Morning Fix: Grammy Sales Bumps; Ticketmaster's New Ticket-Transfer Platform; BMI's Del Bryant on Rights Withdrawal

GRAMMYS SPUR EARLY SALES GAINS FOR MUMFORD & SONS, LUMINEERS, FRANK OCEAN

While official numbers aren't in yet, sources say the biggest sales winners from the Grammy Awards on Feb. 10 include Mumford & Sons, the Lumineers, Frank Ocean, Rihanna and fun. Music sales for the week ending Feb. 10, as tracked by Nielsen SoundScan, will be released Wednesday. An examination of iTunes and Amazon’s sales rankings yesterday showed the broadcast having an immediate impact.
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TICKETMASTER ANNOUNCES DIGITAL TICKET-TRANSFER PLATFORM

Ticketmaster is launching digital transfer for its North American tickets, whereby buyers can digitally transfer tickets to others at no cost, directly from their Ticketmaster accounts online. Along with its convenience, the platform addresses critics of Ticketmaster’s paperless ticketing efforts, which previously had lacked transferability.
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BMI ON RIGHTS WITHDRAWAL: AN OPEN LETTER TO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY, BY DEL BRYANT

In this op-ed, BMI president/CEO Del Bryant explains the following matter: "Recent articles in the trade and consumer press have covered the withdrawal of catalogs from performing rights organizations by music publishers for certain digital uses.  These issues are complex, and I wanted to take a minute to clarify the positions and policies BMI has formulated to address this development."
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MUMFORD & SONS, CONCORD WIN BIG FOR INDEPENDENTS AT GRAMMYS

Mumford & Sons entered this year’s ceremony with nominations in almost all of the big categories, and although the independents came out on top in a minority of those contests, they managed to walk away with the evening’s most coveted trophy. Mumford & Sons’ victory for Album of the Year for Babel marks the fifth consecutive win in that category by an artist signed to an independent record label.
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MICROSOFT AND SAMSUNG TALK CONTENT STRATEGY AT DIVE INTO MEDIA

Technology juggernauts Microsoft Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. on Monday outlined their distinct approaches into content as both step gingerly into the entertainment business. Microsoft, which recently hired former CBS Network Television Entertainment Group’s Nancy Tellem to run its newly opened L.A. production studios in Santa Monica, Calif., said viewers will start to see original content from those studios this year.
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5 BRANDS WHO WON THE GRAMMYS

With some 30-second spots sold at a record $900,000 and ratings at their second-highest since 1993, this year’s Grammys were a hotter ticket than ever for advertisers. Here’s five brands that got the most bang for their buck in the biggest music marketing event of the year.
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BUSINESS MATTERS: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MOBILE AND PORTABLE

Consumers are quite comfortable with mobile music, according to new data from NPD Group. Forty percent of tablet owners report listening to music on the device while 56% of smartphone owners use the device to listen to music.
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GRAMMYS, YEAR’S SECOND-BIGGEST SOCIAL MEDIA EVENT, PEAKED WITH FRANK OCEAN'S WIN OVER CHRIS BROWN

With the help of host LL Cool J promoting the event’s hashtag nearly every time he was on stage, last night’s Grammy broadcast was the second biggest social event of 2013 with over 15.4 million social interactions. The night's peak? When Frank Ocean beat-out rival Chris Brown.

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MUSE'S 'MADNESS' REWRITES RECORD FOR LONGEST-REIGNING ALTERNATIVE NO. 1

The British band's current hit establishes the longest command of the top spot in the chart's 24-year archives.
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LIVE NATION COUNTRY TO LAUNCH FASTER HORSES COUNTRY FEST IN MICHIGAN

 alt=Live Nation Country president Brian O'Connell will launch the inaugural Faster Horses camping and country music "three-day hillbilly sleepover" in a field (pictured left) adjacent to Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., July 19-21.
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eMUSIC LAUNCHES A LA CARTE DOWNLOADS

eMusic has launched an a la carte download store, a move that opens up the download store to a new swath of consumers who are not ready to sign up for one of eMusic's paid download tiers.
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SPOTIFY LAUNCHES IN ITALY, POLAND AND PORTUGAL

Spotify has finally brought its popular music streaming service to Italy, Portugal and Poland The Italian launch is closely linked to the Sanremo music festival, which will act as a marketing push, as artists give the songs exclusively to Spotify. However, it appears the Swedish company has pushed its service live a little earlier than expected, with the event set to commence on February 12. When Italian and Polish users visit the Spotify website, they are presented with information on the music streaming service, as well as pricing information.
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FACEBOOK ROLLS OUT 'BUY TICKETS' BUTTON FOR EVENT PAGES; PAY-BY TWEET LAUNCHES ON TWITTER

Facebook is in the process of rolling out "Buy Tickets" buttons, a feature that hints at the social network's intention to enter the online ticketing business. The buy option is being introduced as a new feature for all Facebook Event Page owners who want to better promote ticket purchases. The buttons allow visitors to click through to a third-party Web site to purchase tickets.  In other cyber shopping news, FT reports that the first “pay-by-tweet” service has been launched on Twitter, with American Express introducing a service yesterday allowing cardholders  to buy products simply by sending a short message.
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DR. DRE SUES YAMAHA FOR HEADPHONE DESIGN

Music mogul Dr. Dre is suing electronics giant Yamaha, over headphones the company is manufacturing, which Dr. Dre claims infringes upon his Beats Electronics patents. Lawyers for Beats Electronics filed the lawsuit against Yamaha Corporation of America last week, in US District Court, Central District of California. The lawsuit claims that Yamaha is marketing a line of “PRO” headphones that copy the design of Dr. Dre’s world-famous Beats line of headphones.
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TED NUGENT, APPLE CEO TIM COOK TO ATTEND STATE OF UNION SPEECH

In terms of symbolic invites for tonight’s Presidential State of the Union address, you can’t get much different than the conservative “Motor City Madman” Ted Nugent and Apple CEO Tim Cook.  The former is slated to be the guest of Texas congressman and pro-gun advocate Steve Stockman, while Apple CEO Tim Cook will sit with First Lady Michelle Obama along with the parents of Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old girl shot and killed in Chicago last month.
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