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YOUTUBE CLOSE TO LAUNCHING PAID CHANNEL SUBSCRIPTIONS

The new a la carte subscription plans for some of its professional video channels could be announced as early as this week. Charging subscription fees will allow the online video provider to add a second revenue stream and help finance a broader content offer.
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ROLLING STONES CONCERT PROMOTER ON 'FLEX-PRICING' TICKET STRATEGY: ‘WE WANT THE BROKERS PISSED OFF’

Contrary to claims that ticket sales to the Rolling Stones’ “50 and Counting Tour” are sluggish, tour promoter John Meglen, co-president of AEG Live subsidiary Concerts says the reports are inaccurate.  The promoter’s “flex pricing” strategy is working: keeping more tickets out of the hands of brokers, giving more revenue to the artists, and the tour is on a pace to gross close to $100 million from 18 shows.
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PANDORA'S CAP ON MOBILE LISTENING CAUSES DROP IN STREAMS

Pandora’s monthly listening caps pulled down listener hours in April without resulting in a corresponding fall in unique listeners, company revealed Tuesday. The Internet radio company's 40-hour limit on monthly mobile listening caused listener hours to drop 12% to 1.31 billion in April from 1.49 billion in March.
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LAURYN HILL SENTENCED TO THREE MONTHS IN PRISON

Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill was sentenced Monday to three months in prison and an additional three months in home confinement for failing to pay taxes on about $1 million in earnings.
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YOUSSOU N'DOUR AWARDED POLAR PRIZE

Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour and Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho have been named winners of this year's Polar Music Prize. Sweden's highest musical honor, created and funded in 1989 by Stig Andersson, the late manager of ABBA, is awarded annually to both a pop performer and classical artist. 
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HOW NETFLIX REDUCES PIRACY

There has long been three opinions about how to beat piracy; through legislation and enforcement, through better legal services, or both. Although piracy continues to exist as numerous new music services have launched, there’s no doubt consumers have far better options (free-of-charge streaming, DRM-free downloads) than they had just a few years ago.
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YOUTUBE SUBSCRIPTION'S SPLIT WITH CONTENT CREATORS LIKELY TO BE LESS THAN 30%

Content creators will likely receive less than 30% of any subscription dollars flowing to YouTube via a subscription plan that the Silicon Valley company will launch in the coming weeks, according to an executive familiar with the product. YouTube last year announced it would develop a subscription model for a tier of premium channels.
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EMI WINS DISPUTE OVER DUKE ELLINGTON 'NET REVENUE'

EMI Music will be allowed to pay itself for the foreign exploitation of Duke Ellington music, a New York appeals court has ruled. The decision is a defeat for Paul Ellington, the grandson of the great jazz pianist, who sued EMI for hundreds of thousands of dollars. He alleged that EMI had breached a 1961 songwriter royalty agreement with Ellington by deducting fees for foreign affiliates before accounting to Ellington's 50 percent share of net revenue.
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MUSIC EXECUTIVES TACKLE METADATA'S 'TOOTHBRUSH SYNDROME' AT NARM MUSIC BIZ 2013

Metadata is not one of those sexy topics you bring up at a cocktail party -- unless, perhaps, it’s directly tied to your livelihood and how much money you stand to earn. Bottom line: “If [the data’s] no good, people don’t get paid,” said Jonathan Bender, chief operating officer of SoundExchange.
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SEAN GLASS' WIN RE-EXAMINES THE ROLE OF THE LABEL FOR UPCOMING ELECTRONIC ARTISTS

As a part-time A&R rep for labels like Epic Records and Universal Republic, Sean Glass often found his hands tied when he was ready to get behind a potential signing. “I was working in film at the time and whenever I would do work to break artists in-market people would say, ‘Why don’t you just put this artist out yourself?’ And I’d say no because I didn’t have a label.”
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO WIDEN TAX COLLECTION ON THE WEB

A bipartisan coalition in the Senate easily passed legislation on Monday to force Internet retailers to collect sales taxes for state and local governments, sending the issue to the House, where antitax forces have vowed to kill it. But the 69-to-27 vote in the Senate will give the measure significant momentum. Hundreds of retailers are flying to Washington this week to pressure House lawmakers and counter the arguments of small-government groups. The tax would impact music and movie downloads
New York Times


LIBERTY GLOBAL POSTS IMPROVED FIRST-QUARTER FINANCIALS

John Malone's Liberty Global, the largest cable operator in Europe, reported higher first-quarter financials amid growth in Belgium and Germany. The company also said it remains on track to complete the acquisition of U.K. cable giant Virgin Media before mid-year. Liberty Global has received regulatory approval from the European Commission, with both companies' shareholders set to vote on the deal in early June.
The Hollywood Reporter



JUSTIN BIEBER, USHER TARGETED IN COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT LAWSUIT

One of Justin Bieber's hit songs is the target of a $10 million copyright infringement lawsuit that also accuses Bieber's mentor, R&B singer Usher, of funneling the song to the teen pop star. R&B singer Devin Copeland, known professionally as De Rico, and songwriter Mareio Overton filed a lawsuit last week in U.S. District Court in Virginia alleging that they came up with the song "Somebody to Love."
Reuters


KIM DOTCOM MAKES ANOTHER PLEA FOR LEGAL RELIEF AS U.S., UK, CANADA ATTORNEYS GENERAL CONVERGE DOWN UNDER

Kim Dotcom and his legal team are seizing the moment of a meeting of attorneys general from the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand in Auckland to bring more attention to his legal fight with the U.S. government, which wants to extradite Dotcom from New Zealand and try him for copyright violations related to his now-defunct Megaupload venture. Robert Amsterdam, a high-profile lawyer known for human rights cases and the legal defense of political and business leaders who was appointed in January to help Dotcom’s case, has also now published a white paper detailing his take on Dotcom’s legal position.
TechCrunch


SWEDISH INDIE TEN MUSIC GROUP SIGNS WITH SONY MUSIC

Swedish indie Ten Music Group has signed a multi-year agreement with Sony Music Entertainment relating to artist development. Under the new deal, the company - which counts Niki & the Dove and Icona Pop amongst its artist roster - has begun an artist development-focused strategic relationship covering global A&R and distribution, according to RadioAndMusic.com. Sony will have exclusive first-look rights to recordings and releases of Ten-signed artists.
Music Week


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