Morning Fix: Universal Music and X5 Release Digital Blue Note, Verve Records; Clear Channel and Innovative Leisure Strike a Deal; Warner Music U.K. Restructures and Much More

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EXCLUSIVE: UNIVERSAL MUSIC, X5 MUSIC PARTNERSHIP DEBUTS BLUE NOTE AND VERVE TITLES

 

The joint venture between Universal Music Group and X5 Music Group has released its first digital compilations containing the catalogs of Universal's Blue Note Records and Verve labels. The 11 releases by the U5 imprint include such legendary artists as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk and Donald Byrd.
Billboard.biz


INNOVATIVE LEISURE, CLEAR CHANNEL STRIKE REVENUE SHARING AGREEMENT

Under the deal, Innovative will receive an undisclosed share of advertising revenue generated by Clear Channel in exchange for licensing its catalog. The deal essentially grants the label a sound recording performance royalty for both terrestrial and digital radio, a privilege only recently enjoyed by record labels in the U.S.
Billboard.biz


WARNER MUSIC U.K. RESTRUCTURES AFTER PARLOPHONE BUY, CHRISTIAN TATTERSFIELD & MILES LEONARD PROMOTED

Warner Music U.K. has fine-tuned its management structure following its acquisition of the Parlophone Label Group (PLG) earlier this month. Christian Tattersfield will lead the combined company as CEO, WM U.K. He also will act as co-chairman of Warner Bros. Records U.K. Miles Leonard combines a new role as co-chair of Warner Bros. Records U.K. with his responsibilities as chairman, Parlophone, reporting to Tattersfield.
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ONE DIRECTION'S 'BEST SONG EVER' HEADING FOR TOP FIVE ON BILLBOARD HOT 100

Released on Monday (July 22), the cut is on course for a top five start on the chart -- based on early forecasts of its first-week sales, streams and airplay. The top 10 of the new Hot 100 will be revealed on Wednesday, July 31.
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PREMIOS JUVENTUD PERFORMERS SEE DIGITAL SALES SPIKE.

The sales were noteworthy because they delivered both for established and new acts in a broad range of genres, indicating that Latin viewers, who in the past have been slow to download songs after show performances, are finally getting inspired.
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FRANK OCEAN CANCELS AUSTRALIAN TOUR WITH VOCAL CORD TEAR, TOLD TO REST

Frank Ocean has canceled his sold-out Australian tour after suffering with throat problems on opening night. A trip to the doctors has revealed he has a tear to one of his vocal chords.
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FROM THE BILLBOARD ARCHIVE: BOB DYLAN PLUGS-IN AT NEWPORT, CLIVE DAVIS GETS A PROMOTION, THE SUPREMES PLAY THE COPA

This issue from the Billboard archive dated August 7, 1965 features a bright orange logo and bright color photos on the cover -- a massive change from our previous From the Archive column from Nov. 14, 1908.  No longer are circuses, theater and skating rinks covered; rather, "The International Music-Record Newsweekly" covers "Radio-TV Programming," "Phono Tape Merchandising" and, of course, "Coin Machine Operating."
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BRANDS SPENT A RECORD £100M ON MUSIC IN 2012, PRS RESEARCH REVEALS

Digital campaigns including the launch of the new Spotify app, YouTube’s new LoveLive channel and events that offered fans real-time interaction via social media and mobile like AmEx Unstaged meant digital spend on music reached £10.4m.
Music Week


MP3.COM DOMAIN FOR SALE FOR $1M+, IS IT WORTH IT?

While MP3.com used to be a technology and industry leader, it has now withered to irrelevance under a series of new owners. Presumably since I was the founder and CEO of the original MP3.com, CBS called me asking if I would buy it to preempt an auction. They suggested they believed it was worth multiple millions of dollars.
Hypebot


ALL OF LA'S 640,000 SCHOOLKIDS WILL GET FREE IPADS BY THE END OF 2014

After signing a $30 million iPad deal with Apple in June, the Los Angeles School Board of Education has revealed the full extent of the program that will provide tablets to all students in the district.
The Verge


RIHANNA FINED $47,000 FOR PULLING A LINDSAY

The group’s de facto leader and production maestro RZA has dug up a selection of tracks and verses recorded by the wayward rapper, who died in 2004.
TMZ


EMBATTLED PRESIDENT OF AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES TO RESIGN

Ms. Berlowitz has been on paid administrative leave since early June, following reports that she had falsely claimed, on several grant applications and other documents, to have a doctorate.
New York Times


BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN LET OFF PARKING TICKET BY EMBARRASSED YORKSHIREMEN

"It was somebody being a little bit stupid and zealous," Keith Wakefield, Labour leader of Leeds Council, told BBC News. Apparently some of the city's traffic wardens were a little too fastidious as they surveyed the streets around the brand new arena, ticketing lorries that had brought in equipment for Springsteen's inaugural gig.
Guardian


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