Morning Fix: BitTorrent Aims for Legitimacy; 'Blurred Lines' Is the Song of the Summer; VMAs Boost Sales for Timberlake, Thicke

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BITTORRENT IS NOT A CRIME: ONCE A PARIAH, NOW PROVIDING DISTRIBUTION & DATA FOR MUSIC, MOVIES & TV (FROM THE MAGAZINE)

The entertainment world's fear and loathing of BitTorrent has, lately, started to give way to a more pragmatic attitude -- something along the lines of, "If you can't beat them, at least learn how to leverage them." The shift from pariah to potential partner comes as the result of BitTorrent's efforts to reach out to media companies and deliver tangible data results -- email addresses, awareness, traffic and, eventually, sales.  
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ROBIN THICKE'S 'BLURRED LINES' IS BILLBOARD'S SONG OF THE SUMMER

Billboard's annual Songs of the Summer running tally tracks the most popular songs based on cumulative performance on the weekly Hot 100 chart from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
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ASK THE PROS: CAA'S CARA LEWIS, CLEAR CHANNEL'S TOM POLEMAN, VIRGIN MOBILE FREEFEST'S SETH HURWITZ ON ROBIN THICKE’S TOURING PROSPECTS

The infectious (and litigious) track was No. 1 for 12 consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was just crowned Billboard's Song of the Summer. All of which made Billboard.biz wonder what the single's massive success would mean for Thicke's touring prospects. So we turned to the pros... 
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ROBIN THICKE, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE LEAD MTV VMA-RELATED MUSIC SALES UP 37% IN WEEK AFTER SHOW

In the week ending Sept. 1, VMA-related music sold 2.03 million songs and albums, according to Nielsen SoundScan, up 37% compared to the week previous of 1.49 million.  Sums include: download sales of songs performed on the VMAs and all major albums by the show's performers.  
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OP-ED: EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT FAN ENGAGEMENT AND SALES ARE ABOUT TO CHANGE

While social networks opened new channels for fan engagement over the past few years, we believe that going forward the biggest untapped potential for artists will be in streaming and entertainment platforms that offer context-relevant channels and data-driven targeting techniques.  
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ROSS ON RADIO: BACHATA SENDS THE REMAKE RIGHT BACK AT'CHA

Three years ago, at the peak of "turbo-pop," an NPR story asked a handful of top contemporary writers and producers whether Etta James' classic "At Last" would have any chance of being a hit if it were to come out now. The not surprising consensus was that "At Last" was far too subtle to be a hit today, but one producer went further, positing that no remake could be a hit for a generation that demanded an entirely new sound.  
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PANDORA SAYS AUGUST LISTENER HOURS ROSE 16 PERCENT

Total listener hours rose 16 percent in August to 1.35 billion, from 1.16 billion hours in the same month a year ago. That's a 5 percent increase from July, when Pandora reported total listener hours of 1.28 billion.  
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U.K. INDIE COOKING VINYL LAUNCHES IN AUSTRALIA

“Having enjoyed our best ever year in 2012 in the USA with Marilyn Manson, The Cult and The Cranberries, Australia was next on the list for Cooking Vinyl's international expansion plans,” explains Goldschmidt, Cooking Vinyl’s founder and CEO.
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TEAMROCK LAUNCHING COUNTRY MAG AND RADIO SHOW

The multi-platform operation, whose assets include Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog, will roll out the quarterly Country Music Magazine on September 11 with interviews with LeAnn Rimes, Kacey Musgraves, Sturgill Simpson and Carrie Rodriguez to run alongside the Johnny Cash cover piece.
Music Week


PLAYLIST.COM TURNS ITS 80M USER-GENERATED PLAYLISTS INTO PERSONALIZED RADIO STATIONS

Playlist relaunched a beta version of its Internet radio service in July after licensing requirements forced it to shut down its original product, which originated during the MySpace era. In order to restore the playlists created by its 60 million users, Playlist commissioned The Echo Nest to take each list and create a custom radio station for it.
The Next Web


THE QUIETUS TURNS FIVE: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

"I'd just been sacked from a corporate communications company," remembers John Doran, of the dark days just before he began The Quietus, the online hub of crackling, opinionated music, film and literature journalism that celebrates its fifth birthday this month. "They'd replaced the office kitchen with an empty 'thinkspace', called 'The Imaginarium'. I fired off an indignant and drunk email to my bosses, calling their language-mangling ways into question."
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