Morning Fix: Tumblr Getting Into Music Discovery; Spotify Renegotiating; Prince Royce Wins Big at Premio Lo Nuestro

EXCLUSIVE: TUMBLR GETS INTO MUSIC DISCOVERY

Blogging site Tumblr is getting into music discovery. At the core of the blogging company's strategy will be a select group of editors that share music, video and pictures with the site's 95 million users.
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 PRINCE ROYCE, JENNI RIVERA LEAD WINNERS AT PREMIO LO NUESTRO


Prince Royce and the late Jenni Rivera were the leading winners of the 2013 Premio Lo Nuestro Awards, which aired live on the Univision Network last night from the American Airlines Arena in Miami. Royce collected six awards, Rivera won five awards, including Premio Lo Nuestro Artist of the Year and Maná, won three.
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BUSINESS MATTERS: SPOTIFY SEEKS HELP FROM LABELS, TWEAKING BUSINESS MODEL

Major label sources have confirmed to Billboard the points in a recent report at the Verge: Spotify will seek lower licensing rates and an extension of free streaming to mobile devices when it meets with record labels for U.S. renegotiations in the coming weeks. One label source says Spotify is likely to get the lower rates they seek -- but at a price.
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JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE HITS TOP 10 ON SOCIAL 50 CHART FOR FIRST TIME

The This week's Social 50 chart brings a new entrant into the top 10, as Justin Timberlake climbs 18-9 off the success of his "Suit & Tie" video that bowed on Feb. 14. The news comes as JT's media presence continues to grow: He just announced he will host SNL in March and spend a week on Jimmy Fallon.
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BEYONCE SIGNS GLOBAL ADMINISTRATION DEAL WITH WARNER/CHAPPELL PUBLISHING

Beyoncé has signed a global publishing agreement with Warner/Chappell Music, Billboard has learned exclusively. Effective immediately, Warner/Chappell -- headed by chairman/CEO Cameron Strang -- will administer the 17-time Grammy winner’s future songwriting, including her anticipated next album.
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BLUES GUITARIST MAGIC SLIM DIES AT 75

Magic Slim, a dynamic guitarist who helped shape the sound of Chicago's electric blues, died Feb. 21 in a Philadelphia hospital at the age of 75.
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'GIRLS,' 'PITCH PERFECT,' UNIVERSAL HONORED AT GUILD OF MUSIC SUPERVISORS GALA

The music departments of NBC Universal and Universal Pictures were honored Wednesday night at the third annual Guild of Music Supervisors where leading supervisors Frankie Pine, Thomas Golubic, Manish Raval and Tom Wolfe received awards for their work in 2012.
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BEHIND THE OSCARS' BEST SONG NOMINEES: 'PI'S LULLABY': STORY

Composer Mychael Danna: "It's like casting a movie: You have to be aware of what each character is, where it springs from and how it can help you tell a story."
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AEG BIDS SAID TO BE LOW

The latest bids for sports and entertainment giant AEG are coming in at the low end of the expected price range and well below the company’s lofty asking price, according to the New York Post. AEG, controlled by billionaire Philip Anschutz, was expected to fetch $6 billion to $8 billion, although the seller signaled it was seeking somewhere in the neighborhood of $10 billion but At least two suitors offered less than $7 billion, according to sources.
New York Post


7DIGITAL EXPANDS TO BRAZIL, INDIA, S. AFRICA, COLOMBIA

7digital this morning announced that its digital music services are now available in India, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and South Africa, following music licensing agreements with both major and independent labels in said markets. The markets the London, UK-based 7digital is expanding to have something in common: they all boast high mobile penetration. The service is now available in 42 countries.
The Next Web


VEVO REDESIGNS  HOMEPAGE, STREAMLINES SEARCH, NAVIGATION, PLAYLIST

Over the past few years, Vevo has been working hard to simplify the process by which users search for and discover new music videos on its site. With that in mind, the company released a small update to its homepage today, aimed at making it easier for users to check out new music videos and to search for those they know and love. Interestingly, most of the changes are focused on removing features rather than adding new ones for users to play with.
TechCrunch


SANTANA REFORMS SANTANA

In an interview with Noise11.com Carlos said that he is putting the line-up from the first three albums back together for his next record. “So far we have invited the original members like Greg Rolie from the first three albums,” he told Noise11. “It will be like Santana IV because we stopped at ‘Santana III’”.
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THE RASCALS REUNITE FOR BROADWAY DATES

The band that gave us "Good Lovin,'" "People Got To Be Free" and "I've Been Lonely Too Long" are grooving their way to Broadway.
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CIRQUE CONFIRMS NEW MICHAEL JACKSON-THEMED VEGAS SHOW

Las Vegas is combining its love of mega pop-stars and over-the-top theatrics for a new Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil show opening this summer.
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