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Google Music Store plans ‘accelerated’

Google is in "accelerated" talks regarding the launch of its Google Music Store, according to the New York Post.

Live Nation execs get millions post-merger

Live Nation Entertainment paid out $6.5 million in merger bonuses, according to a Friday SEC filing. In connection with the merger, president and CEO Michael Rapino received $3 million in cash and executive chairman Irving Azoff received $2 million in cash.

Research conflicts with ‘Long Tail’

According to paper by a pair of Wharton researchers, Netflix data shows trends that conflict with some of the main themes of the 2006 book "The Long Tail."

Album sales down for July, August

August album sales were down 18.1% versus the same period last year and were 37.2% lower than the August 2007, according to Billboard analysis of data at Nielsen SoundScan. In the combined period of July and August, album sales were 13.6% lower than the period in 2008 and 28.7% lower than 2007.

Album sales rocket after Jackson’s death

In the first full week after Michael Jackson's death, total album sales shot up to nearly 7 million units, a level not seen since early April.

EMI’s debt ‘stable,’ CEO says

EMI's debt to Citigroup offers "an extremely stable and flexible financial structure," according to an internal e-mail from chief executive Elio Leoni-Sceti sent to all EMI Music staffers and obtained by Billboard.

Study: 86% Would Pay For P2P

The Swedish Performing Rights Society (STIM) has released a study titled "Pirates, File-Sharers and Music Users" that reaffirms the lures of P2P and attempts to put a price on users' willingness to pay for legal and unlimited downloads.

Some sales down after iTunes price change

Last week's price changes at iTunes had a measurable effect on the store's top 100 sellers.

Teen music spending, P2P use drops

Teens are buying fewer downloads, using P2P less frequently and listening to more music streams, according to a new report by NPD Group.