Morning Fix: NFL and VH1 Planning Six Pre-Super Bowl Concerts; How SFX and Azoff-MSG Are Game-Changers; Playing the Halftime Show, For Free; CMJ in 2013

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NFL, VH1 PREPPING SIX PRE-SUPER BOWL CONCERTS (EXCLUSIVE)

Music events around next year’s Super Bowl will reach a record volume of activity. Leading the pack will be the National Football League and VH1, who've teamed to host six concerts in the week leading up to the big game.  
Billboard.biz


STRATEGY COLUMN: HOW SFX, AZOFF-MSG ARE CHANGING MUSIC'S START-UP RULES

They're showing investors a different way to think about music business models in a digital world. They're indirectly making the argument that music, just like technology, should be a consumer-facing platform around which one builds a business rather than battling to own rights as a lower-margin music "supplier" like a label or publisher. 
Billboard.biz


WHY THE NFL AND PEPSI BOOKED – BUT DIDN'T PAY – BRUNO MARS FOR SUPER BOWL XLVIII (FROM THE MAGAZINE)

Sarah Moll saw Bruno Mars three times this summer on his Moonshine Jungle tour. But it was halfway through the second show at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center that she knew she wanted to book him for the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show, the most-watched U.S. television event of the year.
Billboard.biz


CMJ SHOWCASE DIRECTOR MATT MCDONALD ON THE VALUE OF THE MUSIC MARATHON IN 2013 (VIDEO)

Here, McDonald discusses the value of a college-radio-based confab in today's increasingly-digital world, the event's growing global footprint and how he sees CMJ evolving into the future. 
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ASTRALWERKS SIGNS DEADMAU5 THROUGH MAU5TRAP IMPRINT

Iconic American electronic music label Astralwerks announced this morning that it has inked a deal with headline-grabbing, Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Deadmau5 (aka Joel Zimmerman) through the artist's own mau5trap imprint.
Billboard.biz


SIRIUSXM ATTACKS THE TURTLES FOR PLAYING 'LAWSUIT LOTTERY'

Imagine for a moment never hearing another Beatles song at a bar, rarely ever seeing The Rolling Stones perform their early work again on television and witnessing digital services like Pandora barred from streaming any sound recording made prior to 1972 without explicit permission from rights-holders.   
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BREAKING BAND: HOW NYU STUDENTS ARE TRYING TO MAKE AUSTRALIA’S TIGERTOWN ROCK STARS (PART 1)

This semester, NYU's Steinhardt School's Village Records class and label has a new class project: working with CMJ to break an Australian band called Tigertown. Two students from Village Records are documenting the class' progress for Billboard.Biz. In this first installment we find out how the class is structured and how the band got "signed."   
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HMV CAN LEARN FROM ROUGH TRADE WHEN IT COMES TO MUSIC RETAIL

The Rough Trade record store brand, which includes the original Rough Trade West shop, is doing so well that it is about to open a 15,000 sq ft sister shop in Williamsburg, New York, next month.
Guardian


APPLE SNAPS UP BURBERRY CEO ANGELA AHRENDTS

Apple has poached high-profile Burberry chief executive Angela Ahrendts as it seeks to deepen its push into China and looks for new ways to excite consumers about its products.
CNN


BBC RADIO BOSS WARNS OF COMPETITION FROM SPOTIFY

The party line on whether on-demand streaming music cannibalises radio is that they’re complementary, but is that really the case? BBC Radio director Helen Boaden has given a speech admitting that there is competition too, particularly for younger listeners.
Music Ally


GANG OF FOUR'S DAVE ALLEN IS #TEAMSPOTIFY, CALLS OUT DAVID BYRNE AND THOM YORKE

Allen singles out Byrne and Thom Yorke's criticisms of the music streaming business and argues, in effect, that they're missing the point. "The Internet and Spotify," he writes, "are not to blame for musician’s problems. It is hard for me to understand why intelligent men like David Byrne and Thom Yorke, along with David Lowery, do not appear to understand that we are in the midst of new markets being formed."
SPIN


GOOGLE CIO BEN FRIED ON HOW GOOGLE WORKS

Sure, this particular guy might be a geeky early adopter type, but there’s an interesting interplay between the technology that Google makes to run its own business and sells to run other people’s businesses and help them be productive in their own lives.
AllThingsD


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