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Kiwis team up on piracy

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The Kiwi film distribution and record industry are partnering up to reduce piracy. The move, along with a promised education drive, follows pirating of "Sione's Wedding," the latest local hit from…

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Payola’s big payout

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Universal Music Group has become the third major music distributor to settle a New York payola probe, offering to pay a $12 million fine and end "pay for play" practices. New York state Attorney…

Showtime for Piano Man

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Showtime is turning the life story of Billy Joel into a biographical series. Pay network has teamed with Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner's Hazy Mills Prods. on "Big Shot," a one-hour drama that picks up…

Review: ‘Ane Brun’

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It's unusual for an artist signed to a high-profile label to play a record-release show at a venue where audiences pass the hat to pay the performers -- and even more curious to have that label's…

Tool rules music biz

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Tool had the biggest sales week for a rock act in 11 months, selling 564,000 copies of "10,000 Days" in the week ended Sunday, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Coldplay's "X&Y" sold 737,000 when it…

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