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BEATLES GO DOWNTOWN: FAB FOUR CLASSICS GO TO INDIE MUSIC PUBLISHER (EXCLUSIVE)

Downtown Music Publishing now has another trophy in its portfolio: It has just acquired five songs from the Beatles, the most storied name in rock’n’roll history.  
Billboard.biz


YOUTUBE & SWEDEN'S STIM REACH 'MILESTONE' LICENSING DEAL

Terms weren’t disclosed on the deal, which allows STIM rightsholders and affiliates to earn revenue when their music is played on YouTube across a “number of countries” in Europe, while internationals can earn from plays on YouTube in Sweden. Creators, composers and authors will take a cut from YouTube's ad revenue. 
Billboard.biz


ROSELAND BALLROOM, HISTORIC NYC VENUE, CLOSING IN APRIL

New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom will close its doors in April, according to an internal e-mail obtained by Billboard, though no official announcement has been made.
Billboard.biz


UK VINYL SALES HIT HIGHEST LEVEL IN A DECADE, DAFT PUNK LEADS 2013 SALES

Year to date, almost 550,000 records have been sold, the first time since 2003 that the half-million mark has been crossed in Britain, according to the Official Charts Company and industry group BPI. 
Billboard.biz


SEAN ‘DIDDY’ COMBS, DEERHUNTER FAN, INTRODUCES/INTERVIEWS BAND AT FADER FORT FOR REVOLT.TV IN BROOKLYN (BACKBEAT)

Sean Puffy Combs is apparently a Deerhunter fun. The hip-hop, vodka and potential media mogul showed up unannounced Friday evening (Oct. 18) at the Fader Fort at the Converse Rubber Tracks space in Brooklyn with a slew of cameras to interview the band for his music startup Revolt TV which is slated to go live on Oct. 21.
Billboard.biz


JOHN NEWMAN PIPS PEARL JAM, PAUL MCCARTNEY FOR U.K. ALBUMS CHART CROWN

A tumultuous battle for the top of the U.K. album chart yesterday (Oct. 20) resulted in a top five comprised entirely of new entries and victory for British vocalist John Newman. He beat off competition from Pearl Jam, Paul McCartney and others to debut at No. 1 with his first album “Tribute” (Universal Island).   
Billboard.biz


AVETT BROTHERS, PAUL MCCARTNEY HEADING FOR TOP FIVE ON BILLBOARD 200 CHART

Pearl Jam should secure its fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, while rock legend Paul McCartney and the Avett Brothers are heading for the top five with their latest efforts.   
Billboard.biz


TWITTER LIKELY TO KILL ITS MUSIC APP

Just six months after launching it, Twitter is strongly considering killing off its Twitter #Music mobile application, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.
AllThingsD


AS DOWNLOADS DIP, MUSIC EXECUTIVES CAST A WARY EYE ON STREAMING SERVICES

As sales of CDs plunged over the last decade, the music industry clung to one comfort: downloads continued to sell briskly as people filled their computers and iPods with songs by the billions. Now even that certainty seems to have disappeared, as downloads head toward their first yearly decline.
New York Times


HMV BIDS TO REVIVE BRAND WITH NEW LOGO AND MARKETING PUSH

The marketing campaign covers TV, outdoor, digital and social media and will appear at in-store point-of-sale. In London, graffiti-style images featuring HMV’s famous dog, Nipper, have appeared on roads as part of the reopening of its flagship Oxford Street store today (18 October).
Marketing Week


TABLETS TO GROW 42.7% THIS YEAR, SAYS GARTNER, AS THE TRADITIONAL PC DECLINES 11.2%

Analyst Gartner expects worldwide tablet shipments to grow 42.7% this year, with shipments reaching 184 million units. And while traditional PCs are still shipping a lot more units (303,100 forecast for this year), those shipments are continuing to decline — predicted to be down 11.2% on 2012 shipments.
TechCrunch


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