Morning Fix: Daft Punk's Free Streaming & Sales; Blake Shelton's Okla. Relief Concert; Frances Moore's Music Matters Keynote

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DAFT PUNK'S STRONG SALES NUMBERS SHOW FREE PRE-RELEASE STREAMING CAN HELP SALES

As Daft Punk is poised to hit No. 1 this week on the Billboard 200 (and has just set a Spotify streaming record and topped the UK Charts) its album "Random Access Memories" is becoming the latest poster child for a digital marketing tactic once thought of as risky but now starting to crop up with the regularity of a techno beat: making entire albums available for free prior to release.
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BLAKE SHELTON SETS OKLAHOMA RELIEF CONCERT

Oklahoma native Blake Shelton's “Healing the Heartland” benefit concert will be held at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City and broadcast live on NBC on May 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT and feature performances by Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire and Vince Gill. Usher and Darius Rucker were just been announced for the bill.
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IFPI CEO FRANCES MOORE'S MUSIC MATTERS KEYNOTE

The 2013 version of Asia’s leading music conference, Music Matters closed with Frances Moore, the CEO of IFPI, who gave an optimistic and rousing keynote. She noted that worldwide the music industry grew by .02 percent and it was the first growth in 13 years. She added, “It is clear that sustained year-on-year growth on a global basis may take a few more years to arrive. But even so, there is a palpable buzz across our industry which hasn't been there in recent years.”
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BUSINESS MATTERS: THREE LESSONS IN THE DEMISE OF EIRCOM MUSICHUB

Eircom MusicHub, the digital music service of Irish Internet service provider eircom, announced Friday it will shut down at the end of June. The basic streaming service is provided free to all eircom customers. Here are three lessons from MusicHub’s demise.
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THE NATIONAL, DARIUS RUCKER HEADING FOR TOP THREE DEBUTS ON BILLBOARD 200 CHART

Rock band the National is aiming for its best sales week ever -- and perhaps highest-charting album -- with its new "Trouble Will Find Me" album.
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'LIBERACE' MUSIC SUPERVISOR EVYEN KLEAN DISCUSSES MARVIN HAMLISCH'S ROLE, MICHAEL DOUGLAS' SINGING VOICE

Can HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra” pump new life into the music of Liberace? The film’s music supervisor, Evyen Klean, believes it has a shot.
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XL'S KRIS CHEN ON VAMPIRE WEEKEND’S NO. 1 ALBUM ROLL-OUT

This week -- and for the second time in their career -- Vampire Weekend topped the Billboard 200 with their acclaimed new album “Modern Vampires of the City” selling an impressive 134,000 copies. Billboard interviewed Kris Chen, head of XL Recordings U.S., to find out more about the No. 1 album’s roll-out, the personnel responsible for its success and, of course, how Steve Buscemi helped.
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LATERAL MANAGEMENT/PUBLISHING OPENING U.S. OFFICE

Anglo-Scandinavian artist and songwriter management/publishing company Lateral MGMT is coming to the U.S. The company, which currently operates out of London and Stockholm and manages hit U.K. artists Paloma Faith and Taio Cruz, tells Billboard that it will open a new office in Los Angeles by September.
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KANYE WEST'S HOUSTON SCREENING OF 'NEW SLAVES' SHUT DOWN BY POLICE

A Houston screening of Kanye West's "New Slaves" video was shut down last night (May 24). West planned to project the music video for his new song around the world Friday night, including at three Houston locations. However, the showing at the Rothko Chapel was shut down before it even began.
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CONCERT INDUSTRY STRUGGLES WITH 'BOTS' THAT SIPHON OFF TICKETS

As the summer concert season approaches, music fans and the concert industry that serves them have a common enemy in New York. And in Russia. And in India. That enemy is the bot. “Bots,” computer programs used by scalpers, are a hidden part of a miserable ritual that plays out online nearly every week in which tickets to hot shows seem to vanish instantly.
New York Times


FOXCONN AND MOZILLA JOIN HANDS OVER FIREFOX OS, MAY SHOW OFF NEW DEVICES NEXT WEEK

The first smartphones running Firefox OS went on sale last month, and it looks like Mozilla is now adding the builder of some of the world's most popular devices to its coalition. Endgadget reports that Mozilla and Foxconn Technology Group have confirmed a joint press event in Taipei on June 3rd, during which they will formally announce that Foxconn has signed on to Mozilla's initiative. At least one new Firefox OS device is expected at the event, although it's not clear if the product will be a branded Foxconn product or simply something that the company is manufacturing for another partner.
The Verge


CNN PARTNERS WITH BUZZFEED ON YOUTUBE CHANNEL

BuzzFeed is accelerating its efforts to become a news destination for young adults, joining with CNN and YouTube to create a new, online-video channel. On Tuesday, BuzzFeed will unveil "CNN BuzzFeed," a YouTube channel based on content from CNN, including archival and current content, that is designed to be shared over social-media networks.
Wall Street Journal


PUSSY RIOT MEMBER ON HUNGER STRIKE HOSPITALIZED

A jailed member of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot was hospitalized Tuesday on the seventh day of a hunger strike to protest what she calls a persecution campaign against her.
Associated Press


FORMER GO-GO'S BASS PLAYER KATHY VALENTINE SUES BANDMATES

Kathy Valentine alleges the other members of the iconic girl band are attempting to reduce her share in the group. According to the complaint filed Friday with the Los Angeles Superior Court, Valentine is entitled to a 20 percent share of the band’s revenues as a one-fifth member of both Ladyhead LLC and Smith-Pocket Industries, Inc. – the entities authorized to conduct the group’s business.
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STOP THE PRESSES!

- Muse's Dom Howard staples fake money to performer's arse at debauched Emirates gig after-party

- Rod Stewart Needs to Fire His Metedata Guy or Come Up With a New Title

- My Kids Are Obsessed With the Baha Men, Kill Me Now

- Motley Crue's Tommy Lee Retires Drum Roller Coaster

- Liam Gallagher: 'One Direction are my biggest competition'

- $200k raised to buy claimed video of Toronto Mayor smoking crack

- Vanessa Hudgens Hosted LA's First Electric Run Dressed As A Neon Polar Bear

- Sticky Fingaz Says Ol' Dirty Bastard Stole His Idea To Rush Grammy Stage

- Losing Innocence to Ol' Blue Eyes

- Chief Keef -- Weed-Sniffing Security Guard Was a Fat Racist

- Kendrick Lamar Wants to Put an End to 'Molly Rap'


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