Morning Fix: YouTube to Launch Music Sub Service Soon; Atlantic’s Fourth-Quarter Strategy; Behind Rock the Bells’ East Coast Flop; Pearl Jam at No. 1

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YOUTUBE CLOSE TO LAUNCHING SUBSCRIPTION MUSIC SERVICE

The service, designed with mobile listening in mind, will have a free component and a premium tier that offers unlimited access to a full catalog of tracks similar to what's already available via YouTube's parent company, Google Inc., via its All Access subscription music service. Premium features would include the ability to cache music for offline listening and removing ads.  
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Q4 LABEL SPECIAL: ATLANTIC'S JULIE GREENWALD AND CRAIG KALLMAN ON NAVIGATING 'THE XMAS BUM-RUSH' (Q&A)

Today, a look at Atlantic's Q4 strategy, its big releases, dark horses and key executives as well a Q&A with Atlantic co-chairs Craig Kallman and Julie Greenwald who discuss if the fourth quarter really matters, how they're stacking the deck, Q1 set-ups, baby bands and navigating the "Christmas bum-rush." 
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DON’T BLAME HIP-HOP FOR ROCK THE BELLS' EAST COAST FLOP, SAY ORGANIZERS (FROM THE MAGAZINE)

The cancellation of two East Coast stops on this year's 10th-anniversary tour of Rock the Bells, produced by Guerilla Union and the most well-­established brand in hip-hop touring, would seem contrary to the trend of hip-hop's general uptick over the past couple years.
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PEARL JAM EARNS FIFTH NO. 1 ALBUM ON BILLBOARD 200

Pearl Jam also previously topped the Billboard 200 with "Backspacer" (2009), "No Code" (1996), "Vitalogy" (1994) and "Vs." (1993). It's also notched four No. 2-peaking albums with "Ten" (1992), "Yield" (1998), "Binaural" (2000) and "Pearl Jam" (2006). 
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BUSINESS MATTERS: ITUNES RADIO STARTING STRONG BUT NOT YET A PANDORA KILLER

At Tuesday's press event, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed the month-old Internet radio service has attracted 20 million users and has played 1 billion songs. That works out to 2.91 hours per listener, assuming an average song length of 3.5 minutes, in roughly one month. Pandora does much better.
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FORMER BANDMATES SUING SUGAR RAY'S MARK MCGRATH

Murphy Karges and Stan Frazier, former bassist and drummer, respectively, for the alt-rock band, sued McGrath and Sugar Ray guitarist Rodney Sheppard, claiming McGrath bashed them on Twitter and cheated them out of money, as well as preventing them from rejoining the band.   
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SPINMEDIA UNDERGOES RESTRUCTURING, LAYOFFS

SpinMedia, the parent company of SPIN and Vibe among several others, has been hit by a round of layoffs, according to a memos obtained by Poynter, as well as tweets from terminated employees.   
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SONY MUSIC SUES UNITED AIRLINES OVER IN-FLIGHT MUSIC

On Tuesday, Sony Music and various subsidiary labels brought a lawsuit against United Airlines, Inflight Productions and Rightscom over copyrighted music being made available through in-flight systems.   
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LADY GAGA'S MANAGER TROY CARTER EARMARKS $75M FUND FOR TECH STARTUPS

Carter is preparing to ramp up his investment strategy, with PandoDaily reporting that he is raising a fund of between $75m and $100m to chip in to seed and Series A funding rounds for tech startups.
The Guardian


MICHAEL JACKSON ONCE AGAIN BIGGEST EARNER IN AFTERLIFE

Madonna was the top earner on our recent Celebrity 100 list, raking in $125 million between June 2012 and June 2013. Not bad for a living person. Her late buddy Michael Jackson easily topped her, earning $160 million over the past year by our estimate.
Forbes


BRANSON RECALLS TEARS, $1 BILLION CHECK IN VIRGIN RECORDS SALE

Virgin Group founder Richard Branson recalled that selling his Virgin Records music label more than two decades ago was "like selling your children" even though he pocketed a billion dollars in the deal.
Reuters


LISTEN TO 2,500-YEAR-OLD MUSIC BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE

Music scholars are recreating ancient Greek songs that haven't been heard for thousands of years. The results aren't very inspiring, but we're finally getting a sense of what the ancients were listening to.
io9


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