STUPID IDEAS

Gangsters Score 'Madonna-level' Royalties By Buying Their Music On iTunes With Stolen Credit Cards

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Is it possible for the something to be the most brilliant thing AND the most stupid thing you've ever heard of at the same time.

Universal Records

The Temptations File Suit Against Universal Over iTunes Royalties

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<a href="http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/legal-and-management/the-temptations-join-chorus-of-lawsuits-1006481152.story">Billboard:</a> <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/the-temptations">The Temptations</a>, the pioneering male vocal group from the 1960s, is suing Universal Music in federal court in California, seeking millions of dollars after allegedly being cheated out of revenue from digital downloads and ringtones.

#APPLE

A Massive Copyright S***storm Is Brewing, And iTunes Is Involved

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<a href="http://uproxx.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/63640998_a9090d725f.jpg"></a>The Copyright Act of 1976 is a fairly obscure law to most people, but it's about to become very, very important to everyone involved.

#APPLE

Labels Want Google To Challenge iTunes, Without Their Music

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We've explained previously <a href="http://www.uproxx.com/technology/2011/10/pop-didnt-eat-itself-why-piracy-didnt-destroy-the-music-industry/">how iTunes and its refusal to sell albums</a> is the driving factor in the music industry's plunging revenues (oh noes, ONLY $6.

#APPLE

On Steve Jobs, The Music Industry & Hip-Hop As We Know It Today

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/steve-jobs">Steve Jobs’</a> contribution to the world of computers and technology has always been very well documented.

#APPLE

Pop Didn’t Eat Itself: Why Piracy Didn’t Destroy the Music Industry

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<a href="http://uproxx.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/steve_jobs_evil_genius_ars.jpg"></a>It's a jolting figure: the US music industry is making less than half of what it made at its 1999 peak of $14.

#TAYLOR SWIFT

8.17 The Cooler

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Nadine Velazquez Leona Lewis Settles 'Collide' Rights Dispute with Producer Avicii <a href="http://www.billboard.com/news/leona-lewis-settles-collide-rights-dispute-1005317882.story">[Billboard]</a> The Best and Worst of WWE Summerslam 2011 <a href="http://withleather.uproxx.com/2011/08/the-best-and-worst-of-wwe-summerslam-2011">[With Leather]</a> High Minded: A Tasting Tour of the Munchies <a href="http://www.good.is/post/high-minded-a-tasting-tour-of-the-munchies">[Good]</a> Diddy Buys Cassie Breast Implants.

#Jay Z

“Watch The Throne” Owns New iTunes Sales Record

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The earlier reports are in and they point towards a first-week win for Jay and Kanye's Watch The Throne.

#Jay Z

First Listen: Jay-Z & Kanye West’s Watch The Throne

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It's official: Kanye & Jay defeated <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/08/did-kanye-and-jay-z-defeat-the-watch-the-throne-album-leak">the pre-release album leak</a>.

#Jay Z

Did Kanye & Jay-Z Defeat The Watch The Throne Album Leak?

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Jay-Z and Kanye West’s announcement that Watch The Throne would be to be distributed digitally first then physical copies sold exclusively by Best Buy was met by <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/07/independent-record-stores-not-happy-with-jay-z-kanyes-throne-business-venture">an overwhelmingly negative response</a>, and for good reason.

#NETFLIX

Of Course, Wal-Mart Is Getting Into The Streaming Movie Business

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Seeing that you can already pick up <a href="http://www.uproxx.com/music/2011/05/here-is-a-new-orleans-bounce-artist-named-mr-ghetto-rapping-about-walmart/">a big booty</a> and <a href="http://www.uproxx.com/webculture/2011/07/you-will-soon-be-able-to-buy-cheesy-poofs/">some Cheesy Poofs</a> there, I suppose it makes total sense that Walmart is going to start competing with Netflix and iTunes and your on-demand movie cable provider by selling streaming movies on its website.

#Facebook

Are You Ready For Spotify To Change Your Life?

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For what seems like an eternity, friends of mine living in Europe having been taunting me with <a href="http://www.spotify.com/us/hello-america/">Spotify</a>.

SMOKE BREAK

Lil B Releases “I’m Gay” Album, Lupe Fiasco Calls It “Genius & Revolutionary”

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Like a thief in the night, <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/lil-b">Lil B</a> released his I'm Gay album to iTunes with limited promo or fanfare.

ITUNES

Study: 81% Of iTunes Collections Never Get Played

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<a href="http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/stories/052511itunes"> <a href="http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/stories/052511itunes">[DGN]</a> "Data wonks have been hinting at this sort of statistic for years.

#APPLE

Apple Made More Money Than Microsoft?

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For the first time in 20 years, Microsoft reported a smaller profit than Apple last quarter.

#AMAZON

Amazon MP3s Now Cost 69 Cents

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<a href="http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2011/04/amazon-declares-war-drops-hit-mp3s-to-69-cents-.html"> <a href="http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2011/04/amazon-declares-war-drops-hit-mp3s-to-69-cents-.html">Hypebot:</a> "In recent days, the price of most track downloads in Amazon's Top 100 Singles have dropped to $.

SMOKE BREAK

The Kids Have Spoken: Only 22% of High Schoolers Want To Pay For Music

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<a href="http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2011/04/only-22-of-high-schoolers-consider-paying-99-a-song.html"> The Napster and Kazaa generation has finally been fully realized through the mindstate of today's youngsters. A <a href="http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2011/04/only-22-of-high-schoolers-consider-paying-99-a-song.html">four year study</a> has finally been tallied up and the results show that well under half of its voters would shell out 99¢ for their favorite hit single.

#AMAZON

Amazon Isn’t Half The Man iTunes Is

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/12/amazon-offers-mp3-albums-for-3-99"> Or even 3x, 4x or 5x the competitor. Amazon may <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/12/amazon-offers-mp3-albums-for-3-99">sport the el cheapo price tag for their MP3 albums</a> but the iTunes revenue is clearly unshaken.

#AMAZON

11.18 The Cooler

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Kitti Kouture Beyoncé’s Commercial Banned From Daytime TV In The UK [The Urban Daily] Eva Longoria Taking Her Talents To Divorce Court [With Leather] Five Reasons Why The Beatles' Arrival On iTunes Still Matters [Billboard] Sheek Louch Is An Ape On Album Cover [The [...].

#Kanye West

9.14 The Cooler

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Azaylia Sen Lady Gaga Explains Why She's Been Wearing Meat [PopEater] The 10 Most Stylish Fictional Gangsters of All Time [TSJ] High School Coach Ran A Prostitution Ring [With Leather] 6 Rappers Who Wouldn't Have Careers If 2Pac Was Alive [The BVX] The 10 Highest [...].


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