Morning Fix: Kanye West's 'Yeezus' Tops Billboard 200; BMG Nets Stones Catalog; Diddy Revolt TV Q&A; More

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IT’S OFFICIAL: KANYE WEST'S 'YEEZUS' SELLS 327,000, DEBUTS AT NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD 200

 

Kanye West's new album, Yeezus, debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 327,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the biggest week for a rap album since Drake's Take Care arrived with 631,000 at No. 1 in November 2011.
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BMG TO REPRESENT ROLLING STONES CATALOG

Starting July 1,  BMG will be the publisher for all Jagger and Richards compositions since 1983 and will also administer the duo’s previous copyrights represented by ABKCO (1963-1971) and EMI Music Publishing (1971-1983).
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SEAN 'DIDDY' COMBS ON REVOLT TV, TIME-WARNER DEAL, MTV'S INFLUENCE (Q&A)

Billboard sat down with Diddy to find out his inspiration for the Revolt, what type of programming he has planned, how MTV and Michael Jackson influenced him and how he will balance business and music.
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BUSINESS MATTERS: THE WEBCASTING ROYALTY DEBATE RAGES ON

On Sunday, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason had an op-ed in the USA Today warning fellow musicians about the rate cut being sought by Pandora. On Tuesday MSNBC’s theGrio blog posted an op-ed by singer Martha Reeves argued musicians should be paid “a fair value” for the use of their works.
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FORMER MTV NETWORKS CEO JUDY MCGRATH JOINS SONY MUSIC

Judy McGrath's venture is named Astronauts Wanted: No Experience Necessary and will target TV, the Internet and mobile devices and go beyond the music on Sony's rosters.
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APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS COLLEGE STUDENT'S $675,000 PIRACY PENALTY

The First Circuit rejects the argument that $22,000-per-song is excessive and points to the way Congress meant to deter piracy by amending copyright law.
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THE EAGLES CATALOG AVAILABLE AT SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES

 One less band is unavailable to the millions of people who pay to access music. As of Tuesday, the Eagles catalog can be found at music subscription services such as Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio and Deezer.
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DEVO DRUMMER ALAN MYERS LOSES CANCER BATTLE

Alan Myers, the third and most prominent drummer of the band Devo, has died, according to a tweet by drummer and current Devo member Josh Freese. Myers had been battling cancer.
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XBOX MUSIC'S WEB VERSION TO LAUNCH NEXT WEEK

Microsoft spokesperson Shirley Kim confirmed to Pocket Lint on Tuesday that a web-based version of Xbox Music will launch next week: "Yes, a web version for Xbox Music will launch next week."
Pocket Lint


TOM MORELLO OFFERS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO FUGITIVE 'HERO' EDWARD SNOWDEN

Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello has given his support to fugitive Edward Snowden, who leaked information about secret surveillance operations that the U.S. and U.K. governments used to spy on their own people.
TMZ


KANYE WEST'S 'ONE-OFF GIG' LEADS TO WARNING FOR CONCERT PROMOTERS AEG

Concert promoters AEG Live have been given by a warning by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after misleadingly marketing a Kanye West concert as a "one-off."
NME


WARNER/CHAPPELL'S JANE DYBALL TO DEPART

Warner/Chappell’s legal and business affairs international SVP Jane Dyball is leaving the publisher after more than two decades. Dyball will exit at the end of this month having joined the company in the role of legal and business affairs manager in 1992.
Music Week


IPHONE LOSES MARKET SHARE IN EUROPE AS ANDROID SURGES

Market trends in Western Europe are not looking good for Apple's iPhone. "Apple's iOS continues to lose ground as market share declined to 20% from 25% in 1Q12 [first quarter 2012]," IDC said Tuesday.
CNET


SONY TO HANDLE BMG'S DEPECHE MODE CATALOGUE, UNIVERSAL GETS BLACK SABBATH

BMG has announced Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group as distribution and marketing partners for its Depeche Mode and Black Sabbath catalogues respectively. The ownership of both sets of artist masters arrived at the company via its acquisition of the Sanctuary (Sabbath) and Mute (Depeche) catalogues - both divestments from Universal Music's purchase of EMI.
Music Week


STOP THE PRESSES

SIMON COWELL EGG PELTER SAYS SHE WAS INSPIRED BY JOHN LENNON AND JARVIS COCKER

PETE DOHERTY PLANNING TO SELL CIGARETTE BUTTS SMOKED BY KATE MOSS AND AMY WINEHOUSE

IN DEFENSE OF NICKELBACK, FOR MIKE KROEGER’S 40TH BIRTHDAY


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