Morning Fix: Nathan Hubbard Opens Up on His Role at Twitter; Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' 'The Heist' Hits 1M; Tom Windish Talks Signing Kiwi Sensation Lorde

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NATHAN HUBBARD, EX-TICKETMASTER CEO, ON BRINGING COMMERCE TO TWITTER: ‘THE MUSIC INDUSTRY SHOULD BE TREMENDOUSLY EXCITED'

Hubbard got his start in the direct-to-fan pioneer Music Today before moving to Live Nation and then Ticketmaster following the merger of the two, and has been on the forefront of mobile/digital marketing and sales since its infancy. Billboard spoke with Hubbard on the eve of his first day on the job at Twitter.  
Billboard.biz


MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS’ ‘THE HEIST’ PASSES 1 MILLION SOLD

Mere days after their videos took home three Moonmen from the MTV Video Music Awards – including Best Hip-Hop Video for “Can’t Hold Us” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ debut opus “The Heist” crosses the million copies sold mark. The set sold 19,000 copies this week bringing its cumulative sales figure to 1,017,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan.  
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TOM WINDISH ON SIGNING 16-YEAR-OLD LORDE TO THE WINDISH AGENCY: 'SHE KEEPS GETTING BIGGER EVERY DAY'

Tom Windish, the president of boutique booking agency the Windish Agency, was among numerous talent firms competing to sign the highly buzzed-about 16-year-old New Zealand singer Lorde. 
Billboard.biz


VODAFONE IN TALKS TO SELL VERIZON WIRELESS STAKE FOR EST. $100-$130 BILLION

Britain's Vodafone PLC, one of the world's largest cellphone companies, confirmed Thursday that it was talking to Verizon Communications about selling its U.S. operations.
Billboard.biz


VIVENDI Q2 EARNINGS SLIP, UMG RESULTS IMPROVE

The company, which owns Universal Music Group, French pay TV giant Canal Plus and others, also reported virtually unchanged revenue of $7.23 billion (€5.43 billion). That was down 0.5% from the year-ago period.
Billboard.biz


INDEPENDENT STUDY: IAMSOUND RECORDS

“I had been around the music industry my whole life, but I didn’t have any real label experience, per se,” says Roberton. “So I just approached these bands, opened an iTunes Connect account and started putting stuff out digitally.”  
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BACKBEAT: AVENGED SEVENFOLD'S CAA AGENT RYAN HARLACHER TALKS ARENA TOUR, NEW ALBUM BACKSTAGE AT PALLADIUM

Hard rock band Avenged Sevenfold, who is featured on this week’s issue of Billboard, played a free concert at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on Monday (Aug. 26) to celebrate their sixth album, “'Hail to the King,” released Aug. 27 on Warner Bros. Records.  
Billboard.biz


YAHOO! MUSIC TAPS THE ECHO NEST TO DRIVE DISCOVERY, NEXT GEN MUSIC NEWS FEED

In an effort to go beyond the limited editorial content and near-static artist info found on many music sites, The Echo Nest will parse a broad range of data and activity to measure which artists Yahoo! users want to see featured.
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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL GETS INTO THE MUSIC FESTIVAL BUSINESS

MLB Advanced Media, Major League Baseball's digital media division, has acquired worldwide distribution rights for a major music festival. The Global Citizen Festival, set for Manhattan's Central Park on September 28th, features a lineup that includes Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Alicia Keys, and The Kings of Leon.
Hypebot


PETER HOOK HAS PLAN FOR RESCUED JOY DIVISION, NEW ORDER TAPES

Former Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook is in talks to buy a cache of his bands' old master tapes rescued from the trash by a former studio assistant. Earlier this month, Julia Adamson (a former member of the Fall and assistant to producer Martin Hannett) said she was looking to sell the tapes, which include a master copy of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures.
Rolling Stone


NINE INCH NAILS TO OFFER TWO DIFFERENT MASTERS OF NEW ALBUM

In a blog post added to the band's Tumblr yesterday (August 28), it is revealed that the album was mastered in two different ways: a standard, "loud" master, available on CD, iTunes and elsewhere, and an "audiophile" mastering available only to those purchasing any version of the album through the band's website.
NME


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