Morning Fix: Robin Thicke Nets His First No. 1 Album; Universal Launches Caroline Label Services; WMG's Net Losses Almost Double Over Last Year's; Is Pandora Sustainable? and Much More

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ROBIN THICKE GETS FIRST NO. 1 ALBUM ON BILLBOARD 200, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH AT NO. 2

Slightly more than 10 years after his debut album was released, Robin Thicke has scored his first No. 1 album. "Blurred Lines," his sixth studio effort, starts atop the Billboard 200 with 177,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.  
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UNIVERSAL MUSIC LAUNCHES CAROLINE INTERNATIONAL, MICHAEL ROE, JIM CHANCELLOR TO HEAD

The Universal Music Group has launched Caroline International, an independent distributor and label services provider; and has named Michael Roe and Jim Chancellor to head the London-based operation.
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WARNER MUSIC GROUP'S REVENUES UP SLIGHTLY WHILE NET LOSSES NEARLY DOUBLE

Warner Music Group's red ink doubled in its latest quarterly earnings as the company posted a $63 million net loss on revenues of $663 million for the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2013.
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PANDORA'S BUSINESS MODEL: IS IT SUSTAINABLE?

Two questions are consistently asked of Pandora’s business model: Can it sell more advertisements, and will it generate more revenue? The music industry sees a company that has placed market share ahead of revenue growth. People often wonder if Pandora could put more emphasis on growing revenue as it seeks lower royalties.
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SPOTIFY PARTNERS WITH VODAFONE IN U.K.

Spotify Premium will be bundled with Vodafone upcoming 4G service in the United Kingdom to encourage customers to upgrade to the faster mobile service. Vodafone's 4G service will be available in London on August 29th and will roll out to 12 more cities by the end of the year.  
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JIMMY IOVINE PLUCKS RADIO VET JULIE PILAT TO HEAD UP CURATION FOR BEATS MUSIC

Julie Pilat, who spent 20 years at Clear Channel stations, joins the as-yet-unlaunched subscription service in a key role. It's "the opportunity of a lifetime," Pilat said. 
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BETTY PINO, 'QUEEN OF LATIN RADIO,' DIES

Radio DJ and personality Betty Pino, a presence in Latin radio for over 30 years, died early Tuesday morning following a bacterial infection that had left her hospitalized for nearly a month.
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LIVE NATION TO EXPAND L.A. HEADQUARTERS

The company plans to rent 33,000 square feet in a two-story building located at 9350 Civic Center Drive, according to the Los Angeles Times. Terms of the lease were not disclosed.
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THE CIVIL WARS HEADING FOR NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD 200 ALBUMS CHART

Folk-rock duo the Civil Wars is heading for its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Industry sources suggest the act's self-titled second album may sell around 100,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Aug. 11.
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DAFT PUNK’S COLBERT REPORT NO-SHOW MAY HAVE BEEN PLANNED ALL ALONG

Daft Punk’s scheduled appearance on The Colbert Report this Tuesday was called off due to a contractual obligation with Viacom, owner of both Comedy Central and MTV, which said it had secured an exclusive performance by the robots at this month’s MTV Video Music Awards. Or so we thought.
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GREEN DAY WIN COURT CASE OVER SCREAM ICON ARTWORK RIGHTS

A US appeals court has ruled against a street artist who sued Green Day for using his work without permission. The band's adaptation of Dereck Seltzer's Scream Icon was found to be "transformative and not overly commercial", opening the door for more musical stage shows to incorporate existing artworks.
Guardian


GOOGLE'S STREAMING SERVICE LAUNCHES IN UK

The tech giant revealed its streaming platform, which will compete with the likes of Spotify, Deezer, Rdio, Napster and others, in May. 
Music Week


AMID TURMOIL, LEBANESE MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESSES ON

Under the towering columns of the Roman temples here, the Baalbek International Festival over the years has brought the likes of Mstislav Rostropovich, Miles Davis, Sting and the Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum for an annual musical celebration that for many Lebanese symbolizes the openness and cultural richness that coexists with their country’s periodic instability and war.
New York Times


SPOTIFY CEO DANIEL EK: 'WE'VE PROVED OUR BUSINESS MODEL'

Despite growing losses, which have drawn negative criticism from industry experts, Ek says Spotify's increasing revenue, which doubled last year, outweighs the bad points.
NME


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