Morning Fix: Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta' Spurs RIAA Rule Change; WMG Closes Parlophone Deal; CEO Steve Moore Out at CMA; Much More

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RIAA UPDATES RULES BEFORE JAY-Z'S 'MAGNA CARTA'

 

Inspired by the hip-hop mogul's Samsung deal, the RIAA's new policy brings digital album gold and platinum certifications in line with its digital singles policy.
Billboard.biz


WARNER MUSIC GROUP CLOSES ON ACQUISITION OF PARLOPHONE LABEL GROUP

Warner Music Group, the major label acquired by Len Blavatnick and Access Industries back in 2011, has completed its acquisition of the Parlophone Label Group from Universal Music Group in a deal announced in May.
Billboard.biz


STEVE MOORE RESIGNS AS CEO OF COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION

Steve Moore has submitted his resignation as Chief Executive Officer of the Country Music Association effective yesterday (June 30, 2013), according to a release put out yesterday by the CMA’s Board of Directors.
Billboard.biz


PHARRELL WILLIAMS WANTS LEGAL DECISION IN TRADEMARK DISPUTE WITH WILL.I.AM

Singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams wants a judge to rule that a trademark for his "I am OTHER" company is not infringing on Will.i.am's "I AM" trademark.
Billboard.biz


BUSINESS MATTERS: HOW PANDORA PAYS LESS -- AND MORE -- THAN RADIO

Terrestrial radio pays roughly 28% more to publishers per play, per listener than Pandora, according to Billboard estimates from numbers provided in blog posts by David Lowery and Jay Frank. But publishing is a small part of Pandora's royalties.
Billboard.biz


ONE DEAD, DOZENS TREATED AFTER PARADISO FESTIVAL DRUG OVERDOSES

A 21-year-old man from a Seattle suburb died on Sunday, one of seven people hospitalized from the fest.
Billboard.biz

 


ROLLING STONES' GLASTONBURY SET DRAWS 2.5 MILLION VIEWERS TO BBC

The Stones' screen audience figure is expected to be in the tens of millions by the time viewers on the BBC's free online VOD catch-up service iPlayer get counted.
Billboard.biz


LAS VEGAS LEADERS CONSIDER FORMING ENTERTAINMENT COUNCIL TO ADDRESS MEGA-NIGHTCLUBS

Major productions are hiding the fact that they’re selling only 50 percent of their seats. Even Cirque du Soleil shows are affected, with some tickets being widely advertised as low as $50.
Las Vegas Sun


THE ROCK ’N’ ROLL CASUALTY WHO BECAME A WAR HERO

I’ve known Jason Everman since we played rock shows together nearly 25 years ago. What happened to him was almost inexplicable, a cruel combination of good luck, bad luck and the kind of disappointment that would have overwhelmed me even at my most brashly defiant.
New York Times


LIL WAYNE SUED OVER TEEN'S RECORD CONTRACT

Lil Wayne is facing legal action from a teenage singer he signed to his Young Money Entertainment label amid allegations the youngster has been abandoned by the hip-hop star.
Starpulse


LEMMY "NOT DOING SO WELL" SAYS DRUMMER

Motörhead have recently had to cancel the remaining tour dates on their current European tour due to frontman Lemmy's health struggles, and drummer Mikkey Dee has now opened up about them, report Loudwire.
The Quietus


MEET THE MAN WHO CREATES ZUMBA MUSIC

His name is Pedro Almeida, known by his artist name 'Periko'. The singer songwriter began his career in his home country of Peru, shortly after attending music school.
69 News


JENNIFER LOPEZ TURKMENISTAN GIG SHINES LIGHT ON CHINESE OIL FIRM

A human-rights debate involving singer Jennifer Lopez has provided a rare window into the efforts of China's largest oil company to boost access to abundant gas supplies in Turkmenistan.
Wall Street Journal


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