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Top Money Makers of 2013 Named by Billboard

The recent release by Billboard of 2013's top Money Makers in the music industry, listed Taylor Swift as #1 with total annual earnings of $39,699,575.60 based on album sales, concerts, merchandise, digital downloads and any other aspect of marketing that puts the country music/pop star in the limelight. With nearly ten million downloads of her music, Swift ranks sixth in digital income and fifth in streaming royalties, but the most lucrative aspect of Swift's career in 2013 was her global Red Tour, six months of which was spent in the United States. She also raked the money in through her sponsorships by Keds, Diet Coke and Elizabeth Arden.

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MHOF Inductee Peter Frampton

Inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame at the 4th Annual Induction Ceremony in January 2014, singer-songwriter and multi-instrument musician Peter Frampton has enjoyed a long and varied career in the music industry. Born in April 1950 in Bromley, United Kingdom, Frampton counts Cliff Richard & the Shadows, Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, the Ventures and The Beatles among his early musical influences. The first instrument he taught himself to play was his grandmother's banjolele. He was seven years old at the time. He also taught himself to play guitar and piano and at the age of eight he began taking classical music lessons.

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SXSW 2014 : Highlighting New Talent

Continuing its successful run since its debut in 1987, the immensely popular South by Southwest (SXSW) is set to happen on March 8-17 in Austin, Texas. Music lovers will especially be interested in the event's program from March 11-17 which features hundreds of new artists presenting a wide variety of sounds with loads of enthusiasm. More than 25,000 music industry professionals will be attending six nights of concerts performed at over 100 venues by more than 2,000 acts from 55 countries. Make sure you're among them.

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Country Music Legend Willie Nelson

The recent 56th annual Grammy Awards saw country legends Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson, along with younger vintage country star Blake Shelton, take to the stage to entertain the audience and millions of people watching online and on television – the majority of whom knew the words to every song. Among the tunes performed by the group were the classics Highwayman, Okie from Muskogee and Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.

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MOC: Delivering a Dose of Music

With its headquarters in New York and branches in Nashville, Miami, Los Angeles and Washington DC, Musicians On Call is a nonprofit organization dedicated to delivering the healing power of music to patients who are confined to their beds or undergoing treatments in healthcare facilities. With the aid of a network of volunteers Musicians On Call (MOC) has been operating since 1999, during which time volunteer musicians have performed for more than 400,000 patients and their families, with encouraging results.

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