Morning Fix: Behind Britney Spears' Vegas Residency, Ticket Sales, Lip-Synch Rumors; Slayer's Booking Agent on Their First Headlining Tour in 8 Years

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BRITNEY SPEARS MANAGER LARRY RUDOLPH ON TICKET SALES, LIP-SYNCHING, NEW REVENUE STREAMS: EXCLUSIVE

After Billboard broke intimate details about Spears’ nightclub-like residency in an exclusive interview with Caesars Entertainment VP of entertainment Kurt Melien, rumors have been swirling around the web about lackluster ticket salesand whether the pop singer will lip-synch her way through performances. We caught up with Rudolph at CenterStaging.  
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HOW THE WEEKND WENT FROM INTERNET MYSTERY TO BILLBOARD 200 NO. 2

What does it mean for an artist to succeed on his/her own terms in 2013? The Weeknd -- the 23-year-old, famously elusive R&B singer born Abel Tesfaye -- sold 95,000 copies of his major label debut album "Kiss Land" last week, according to Nielsen SoundScan -- enough for a debut at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in a neck-and-neck race with country music star Keith Urban. 
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SLAYER’S BOOKING AGENT ON NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINING TOUR, EPIC STAGE PLANS, PERFORMING WITHOUT JEFF HANNEMAN (Q&A)

Scott Sokol, Slayer's booking agent at Pinnacle Entertainment for the past 15 years, tells Billboard.biz the band hasn’t lost its edge since guitarist Gary Holt joined the group more than two years ago to fill in for Hanneman. The agent acknowledges that there’s no replacement for Hanneman, but says performing for fans has been therapeutic for Slayer following its loss.
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BLUE NOTE AND PANASONIC PARTNER ON IN-CAR AUDIO (EXCLUSIVE)

Blue Note Records has signed a licensing partnership with Panasonic to help develop and co-market a car audio system that would be tuned to the types of music featured in Blue Note's catalog, whose artists range from Norah Jones and Van Morrison to John Coltrane and Thelonius Monk. 
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BILLBOARD ROUNDTABLE PART 3: MILEY CYRUS' MARKETABILITY, MUSIC DISCOVERY PLATFORMS (VIDEO)

In part three of Billboard's Brands & Music Roundtable video series, our panel considers the marketability of Miley Cyrus in wake of her controversial performance at this year's VMAs and also reveal which platforms and resources they use to discover music to potentially partner with brands.  
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DRAKE HEADING FOR 675,000-PLUS NO. 1 DEBUT ON BILLBOARD 200

The hip-hop star's "Nothing Was the Same" album is on course to earn the second-largest sales week of the year and easily debut at No. 1. Industry sources forecast the effort -- his third full-length release -- to sell over 675,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Sept. 29. 
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COLLEGE RADIO DAY CONTINUES TO GROW, GLOBALLY CELEBRATING A VITAL FORMAT

College Radio Day, a worldwide celebration founded by public broadcasting veteran and communications professor at William Paterson University named Robert Quicke, is about to celebrate its third year this coming Tuesday, October 1.  
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ANALOGUE RADIO LISTENERS RESISTING SWITCH TO DIGITAL, NEW SURVEY SUGGESTS

People are listening to digital radio in record numbers, but sales of digital audio broadcasting (DAB) sets have stalled and more than half of homes without them have no intent of buying one in the next 12 months.
Guardian


GIVING DRUG ADVICE ALONG WITH MUSIC

When the TomorrowWorld festival opens outside Atlanta on Friday, concertgoers can expect to see safety measures that have become common at European electronic dance music festivals but have yet to catch on in the United States: a nonprofit drug education group will be giving advice, not only on the dangers of drug abuse, but also on how those who choose to take party drugs can use them more safely.
New York Times


WHY iOS 7 GETS MUSIC PLAYING WRONG

I had heard about the new thin font, the command center that you pulled up from the bottom of the home screen, and the pull-down search. Not much of the advance publicity for the operating system discussed the native music player. And, in a way, that turned out to be the biggest shock of all.
The New Yorker


YOUTUBE LAUNCHES ROYALTY-FREE MUSIC LIBRARY

The YouTube Audio Library was announced at the beginning of August with the platform saying that more tracks would be added to the initial clutch over time.
Music Week


APPLE COULD BRING ARTIST-SIGNED COPIES BACK TO DIGITAL MOVIES, BOOKS AND MUSIC

A peculiar Apple invention landed on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's desk on Thursday, describing a method in which an author or artist can digitally autograph a fan's ebook or other digital media using a special app.
Apple Insider


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