Morning Fix: The 2014 Billboard Power 100; Terrible Start to 2014 Download Sales; Retailers Predict This Year's GRAMMY Bump; Meet Bieber's Lawyer

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THE 2014 BILLBOARD POWER 100

What is power? At its base, it’s the ability to reshape the world around you according to your vision. And who in the music industry did so with more verve than the two people leading this year's Power 100? But they weren't the only ones exerting a powerful influence on the music business, and popular culture at large.
Billboard.biz


BUSINESS MATTERS: DOWNLOADS OFF TO A TERRIBLE START IN 2014

U.S. digital sales are beginning 2014 just like they ended 2013: in negative territory. Through the third week of the year, track sales are down 11.9% and digital album sales are down 13.3%, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Both figures stand in stark contrast to the same period last year. Through the first three weeks of 2013, track sales were up 2.2% and digital album sales were up 18.1%.
Billboard.biz


GRAMMY WEEK: SONGZA, REVOLT TV, BROKE MOGUL DISCUSS MUSIC DISCOVERY, MAN, AND MACHINE

At Grammy Connect, the Recording Academy's fifth annual conference on digital and social media, four speakers explored the relative merits of human and algorithmic approaches to music discovery.
Billboard.biz


MACKLEMORE, DAFT PUNK, LORDE, JAY Z & BEYONCE: RETAILERS PREDICT THIS YEAR'S GRAMMY BUMP

With the GRAMMYs coming up this Sunday, industry prognosticators are laying down their bets on who could be the big sales winners at the show.
Billboard.biz


2014 GRAMMY COMMERCIALS SOLD FOR AS HIGH AS RECORD $1 MILLION (EXCLUSIVE)

With the last two GRAMMY telecasts drawing the biggest audiences the awards has seen in 20 years, the cost of commercials has adjusted accordingly.
Billboard.biz


MEET BIEBER'S LAWYER: DEFENDER OF LIMBAUGH, KELSEY GRAMMAR, AND MORE

When Justin Bieber appeared in court for his bail hearing on Thursday, he was represented by a familiar face for those who've followed legal disputes of the rich and famous: attorney Roy Black.
Billboard.biz

 


U2 TO PREMIERE SONG WITH (RED) AND BANK OF AMERICA DURING SUPERBOWL

U2 will premiere a new song, “Invisible,” via a commercial from (RED) and Bank of America that will air during next Sunday’s Super Bowl (Feb. 2.) As previously reported by Billboard, the song will set up U2’s forthcoming album – a follow-up to 2009’s No Line On The Horizon, and the group’s first under new manager Guy Oseary.
Billboard.biz


APPLE REFLECTS ON 30 YEARS OF MACINTOSH

Apple released the first Macintosh computer 30 years ago today, and Cupertino is in party mode. The Apple website has been updated to point to a celebration of the original computer and its descendants. The page is essentially a timeline that acts as both a look at the various Mac models and also focuses on the "generation of innovators who continue to change the world" using their Macs with short stories about a number of creatives.
The Verge


HIGHLIGHTS FROM COURTNEY LOVE'S TESTIMONY AT 'TWIBEL' TRIAL

Corrupt entertainment lawyers, conversations with Bono, phone hacking, being a "retard" when it comes to Twitter and more ...
The Hollywood Reporter


CAN YOUTUBE-POWERED RADIO GIVE LAST.FM A SHOT AT SUCCESS?

Last.fm may have been a pioneer of personal radio, but since its $280m acquisition by CBS in 2007, it’s receded from the spotlight even as its category became more important – first with Pandora in the US, and more recently with the radio features added to pretty much every major streaming music service.
Music Ally


THIRD MAN RECORDS RELEASING NEIL YOUNG'S 'A LETTER HOME'

Neil Young's new album A Letter Home, which he recently described to Rolling Stone as "one one of the lowest-tech experiences I've ever had," will see release via Jack White's Third Man Records. While Young said that the record would be out in March, no official release date has been given yet.
Rolling Stone


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