XM inks new ASCAP deal


XM Satellite Radio and ASCAP have entered into a new five-year music licensing agreement. Under the deal, XM will pay licensing fees to ASCAP for the public performance of copyrighted musical…

Country cousin on Web


Viacom cabler CMT has launched broadband Web site CMT Loaded, which claims to have the largest collection of country musicvideos in the world. CMT is just the latest MTV-run cable network to add a…


MAMA seeks Sanctuary


Fledgling media company MAMA Group on Monday launched a takeover bid for troubled independent music company Sanctuary Group. Sanctuary said its board had "indicated a willingness, in principle, to…

Microsoft's pod squad


Microsoft is prepping a major assault on Apple's iPod/iTunes combo for the holidays. Providing only vague details, the tech giant said on Friday that it's working on Zune, a music and entertainment…

  • Film

Bombs batter Lebanese arts


Where there was noise, now there is silence. Lebanon's hitherto thriving cultural scene has become another casualty of the Israeli bombardment of the country. Traditionally a time for film and music…

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