Morning Fix: Google and Verizon in Talks Over Streaming Service Bundling; Avicii Tops UK Charts Again; The Hot 100 Turns 55; Turtles Lead Classic Rockers in Class Action Against SiriusXM; More

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GOOGLE IN DISCUSSIONS WITH VERIZON TO BUNDLE GOOGLE PLAY (EXCLUSIVE)

In the race to win mainstream adoption, Google has been exploring a bundling distribution deal for its All Access subscription music streaming service with Verizon’s wireless business, according to executives knowledgeable with the discussions. The No. 1 U.S. wireless company may have had its hand forced, given the advanced discussions between rival AT&T and Beats Music’s digital music service and its absorption of Muve Music through its acquisition of Leap Wireless/Cricket.  
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AVICII’S 'WAKE ME UP' SPENDS THIRD WEEK ATOP U.K. CHART, BREAKS 1 MILLION SALES

Swedish DJ Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” (Positiva/PRMD) broke through the half-million sales barrier to secure a third week atop the U.K. singles chart yesterday.  
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HOT 100 55TH ANNIVERSARY: CHUBBY CHECKER, RIHANNA, LMFAO HIGHLIGHT NEW ALL-TIME RANKINGS

While 55 years has brought major change to the chart's methodology, even the past five years have seen a swell of rising artists make their mark, while new (party rock) anthems have likewise taken their place among the Hot 100's all-time top songs. And through it all, a song that made history more than five decades ago remains the Hot 100's No. 1 title. 
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THE TURTLES LEAD WHOPPING $100 MILLION CLASS ACTION AGAINST SIRIUSXM

Enjoy an old rock tune on satellite radio lately? A new proposed class action raises the theory that SiriusXM has infringed millions of these older recordings from thousands of song artists. Damages are alleged to be at least $100 million, but for a company that last reported quarterly revenues of $940 million, the attorneys representing the plaintiff believe that damage figure to be on the conservative side.
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BLACK FLAG CO-FOUNDER SUES EX-BANDMATES OVER USE OF PUNK GROUP'S LOGO, NAME

Fans may be confused to see two different groups performing this year under the name of Hermosa Beach punk outfit Black Flag -- one fronted by founding guitarist Greg Ginn, and another touring as Flag with Ginn’s former bandmates Keith Morris, Dez Cadena, Chuck Dukowski and Bill Stevenson.
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INDIE BEAT: FYF'S SEAN CARLSON, HOUSE OF VANS' ANNA SHERWOOD-STEPHAN ON THE ART OF THE FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

It’s a delicate art putting on a free summer concert series. Even if you find the right sponsor(s), book the right artists and secure an amenable venue, ravenous crowds or unkind weather gods can still derail the proceedings faster than ice cream running down an ice cream cone.
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TURNTABLE.FM UNVEILS FIRST ATTEMPT AT MONETIZATION

Social music service Turntable.fm has debuted its first attempt at monetization. Called Turntable Gold, it gives subscribers a premium level of service with features not available to other users.
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CBGB FEST ANNOUNCES SEYMOUR STEIN AS ICON AWARD WINNER, VAN TOFFLER TO GIVE KEYNOTE (EXCLUSIVE)

This year's CBGB Music & Film Festival has announced that Seymour Stein will be honored with the inaugural CBGB Icon Award and Van Toffler, former President of MTV Networks and current President of Viacom's Music and Logo Networks, will deliver the keynote address  at this year's confab scheduled for Oct. 9-13 in New York City.
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SPOTIFY CURATES AS DAISY NEARS

Spotify is going editorial, launching curated shelves of playlists ahead of a coming rival -- Beats Electronics CEO Jimmy Iovine's revamp of on-demand subscription service MOG, codenamed Daisy -- that is centering its entire service on that strategy.
Cnet


SAMSUNG LOSES $1 BILLION IN MARKET VALUE AFTER U.S. VETOES APPLE IMPORT BAN

More than $1 billion was wiped out of Samsung Electronics Co.’s market value early Monday after a surprise decision by the Obama administration over the weekend to veto an import ban on some Apple Inc. products in the U.S.
AllThingsD


LADY GAGA'S DAMAGING SECRETS HIDDEN FROM PUBLIC FOREVER

Whatever skeletons are in Lady Gaga's closet will stay there -- after a judge agreed to have sensitive info filed under seal ... info which the pop star says would seriously damage her career. 
TMZ


U.S. TECH COMPANIES AREN'T EXACTLY BELOVED IN EUROPE

What with Amazon's labor practices, Google's Street View, and Facebook's issues with privacy, Europe - especially Germany - is not into the boosterism these tech companies often receive at home. 
New York Times


ATP CANCEL I'LL BE YOUR MIRROR EVENT

Rightly lauded for their ability to piece together striking, life field bills, the team behind All Tomorrow's Parties have also garnered criticism for what some view as lack of communication. 
Clash


PJ HARVEY REVEALS NEW PROTEST SONG 'SHAKER AAMER'

'Shaker Aamer' is a protest song designed to raise attention to the plight of a British national imprisoned by the US in Guantanamo Bay since 2002. Despite never being charged with a crime, Aamer has spent 11 years in prison and was cleared for release in 2007 by President George W Bush and again in 2009 by Barack Obama. 
NME


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