Morning Fix: Are Shakira/T-Mobile Hatching Jay Z/Samsung Deal?; Sillerman on SFX's IPO, Afrojack; The Orchard's Multi-Channel Network

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ARE SHAKIRA, T-MOBILE HATCHING A JAY Z-SAMSUNG DEAL?

When T-Mobile was prepping the news of its unlimited international data plan, announced Oct. 9 in New York’s Bryant Park, the fourth-largest phone carrier was looking for a global celebrity who could communicate such a compelling new offering. An initial conversation with Roc Nation co-founder/president Jay Brown less than two months ago quickly yielded a multi-year deal with Shakira.
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ROBERT F.X SILLERMAN ON SFX'S IPO, FUTURE ACQUISITIONS, AFROJACK

Yesterday afternoon, the scene at NASDAQ's MarketSite in Times Square was something out of a Fellini film, but in place of clowns or strongmen: Buttoned-up bankers, traders, financial analysts, a tight security detail, an exceedingly tall Dutch DJ and the men most responsible for the national proliferation of booming bass, confetti canons and dance-happy youth.
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THE ORCHARD SERVES UP MULTI-CHANNEL NETWORK WITH A SIDE OF BACON (FROM THE MAGAZINE)

The Orchard, a company that started 16 years ago as an independent record distribution shop on Orchard Street in New York, announced on Oct. 10 it has formed a YouTube multi-channel network, or MCN, with more than 1,000 channels that together accounted for more than 50 billion lifetime views.
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INDEPENDENT STUDY: MEXICAN SUMMER

Since it launched in 2008, Mexican Summer has been at the forefront of at least two cycles in indie music, helping to define the conversation with releases that reverberated well beyond their modest spheres of origin.
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'LONG LIVE ROCK AND ROLL': SEYMOUR STEIN'S (ABANDONED) CBGB SPEECH IN FULL

The full, unedited text of a speech Seymour Stein had intended to deliver to the crowd gathered at the Bowery Hotel the evening of October 9, where Stein was to receive the CBGB Festival's first Icon Award. Here, we present Stein's remembrance of his business history -- which functions, in essence, as a love letter to "Rock and Roll."
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RANDY NEWMAN TO DELIVER Q&A WITH WME'S AMOS NEWMAN AT BILLBOARD/THR FILM & TV CONFERENCE

Singer-songwriter and composer Randy Newman will make a rare appearance with his son, Amos Newman, the head of Music for Visual Media at William Morris Endeavor, during a keynote Q&A at the 2013 Billboard & The Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference on Tuesday, Oct. 29.
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CHART MOVES: JOAN JETT RETURNS TO BILLBOARD 200, RANDY TRAVIS ALBUM HITS TOP 40 ON COUNTRY ALBUMS, REMIXED RUSH DEBUTS

Outside the top 10 on the Billboard 200, Joan Jett returns to the tally after more than 20 years away from the top 50, Randy Travis is back on the charts after a health scare, and Rush's 2002 album "Vapor Trails" sells 10,000 copies. Read on for more chart news about All Time Low, Colt Ford, Cher and others.
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JENNIFER HUDSON, TAMAR BRAXTON, SMOKEY ROBINSON LEAD SOUL TRAIN AWARDS LINEUP

Jennifer Hudson, Tamar Braxton and Smokey Robinson are among the marquee names announced today as performers for the 2013 Soul Train Awards. The fifth annual show is being taped on Nov. 8 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. It will premiere on Centric and BET on Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. ET.
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AFTER CLOSING 'BREAKING BAD' WITH 'BABY BLUE,' BADFINGER CATALOG MOVES TO KOBALT

The independent music publisher and music services company has signed exclusive deals with the estates of Pete Ham and Tom Evans.
THR


MUSIC TOURISM IS WORTH 2.2BN POUNDS TO THE BRITISH ECONOMY

UK Music and VisitBritain have revealed that the UK has 6.5million music tourists every year.
Drowned in Sound


IN LATEST IPOS, PROFITS AREN'T THE POINT

No profits? No problem. Investors are showing increasing hunger for initial public offerings of unprofitable technology companies and the potential for big gains that they bring.
WSJ


TIRED, POOR, HUDDLED: NEW YORK CITY IS BETTER THAN DAVID BYRNE THINKS

I’ve spent the last two days thinking about why I was so bugged by David Byrne’s essay about the state of culture in New York City and its theoretical siege by the gilded class.
The Fader


BLU-RAY ALBUMS TARGET HI-FI FANS

Record companies are trying to tempt fans away from MP3s by releasing albums in a crystal-clear Blu-Ray format.
BBC


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