Morning Fix: BMI to Sue Pandora; Myspace Out of Beta; RIAA, NMPA's New Revenue Plan; Jeff Price and Peter Wells Return

RIAA & NMPA EYEING SIMPLIFIED MUSIC LICENSING SYSTEM, COULD UNLOCK 'MILLIONS' IN NEW REVENUE

At the National Music Publishers Assn. annual meeting yesterday in New York City, RIAA chairman and CEO Cary Sherman told attendees that the RIAA and NMPA were working to establish a micro-licensing vehicle that would make it easier for occasional users of music to get proper licensing at a reasonable rate.
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ASCAP, NMPA RESPOND TO PANDORA'S ACQUISITION OF RADIO STATION

ASCAP and the National Music Publishers' Association have responded harshly to Pandora's purchase of a small-market radio station in an attempt to lower its ASCAP royalties.
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BMI TO SUE PANDORA: SOURCES

BMI has ended negotiations for publishing rates with Pandora and has decided to file suit in rate court against the service, according to sources.
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BUSINESS MATTERS: RELAUNCHED MYSPACE FACES UPHILL CHALLENGES

Myspace, part music service and part social network, has exited beta and is ready to welcome a larger audience. However, the web version seems convoluted relative to other music services on the market.
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BEATLES MERCHANDISING RIGHTS GO TO UNIVERSAL'S BRAVADO

Bravado, the global merchandising arm of Universal Music Group, has announced a deal with Apple Corps., the management boutique founded by the Beatles in 1967, covering rights to Beatles merchandise in North America. The deal makes UMG, for all intents and purposes, the home of the Beatles in North America.
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JEFF PRICE, PETER WELLS, TUNECORE CO-FOUNDERS, LAUNCH AUDIAM

Jeff Price and Peter Wells, best known as the co-founders of TuneCore, are launching a new business today called Audiam centered around getting indie music and user-generated content on YouTube properly credited and monetized.
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NEW MYSPACE OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES, MOVES OUT OF BETA, ADDS MOBILE APP

Starting today, the new Myspace is officially available at www.myspace.com. Profiles from the classic Myspace have been upgraded to the new platform so members can log in using their Classic Myspace, Facebook, or Twitter accounts to access their content.
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LIVE NATION WINS ARBITRATION WITH CTS EVENTIM

Live Nation Entertainment Inc. says it has won an arbitration ruling over CTS Eventim AG, a German ticket-selling technology provider that was seeking nearly $900 million in damages because Live Nation terminated its contract after merging with Ticketmaster in January 2010.
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APPLE'S ITUNES RADIO CUTS DEAL WITH BMI

In its latest move in licensing music, Apple's iTunes Radio has cut a performance licensing deal with BMI, according to sources.
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NXNE'S MICHAEL HOLLETT ON FEST'S EXPANSION, SXSW'S INFLUENCE, CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK'S MOVE TO MAY

Billboard spoke with NXNE co-founder Michael Hollett, about NXNE 2013 expansion, the fest's connection to SXSW, the hiring of new festival directon Christopher Roberts, and Canadian Music Week, which announced it will now run in May -- a month before NXNE.
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TROUBADOUR, FAMED L.A. VENUE, SIGNS WITH 4JACKS ENTERTAINMENT TO DEVELOP BRAND

4Jacks has been given the exclusive broadcast, licensing and merchandise rights to the club and will develop a variety of film, television and other media properties. They will also handle merchandise and other retail opportunities for the club, which is in its 56th year of operation.
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ARTS GROUPS WARNED THEY FACE TOTAL LOSS OF FUNDING

More than four-fifths of English subsidised arts companies could lose their funding completely, the Arts Council has warned, after it modelled the effect of potential government cuts to the culture budget.
Guardian


REGGAE STAR STABBING DEATH INQUEST OPENS IN UK

A British coroner on Wednesday opened an inquest into the 2011 death of reggae star Smiley Culture, who was stabbed in the heart during a police raid on his home. Police say the London-born musician stabbed himself with a kitchen knife as four officers searched his house in March 2011 in connection with a drugs investigation.
AP


VIACOM LAUNCHES MUSIC TV APPS WITH ON-DEMAND VIDEO

Starting with one for MTV and MTV2, they build on the company's current "second screen" apps and add on-demand video, plus new webisode-style series. But most of it is only for people who already pay.
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TIM COOK MAINTAINS STEVE JOBS' BEATLES BUSINESS MODEL

Tim Cook likes to talk about Apple's values and the virtues of teamwork. At the Worldwide Developers Conference this week, he told the 5,000 developers in attendance to build products for Apple's platforms that trigger emotional responses, such as "delight," "surprise," "love," and "connection" for users.
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SYNKIO’S ‘SOUNDCLOUD FOR LICENSED MUSIC’ TRIES TO TAKE PAIN OUT OF SOUNDTRACK MESS

The market needs a simpler model where everyone wins and which changes the way bespoke music is licensed. That platform hopes to be Synkio, which has launched with a new model and a new person-to-person marketplace.
TechCrunch


THE REPLACEMENTS ANNOUNCE FIRST SHOWS IN 22 YEARS

Last fall, Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson announced plans to reunite (sort of) for a covers EP, Songs for Slim, to raise money for former Replacements guitarist Slim Dunlap, who had suffered a stroke. The EP was released commercially this year, and we heard its great "I'm Not Sayin'" cover. Now, the Replacements have confirmed headlining slots at three Riot Fests in Chicago, Toronto, and Denver.
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