Morning Fix: Justin Timberlake's '20/20' Sells 968K, Tops Chart; RIAA's 2012 Report; Rabe on Bertelsmann Expansion

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IT'S OFFICIAL: JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE'S '20/20' SELLS 968,000, DEBUTS AT NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD 200 CHART

Justin Timberlake's new album, "The 20/20 Experience," debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 968,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "20/20," released on March 19, is Timberlake's second No. 1 album and it logs his best sales week yet.
Billboard.biz


BUSINESS MATTERS: STREAMING, SUBSCRIPTIONS RISING, BUT TOTAL RECORDED-MUSIC REVENUES DOWN 1% IN 2012: RIAA REPORT

Subscription and streaming services experienced tremendous growth and accounted for 15% of record business revenue in 2012, according to RIAA statistics released Tuesday. That expansion helped digital revenue surge to 59% of total recorded music revenue from 51% last year but could not prevent total revenue from slipping 1% last year.
Billboard.biz


BERTELSMANN'S RABE: 'CHINA, INDIA, BRAZIL WILL PLAY AN INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT ROLE'

Bertelsmann, the oldest of the global media giants, says it turned a corner last year in its efforts to transform from an analog, Eurocentric company to one focused on digital media and the faster-growing territories of Asia, the U.S. and Brazil. And The German media giant, headed by CEO Thomas Rabe forecasts major growth in the wake of BMG, Penguin-Random House deals and its full control of music-rights group BMG.
Billboard.biz


ARTISTS CARLA MORRISON, OLGA TAÑON, AMERICA SIERRA AND KANY GARCIA SET FOR 'LATIN’S LEADING LADIES' PANEL AT 2013 BILLBOARD LATIN MUSIC CONFERENCE

2012 Latin Grammy revelation Carla Morrison, tropical superstar Olga Tañon, Regional Mexican composer and 3Ball MTY vocalist America Sierra, and Puerto Rican pop singer/songwriter Kany Garcia will represent the current strength of Latin music’s female voice when they come together for the Latin’s Leading Ladies panel at the 2013 Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards. (Registration Info Here)
Billboard.biz


STAGECOACH LANDS BROADCAST PARTNER IN AXS TV

Stagecoach Festival, the three-day country music festival on the same grounds where Coachella is held, will be broadcast on AXS TV this year, a first for Stagecoach, which is entering its seventh edition. The company recently announced it is also broadcasting the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest.
Billboard.biz


GERMANY'S MUSIC SALES DOWN 3.2% IN 2012, ALBUMS AND CDS STILL REIGN SAYS BVMI

Following a 0.1% increase last year, the German music market took a rather substantial downturn in 2012. Revenues from music sales decreased 3.2 percent last year, to 1.44 billion euro, from 2011's 1.67 billion euro valuation. The reasons? Another decline in brick-and-mortar business (down 7.7%) and a surprisingly weak fourth quarter.
Billboard.biz


'AMERICAN IDOL' RATINGS DIP, BIG BRANDS STILL LINE UP

In its 12th season, "American Idol" is managing to hit the right notes with sponsors if not always with fickle viewers: It has retained its status as TV's advertising leader among series and the loyalty of its biggest backers, including Ford and Coca-Cola.
Billboard.biz


USHER, JACKSON BROWNE, JOHN FOGERTY TO PERFORM AT ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME CEREMONY

A couple of members -- Carole King and John Fogerty -- some veteran Seattle rockers, a legendary comedy duo and Usher are among the latest performers and presenters announced for this year's 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, taking place April 18 in Los Angeles.
Billboard.biz


ASCSP ELECTS BOARD OF DIRECTORS


The results of the biennial election for the Board of Directors of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers were announced today by ASCAP President and Chairman of the Board Paul Williams. Twelve writer and twelve publisher members have been elected to serve on the Board for a two-year term commencing April 1st, 2013. Newly elected writer member in the at-large field is composer Alf Clausen. In addition to Paul Williams, the writer members who were re-elected in the at-large field, included songwriter Marilyn Bergman; composer Richard Bellis and composer Bruce Broughton; composer Dan Foliart; songwriter Wayland Holyfield; composer Johnny Mandel; songwriter Valerie Simpson; songwriter Jimmy Webb; and composer Doug Wood.
Press Release


T-MOBILE TO START SELLING IPHONES ON APRIL 12

T-Mobile USA on Tuesday said it will start offering the iPhone on April 12, filling what its CEO said was "a huge void" in its phone lineup. T-Mobile, the fourth-largest of the national U.S. phone companies, has been losing customers to the bigger companies, which all sell the iPhone. The total monthly cost starts at $70 per month, a substantial discount to prices offered by bigger companies.
Associated Press


SCOTT HARDKISS, LEGENDARY BAY AREA DJ, DEAD AT 43

Scott Hardkiss (Scott Friedel), a San Francisco DJ who played a key role in the development of America's rave scene in the 1990s, has died, Big Shot magazine reported yesterday. The cause of death was not specified. Friedel was 43. In 2011, Hardkiss underwent eye transplant surgery to restore vision in his left eye, which had gone blind from a degenerative disease called Keratoconus. Last spring, he wrote that the vision in his new eye was worsening. Alongside Gavin Hardkiss and Robbie Hardkiss, Friedel was a member of the trio that shared their (invented) surname. They also went by the Hardkiss Brothers, although they were only related by their shared affinity for adventurous electronic dance music, preferably played renegade-style, in forests or on beaches under the night sky.
Spin


DEBATE OVER MUSIC PIRACY WRIT LARGE IN TIMES SQUARE

For the last week a mysterious ad has flashed on the LED billboard above the American Eagle Outfitters store at Broadway and 46th Street, just over the bronze shoulder of George M. Cohan. Variably positing piracy as “criminal,” “progress” and “the future,” it asks the observer to “pick a side” on Twitter, as #artistsforpiracy or #artistsagainstpiracy. The party behind the billboard and its related Web site, ArtistsVsArtists.com, is Ghost Beach, a two-man Brooklyn band whose profile is low even by indie Brooklyn standards who were approached by American Eagle  to license the band’s song “Miracle” for an online ad and offered the group access to the billboard.
New York Times


AUTHORITIES: NEIGHBOR CLAIMS BATTERY BY BIEBER

Deputies were investigating claims made Tuesday by a neighbor that Justin Bieber attacked and threatened him during an argument in suburban Los Angeles, authorities said. No one was arrested and few details were immediately available. A representative of Bieber, Melissa Victor, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Associated Press


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