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Music industry rebounds in 2012

Carly Rae Jepsen performs "This Kiss" at the

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Is the music industry finally starting to turn things around?

After 13 straight years of declines stemming from decreased sales and Internet piracy, the music industry saw global revenues increase 0.3 percent in 2012, according to a new report from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. The music industry’s revenues globally were $16.5 billion in 2012. (When Internet piracy...

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Intro 2.25.13: Videos from Swedish House Mafia, Bob Mould, Eels and more

The Swedish House Mafia arrives for the 55th

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Swedish House Mafia start to wrap up their “One Last Tour” with shows at Hammerstein Ballroom Thursday and Madison Square Garden Friday and Barclays Center Saturday.

Intro brings you the week’s hottest videos and shows every Monday. To catch up on all the Intros and watch classic Long Island music scene videos, check out Newsday Music’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/newsdaymusic.


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Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake set stadium tour

Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z perform their new single,

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Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake are taking their collaboration to the next level -- on the road.

The dynamic duo behind “Suit and Tie” announced their “Legends of the Summer” tour this morning, playing stadiums through July and August, including a stop at Yankee Stadium on July 19. The tour kicks off July 17 in Toronto and runs through Aug. 16 in Miami.

Tickets for all the shows except Yankee...

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The Who rock Nassau Coliseum

Pete Townshend of The Who

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The legacies of the top British Invasion bands have solidified into their current state — the Beatles were the clever populists, Rolling Stones are bluesier and, um, more lascivious, and The Who are the belligerent rebels.

But it wasn't always this way and last night at Nassau Coliseum, The Who showed why. In playing their rock opera “Quadrophenia” in its entirety, the band offered a reminder...

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Hoodie Allen drops free 'Crew Cuts' mixtape

Local rapper Hoodie Allen has a new mix

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Hoodie Allen is having quite the day.

The Long Island rapper, whose last album “All American” hit No. 1 on iTunes and debuted in Billboard's Top 10, released a new mixtape “Crew Cuts” this afternoon on his website and has already seen it downloaded more than 40,000 times.

Though he's offering “Crew Cuts” for free download, the clever, pop-leaning single “Fame Is for [expletive]” featuring...

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'X Factor' auditions coming to Long Island

Simon Cowell attends the "The X Factor" season

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“The X Factor” is looking to Long Island to find the next Tate Stevens or Carly Rose Sonenclar.

The Simon Cowell-led singing competition will be at Nassau Coliseum on April 25 to find contestants for its fall season.

Of course, who exactly will be judging the auditions remains a question since both Britney Spears and record exec L.A. Reid have left the show following last season. Maybe...

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Dave Matthews, Rush, Rascal Flatts set for Jones Beach

The Dave Matthews Band concert at Bethel Woods

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This year’s Nikon at Jones Beach Theater schedule is starting to fill in, with rock acts Dave Matthews Band and Rush set and a special country offer including Rascal Flatts and Blake Shelton announced today.

Dave Matthews Band will return to Jones Beach for a two-night stand June 25 and 26, supporting its recent "Away from the World" tour. Tickets don’t go on sale to the public until...

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Hear Mariah Carey's new single 'Almost Home'

Mariah Careysings "Almost Home," the theme to Disney's

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Mariah Carey isn't like regular folks. What makes her current stint as an "American Idol" judge so weird to watch is how she's clearly trying to be less of a diva and more of a regular gal from Long Island. It's not working. It makes her seem even odder.

The same strategy is at work here on "Almost Home" (Island), as she holds back for two-thirds of the song, the theme...

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Intro 2.18.13: Videos from Tegan and Sara, The Who, Solange and more

Tegan and Sara move toward dance pop on

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Tegan and Sara bring their rescheduled “Heartthrob” tour to Beacon Theatre Tuesday and Wednesday.

Intro brings you the week’s hottest videos and shows every Monday. To catch up on all the Intros and watch classic Long Island music scene videos, check out Newsday Music’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/newsdaymusic.

THE LIST TEGAN AND SARA, “Closer.” At Beacon Theatre...

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R.I.P. George "Shadow" Morton (1941-2013)

George 'Shadow' Morton poses for a photo in

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George “Shadow” Morton, the enigmatic Long Island producer and songwriter behind “Leader of the Pack” and a string of other hits in the '60s and '70s, died Thursday in Laguna Beach, Calif. He was 71.

A family friend told the New York Times that Morton died of cancer.

Morton was best known for his work with The Shangri-Las, including producing and co-writing the No. 1 hit “Leader of the...

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