Morning Fix: Are There Any Gigantic Releases Left for 2013?; Behind Lady Gaga and Troy Carter's Split; Dr. Luke Hires Interscope's Greg Marella

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AFTER EMINEM, CAN ALBUMS BY ONE DIRECTION, LADY GAGA OR BRITNEY SPEARS RACK UP MONSTER DEBUTS?

With Eminem's new album on course for a blockbuster first week, are there any other albums left this year than can also rack up huge, half-million-plus debuts? Yes. But that list is very short. As in: There's just one album on it. 
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LADY GAGA-TROY CARTER SPLIT: WHAT HAPPENED, THE FUTURE AND WHY IT'S BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR NOW

Lady Gaga and Troy Carter, her manager since 2007 at his firm Atom Factory, may have parted ways this week, citing creative differences. But executives involved with “Artpop” say it’s largely been business as usual in the days since Gaga’s split with Atom Factory on Nov. 4.
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LADY GAGA TEAMS WITH H&M FOR RELEASE OF 'ARTPOP' ALBUM

Lady Gaga has teamed with clothing retailer H&M for the release of her new album "ARTPOP." The diva's latest release, due out Nov. 11, will be carried in 175 of the chain's U.S. stores this week.
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DR. LUKE'S KEMOSABE RECORDS HIRES INTERSCOPE VETERAN GREG MARELLA

Executive Greg Marella has joined Kemosabe Records as executive vice president. The label, headed by hitmaker Dr. Luke, is a joint venture with Sony Music.
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SPOTIFY CLOSE TO SECURING $200 MILLION INVESTMENT (REPORT)

Spotify and Technology Crossover Ventures are close to announcing a $200 million round of funding, according to a report.
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NEW SIGNINGS: BMG CHRYSALIS INKS RASCAL FLATTS' JAY DEMARCUS, SLASH TO WARNER/CHAPPELL, PRIMARY WAVE NABS MELISSA ETHERIDGE

Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, which include label, management, publishing and booking agency deals including Alex Newell, Roadrunner Records, Mom+Pop and many more.   
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TWITTER STOCKS SLIDE ON SECOND DAY

Twitter's stock slid more than 7 percent on its second trading day Friday, after the popular short messaging service saw a huge first-day pop in what turned out to be a smooth public debut.  
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BIEBER’S MANAGER STARTS MUSIC INVESTMENT FUND

In a deal that has kept the music industry guessing for months, Mr. Braun is assembling a coalition of managers and musicians, and raising an investment fund intended to strengthen their position in the changing music industry, according to several people with direct knowledge of the plan.
New York Times


PPL ASKS LABELS: 'HAVE YOU LICENSED TO GROOVESHARK?'

In July last year, PPL and BPI asked labels to let them know if they had licensed to a number of torrent sites thought to be engaged pirate activity. The survey followed a High Court order demanding that some of the UK’s largest ISPs block the notorious Pirate Bay file-sharing website.
Music Week


SONY GETS WEIRD AGAIN WITH A PLAYSTATION 4 HOMAGE TO DAFT PUNK

Luckily, there's still some life in Sony's marketing team, as demonstrated by its decision to turn an ordinary PS4 unboxing video into a Daft Punk parody.
The Verge


INDIA’S IDEA CUSTOMERS WITH ANDROID PHONES CAN NOW DOWNLOAD MUSIC ON DHINGANA WITHOUT DATA CHARGES

Indian music streaming service Dhingana has inked a partnership with India’s third-largest mobile operator, Idea Cellular, to debut a music subscription service that lets users download unlimited music with no data charges.
The Next Web


CHANGES TO COPYRIGHT LAWS COULD BE VERY GOOD OR VERY BAD; IT DEPENDS ON WHO'S INVOLVED

When it comes to data we upload to the web and digital content in all its forms, it's hard to tell who owns it. At Expand NY's panel today, Electronic Frontier Foundation's (EFF) Julie Samuels, Techdirt's Mike Masnick and American University Washington College of Law professor, Michael Carroll discussed that very issue in the context of the user data lockdown from Megaupload, legal concepts of digital ownership and privacy and how increasingly irrelevant copyright laws could change in the future.
Engadget


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