Morning Fix: Kanye West's 'Yeezus' Tops UK Charts; Bobby 'Blue' Bland RIP; Kanye Vs. J. Cole: U.S. Sales Race Tightens

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KANYE WEST’S 'YEEZUS' ARRIVES AT NO. 1 IN U.K., ROBIN THICKE EXTENDS SINGLES CHART STREAK

As Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (Interscope/Universal), featuring TI and Pharrell Williams, became the U.K.’s second-bestselling single of 2013 and started a fourth week at No. 1 yesterday (June 23), Kanye West scored his second chart-topping album in the market with “Yeezus” (Def Jam/Universal), albeit with a modest 25,000 sales.
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BOBBY 'BLUE' BLAND DEAD AT 83

Bobby "Blue" Bland, a distinguished singer who blended Southern blues and soul in songs such as "Turn on Your Love Light" and "Further On Up the Road," died Sunday. He was 83 Rodd Bland said his father died about 5:30 p.m. Sunday due to complications from an ongoing illness at his Memphis, Tenn., home surrounded by relatives.
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BILLBOARD 200 CHART PREVIEW: KANYE WEST'S LEAD OVER J. COLE SHRINKS

After three full days on sale, Kanye West's "Yeezus" is still forecast to be No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 chart. However, its lead over J. Cole's "Born Sinner" has shrunk to about 50,000 copies.
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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: WHAT JAY-Z'S 'MAGNA CARTA' MEANS FOR THE BILLBOARD 200 CHART

"I don't follow any guidelines," Jay-Z says in "22 Twos," one of the standout tracks on his 1996 debut, "Reasonable Doubt." And there's no reasonable doubt that Jay's instincts to blaze trails have served him well. In particular, Jay has been one of the leaders of the revolution that has been unfolding for years between music and brands. Jay's deals -- from his hands and distinct voice telling the world about HP computers to his getting Budweiser to pay for a party in Philadelphia for 80,000 of his closest (and paying) friends -- haven't just put a lot of coin in Jay's Roc-a-Wear jeans pockets. They've helped build Jay's brand and paved a path for the business and brands to think even bigger about partnerships. But occasionally, guidelines do come into play. "99 Problems" is a more apt reference point for my feelings some weeks when we get pitched by a label or a manager on a new, creative scheme to sell music to fans.
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DUALTONE, ALABAMA SHAKES, TOM SILVERMAN TAKE HONORS AT 2013 LIBERA AWARDS

It was a big night for Dualtone Records and the Alabama Shakes at the American Association of Independent Music’s second annual Libera Awards Thursday, with representatives from 400 independent labels across the country gathered to honor their peers.
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SEAN "DIDDY" COMBS ANNOUNCES REVOLT TV DEAL WITH TIME WARNER CABLE, ENLISTS MTV VET ANDY SCHUON

Sean "Diddy" Combs has inked a distribution deal with Time Warner Cable for his upcoming music cable network, Revolt TV. The move is a natural evolution for the rapper, whose focus has turned away from music to expand his portfolio as an entrepreneur.
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DEEZER CEO ON U.S. LAUNCH: ‘WE ARE CONSIDERING’

It could be this year. It could be next year. That’s how Deezer CEO Axel Dauchez surmises his French subscription service’s entry into the United States. While Dauchez wouldn't give an exact time frame, he did say he is “considering the U.S. and looking for the right strategic partner..."
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EDM BIZ 2013: CAA'S ROB LIGHT, SFX'S SHELLY FINKEL, BEATPORT MATTHEW ADELL DISCUSS THE EDM EXPLOSION

"I think this is comparable to the generation shift of the '60s," CAA's managing partner and music head Rob Light told the audience during his keynote at the EDM Biz conference in Las Vegas. The annual conference, organized by Insomniac Events, precedes its flagship Electric Daisy Carnival festival (June 21-23).
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FRANCE'S PROPOSED SMARTPHONE TAX COULD SUPPORT AILING MUSIC RETAILERS

 
Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti said a fund may be created to aid record stores.
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KANYE WEST’S ‘YEEZUS’ RISES TO NO. 1 IN AUSTRALIA FOLLOWING SALES CHART ERROR

The rapper’s sixth studio album has been promoted from 2-1 after charts-compiler ARIA admitted a “data error” had rendered the initial sales chart inaccurate.
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PINK FLOYD ACCUSE PANDORA OF 'TRICKING' ARTISTS INTO SUPPORTING ROYALTY CUTS

Pink Floyd have accused Pandora of ‘tricking’ artists in supporting a cut to their own royalties from the internet radio service.
Music Week


AS CDS SPIN ON IN JAPAN, TOWER RECORDS ROCKS ON

For a country with a reputation of being a technology forerunner, Japan holds on dearly to all things tangible. Four of the world’s five biggest newspapers are Japanese. Faxes remain a staple of business communication. And the compact disc is alive and well.
Wall Street Journal


TRACKLIST REVEALED FOR JAY-Z’S NEW ALBUM MAGNA CARTA HOLY GRAIL VIA NEW YORK SCAVENGER HUNT

The Magna Carta tracklist has been revealed via a New York City scavenger hunt, where fans received a limited edition book that listed the info.
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'ARAB IDOL' CROWNS FIRST PALESTINIAN WINNER

While still fighting for independence and global recognition, Palestinians had a big reason to celebrate Saturday when one of their own, 23-year-old Mohammed Assaf of the Khan Younis refugee camp, won the second season of 'Arab Idol.'
The Hollywood Reporter


SLED ISLAND FESTIVAL CANCELED AS FLOODS DROWN CALGARY

Organizers for Calgary's Sled Island Music and Arts Festival have canceled the event's remaining performances, citing severe weather conditions and major flooding in the Canadian province of Alberta. CNN reports that more than 75,000 people have been forced to evacuate, as homes are being swallowed by water. Some Calgary shelters are filled to capacity. 
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NE-YO REVEALS BEYONCÉ IS STILL WORKING ON NEW ALBUM

Ne-Yo has revealed that Beyonce is still working on her long-awaited new album, saying that fans will have to be "patient" for the record to arrive.
NME


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TEN QUESTIONABLE T-SHIRTS SEEN AT ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL


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