing and images projecting behind him, he did his Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper single "Boys Latin". Read our recent Cover Story on Panda Bear here. Here's Panda Bear on Pitchfork.tv's new series "Playlist":

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