News Updates (1/7/13)

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• Sony Music and BMG could be back in bed. The New York Post reports the companies have re-teamed for an approximately $500 million bid for Universal Music Group’s Parlophone records, home to Kylie Minogue and The Pet Shop Boys. Parlophone is among the assets being divulged to satisfy antitrust regulators as part of Universal’s acquisition of EMI.

Nashville Symphony has announced Monique Lhuillier as the featured designer for the Symphony Spring Fashion Show, taking place April 9, 2013, at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Television personality Allison DeMarcus will host. Proceeds will assist the Nashville Symphony in reaching more than 250,000 children and adults through free music education programs and community concerts. A performer has not been announced, but past entertainers include Carrie Underwood and Little Big Town.

Infinity Cat Records, the label owned by songwriter Robert Ellis Orrall and sons Jamin and Jake, plans to open a retail storefront this year.

• iHeartRadio’s latest offering allows users to create stations based on moods and activities. The “Perfect For” tool selects music that is “perfect for” cleaning, studying, working out, driving, etc.

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