The People Who Bring You “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” Bet on YouTube Channel About … Dance?

One of the the first “funded” channels gets new backers.
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More D11 Speakers: Meet the Managers of Bieber (Braun), Gaga (Carter) and Madonna (Oseary)

They make the songs that make the whole world tweet.
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Robert Downey Jr. Reports for Duty to Help Activision Sell More Black Ops II (Video)

Guess who brought a jet to a gunfight? Downey did!
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YouTube, Which Wants More TV Dollars, Pays Up for More “Channels”

YouTube pours more money into the experiment it launched a year ago, by inking deals with another 60-plus Web programmers, many of them in Europe. Some of them you’ve heard of.
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Stunning News: Music Industry Acts Rationally

The world’s biggest music label signs one of the biggest stars in the world, for a song. But the Madonna/Univeral deal still makes sense for both sides.
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YouTube and Hollywood Finally Link Up: Here Come the Channels

Google announces deals with “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara and a bunch of other famous people to make stuff for the site. Next up: Signing on advertisers.
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Hello, American Pie! Why a 40-Year-Old Song Became This Weekend’s Viral Video

Because it’s fun, because it’s a long weekend, and because the people of Grand Rapids, Michigan, have an axe to grind.
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Lady Gaga Sells Lots of Cheap Music–And Full-Priced Music, Too

Amazon’s melted servers still sold lots of 99-cent “Born This Way” albums this week–and iTunes sold a lot of full-priced ones, too. Also, weird but true: People are still buying compact discs!
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Read All About It! But Don't Watch–The Grammys Tune Out Online

The Grammys generated a flurry of online interest last night, but the music industry’s biggest event of the year is AWOL this morning. Opportunity wasted.

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