Morning Fix: iTunes Radio's Report Card; Pandora/ASCAP Ruling: 'All In' or 'All Out'; 'Spotify Landmark' Launches

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ITUNES RADIO'S PROMISE VS. ITS DELIVERY: A REPORT CARD

iTunes Radio, after much chatter and speculation, has finally gone live as a feature in Apple Inc.’s new iOS 7 operating system, which also featured a new configuration of iTunes itself. After spending several hours downloading the update from Apple’s overworked servers, we evaluated the product against Apple’s marketing statements.
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PANDORA/ASCAP RULING: JUDGE TO SONY/ATV, UMPG, OTHERS - YOU'RE EITHER 'ALL IN' OR 'ALL OUT' (ANALYSIS)

The ruling by the ASCAP rate court handed down on late Sept. 17 says the performance rights organization blanket license must include all of its repertoire, including the songs of the publishers trying to withdraw the digital rights. But the ruling has broad implications beyond the Pandora dispute.
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'SPOTIFY LANDMARK' ORIGINAL CONTENT SERIES LAUNCHES

Spotify has launched its own original content series and dedicated website called Spotify Landmark, a multi-media documentary series focusing on classic moments in music history.
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PEPSI'S FRANK COOPER TALKS ITUNES RADIO, EXCLUSIVE BRAND CHANNELS

Pepsi will be Apple iTunes Radio's exclusive beverage sponsor through the end of 2013, and the internet radio service's only sponsor with its own branded stations.
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UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP WIN IN BOB MARLEY RECORDING RIGHTS SUIT REVERSED BY APPEALS COURT

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today set up a potential trial over rights to early recordings by Bob Marley and the Wailers involving Rock River Communications, which had made a deal with San Juan Music Group for the right to sample 16 Marley recordings for a remix album for which Universal Music claimed it owned the exclusive rights.
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MILEY CYRUS' 'WRECKING BALL' SWINGS TO TOP OF HOT 100

The song becomes Cyrus' first No. 1 on the chart, blasting 22-1 on the strength of lofty streaming and sales totals following the release of its much buzzed-about video.
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KEITH URBAN EDGES OUT THE WEEKND FOR NO. 1 SPOT ON BILLBOARD 200 BY LESS THAN 3K COPIES

Country star Keith Urban debuts at No. 1 with "Fuse," edging out the also-arriving "Kiss Land" by the Weeknd at No. 2 by less than 3,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's the closest margin between Nos. 1 and 2 since early January, when less than 2,000 copies separated the "Les Miserables" soundtrack at No. 1 and Mumford & Sons' "Babel" at No. 2.
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AEG LIVE WRAPS ITS DEFENSE IN CIVIL TRIAL OVER MICHAEL JACKSON'S DEATH

Lawyers for concert promoter AEG Live LLC rested their defense Wednesday with testimony from a longtime friend and doctor of Michael Jackson in the negligence case filed by Jackson’s mother over his death.
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CHILI PEPPERS, 2 CHAINZ HEADLINE MUSIC MIDTOWN

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phoenix, Kendrick Lamar, Journey, 2 Chainz and Weezer are some of the top acts at the festival, which drew more than 90,000 people last year. This year's performances will take place on three different stages.
AP


GOSSIP REPORTS TIE BEYONCE'S SLAIN BODYGUARD TO LEWD ACTS ON VIDEO

Norman Oosterbroek, who died last week in a bizarre Miami break-in, has been accused of hiring a prostitute in Las Vegas while on duty working for the pop superstar and her husband, Jay Z.
THR


10 YEARS OF DECIBEL FESTIVAL

Every year in the last week of September, people from up and down the West Coast flock to Seattle. More importantly, so do some of the world's best electronic music artists. Ten years in, it's both huge and manageable, booking well over a hundred artists and taking over too many venues to count.
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