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Queen's Birthday Honours For Ian James, Fifa Riccobono and Peter Rix. There's an Order of Australia medal for James, who served as Mushroom Music managing director from 1986 to 2018 and is chairman of the AMCOS board. James is honored for his "service to music publishing and rights." Also feted is Riccobono, the pioneering record executive who led Albert Music, becoming the first female CEO in Australian music business history. Riccobono, who was the recipient of the prestigious Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music in 2015, becomes a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) "for significant service to the music industry." Meanwhile, veteran artist manager and ARIA Music Awards founder Peter Rix is lauded for "significant service to the music and events industries, and to philanthropy" and was awarded an AM. Guy Sebastian, the pop singer who has gone on to enjoy a multi-platinum, award-winning recording career since taking out the inaugural Australian Idol back in 2003, receives an AM for significant service to the music recording industry, and to charitable initiatives, and Darren Hayes, the solo artist who twice led the Billboard Hot 100 with Savage Garden, receives an OAM "for service to music as a songwriter and performer." The awards -- a system established by Queen Elizabeth II of England and the commonwealth states, which include Australia, in recognition of special achievements by the country's citizens -- usually coincide with Queen Elizabeth II's birthday. This year, more than 1,000 Australians were honored for their outstanding achievements. (Billboard)

Elton John Duets With Taron Egerton on 'Your Song'. The Rocket Man can still light it up. Elton John's Rocketman biopic has blasted off at cinemas around the world and relaunched his catalogue into the charts. On the weekend, the legendary singer brought a bit of Hollywood glitter to the stage when Taron Egerton, the British actor who plays the Hall of Famer in the new feature film, stepped up for a duet in his homeland. The star of Rocketman joined the Rocket Man for a performance of Elton's classic "Your Song" as the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour stopped in at the open-air Hove County Ground, England. Directed by Dexter Fletcher, Rocketman collected $14 million at the North American box office over the weekend, good enough for 5th place, according to The Hollywood Reporter. (Billboard)

DJ Khaled planning monster lawsuit against Billboard Chart. DJ Khaled is poised to hit the Billboard Chart with a monster lawsuit alleging the organization unfairly disqualified more than 100,000 sales of "Father of Asahd," robbing him of the No.?1 spot. Khaled was furious when his album came in at No.? 2 to Tyler, the Creator's "IGOR," after Billboard allegedly discounted downloads sold by the DJ and producer as part of a "bundle deal" with an energy drink. Bundle deals, which offer album downloads alongside merchandise, are a standard but controversial industry practice to boost sales. We're told Billboard had agreed it would count downloads from Khaled's energy drink package, which sources in the artist's camp say amounted to more than 100,000. Billboard later backtracked, disqualifying Khaled's entire sales from the promotion, arguing there were "anomalies" in his figures. Page Six has exclusively learned that lawyers for Khaled have fired off a legal letter to Silvio Pietroluongo, SVP charts and data development at Billboard. A DJ Khaled source said, "When Khaled's team tried to appeal, Billboard refused to budge." The source said the situation was all the more unjust because Tyler, the Creator's bundle deal figures were included in his total sales. On May 30, Billboard announced Tyler debuted at No.?1 with 165,000 albums sold, with Khaled at No.?2 at 137,000. Not fair, argues Khaled's team. Page Six exclusively reported a few days ago that Khaled had a tense meeting with Sylvia Rhone, chairman and CEO of his label Epic over the matter. The source explained, "Khaled was frustrated his label didn't fight harder for his bundle sales to be included." A Billboard source disputed that 100,000 DJ Khaled sales were disqualified but admitted an undisclosed number of his sales were ruled out because "there were strange anomalies in the data," adding the decision was based on chart rules following talks with Khaled's management, Sony Records and Nielsen. Billboard announced it has reviewed its rules allowing artists to bundle albums with merch and will outline a new policy for 2020. Reps for DJ Khaled didn't comment, and Billboard also declined to comment. (PageSix)

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