Morning Fix: Twitter #Music Examined; Diplo's Mad Decent + Dr. Luke's Prescription = Pub Deal; Record Store Day and the Vinyl Resurgence

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TWITTER #MUSIC, HANDS-ON: THE GOOD AND THE BAD

Overall, by leveraging the already active and dedicated music community, Twitter #Music is one of the best applications when it comes to a no-frills approach to exploring music on a track level. However, its growing pains, particularly with regard to search and genres, make its initial incarnation a work in progress.
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RECORD STORE DAY: JUST HOW BIG IS THE BIG VINYL RESURGENCE?

While vinyl's ascension has moved beyond the realm of cool into an important moneymaker for key niches in the U.S. music industry, for all of its growth, the format still remains a relatively small percentage of sales.
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EXCLUSIVE: DIPLO'S MAD DECENT, DR. LUKE SIGN JOINT PUBLISHING DEAL

EDM megastar Diplo and songwriter/producer Dr. Luke have signed a joint publishing deal between their Mad Decent Publishing and Prescription Songs companies, respectively. The partnership will merge the rosters of the two organizations into a roster that they will both oversee, which will now include Mad Decent artists Lunice (TNGHT), DJA, and Maxime and Clement Picard, among others, as well as Prescription's Benny Blanco, Bonnie McKee, Kool Kojack, Ammo, Cirkut, Becky G, and more.
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ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAMERS INDUCTED IN 2013'S RUSH-DOMINATED CEREMONY

The first Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Los Angeles in more than two decades may as well have been subtitled "A Night to Celebrate Rush" as the Canadian trio's fans packed the Nokia Theater to the rafters and made their presence known. They booed Hall chairman Jann Wenner, heckled Quincy Jones and Flavor Flav during their lengthy speeches and filled any second of dead air with shouts of "Rush" and "Geddy."
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IMS ENGAGE: SKRILLEX, MOXEY, SIMMONS, FINKEL, CARTER, MORE DISCUSS EDM AT INAUGURAL EVENT

A crowd of over 200 international dance music industry-ites turned up for IMS Engage, the first U.S. edition of the Ibiza-based IMS conference, at the W Hollywood. The event painted a flattering picture of the swelling business: Young, hip, and intrinsically global, yet still learning what it means to mature and grow under the sponsorship of increasingly corporate entities. And then there was the fistfight...
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BUSINESS MATTERS: TWITTER #MUSIC HAS POTENTIAL -- BUT IT’S LIMITED

The Twitter #Music service launched to the public Thursday is a smart tactical move and a decent music discovery tool. But unless efforts are made to widen its potential reach, Twitter #Music will play a small role for the social media company.
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WILLIE NELSON TURNS 80TH B'DAY CONCERT INTO TEXAS BLAST BENEFIT

Willie Nelson will turn an upcoming Texas concert into a benefit for victims of the explosion at a West Texas fertilizer plant not far from where he grew up.
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KATY PERRY TALKS NEXT ALBUM, SONGWRITING AND PRODUCERS' GOOFY NICKNAMES AT ASCAP EXPO

Katy Perry is halfway through her third album working with collaborators Max Martin, Dr. Luke, Bonnie McKee on the follow-up to “Teenage Dream,” which spawned five Hot 100 No. 1 singles. The singer discussed that and more at ASCAP’s I Create Music Expo.
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YOUTUBE SCORES WIN IN VIACOM LAWSUIT

Federal courts handed Google’s YouTube a victory Thursday in a six-year-old lawsuit filed by Viacom Inc. alleging copyright infringement. Viacom says it will appeal.
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EXCLUSIVE: BIG FRAME, YOUTUBE ARTIST DAVE DAYS KICK OFF ORIGINAL SERIES

Exploring new ways for independent artists to earn money, online talent agency Big Frame and YouTube artist Dave Days have launched a new reality video series called "Writing Room." The show pairs 10 up-and-coming YouTube performers with professional producers and songwriters to create original songs and music videos that can be sold as singles or packaged together as an album, as well as generate advertising money as premium content on YouTube.
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YOU DONE GOOD, KID: PATRICK MOXEY TALKS ABOUT HIS OLD BOSS (RUSSELL SIMMONS) AND NEW JOB FOLLOWING IMS ENGAGE PANEL

The most meaningful pairing at IMS Engage was between two men whose names did not just look good together on a conference agenda; the pair has a long and meaningful history that stretches over two decades. Billboard caught up with Moxey after the panel to talk about the talk with his mentor and get an update from his first 100 days with Sony.
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CAMERON STRANG TALKS A&R, MUSIC DISCOVERY AND ADAPTING TO LIFE AT THE MAJORS

Cameron Strang started in the biz with New West Records. Now, he runs a major. But he tells ASCAP Expo that he's taken the indie label mentality with him.
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GOOGLE'S PROFIT RISES 16%

Google Inc. provided more evidence it is weathering the storm of lower prices for online ads on mobile devices. The Internet giant posted stable revenue growth in its first quarter as the average price of ads that it sells on websites and mobile apps continued to drop, but at a lower rate than prior quarters. For the first quarter, the Mountain View, Calif., company's revenue—excluding its Motorola Mobility hardware unit, which wasn't incorporated into Google until around the middle of last year—rose 22% to $12.95 billion from a year earlier and equaled the revenue growth from the fourth quarter. With Motorola, revenue totaled $13.97 billion, up 31% from a year ago. Google also reported a 16% rise in profit to $3.35 billion.
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SENATE LIKELY TO VOTE ON
INTERNET SALES TAX

Legislation giving states the power to compel retailers outside their borders to collect online sales taxes, a touchy subject for Internet merchants, is likely to move forward in the Senate next week. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday filed a motion in support of the measure. Currently, states rely on consumers to self-report, which they rarely do. If approved, the change would be a win for brick-and-mortar stores likeWal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's biggest retailer, which backs the legislation. At the moment, states can only require online merchants with physical stores or affiliates within their borders to collect sales tax, giving online-only retailers such as Amazon.com Inc a price advantage in many markets.
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BBC AMERICA & TWITTER ANNOUNCE CONTENT-SHARING PARTNERSHIP

BBC America has announced via a tweet that it will partner with Twitter to offer the “first in-Tweet branded video synced to entertainment TV series.” News of the deal comes after a few days after a report that Twitter is in talks with Viacom and NBCUniversal to host TV clips and sell advertising on the site. BBC America’s tweet didn’t offer any specific information about the deal or which of its TV shows would be involved, but it did namecheck hit series Doctor Who and Top Gear.
TechCrunch


RECESS: THE EDM FESTIVAL THAT CAN HELP YOU FIND A JOB

As traditional career paths become ever-more elusive for newly-minted grads, a group of young entrepreneurs are using a traveling EDM festival called Recess to help college students find gainful employment--with help from the likes Calvin Harris, Kaskade and an angel investor or two...
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JAY-Z, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, LIBERACE: CANNES FILM FESTIVAL MUSIC

Jay-Z and rap in the 1920s, Justin Timberlake strumming folk music in the 1960s and the story of Liberace give the 66th annual Festival de Cannes an inordinately musical look.
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PINK FLOYD, LED ZEPPELIN ALBUM ART DESIGNER STORM THORGERSON DIES

English graphic designer Storm Thorgerson, whose eye-popping album art for Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin encapsulated the spirit of 1970s psychedelia, died Thursday. He was 69.
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STOP THE PRESSES

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- Black Sabbath helps plants to grow but Sir Cliff Richard 'kills them'

- Amber Rose Got A HUGE Tattoo Of Wiz Khalifa's Face

- Did Your One Direction Photo Make The Movie Poster? See It Now!

- Harrison Ford calls Chewbacca a 'sack of sh--' on US chat show

- Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Induction of Rush into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

- Selena Gomez -- Giving Justin Bieber Norwegian Wood

- "America Is Killing Dance Music"

- Red Hot Chili Peppers to play for the Dalai Lama

- Jace Clayton Can't Get a Job, Can Play Two Pianos at Once


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