Morning Fix: Twitter Buys We Are Hunted: Reebok Drops Rick Ross; Pandora's Tim Westegren Guest Post

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TWITTER ACQUIRES WE ARE HUNTED, LAUNCHING MUSIC APP

On Thursday, Twitter announced it had acquired We Are Hunted, a San Francisco-based music startup that tracks the most popular songs across the Internet and social media. The company had been working on Twitter's music app, which, according to several reports, could launch to coincide with this weekend's Coachella music festival.
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REEBOK DROPS RICK ROSS OVER 'U.O.E.N.O.' LYRICS

After stirring up controversy with lyrics deemed pro-rape, Reebok has decided to end their partnership with Rick Ross based on lyrics he wrote and rapped on Rocko's "U.O.E.N.O.“ Reebok holds our partners to a high standard, and we expect them to live up to the values of our brand," Reebok said in a statement. "Unfortunately, Rick Ross has failed to do so."
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WHAT 200 MILLION REGISTERED LISTENERS CAN MEAN FOR UNDER-THE-RADAR MUSICIANS: GUEST POST BY PANDORA'S TIM WESTERGREN

The single-minded quest for airplay remains the industry’s obsession, and for the vast majority of working artists, that quest still ends in failure. But that dynamic is changing. In the month of January of this year, Pandora played the music of more than 100,000 different artists. In that same period of time, the three largest broadcast radio stations in the country played a grand total of 297, 157 and 261 unique artists respectively.
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COACHELLA KICKS OFF THE FESTIVAL SEASON

When Paul Tollett and the team at Los Angeles independent promoter Goldenvoice were on a quest for an alternative venue for a 1993 Pearl Jam show, they ventured deep into the California desert's Coachella Valley and stumbled upon the Empire Polo Club in Indio. Tollett never forgot it, and six years later, Goldenvoice became the pioneer in the contemporary U.S. rock festival scene in launching the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, now a globally recognized festival brand known simply as "Coachella."
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JAY-Z'S NEW SONG 'OPEN LETTER' ADDRESSES CUBA TRIP, NETS, UNIVERSAL DEAL (LISTEN)

Jay-Z is apparently not amused by the controversy surrounding him these days with his trip with Beyonce to Cuba, divesting of his share in the Nets and Roc Nation's deal with UMG. Cuba. Inspired and frustrated, Hov went into the studio for an impromptu recording session with Timbaland and Swizz Beatz to record "Open Letter."
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BUSINESS MATTERS: HOW SAGGING PC SALES WILL IMPACT THE MUSIC BUSINESS

Sagging PC sales will have a definite impact on music and entertainment companies. Time spent on tablets and mobile phones -- and the apps built for them -- will increase as time spent on PCs decrease. These trends will change the power structure in music and entertainment. Apple, Amazon and other top tablet makers stand to benefit while PC-heavy companies like Microsoft, HP and Dell will need to transform their product offerings and adjust to the marketplace.
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BRAD PAISLEY 'ACCIDENTAL RACIST' CONTROVERSY SENDS STREAMS INTO HIGH GEAR

The controversy around the Brad Paisley-LL Cool J collaboration on Paisley new album has helped drive online streams of the track as it generates a massive amount of attention from writers and critics. The much-derided "Accidental Racist," from the album "Wheelhouse" released Tuesday, has received 10% of the album's plays at Rhapsody. That's a high share of plays for a song deep into the album and makes it the most popular track on the album,
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TAYLOR SWIFT'S FAN DATE TO ACMS AIDS SOCIAL CHART CLIMB

Taylor Swift ascends 5-1 on the Social 50 to helm the chart (her second time a No. 1) concurrent with buzz generated by her fan date to the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 7.
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LATIN SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME HONORING OLGA TAÑON, AMONG OTHERS

The Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame—in association with Billboard—will have its inaugural induction ceremony on April 23, and will honor some of the music industry's most established names including Grammy-winning Olga Tañon who will receive special recognition for her career achievements.
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NAB 2013: VISUALIZING RADIO’S FUTURE: FM CHIPS, HD RADIO, ONE-TOUCH PIZZA ORDERING

Radio’s problem is that it doesn’t look very good. It sounds fine but, compared to newer online audio services that give users a visually rich experience, AM/FM radio needs to up its game. The good news is that several potential solutions to radio’s lack of visuals were presented at the Digital Strategies Exchange for Radio 2013, a day-long session today at the National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas.
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APPLE AND UNIVERSAL MUSIC AGREEMENT ON STREAMING IRADIO SERVICE IMMINENT

Apple is expected to sign its first internet radio licensing agreement with a major record label perhaps as soon as next week, multiple sources with knowledge of the talks have told The Verge. Universal Music Group, the largest of the major record companies, has reached the final stages of the negotiations and Warner Music is close behind, the sources said.
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BBC'S DILEMMA: WILL IT PLAY ANTI-THATCHER 'DING DONG! THE WITCH IS DEAD' IF IT TOPS CHART?

The BBC is in a bind after opponents of late British leader Margaret Thatcher attempt to push the song "Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead" to the top of the charts. An online campaign to drive the "Wizard of Oz" ditty to the No. 1 spot on the U.K. singles chart was launched by Thatcher critics shortly after the former prime minister died of a stroke on Monday. She was 87. Normally, a top position on the charts guarantees a song airtime on the BBC, but some called on the broadcaster not to play the song. The song is currently in the top 3 on the UK’s midweek charts, according to the Official Charts Company.
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UK ALBUM SALES RISE 1.4% IN Q1

UK album sales rose in 2013's opening three months for the first quarter in more than three years with Emeli Sande leading a 1.4% increase. Official Charts Company figures issued by the BPI reveal 23.3 million physical and digital albums were sold during the period, the first quarterly rise for unit album sales since Q4 2009. Virgin act Emeli Sande's Our Version Of Events was the top seller overall, while other big albums included Polydor's Les Miserables cast recording and the EMI TV/UMTV-issued compilation Now! 84.
Music Week


PSY'S NEW SINGLE STEALS ATTENTION
AWAY FROM NORTH KOREA

South Korean global pop star PSY's first new single since his viral hit "Gangnam Style" is stealing attention from inter-Korean tensions. YG Entertainment, PSY's agency, says "Gentleman" was released in 119 countries Friday. Tensions in South Korea are high, with residents wary of a possible missile test by the North. But South Korean Internet users were more interested Friday in PSY's new song than North Korea: "Gentleman" was the most searched keyword on top Web portals.
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JUSTIN BIEBER'S 37 MILLION TWITTER FOLLOWERS 53 PERCENT FAKE, SITE CLAIMS

Justin Bieber continues to break Twitter milestones with his follower count, which is now over 37 million strong -- but fewer than half of those are true Beliebers, the site Socialbakers claims. The website identifies fake, spam accounts by checking for "genuine tweets," according to the BBC, and giveaway terms such as "diet," "make money" and "work from home." Bieber, however, is not the only star followed by millions of fake accounts.
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HEADLINES OF THE DAY

- White House Is Like, 'Yeah, No, We Didn't Send Jay-Z to Cuba'

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- Diplowatch 2013 #2: Diplo Sold a Movie About Diplo

- He Wants to Be Adored: Stone Roses' Ian Brown Launches Scholarship and Bursary Fund

- Nile Rogers on Daft Punk: 'They make you up your game'


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