Morning Fix: Apple Considers Launching Spotify Rival; Chuck D on Music Retail's Future (Q&A); Twitter #Music Shutting Down; Jagger's Tragedy Could Cost the Stones $10M

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APPLE MULLS LAUNCHING SPOTIFY RIVAL, ANDROID APP AS DOWNLOADS DECLINE (SOURCES)

The iPhone maker explores multi-pronged strategy to shore up double-digit drops in iTunes downloads, according to IFPI and RIAA data.
Billboard.biz


BIG BOI SIGNS WITH JORDAN FELDSTEIN'S CAREER ARTIST MANAGEMENT, RELEASING NEW EP (EXCLUSIVE)

Big Boi, the rap artist best known as half of hip-hop duo Outkast, has signed a management deal with Jordan Feldstein's Career Artist Management, whose clients include Maroon 5 and Robin Thicke.
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CHUCK D, RECORD STORE DAY AMBASSADOR, LOOKS TO PAST FOR MUSIC RETAIL'S FUTURE (Q&A)

A student of history, Public Enemy founder Chuck D reached back to the early 1950s in his remarks at Amoeba in Hollywood Thursday to suggest an idea that would bring brick and mortar record stores in closer contact with the Internet: Radio stations.
Billboard.biz


TWITTER #MUSIC PULLED FROM APP STORE, SHUTTING DOWN APRIL 18

In a tweet on Friday (March 21), Twitter announced it was pulling its Twitter #Music app from Apple's App Store and planned to shut it down entirely on April 18, a year to the day it launched.
Billboard.biz


HOW MICK JAGGER'S TRAGEDY COULD COST THE ROLLING STONES UP TO $10M

Losses stemming from the postponement of 14 On Fire in Australia and New Zealand after the shocking death of L'Wren Scott could approach $10 million, as the grieving singer puts the tour on pause.
Billboard.biz


GEORGE MICHAEL'S 'SYMPHONICA' TOPS U.K. ALBUMS CHART

George Michael’s live “Symphonica” album (Virgin EMI/Universal) won the battle of the heavyweight releases with Kylie Minogue’s “Kiss Me Once” (Parlophone/Warner Music) on the new U.K. sales charts yesterday (Sunday).
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CAN 'RIO 2' FOLLOW IN 'FROZEN''S FOOTSTEPS WITH JANELLE MONAE, BRUNO MARS, ESTHER DEAN?

"Will this be 'Frozen'? No. Do I think we're going to do fine? Absolutely."
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SASQUATCH! MUSIC FESTIVAL CANCELS FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND

Live Nation Seattle president cites lack of support for festival's second weekend.
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EMINEM MARKS SALES, HOT 100 MILESTONES

It's a monster week for rap god Eminem, who scores two significant sales feats and marks a milestone on the Billboard Hot 100.
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'MIDNIGHT RIDER' ACCIDENT: SARAH JONES' FAMILY HIRES ATTORNEY AS LAWSUIT LOOMS

A month after her death, the camera assistant's family has retained the services of a Savannah, Ga., law firm and is expected to file one or more civil complaints in the next few weeks.
THR


GWAR FRONTMAN DAVID BROCKIE, A.K.A. ODERUS URUNGUS, DEAD AT 50

Dave Brockie, better known as Oderus Urungus, the founder and lead singer of renowned Richmond, Virginia metal band GWAR, has died. Roommates reportedly found Brockie's body at his home Sunday evening (March 23).
Blabbermouth


INDIE LABEL BIG MACHINE TO START DOT RECORDS

Dot, to be run by Chris Stacey, a former promotion executive at Warner Music Nashville, revives the name of a celebrated independent label that was active from 1950 until the late 1970s, with a diverse roster that started with gospel and R&B and moved into pop, rock and country.
NY Times


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