Morning Fix: Jay Z and 'Magna Carta' May Get Second Week on Top; Viacom Loses Big to 'Rock Band' Makers; TuneCore Partners with Gracenote and Shazam and Much More

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JAY Z'S 'MAGNA CARTA' HEADING FOR SECOND WEEK AT NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD 200

 

Next week, Jay Z's Magna Carta... Holy Grail should become the first rap album in nearly two years to spend two weeks at No. 1.
Billboard.biz


VIACOM TOLD TO PAY HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS TO 'ROCK BAND' DEVELOPER HARMONIX

It's looking grim for Viacom in a dispute over payments to former Harmonix shareholders. This court battle seems to demand more attention given the newfound appetite for M&A in the entertainment sector and the amount of money at stake for the media conglomerate.
Billboard.biz


EXCLUSIVE: WINDOWING HURTS SALES, INCREASES PIRACY, SAYS PAPER RELEASED BY SPOTIFY

In "Adventures in the Netherlands: Spotify, Piracy and the new Dutch experience,", Will Page looks at two factors that impact subscription service: piracy and windowing, or the act of holding back a new release from some digital services.
Billboard.biz


TUNECORE ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIPS WITH GRACENOTE AND SHAZAM

Artists that use TuneCore will now be able to add their music to the metadata database Gracenote and music identification service Shazam, which services some 350 million app users worldwide.  
Billboard.biz


BUSINESS MATTERS: LESS PIRACY THROUGH BETTER PRODUCTS

A long-held belief has been that legal services need to be more convenient and innovative than the illegal alternatives for piracy to be effectively fought. A chart in Spotify’s paper suggests one specific way innovation can reduce piracy: smartphone apps for live events.
Billboard.biz


TIMBALAND, OLE SIGN CO-VENTURE PUBLISHING DEAL

ole has entered into a music publishing co-venture deal with Timbaland, the writer, producer and artist, who has worked with such artists as Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Usher, Eminem, Ludacris, Kenye West, No Doubt, the Black Eyed Peas and Alicia Keys.
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ELTON JOHN CONVINCES JUDGES ABOUT UNIQUENESS OF HIS LOVE SONG

How many ways is there to say, "I love you"? Unfortunately for a man who composed a song entitled "Natasha" and sued Elton John and Bernie Taupin for ripping it off, there's more than one.
Billboard.biz


ATOMS FOR PEACE LAUNCH NEW MUSIC SERVICE

Three days after Atoms For Peace removed their music from Spotify, after band member and producer Nigel Godrich claimed the streaming site to be “bad for new music”, the supergroup that also features Thom Yorke of Radiohead and Flea of Red Hot Chilli Peppers has launched its own music broadcasting service with Soundhalo.
Loud and Quiet


BEATLES TRIBUTE ACTS IN COPYRIGHT COURT CASE

The creators of a Beatles-themed Broadway musical are suing the makers of a rival production over copyright infringement.
Telegraph


SIMON NAPIER-BELL FORMS NEW ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY

Named Snap-B Music, the venture aims to offers advice and expertise covering all matters relating to the management, promotion and advancement of an artist's career.
Music Week


ROUND HILL MUSIC SIGNS WORLDWIDE DEALS WITH RAFT OF US SONGWRITERS

Their first new signing is Tatu - an upcoming singer/songwriter from Indianapolis who has written for the likes of Eve, DJ Headhunterz and The Vamps.
Music Week


CEO BENJI ROGERS ON WHY PLEDGEMUSIC IS BUILDING AN A&R TEAM

"Knowledge of, and intimate connection with, both emerging and established artists is essential. A firm belief that the relationship between artist and fan should be super-served is required."
Hypebot


LAURIE FRINK,TRUMPETER AND BRASS INSTRUCTOR TO MANY, DIES AT 61

Laurie Frink, an accomplished trumpeter who became a brass instructor of widespread influence and high regard, died on Saturday at her home in Manhattan. She was 61.
New York Times


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