Morning Fix: SFX's IPO, Growing Dance Empire; Legendary Set Designer Mark Fisher RIP; Myspace Momentum; Azoff vs. Emanuel; More

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SFX IPO: ROBERT SILLERMAN'S GROWING 'EMC' EMPIRE

SFX Entertainment, the company that’s been snapping up global electronic music businesses since June of last year, filed for an IPO on Monday that revealed its executive team, potential challenges, and several of its next moves.
Billboard.biz


LEGENDARY SET-DESIGNER MARK FISHER'S GREATNESS IN CONTEXT

“Perhaps more than anyone else, [Fisher] changed the face of stadium rock shows,” says former Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd tour producer Michael Cohl, chairman of S2BN Entertainment and producer of “Spider-Man—Turn Off The Dark.”
Billboard.biz


MYSPACE MAINTAINS FIRST-WEEK MOMENTUM

The revamped Myspace attracted 31 million visitors and 995,000 app downloads in the first 14 days after its June 12th relaunch, suggesting the service was able to maintain the level of consumer interest during the week after relaunch. In that first week, Myspace had 450,000 app downloads and 16 million visitors.
Billboard.biz


LIVE NATION'S BANNER YEAR BRINGS AZOFF-EMANUEL FEUD TO LIGHT 

A report in the Financial Times last week recounting Live Nation’s banner year has inadvertently brought to light a simmering feud between the company’s former CEO Irving Azoff and current board member Ari Emanuel.
Billboard.biz


TRANS WORLD ENT. TO HOLD 'MODIFIED DUTCH AUCTION'

Trans World Entertainment's decision "would be the most prudent and effective way to return capital to the company's shareholders and increase long-term shareholder value" during a time when company's stock price is nearing a five-year high.
Billboard.biz


RED DISTRIBUTION SIGNS [PIAS] MUSIC GROUP FOR NORTH AMERICAN DISTRIBUTION DEAL

RED Distribution has signed the [PIAS] Music Group, a leading European independent label and distributor, to an exclusive distribution agreement covering both digital and physical product for North America.
Billboard.biz


SIMON COWELL'S SYCO, FREMANTLE MEDIA TO LAUNCH 'AFGHANISTAN'S GOT TALENT'

"Afghanistan's Got Talent" will be the 55th local adaptation of the show, coming after recent local launches in Brazil and Kazakhstan earlier this year and making "Got Talent" the most adapted format worldwide, according to the companies.
Billboard.biz


DAFT PUNK'S 'GET LUCKY' TOPS MILLION SALES MARK IN U.K.

The single, which also features N.E.R.D’s Pharrell Williams and Chic’s Nile Rodgers, is only the 136th single in the 60-year history of the U.K.’s official singles chart to join the million-sellers honor roll.
The Hollywood Reporter


POPULAR NEW YORK RECORDING STUDIO FACING LABOR LAWSUIT

The new lawsuit challenges the circumstances by which cheap labor helped record producers and studio engineers make song hits. Chung King is one of the nation's leading recording studios, having hosted superstars including Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Jay-Z.
The Hollywood Reporter


WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE NEXT FCC CHAIRMAN (ANALYSIS)

It's been a pretty quiet 2013 for Lady Gaga following her tour-ending hip surgery, but she has some good news to celebrate: Forbes has named her the most powerful musician in the world.
The Hollywood Reporter


SPOTIFY TO MORE THAN DOUBLE ITS NEW YORK ENGINEER WORKFORCE

The music-streaming service and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announce the expansion together, which will include a new headquarters and 130 new jobs.
CNET


TWITTER MUSIC APP UPDATED WITH GENRES, NEW CHARTS

Twitter #music has received its first major update that adds several new features, including genres. Previously, #music was organized into lists that included popular hits and emerging music.
Mac Rumors


BEYONCÉ'S FATHER SUES THE SUN FOR DEFAMATION OVER INTERVIEW

Knowles has accused the Murdoch-owned tabloid of "knowingly and maliciously" misrepresenting his relationship with Beyoncé, whom he managed until 2011.
Guardian


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