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BILLBOARD ROUNDTABLE: TOP MUSIC & BRANDING EXECS DISCUSS A $1.3 BILLION MARKET (VIDEO)

Sponsorship spending is on a record pace in 2013, and brand deals are reshaping the way music is distributed. Billboard gathered five key players to discuss what's next.
Billboard.biz


YLVIS, OF VIRAL VIDEO 'THE FOX' FAME, SIGN TO WARNER MUSIC, PLAY IHEARTRADIO FEST

The two musician brothers, Vegard and Bard Ylvisaaker, performed their YouTube hit "The Fox" at the MGM Grand Arena in between sets by Chris Brown and Katy Perry, wearing the signature squirrel and fox costumes from their music video, which went viral in recent weeks, garnering some 43 million hits thus far.
Billboard.biz


THE ODDEST THING ABOUT WILL.I.AM'S TRADEMARK CLAIM AGAINST PHARRELL WILLIAMS

"This is not the first time that Mr. Williams and Plaintiff have coopted a trademark, logo or business name that bears striking resemblance to that of another," say legal papers. 
Billboard.biz


INTERSCOPE TO RECALL MADONNA’S 'MDNA WORLD TOUR' BLU-RAY IN U.S., MANUFACTURING ERROR BLAMED

Interscope Records is recalling every copy of Madonna’s "MDNA World Tour" Blu-ray issued in the United States, blaming an “error in manufacturing” that has compromised the 5.1 audio.  
Billboard.biz


INSANE CLOWN POSSE'S GATHERING OF THE JUGGALOS FACING FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES

Several vendors at the Gathering of the Juggalos say they've received bad checks from those publicizing the festival last month near Cave-In-Rock, the (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reported.  
Billboard.biz


RECORD COMPANIES ALLOWED TO PURSUE VIMEO FOR COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

A federal judge in New York won't allow user-generated video website Vimeo, owned by Barry Diller's IAC, to dodge a big copyright lawsuit.  
Billboard.biz


JACK JOHNSON SET FOR NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD 200, AVICII AND CHRIS YOUNG AIMING FOR TOP 10

Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson is on course for his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, while EDM superstar and recent Billboard cover act Avicii is aiming for a top 10 debut with his first album, "True."  
Billboard.biz


COLLECTORS OF ROYALTIES FOR MUSIC PUBLISHERS MAY SEE BETTER RESULTS

BMI, as Broadcast Music is known, will announce on Monday that it had $944 million in revenue for the year that ended in June. That is 5 percent more than it collected the year before, and a new high for the organization, whose 600,000 members include stars like Taylor Swift, Pink and Adam Levine of the band Maroon 5.
New York Times


WILL ITUNES RADIO SPARK DIGITAL MUSIC SHAKEOUT?

There appeared to be an overabundance of digital music streaming services before Apple’s iTunes Radio became a reality last week, so it stands to reason that a shakeout—if it wasn’t already on the horizon—could now be only a matter of time.
Adweek


TWITTER SAID TO HIRE EX-TOPSPIN EXEC TO HEAD MUSIC EFFORT

Bob Moczydlowsky, the former senior vice president of product and marketing at Topspin Media, has been hired as Twitter's new music partnerships leader, a position vacated a month ago by Tatiana Simonian.
Cnet


SPANISH PIRATE SITE OWNERS TO GET 6 YEARS OF JAIL TIME, BUT USERS OFF THE HOOK

The law will only affect site owners making money from linking to copyrighted material provided illegally by third parties, whether it be “direct or indirect profit,” such as via advertising links.
TechCrunch


VEVO OPTS OUT OF YOUTUBE OFFLINE VIEWING FEATURE

Vevo has opted out of having its videos available via the forthcoming offline-viewing feature set to be introduced to YouTube's mobile app in November.
Music Week


DIGITAL INNOVATION IN THE ARTS MUST BE ABOUT THE ART

I used to think that policy was not real life – that it was the stuff of jargon-filled documents thrust down from ivory towers. But then I noticed an interesting change, and one that was especially clear in the area of digital innovation in the arts. I noticed that it was no longer the wonks who held the lead in the policy conversation; it was the practitioners.
Guardian


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