Morning Fix: Lyor Cohen's Next Big Move, Inspired by Sparta; YouTube's Gleeful Mess of an Awards Show; U.K.'s New Copyright Rules

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LYOR COHEN UNVEILS 300, NEW 'CONTENT COMPANY' WITH ATLANTIC DEAL, GOOGLE BACKING AND EX-WARNER BRASS

Cohen’s thinking is that having a smarter, nimbler, more efficiently run music company that uses fewer resources to do more for artists has become necessary in the 21st Century music business. The idea is to better align cost structure to the industry’s current needs, where many new artists are naturally entrepreneurial.  
Billboard.biz


YOUTUBE MUSIC AWARDS: EMINEM, ARCADE FIRE, LADY GAGA HIGHLIGHT GLEEFULLY MESSY SHOW

Sometime between Macklemore asking if he could keep a stranger's infant and an award winner's name being hidden in the middle of a cake -- or, wait, maybe in between Lindsey Stirling flying through a city and Avicii incidentally soundtracking a cat-fight involving Vanessa Hudgens -- the inaugural YouTube Music Awards became a lovably unhinged affair, complete with "live" music videos with all the seams showing and comedic banter that smacked of zonked-out improvisation.
Billboard.biz


U.K. EXTENDS RECORDING COPYRIGHT TERM FROM 50 TO 70 YEARS, ADDS ARTIST-FRIENDLY RULES

The amendments to European copyright laws first voted on by the European Union parliament in 2009 and ratified in 2011 have, another two years later, been implemented in the U.K. as of today, November 1st. The new rules append another 20 years to the copyright term of sound recordings, meaning that records will not be eligible to enter the public domain until 70 years after the work's first publication.
Billboard.biz


THE TOP HOLLYWOOD MUSIC SCHOOLS

The Hollywood Reporter's ranking of the top 10 music schools reveals a unique hierarchy of institutional standing. Based on a survey of academic and entertainment insiders -- including composers, arrangers, music supervisors, editors and engineers from The Society of Composers & Lyricists -- both traditional conservatories and innovative programs that funnel talent to Hollywood resonate among those who have graduated to the professional sphere. 
Billboard.biz


JOHN COLTRANE FANS HOPE TO TURN JAZZ GREAT’S HOME INTO A MUSEUM

In a quiet, tree-lined suburb of New York City sits an unassuming brick ranch house that many musicians consider hallowed ground. This is where saxophonist John Coltrane composed the epic 1964 jazz masterpiece "A Love Supreme," shortly after moving into the Dix Hills, Long Island, home.
Billboard.biz


ARCADE FIRE'S 'REFLEKTOR' GRABS TOP SPOT IN BRITAIN, EMINEM MONSTERS U.K. SINGLES CHART

Arcade Fire have their second U.K. No. 1 album after “Reflektor” (Sonovox) debuted at the summit Nov. 3, outselling last week’s bestseller, Katy Perry’s “Prism” (Virgin/Universal), by more than two to one, according to the Official Charts Company. “The Monster” (Interscope/Universal) by Eminem featuring Rihanna opened at No. 1 on the singles chart.   
Billboard.biz


ANATOMY OF A HIT: TYLER FARR’S ‘REDNECK CRAZY’

Not since Dixie Chicks’ 1999 hit “Goodbye Earl” has a country song been as reviled by mainstream media—yet beloved by country radio and fans—as Tyler Farr’s “Redneck Crazy.” But while the Chicks’ song stalled at No. 13, Farr’s hit recently ascended to No. 3 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.   
Billboard.biz


EX-BASSIST FOR THE GRATEFUL DEAD STRIKES A DEAL

Grayed and wiry, and still visibly in love with music, Mr. Lesh said he had been searching for a way to play regular concerts yet avoid the grinding tedium of the road. He has found it with an unusual deal to work exclusively with one promoter for 2014, putting on 45 shows in just a handful of venues.
New York Times


AUSTRALIA’S NINE ENTERTAINMENT TO LAUNCH IPO

Australia’s second largest media group, Nine Entertainment, is to launch an initial public offering, it was announced Monday. The company, which owns free-to-air broadcaster Nine Network, expects to raise A$697 million ($660 million) of fresh capital, and have an initial market capitalization of A$2.2 billion ($2.09 billion).
Variety


DIGITALLY PIRATED MUSIC, FILMS AND SOFTWARE COST $80BN PER YEAR

According to the latest NetNames research, 432 million internet users frequently copy content illegally, with 327 million unique Internet users across North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific openly sought infringing digital content.
Computer Business Review


IS YOUTUBE TOO BIG TO HAVE A REALLY BIG SHOW?

The best-case scenario for last night’s YouTube Music Awards was that they would do something really cool with live music and live video that we haven’t seen before. And that’s what they did for the show’s first six minutes.
AllThingsD


IS THE ALBUM DEAD IN THE US? THAT’S THE WRONG QUESTION…

Is the album dead, wonders an article in the Guardian about the latest music sales figures from the US. “It seems that the 10-song, artist-statement format that originated with the advent of the 33⅓ long player in the late 1940s could itself be nearing the end of the line,” suggests the piece.
Music Ally


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