Morning Fix: Apple iTunes Store Breaks Sales Records; Russell Simmons, Steve Rifkind Launch All Def Music Label; James Murphy on His New Sound System; Way More

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APPLE ITUNES STORE BREAKS SALES RECORDS IN Q3

Even though iPad sales stumbled in the third quarter, Apple Inc.'s iTunes store continued to rock on, according to the company latest earnings report released Tuesday. The iTunes store "generated record billings of $4.3 billion in the June quarter, culminating in our best month and best week ever for App store billings at the very end of the quarter," Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said in a call with analysts.
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RUSSELL SIMMONS, STEVE RIFKIND, BRIAN ROBBINS LAUNCH ALL DEF MUSIC LABEL THROUGH UNIVERSAL

Def Jam co-founder, music mogul and social activist Russell Simmons, alongside film director/producer Brian Robbins and music executive Steve Rifkind, have partnered with Universal Music Group to launch All Def Music, a new "record" label whose sole focus is the promotion and development of artists via the medium of YouTube.
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JAMES MURPHY ON HIS NEW (MCINTOSH) SOUND SYSTEM, PRODUCING ARCADE FIRE, A MUSIC INDUSTRY 'THAT MAKES ZERO SENSE'

James Murphy finally has his own very own (LCD) sound system. The DFA Records co-founder has teamed with McIntosh Laboratory for Despacio, in partnership with 2manyDJs and John Klett to create a custom-built sound system that just debuted at the Manchester International Festival. Murphy discussed creating a system to power The Loft; producing Arcade Fire's new record and his vision for DFA's future ("not bankrupt").
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AIMEE MANN FILES HUGE COPYRIGHT LAWSUIT OVER DIGITAL MUSIC

According to Mann's lawyer, Maryann Marzano of Gradstein & Marzano, "Not only does this case seek redress for Aimee Mann against one of the world's largest but least known providers of online music, it also serves as a call to other artists to follow the lead set by Radiohead and Pink Floyd to put an end to the unlicensed, uncompensated use of their music by online services." Billboard.biz


GLASSNOTE ENTERTAINMENT EXPANDS WITH LONDON OFFICE

Glassnote Entertainment Group, the label that's home to Phoenix and Mumford & Sons, is expanding its operations by opening an office in London to serve as its U.K. and Europe headquarters. Sam Rumney, producer of the highly influential Zane Lowe radio show on Radio 1, joins Glassnote as director of U.K. and European Operations, based out of the new space in the Mayfair area.
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RDIO PARTNERS WITH LIVE NATION, BOASTS LISTENER GAINS

Music subscription service Rdio is now a Live Nation sponsor and will power audio streaming at LiveNation.com. The partnership kicked off last weekend with the Faster Horses country music festival and will continue with the Watershed Music Fest and Sasquatch!.  Billboard.biz


GAVIN DEGRAW SIGNS GLOBAL ADMINISTRATION DEAL WITH KOBALT

Through the arrangement, announced today, Kobalt will represent DeGraw’s new works, including his upcoming new album and new single, 'Best I Ever Had' (RCA), which was co-written by DeGraw and producer Martin Johnson.

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HOW KREWELLA LEVERAGED ITS SOCIAL STRATEGY INTO A CAREER

Over the past year, Krewella, the infectious vocal-based electronic music trio, have gone from underground Chicago EDM act to big-ticket commercial item, playing major festivals across the United States and inking a record deal with Sony. Krewella is more than a band: It’s a brand, and its rapid rise can be traced online.
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RADIO & RECORDS: HOW SOUNDOUT, HITPREDICTOR, RATETHEMUSIC, MSCORE HELP RADIO GET A HANDLE ON THE HITS

What if top 40 had a crystal ball to predict which track was next to breathe fire into the format? For many PDs, that crystal ball already exists in the form of such research tools as SoundOut, HitPredictor, RateTheMusic and Mscore.

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AHEAD OF THE BELL: FACEBOOK TO POST 2Q RESULTS

Investors will likely focus on Facebook's mobile advertising revenue when the world's largest social media company reports second-quarter earnings after the stock market closes Wednesday. The company said nearly a third of its advertising revenue came from mobile in the first three months of the year, helping to push total revenue up 38 percent to $1.46 billion, from $1.06 billion.
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MORE ARTISTS REPORTEDLY BOYCOTTING FLORIDA PERFORMANCES

Stevie Wonder and the Florida judicial system may cost the state of Florida tens of millions of dollars. AURN’s April Ryan first reported that “a source close to Wonder” has revealed that more than 10 of the biggest names in music will boycott Florida following the George Zimmerman verdict and the controversial “Stand Your Ground” laws.
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MICROSOFT RESPONDS TO WIDESPREAD XBOX LIVE OUTAGE

XBox Live users found themselves shut out of the service en masse Tuesday.
Users learned that their Xbox Live problem wasn’t an isolated incident from the update on the Xbox service-status blog.“For our members that are currently unable to sign in to their Xbox LIVE accounts, we’re right here with you!” The company wrote at 12:34 PDT. “We’ve got our team engaged and they are working hard to get everything back to normal as expediently as possible.”
Variety


GOOGLE ADDS GROOVESHARK TO ITS PIRACY SEARCH FILTER

Google has quietly expanded its list of censored search phrases with the addition of music streaming service Grooveshark. The piracy blacklist was introduced to curb copyright infringement and prevents popular keywords from appearing in Google’s Instant and Autocomplete services. On precisely what grounds Google decided to censor Grooveshark is unknown at this point.
Torrentfreak


LADY GAGA TOPS FORBES' LIST OF TOP-EARNING CELEBS UNDER 30

It’s somewhat ironic that Lady Gaga once again ranks as the top-earning celebrity under the age of 30. This year the singer underwent an experience usually reserved for old people: hip surgery. We estimate Gaga earned $80 million between June 2012 and June 2013. Justin Bieber is in second place with $58 million. But Taylor Swift is close on his tail. The 23-year-old singer-songwriter earned an estimated $55 million last year, ranking her third on the list.
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UNIVISION SETS TV RATINGS MILESTONE

For the first time, the Spanish-language Univision network will have a larger audience than its English counterparts for a full month in the youthful demographic that television advertisers are most eager to reach. Univision's average of 1.81 million viewers aged 18-to-49 so far in July tops Fox, NBC and CBS, who are all clustered just under 1.5 million, the Nielsen company said on Tuesday. ABC has 1.15 million. Nielsen's calendar is different than the real one; its July ratings period ends Wednesday.
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