Morning Fix: Sillerman and Adell on SFX-Beatport Deal; Pandora Caps Mobile Usage; UMG Sells Final EMI Assets

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ROBERT SILLERMAN, MATT ADELL TALK SFX-BEATPORT DEAL: ‘A GREAT STARTING POINT FOR EVERYTHING WE DO’

SFX Entertainment's acquisition of Beatport is the first media-focused pick-up for Robert F.X. Sillerman’s revived EDM empire. But judging from conversations with Sillerman and Beatport CEO Matthew Adell, Beatport could be the lynchpin of the entire venture, encompassing music sales, mobile media, research, and even ticketing.
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PANDORA TO IMPLEMENT CAPS ON MOBILE LISTENING

Pandora announced an initiative Wednesday to address rising content costs relating to its listeners' mobile use. The Internet radio company will cap mobile listening hours at 40 hours per month for U.S. users.
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UNIVERSAL COMPLETES EMI DIVESTMENTS, SELLS 'NOW' & CO-OP

Universal Music Group has sold off the last two remaining EMI assets it was required to divest as part of its acquisition of EMI’s recorded-music properties, according to a source close to the situation.  The remaining assets are the European rights to the “Now! That’s What I Call Music” franchise which Sony Music purchased and the indie marketing firm Co-Op, which PIAS bought.
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COUNTRY RADIO SEMINAR KICKS OFF WITH HUMANITARIAN AWARD FOR BIG & RICH

Opening ceremonies were held yesterday in Nashville for the 2013 Country Radio Seminar, which helps to promote the relationship between artists and programmers – in addition to three days worth of panels designed to help programmers maximize their earning potential and better themselves from a career standpoint.
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BAAUER’S ‘HARLEM SHAKE’: THE GLOBAL HIT THAT STARTED WITH A ONE-OFF SINGLE DEAL

Jeffrees, a sub-label of Diplo’s Mad Decent, released the track last year through its usual structure: first for free, via a non-exclusive deal, then as a paid download. The unique approach that not only bolstered the tune’s indie credibility, but worked for the label too (to the extent that yesterday Warner Bros. announced a deal that will see it distributing and providing other services for the single).
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BRUNO MARS EYEING FIRST NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD 200 ALBUMS CHART

Bruno Mars could notch his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 next week, thanks to Amazon MP3, which recently offered his latest album, "Unorthodox Jukebox," for $1.99. Sources say that the title could jump to No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 chart.
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ASCAP PRESIDENT PAUL WILLIAMS, SONGWRITERS JOSH KEAR, DAN WILSON MAKE ROYALTY CASE TO CONGRESS

At the Rayburn House Office Building on Washington D.C.'s Independence Avenue, ASCAP and two multi-platinum songwriters -- Dan Wilson and Josh Kear -- made, and sung, their case to a room of Congress members and staffers.
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BUSINESS MATTERS: REACTION TO PANDORA'S MOBILE LISTENING CAP

Pandora made it through one listening cap and it is likely going to make it through its second one. Investors didn't take the news as well as listeners. Comments on a blog post announcing the news reveal that perhaps no other digital music service has such a close relationship with its listeners as Pandora.
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EXCLUSIVE: TACO BELL TEAMS WITH PASSION PIT, TWITTER FOR SXSW SHOWCASE, 'ROCKUMENTARY'

Taco Bell is teaming up with Twitter and filmmaker Sam Jones (Wilco’s “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart”) for a first-of-its-kind “Rockumentary,” “Feed The Beat: SXSW 2013,” at South By Southwest on March 11.
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VAN CLIBURN, AMERICAN CLASSICAL PIANIST, DIES

Van Cliburn, the internationally celebrated pianist whose triumph at a 1958 Moscow competition helped thaw the Cold War and launched a spectacular career that made him the rare classical musician to enjoy rock star status, has died. He was 78.
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SPOTIFY’S SOCIAL NETWORK ARRIVES: NEW FOLLOW TAB IS NOW GRADUALLY ROLLING OUT TO USERS

After teasing a heavy dose of discovery and social features, Spotify is gradually rolling out its ‘Follow’ tab to users on the desktop. First revealed  in December, a Spotify has informed us that its follow tab is already available to some, and will roll out in stages. For now, there’s still no sign of the discover tab — the other half of the company’s big December announcement.
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COMCAST AND CABLEVISION DETAIL THEIR 'SIX STRIKE' COPYRIGHT ALERT STRATEGIES

This week five major internet service providers in the United States rolled out the "six strike" Copyright Alert System (CAS), and while we already had a sense of how AT&T and Verizon would be employing the alerts, we now know a bit more about how Comcast and Cablevision will go about them as well.
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VIDDY DOUBLES LENGTH OF CLIPS, ADDS VIDEO ENHANCEMENT TOOLS

Social video startup video has released a new iOS app with a bevy of new features to help users enhance the videos they produce and stave off Twitter's upstart video-sharing app Vine. Debuting this evening in Apple's App Store, the new app doubles the size of videos from 15 seconds to 30 seconds, as well as adding the Vine-like ability to pause recording to splice together segments into a single clip. The app also adds 15 new video filters, licensed music tracks from popular artists that can be added to videos, and stop-motion functionality that adjusts video frame rates.
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SIMON DARLOW, SONGWRITER FOR GRACE JONES, SHIRLEY BASSEY, NAMED CHAIRMAN OF U.K. RIGHTS ORG BASCA

U.K. songwriters’ body BASCA (the British Association of Songwriters, Composers & Authors) has announced the appointment of composer, musician and arranger Simon Darlow as its new chairman.
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FORMER TEMPTATIONS FRONTMAN RICHARD STREET DIES

Former Motown vocalist Richard Street, a member of the Temptations for 25 years, has died. He was 70.
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‘KOOL THING’ KIM GORDON KICKS OFF NOISE POP FEST 2013

An experimental show like Noise Pop’s Opening Night at Rickshaw Stop is a gamble: The distorted guitar feedback, disturbed vocals, and grinding percussion are either ultimately fascinating or alienating to an audience. With four acts on the bill, last night was a mixture of grating and gratifying, but those who endured to watch Kim Gordon’s post-Sonic Youth project Body/Head witnessed the range of emotion this music can convey.
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