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Today, Billboard.biz takes a bold step forward in its evolution. Along with Billboard's fully revamped magazine, newly launched iPad app and the relaunched Billboard.com, the all-new Billboard.biz offers new features and functionalities that will help us lead the essential conversations around the music business and its community in better and bigger ways than ever before.
MIDEM, the music industry’s largest trade fair, kicked-off Saturday in Cannes, France with roughly 3,000 companies and reps from 77 countries. Navigating the massive confab– especially from this side of the Atlantic - is difficult at best. Much easier is going to our MIDEM hub HERE featuring Billboard reporters’ conference reports, Q&As, photo galleries, panel round-ups, news and more. Also, today only we host a livestream of all of the day’s proceedings known as Visionary Monday, which includes everyone from Emily White and Theophilus London to AmEx's John Hayes and execs from Samsung, Ford and more
INDIES SLAM MYSPACE OVER LICENSING POLICY AT MIDEM
Less than one week after opening up its new design to the public, Myspace found itself in hot water with the community it’s most actively trying to court — indie artists. At a MIDEM press conference on Monday, a panel of independent music executives expressed further concerns about Myspace’s claim that uploading music for free provides “promotional value” for artists. Billboard.biz
‘LES MIS’ TOPS UK ALBUM CHART; BINGO PLAYERS HAVE NO. 1 SINGLE
The original motion picture cast recording of “Les Miserables” (Polydor/Universal) started a second week at No. 1 on the new U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday). Dutch DJ/producer duo Bingo Players hit the top of the singles list for the first time with a bestselling debut for “Get Up (Rattle)” (Ministry of Sound), featuring Far East Movement. Billboard.biz
Amanda Palmer has played a groundbreaking role in the relationship between recording artists and fans. In this long Q&A, she talks about why she believes a pay-what-you-want "patronage" model is the way forward for the music business, her evolving relationship with her fans, the future role of records labels, and more. Check back for part 2 on Wednesday. Billboard.biz
Martin Mills has been named this year’s Billboard Industry Icon at MIDEM 2013. Head to our Mills hub complete with a video tribute (which includes Seymour Stein, Gary Numan, Alison Wenham, and Ezra Koenig among others); a full Q&A; written tributes; and, perhaps most telling, a full transcript of his rather incendiary award acceptance speech that is a must read. Billboard.biz
A blaze in a crowded nightclub in southern Brazil early Sunday killed some 233 people in what appears to be the world’s deadliest nightclub fire in more than a decade. Gurizada Fandangueira, the band whose pyrotechnics started the fire, were renowned for their firework displays.
FALL OF HMV: U.K. MUSIC EXECS DEBATE WHAT WENT WRONG, WHAT'S NEXT
HMV, with its 223 stores, accounts for approximately a third of all U.K. entertainment sales. Though the Jan. 14 announcement that it had entered administration was not unexpected, its fallout has serious ramifications. Here, execs from the BPI, ERA, Cooking Vinyl, Essential Music, Spotify and others discuss the issue. Billboard.biz
Just three days after announcing a new strategic alliance with EDM powerhouse Ultra Records and Patrick Moxey, comes news that Columbia Records has signed Daft Punk. A source confirmed that it's a "done deal."
The long-running "Grammy Nominees" compilation series should earn its 12th top 10 on the Billboard 200 next week. The star-studded "2013 Grammy Nominees" set could bow in the top five with around 35,000 copies sold, according to industry sources. Last year's "2012 Grammy Nominees" album debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 with 52,000 sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
UNIVERSAL MUSIC LIKELY HEADED TO TRIAL OVER YOUTUBE TAKEDOWN
A nearly six-year-old lawsuit emanating from the removal of a video showing a toddler dancing to a Prince song is finally heading towards a trial. On Thursday, a California judge addressed the issue in a long-running dispute between Stephanie Lenz, who uploaded a 29-second YouTube clip of her toddler dancing to the 1984 Prince hit "Let's Go Crazy” and Universal Music, which sent a DMCA takedown request to remove the video. The judge recommended the case to see if the takedown violated the DMCA’s fair use provision go to trial. Lenz is being represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
CHRIS BROWN INVESTIGATED FOR ASSAULT INVOLVING FRANK OCEAN
Grammy-winning singer Chris Brown is under investigation for an alleged assault in a West Hollywood parking lot, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department said early Monday. Deputies responding to a report of six men fighting Sunday night found the scene clear, but were told by witnesses that there had been a brief fight over a parking space. The "victim" wasn't identified but the celebrity website TMZ - which first reported the fight outside the Westlake Recording Studio - and other reports say the incident also involved Frank Ocean, one of the top nominees at Grammy Awards next month.
OHIO PLAYERS FRONTMAN LEROY ‘SUGARFOOT’ BONNER, DEAD AT 69
Funk legend Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner has died, according to friends and musicians. “He was a great person with a lot of wisdom not just in music, but in life,” said Keith Harrison of the bands FAZE-O and the Dazz Band. Bonner, 69, who helped make Dayton the Land of Funk, died Saturday following a battle with cancer in Trotwood, according to an “Official Family Announcement” posted Sunday on his Facebook page. Bonner, whose career spanned 56 years, died just shy of his 70th birthday, according to the post. “While his family, friends, colleagues, and fans mourn his passing they celebrate fondly his memory, music and legacy,” the posting stated.
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