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COMFORT FOLLOWING MARATHON TRAGEDY
Following Monday's tragic explosions during the 117th running of the Boston Marathon, which resulted in three deaths and more than 170 injured, local stations focused their coverage on serving listeners with the most up-to-date details, as well as a virtual place of gathering to share and process the overwhelming sadness prevalent throughout the region.
SoundExchange announced Tuesday it distributed $117.5 million of digital performance royalties in the first quarter. The amount was a first-quarter record for the organization but down from the amounts distributed in the third and fourth quarters of 2012.
ITUNES DOMINATES DOWNLOAD MARKET (STUDY)
Nearly a decade after selling its first digital song, Apple Inc.'s iTunes continued 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 No. 2 with 22% market share, NPD said.
The proposed purchase of Arbitron by Nielsen Holdings today took a step closer to realization as the radio ratings company’s shareholders voted to approve the acquisition at its company's special meeting of stockholders.
Mega, Kim Dotcom’s new cloud storage service, has been under a watchful public eye since its launch in January, especially in wake of last year's dramatic Megaupload shuttering and Dotcom's jailing on copyright infringement charges. Mega CEO Vikram Kumar spoke with Biz about the site's legitimacy, copyright policy and new business models for the music industry.
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, D'Angelo, The National, Willie Nelson are also going to San Francisco, Aug. 9-11.
Songwriter and artist royalties from streaming services, particularly Pandora and Spotify, has been one of the hot-button issues in the music business for the past couple of years. Here, Lee Thomas Miller, songwriter and President of the Nashville Songwriters Association International, responds to an op-ed by Pandora founder Tim Westergren that was posted in Billboard.biz earlier this week.
A2IM and representatives from 11 indie labels are headed south of the border this week; Rough Trade sees a significant growth in the first quarter of the year; Chris Roberts will head up NXNE.
COACHELLA SECURITY REEVALUATED FOLLOWING MARATHON TRAGEDY
Sporting and entertainment events are being watched closely after the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people Monday and injured more than 170 others. Tens of thousands of music fans are expected to head to the desert southeast of Palm Springs for the second weekend of the Coachella music festival. Fans will not see a big difference in security, but there will be a "re-evaluation and redirection of certain resources," said Benjamin Guitron, spokesman for city of Indio Police Department.
The past week saw a flurry of activity around Twitter's invite-only new music streaming service, #music announced last weekend. Over the last two days, a number of prominent musicians have tweeted about the service, which reportedly pulls in tracks from a number of services including Rdio, Spotify, YouTube, Vevo, SoundCloud, and iTunes. This includes Nikki Sixx, Moby, Alt-J, Jason Mraz and Jason Derulo – which if the music service is anything like its first slate of user/Tweeters, should be musically eclectic.
Amazon today took a big step forward in its strategy to take its app distribution business — and its Kindle Fire hardware business — global: it announced that its Android-based Appstore will expand to cover “nearly 200″ countries, including adding Australia, Latin American countries like Brazil and Mexico, Canada, South Africa and South Korea. Up to now, the only countries where the Appstore was available were the U.S., UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Japan.
VIEWS AND COUNTING
Psy's new single Gentleman has been viewed on YouTube by more than 100 million people in four days. The music video was published on 13 April and has since broken the record for first day song views. The South Korean's follow-up track had around 20 million hits in the first 24 hours.
ELECTRONIC MUSIC CHANNEL
The online news source VICE (which recently partnered with HBO) is launching a new channel today dedicated to electronic music. The channel is called THUMP and “chronicles every aspect of the global dance music movement: the music, the artists, the fans, the experience.”
Daft Punk have shared the tracklist for their new album Random Access Memories with a six-second clip on Vine, which you can check out below. The French electronic duo's long-awaited new album will be released on May 21st. Daft Punk have been dropping hints about it over the past few weeks, including airing a teaser trailer during Coachella that featured the song "Get Lucky" and an ad featuring the track which aired during “Saturday Night Live.”
BLEECKER BOB'S, NEW YORK'S ICONIC RECORD STORE, CLOSES
Downtown New York City's Bleecker Bob’s Golden Oldies Record Shop closed on Saturday, April 13 -- just one week shy of Record Store Day. Bleecker Bob and friend Broadway Al first opened Village Oldies Records in late 1967 but after the two ways and Bleecker Bob’s could be found in Greenwich Village on West 3rd Street between MacDougal and Sixth Avenue up until last weekend.
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