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The fundraising values Spotify at $4 billion as company announced expansion plans in the US and Japan

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The Saints have big-name fans. Bruce Springsteen covered their “Just Like Fire Would” every night of a recent tour, and Bob Geldof said only three bands changed rock in the Seventies – the Pistols, the Ramones and The Saints. Like the Pistols, the Saints were spat out by an uncomprehending EMI, but they kept going, and here they were promoting an excellent 14th album, King of the Sun.

The book, by E L James and forthcoming film by Sam Taylor-Wood, have inspired a range of lingerie for BlueBella

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An Indian farmer talks on his mobile phone

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Guy Hands' Deutsche Annington comeback falls victim to market turmoil

Stock market turmoil today claimed the scalp of one of Europe’s biggest IPOs in recent years, dashing hopes of a €1 billion (£850 million) comeback from private equity mogul Guy Hands.

Guy Hands to conquer City again?

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Hands lives to fight another day in court after Terra Firma wins appeal on EMI deal

A US appeals court has thrown out a 2010 ruling against a claim by Guy Hands that he had been tricked by Citigroup into overpaying for EMI, setting the stage for a fresh showdown between the private-equity mogul and the bank over the sale of the London-based music business.

The Business Matrix: Thursday 16 May 2013

Sun-seekers lift easyJet shares

Sceti to helm Birds Eye's owner

Iglo Group, the owner of Birds Eye, has named Elio Leoni Sceti as its new chief executive. The 47-year-old Italian is best known for his shortlived role as chief executive of EMI Music, which he left after 18 months, just weeks after EMI's parent posted a £1.75bn annual pre-tax loss.

The Spice Girls posing at a hotel in Paris in 1997

Now That's What I Call Music compilations and Spice Girls records make it onto list of rare vinyl

Albums by the Spice Girls and the Now That's What I Call Music compilations are among unlikely releases which are being prized by collectors and could give a windfall to pop fans.

Singer Adele, winner of the Best Original Song award for 'Skyfall,' attends the Oscars Governors Ball at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood

Oscars 2013: Adele and Paul Epworth's acceptance speeches for best original song

Adele: Thank you so much. Thank you. This is amazing. I'd just like to thank Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson at Eon Productions. Sony Pictures, MGM, Paul Epworth, who, oh God, for believing in me all the time, and my man, I love you, baby.

Brit Awards 2013: nominations in full

Emili Sandé is the most nominated artist up for four awards followed by Rita Ora, Mumford & Sons and Alt-J with three nominations each

BMG buys heavy metal for £40m

Music rights firm BMG today bought the back catalogue of Sanctuary Records, the label behind heavy metal giants Black Sabbath, Motörhead and Iron Maiden, for an estimated £40m.

Pop ‘trade union’ members Blur

Russian-born billionaire Blavatnik buys Blur and Coldplay in £500m Warners Parlophone takeover

The Russian billionaire Len Blavatnik will add Coldplay, Blur and Tinie Tempah to his empire after his Warner Music group emerged victorious in a bidding war to take over the historic Parlophone record label.

HMV's flagship store linked to The Beatles

HMV's flagship London store famously played its part in helping The Beatles land their record deal, setting them on the path to becoming the biggest band in the world.

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