Morning Fix: Rob Stringer on Columbia Records' Fourth Quarter, Dark Horses; SoundExchange's Explosive Ten Years; Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa and Google Doodle

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Q4 LABEL SPECIAL: COLUMBIA'S ROB STRINGER ON BIG RELEASES, DARK HORSES, GIFT CARDS, 'NO DAFT PUNK XMAS RECORD' (FROM THE MAGAZINE)

A look at Columbia Records' positioning heading into this important time of year as well as an extended interview with Columbia's chairman/CEO Rob Stringer who discusses his label's Q4 strategy, the label's upcoming releases, the value of gift cards, why there won't be a Daft Punk Christmas album and much more.  
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SOUNDEXCHANGE TURNS TEN: FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS, HALF A BILLION (FROM THE MAGAZINE)

Proof of the record industry’s life after near-death can be seen in the trend of payouts from SoundExchange, the Washington D.C.-based not-for-profit that collects and distributes digital performance royalties from noninteractive webcasters and satellite and cable radio broadcasters. From almost nothing, new digital platforms have grown to become a vital part of the new music business. 
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HOW CELIA CRUZ, THE LATE 'QUEEN OF SALSA,' BECAME A GOOGLE DOODLE

Millions of Google users worldwide woke up this morning to find a Google-Doodle on the home page of a woman with multi-colored hair wearing a sweeping blue gown. It's the late Cuban singer Celia Cruz, who would have turned 88 years old today.
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WHAT TO EXPECT AT TODAY'S APPLE EVENT

The San Francisco showcase is likely to feature remodeled versions of Apple's standard-sized iPad with a 10-inch display screen and the iPad Mini with a nearly 8-inch screen. Hewing to its usually tight-lipped ways, Apple Inc. hasn't shared details about what's on the agenda. The Cupertino, Calif. company merely sent out invitations that said, "We still have a lot to cover." 
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YOUTUBE MUSIC AWARDS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

YouTube on Monday announced nominations for its first Music Awards, to be directed by Spike Jonez and set for live webcasting on Nov. 3 from New York City's Pier 36.
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LIONSGATE SUED OVER JENNI RIVERA FILM

The litigation comes from Silent Giant Entertainment (or Por Los Rios), owner of a nationally syndicated radio program entitled "Pocos Pero Locos." Edward "E-Dub" Rios is the president and Lisa "Kool Aid" Seltzer is an on-air host of the popular radio show.   
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SEAN 'DIDDY' COMBS' BETTING BIG ON REVOLT TV

At 5 p.m. EST Monday (Oct. 21), the all music channel goes live in the homes of about 22 million Comcast subscribers and 12 million Time Warner Cable customers, marking one of the biggest launches of a cable channel in years.   
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BEATLES DOCUMENTARY SPARKS $100 MILLION LAWSUIT AGAINST SONY/ATV

Ace Arts claims that Sony/ATV sabotaged its film “The Beatles: The Lost Concert” by asserting “spurious copyright infringement threats with respect” to the film, which explores “the inital impact of the Beatles in America from the vantage point of the group’s first concert, held on February 11, 1964 in Washington, D.C.”
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VOODOO MUSIC EXPERIENCE OFFICIALLY JOINS LIVE NATION, REHAGE BECOMES PRESIDENT OF LIVE NATION FESTIVALS – NORTH AMERICA

Voodoo Fest promoter Stephen Rehage has joined Live Nation as President of the company’s North American Festival division. Live Nation purchased a 51% interest in the 15 year-old  Voodoo Music Experience, according to sources. Voodoo Fest, the first Rehage event produced for Live Nation, immediately becomes the largest of the company’s domestic festivals.
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APPLE ATTACKS HMV AND DEMANDS NEW MUSIC DOWNLOAD APP LEAVES APP STORE

"We didn't expect to cause such a rustle, given that we've followed all of Apple's rules. We want to provide consumers a great service and we don't have any plans to discontinue operating the app."
Mobile Entertainment


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