Morning Fix: Jay-Z and Samsung's Massive 'Magna Carta' Giveaway; Hip-Hop Super Tue.; How People Spend Money at iTunes; More

JAY-Z, SAMSUNG ANNOUNCE DEAL TO GIVE AWAY 1 MILLION COPIES OF NEW LP

Jay-Z announced his new LP, Magna Carta Holy Grail, via a  Samsung commercial that aired during Sunday night's NBA Finals, the fifth game in the Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs series.
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KANYE WEST, MAC MILLER, J COLE: HIP-HOP'S SUPER TUESDAY

Next week could be the biggest for new rap albums in two-and-a-half years. June 18 sees the release of three hip-hop sets that are all on course for sizable sales debuts: Kanye West's Yeezus, J. Cole's Born Sinner and Mac Miller's Watching Movies With the Sound Off.
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BUSINESS MATTERS: THE AVERAGE ITUNES CUSTOMER IS SPENDING LESS. WHAT IT MEANS.

How people are spending money at iTunes is informative for a music business that wants to expand digital services deeper into markets and into countries around the world. One study found, for example, that Apple iTunes' current 575 million accounts generate about half the revenue of the 100 million accounts of 2009.
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SONGS SIGNS UP CONDE NAST

Seeking to carve out a new model for licensing, SONGS Music Publishing struck a novel deal with Conde Nast Entertainment Partners, which agreed to use SONGS' catalog as the primary source of music for videos produced for its Glamour, GQ, Vogue and Wired channels on YouTube and elsewhere.
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FULLSCREEN CLOSES COMCAST, CHERNIN GROUP FUNDING

Fullscreen, a network of more than 10,000 YouTube channels, has closed an undisclosed round of funding from Comcast Ventures, The Chernin Group and WPP Digital in order to expand internationally, develop more services for its 15,000 YouTube video creators and develop its own series of original programming.
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BERRY GORDY, ELTON JOHN, BERNIE TAUPIN, AEROSMITH, MORE HONORED AT SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME EVENT

The Songwriters Hall of Fame dinner is pretty much the do of the year for the music publishing industry and always draws a jaw-dropping array of legendary talent. This year's event included Elton John, Billy Joel and Smokey Robinson among many, many others.
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JACK JOHNSON FILLS BONNAROO HEADLINING SET FOR MUMFORD & SONS

Johnson and his band overcame tough odds and thorny logistics to headline the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on Saturday night, replacing late cancellation Mumford & Sons. The group overcame short notice and thorny logistics to produce a set filled with good humor, mellow vibes and a ton of hits.
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WARNER MUSIC NAMES STU BERGEN INT’L PRESIDENT; PROMOTES MIKE JBARA, MATT SIGNORE, MATT FLOTT

Stu Bergen has been named president, international, Warner Recorded Music and will add responsibility for WMG’s recorded music business across Asia Pacific and Latin America to the territories he currently oversees. Mike Jbara, Matt Signore, Matt Flott also received promotions.
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P!NK TAKES NO. 1 SPOT ON HOT TOURS CHART, GROSSES $23.6 MILLION

P!nk takes the No. 1 ranking on the weekly Hot Tours tally with gross and attendance counts reported from the first leg of her Truth About Love Tour that launched earlier this year. Gross sales for the 21 shows reported this period amount to $23.6 million.
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BIG TIME RUSH, 'MAN OF STEEL' SOUNDTRACK HEADING FOR TOP 10 ON BILLBOARD 200

Big Time Rush and the "Man of Steel" soundtrack are heading for top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week.
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HOW THE COURTS CHANGED THE DIRECTION OF MUSIC

The Chaos Theory analogy may be a bit dramatic but it does illustrate how an action with one intention can greatly affect another action that’s seemingly unconnected. Take for instance the fact that over the years there’s been a number of court rulings that have had a profound bearing on the direction of music, even though the participants never dreamed that such a thing would occur. This has happened in a big way twice before, and a recent court decision can make a third. Let’s explore them.
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JAPANESE AUTHORS' SOCIETY REPORTS 5.6% RISE IN ROYALTY COLLECTIONS YOY

The Japanese authors’ society (JASRAC) says its music-copyright fee collections rose 5.6% in the year ending March 31, 2013, to 111.8 billion yen ($1.14 billion). Performance-rights fees were up 5% to 54.2 billion yen ($571.2 million).
Music Week


FORD TO BRING BACK PHYSICAL RADIO CONTROLS FOR FRUSTRATED TOUCHSCREEN USERS

Ford is planning to bring back traditional knobs and buttons to interactive dashboards inside its vehicles. The company will go back to basics in an attempt to reduce the complexity of its in-car technology, despite becoming one of the first manufacturers to integrate touchscreens and voice recognition inside its cars.
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XBOX MUSIC WINDOWS 8 APP GETS A SLICK REDESIGN

Xbox Music is one part digital music store and one part streaming service. Windows or Xbox users can buy individual tracks or albums like on iTunes, and additionally it can also sign up for a premium subscription that gives them on-demand streaming music that’s similar to Spotify.
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WHY ITUNES RADIO COULD BE WORTH A SMALL FORTUNE FOR APPLE

With iTunes Radio, announced last week at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, they might finally have got lucky. It's a streaming radio service that superficially resembles the US-based Pandora (200 million registered users), or Sweden's worldwide hit Spotify (6 million paying users, 24 million active worldwide), or Rdio, or Last.fm, or any of a dozen similar "music streaming" services.
Guardian


PAUL MCCARTNEY'S NEW EDM TRACK, AND HIS ELECTRONIC MUSIC PAST

Over the weekend, a Bloody Beetroots track featuring Paul McCartney was released, and was touted as McCartney goes electronic, as if an EDM track featuring Sir Paul should be treated as a massive shift from his usual output.
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