Morning Fix: Justin Timberlake's '20/20' Tops UK Charts, Set To Sell  950K in U.S.; FCC Chairman Steps Down; Ultra Music Fest

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JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE'S '20/20' HEADING TO 950,000-PLUS

If another day has gone by, that must mean the sales forecast for Justin Timberlake's blockbuster "The 20/20 Experience" album have grown by at least another 50,000-100,000.
Billboard.biz



BIG U.K. OPENING WEEK FOR JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE'S '20/20'

Justin Timberlake’s three-week reign on the U.K. singles chart with “Mirrors” may be over, but now he’s the king of the albums after “The 20/20 Experience” debuted at No. 1 yesterday  as the fastest-selling UK title of the year so far. British girl group the Saturdays, meanwhile, topped the singles chart, scoring their first No. 1 hit with “What About Us” featuring Sean Paul.
Billboard.biz


SILLERMAN, ANGELLO, CRAIG: READ ALL OUR ULTRA/MIAMI MUSIC WEEK COVERAGE

From interviews with Carl Craig and Pete Tong and a look at Heinekin's consumer activation effort to Robert Sillerman's latest EDM investment and Swedish House Mafia's Steve Angello's solo career kick-off as well as social media round-ups and your Instagram galleries, check-out all of Billboard's wall-towall team coverage of the two of EDM's biggest events in Miami Music Week and the Ultra Music Festival.
Billboard.biz


BUSINESS MATTERS: DIGITAL PIRACY STUDY CONFLICTS WITH TWO PAPERS IT CITES

A report on music piracy by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre has ruffled some feathers in the music business. "Digital Music Consumption on the Internet: Evidence from Clickstream Data” also mischaracterizes the conclusions of two of the academic papers it cites.
Billboard.biz


EXCLUSIVE: MUVE MUSIC PARTNERS WITH TIM IN BRAZIL

Muve Music, the subscription music service of Cricket Wireless, has expanded to South America's largest market and its first outside of the U.S., Brazil. A Muve Music spokesperson confirmed to Billboard the company has partnered with TIM, one of the Brazil's largest mobile carriers.
Billboard.biz


MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE BREAK UP: 'TIME FOR IT TO END'

My Chemical Romance has called it quits, the rock act announced on its website on Friday. The long-running group had been together for over a decade, releasing four studio albums.
Billboard.biz


DAFT PUNK ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM ‘RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES,’ RELEASE DATE, PRE-SALE

After several weeks of teasing their new album, French electronic duo Daft Punk have announced the name of their fourth album “Random Access Memories,” as well as a pre-sale and an approximate release date of May 21.
Billboard.biz


K-POP FANS RAISE HELL AFTER POPULAR VIDEOS GET BLOCKED ON YOUTUBE

UMG learned one thing this weekend: not to mess with K-pop fans. Early Sunday (March 24), it appeared videos by K-pop entertainment agency, Cube Entertainment, were being blocked for international fans resulting in online pandemonium.
Billboard.biz


BIG DEAL SIGNS UP WITH BMG

Big Deal Music brings together veteran industry executives in a new music publishing firm, which has just cut an administration deal with BMG for North America and parts of Europe.
Billboard.biz


BEBO VALDÉS, ICONIC CUBAN
PIANIST, DEAD AT 94

Bebo Valdés, the iconic Cuban pianist who staged a remarkable comeback in his seventies and went on to win five Grammy awards for a succession of masterful Latin jazz recordings, has died.
Billboard.biz


LIVE NATION IS CLOSE TO A DEAL TO SELL FOXWOODS THEATRE

Live Nation is close to a deal to sell Foxwoods Theatre, one of Broadway’s biggest houses, The Post has learned. Two prospective owners have submitted bids for the 1,932-seat West 42nd Street theater — now home to “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark” — although the price is expected to dip well below its $60 million valuation because of a recently discovered $15 million pension liability issue, sources said. The bids were submitted by Broadway producer Jon B. Platt, whose credits include “Wicked” and “The House of Mormon,” and Jordan Roth, president of Jujamycn Theaters, the No. 3 owner of Broadway houses.
New York Post


BACKER OF AN OPEN INTERNET STEPS DOWN AS F.C.C. CHIEF

The resignation on Friday of Julius Genachowski after four years as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission again raises a thorny issue for President Obama: whether it will be possible to get the F.C.C. or Congress to help him fulfill a campaign promise to guarantee that the Internet remains free and open to businesses and users. Mr. Genachowski, who said on Friday that he would leave the commission “in the near future,” pushed it in the direction of embracing rules against discrimination by Internet service providers in what content they carry or how fast they transmit it, an issue known as net neutrality. But he has faced opposition on that front from the federal courts and some telecommunications companies.
New York Times


ONE DIRECTION, JUSTIN BIEBER, KATY PERRY WIN KIDS CHOICE AWARDS

The self-described "messfest” of Nickelodeon’s annual Kids’ Choice Awards happened in Los Angeles on Saturday.  Hosted by Josh Duhamel at the Galen Center at USC, the awards were decided by 387 million votes cast from 22 countries around the world. One Direction for favorite music group, Justin Bieber for favorite male singer and Katy Perry for favorite female singer. One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” won favorite song. After a musical number with singers Christina Aguilera and Pitbull, Aguilera triggered a green slime-dousing of Pitbull and their backup dancers
Los Angeles Times


U.S. SENATE APPROVES PROPOSED NON-BINDING INTERNET SALES TAX

An Internet sales tax is inching its way closer to being the law of the land: The U.S. Senate supported a non-binding vote of approval, 75-to-24, for a law that would allow states to collect taxes from Internet retailers. If enacted as is, it would allow states to levy taxes on some online retail purchases from businesses with over $1 million in gross receipts. The current law will give readers a flavor for the sausage factory that is the U.S. Congress. The tax was offered as a non-binding amendment to the Democratic budget by Senators Mike Enzi and Dick Durbin.
TechCrunch



DR. DRE RE-CONFIRMS EMINEM IS WORKING ON NEW ALBUM

Dr. Dre has reaffirmed that Eminem is wrapping up a new album. The acclaimed Compton producer conducted an interview with radio show host Big Boy, making the reveal “Em is finishing up his project. And for me, man, I’ve just gotten inspired again to go back into the studio, so I’m just really having fun with life and having fun with being creative and trying new and different things with myself, just trying to stay active,” Dr. Dre said. “As you know, it’s been almost 30 years for me in music. It’s a little bit difficult to keep getting inspired to get back in there but you know, music is my first love and I’m going to continue to do that as long as I can.” What that means for the long-awaited “Detox” is anyone’s guess.
AllHipHop


UNIVERSAL PARTNERS WITH BANG & OLUFSEN

Universal Music and audio hardware manufacturer Bang & Olufsen have partnered for a number of joint activities geared towards ‘premium sound quality’. The first venture will see Universal’s classical label Deutsche Grammophone come together with B&O Play – Bang & Olufsen’s new brand which has recently introduced a new generation of award-winning design products “specially created for digital enjoyment and mobile lifestyles – with uncompromising dedication to premium sound.”
Music Week


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