Morning Fix: Randy Travis in Critical Condition; J. Cole's 'Born Sinner' Surpasses Kanye's 'Yeezus' Sales; SoundExchange Payouts Hit New Record and Much More

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UPDATE: RANDY TRAVIS IN SURGERY, REMAINS IN CRITICAL CONDITION

 

"As a complication of his congestive heart failure, Mr. Randy Travis has suffered a stroke and is currently undergoing surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. He is in critical condition.  We will have updates as they become available.  His family and friends here with him at the hospital request your prayers and support."
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J. COLE'S 'BORN SINNER' ALBUM JUMPS TO NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD 200, SURPASSES SALES OF KANYE WEST'S 'YEEZUS'

The set spent its first two weeks at No. 2—first stuck behind an also-debuting Yeezus from Kanye West, and then lodged behind Wale's The Gifted a week ago. To date, Born Sinner has sold 439,000 copies, this week surpassing the cumulative sum of his original competition, Yeezus (431,000).
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ROBIN THICKE'S 'BLURRED LINES' LEADS HOT 100 FOR FIFTH WEEK

Robin Thicke racks a fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. and Pharrell. Meanwhile, Anna Kendrick's "Pitch Perfect" soundtrack hit "Cups" reaches the Hot 100's top 10 in its 28th week on the chart.
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JIM FOGLESONG IN MEMORIAM: NASHVILLE PAYS TRIBUTE TO LEGENDARY MUSIC EXEC, COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAMER

For all his successes in the music industry, veteran record executive Jim Foglesong is being remembered most by industry peers and artists this week for his warmth, his leadership, his professional ethics and his gentlemanly approach to a sometimes uncivil business.
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STEVIE WONDER, KINGS OF LEON, ALICIA KEYS & JOHN MAYER TO HEADLINE GLOBAL CITIZEN FEST

Timed around the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, the Global Citizen Festival will return for a second year to continue efforts of building a movement to end extreme poverty by 2030.
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BACKBEAT: BLOOD ORANGE PLAYS NEW ALBUM FOR ANYONE IN NYC WHO TWEETS AT HIM (AND BILLBOARD INTERNS TAKE HIM UP ON IT)

Blood Orange (aka Dev Hynes), a New York-based producer/singer best known for his production work with Solange and Sky Ferreira, took to the streets today to personally give fans a taste of his new album much in the same way a food delivery person might bring you lunch.
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SOUNDEXCHANGE PAID OUT RECORD $149 MILLION IN Q2

Signaling the strength of Internet and satellite radio, SoundExchange paid out a record $149 million to record labels and artists in the second quarter of 2013, 55% increase over the same period in 2012.
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JAY-Z GIVES 6-HOUR PERFORMANCE OF “PICASSO BABY” ON LOOP

To film the video for “Picasso Baby,” Jay-Z followed the lead of the National, also popular musicians closely associated with Brooklyn, and took to NYC’s Pace Gallery, where he sang (or, perhaps more likely, lip-synced) the song on-repeat for six hours.
Salon


NORWAY MUSIC MARKET SOARS 17% IN H1 AS STREAMING EXPLODES

The value of the recorded music market in Norway jumped 17% year-on-year in the first half of 2013, according to new IFPI figures - largely thanks to a huge increase in the use of streaming services.
Music Week


DJ DEREK ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT, CONFIRMS LAST EVER SHOW

At any given moment in the UK, you’re never more than fifty feet from somebody that’s skanked to Derek ‘DJ Derek’ Morris. 
FACT


ROUNDHAUS OF GAGA – BIG RETURN AT ITUNES FESTIVAL

She’ll play at London’s Roundhouse in September to launch new album Artpop after being laid up since February following hip surgery.
The Sun


SAMSUNG SURPASSES APPLE IN MOBILE WEB USE

Samsung has notched up another milestone in its battle for mobile supremacy with Apple and Nokia after it leapfrogged both its arch-rivals in terms of mobile web use for the first time.
Business Insider


MORRISSEY CANCELS SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR DUE TO 'FOOD POISONING'

For the second time this year, Morrissey has reportedly called off his entire tour, postponing a month of concerts due to an alleged case of food poisoning.
Guardian


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