Morning Fix: Spotfiy's Global Expansion; iTunes' Decade of Dominance; PSY's 'Gentleman' Sets YouTube Record

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SPOTIFY TO LAUNCH IN MEXICO, 5 OTHER MARKETS

Spotify will launch today in Mexico, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Baltics and Iceland according to sources at the music streaming service
Billboard.biz


PSY’S 'GENTLEMAN' SETS YOUTUBE RECORD

PSY is proving he’s more than a one hit wonder as the official music video for his newest release, “Gentleman,” soared past 70 million (80 million as of this morning) YouTube views in its third day of availability.
Billboard.biz


ITUNES MARKET SHARE STILL DOMINANT AFTER A DECADE

After nearly a decade since selling its first digital song, Apple Inc.'s iTunes continues to dominate with a 63% unit share of the U.S. market for digital music downloads in the fourth quarter, according to estimates released Tuesday by the NPD Group Inc. Amazon.com's MP3 store remained at a distant No. 2 with 22% market share,
Billboard.biz


UK’S PPL POSTS 11% GROWTH IN LICENCE FEE INCOME

License fee income collected by U.K. licensing body PPL grew by 11% last year to £170.8 million ($261.9 million), up from £153.5 million ($235.4 million) in 2011, according to the organization’s financial results for the year ending December 31 2012, just published.
Billboard.biz


BUSINESS MATTERS: MUVE MUSIC-POWERED TIM MUSIC IN BRAZIL A STEP FORWARD FOR DIGITAL MUSIC

On-demand music service Muve Music and Brazilian mobile carrier TIM announced their partnership Monday that marks Muve Music's first foray outside of the United States
Billboard.biz


JORGE DREXLER PREVIEWS INNOVATIVE TECH APP PANEL AT BILLBOARD LATIN CONFERENCE & AWARDS (Q&A)

With an innovative app that “transforms songs into experiences,” the award-winning singer/songwriter brings his music of chance to the Billboard Latin Music Conference.
Billboard.biz


SIRIUSXM LAUNCHES MYSXM INTERACTIVE INTERNET RADIO FEATURE

SiriusXM Satellite Radio launched its answer to Pandora on Monday. Called MySXM, the feature creates an interactive Internet radio service by allowing users to personalize existing SiriusXM stations. The feature is available to all subscribers of SiriusXM.
Billboard.biz


INDIE BEAT: LIO KANINE ON TEN YEARS OF KANINE RECORDS

Officially launched by dog-loving husband and wife duo Lio and Kay Kanine in 2003, the landmark Williamsburg, Brooklyn label has since been responsible for discovering some of indie rock’s most successful bands, including Grizzly Bear, Chairlift and Surfer Blood.
Billboard.biz


KOBALT MUSIC ACQUIRES B-52'S PUBLISHING RIGHTS

The Athens, Ga., band saw a string of hits during the late 1970s through the '80s, including such classics as “Love Shack,” “Roam,” “Planet Claire,” “Rock Lobster” and “Deadbeat Club.”
Billboard.biz


CAROLINE SHAW WINS 2013 PULITZER MUSIC PRIZE

The 30-year-old musician won for "Partita for 8 Voices," an a cappella composition.
Billboard.biz


JAGGER, RICHARDS DISAGREE OVER LIKELIHOOD OF NEW STONES ALBUM

The two leaders of The Rolling Stones seem to have differing opinions about when the band will start working on the follow-up to its last studio album, 2005’s A Bigger Bang. In a recent interview with USA Today, Jagger said Stones fans just aren’t interested in hearing new material.  Guitarist Keith Richards, on the other hand, feels like the band’s upcoming tour would be the ideal time for the band to start banging out some new songs. "The time to record a band is once they've been on the road a while so they're hot," he said in the same interview. "We'll think about that while we're doing this. The world needs more Stones records. So do I."
Yahoo! Music Canada


TWITTER SAID TO SEEK DEALS WITH VIACOM, NBC TO FEATURE TV ONLINE

Twitter Inc. is close to reaching partnerships with television networks that would bring more high-quality video content and advertising to the social site, according to people familiar with the matter. The San Francisco-based company has held talks with Viacom about hosting TV clips on its site and selling ads alongside them, said two of the people, who asked not to be named because the discussions were private. Twitter has also discussed a content partnership with Comcast’s NBCUniversal, said two of the people.
Bloomberg


ROUGH TRADE RETAIL POSTS 25% Q1 SALES GROWTH

Music retailer Rough Trade has announced a 25% increase in Q1 sales for the first three months of 2013. Rough Trade told Music Week that is has enjoyed double-digit growth each year since opening Rough Trade East in 2007. Later this year, Rough Trade NYC will open, twice as large the (Rough Trade East) UK flagship.  Located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the new store will be the largest new music store in the US.
Music Week


COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM RECEIVES $280,000 GRANT

The Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum in Nashville has received a $280,000 grant from the National Endowment For The Humanities. The grant will fund the digitization of rare and fragile components of the museum's collection. Some of the works include recordings of the Grand Ole Opry, which originated on WSM-A/Nashville, along with photos and prints from as far back as the 1940’s of artists like Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams and many others.
All Access


CAPITOL MUSIC GROUP NAMES ROBBIE MCINTOSH NEW HEAD OF INTERNATIONAL

Capitol Music Group’s hiring spree continues with the appointment of Robbie McIntosh as executive vice president, International. McIntosh, a 20-year industry veteran, will report to CMG chairman and CEO Steve Barnett. He’ll be relocating from London to Los Angeles and will be based out of the Capitol Tower in Hollywood.
Hollywood Reporter


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