Morning Fix: Google's Free Scan & Match; Nielsen's Arbitron Deal; .Biz's Year-End Survey Pt. 1
Morning Fix: Google's Free Scan & Match; Nielsen's Arbitron Deal; .Biz's Year-End Survey Pt. 1


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GOOGLE LAUNCHES FREE LICENSED SCAN-AND-MATCH MUSIC LOCKER IN U.S.: Google, which launched its scan-and-match locker service in Europe in November, has introduced the service in the U.S., having secured the necessary copyrights to do so from the three major labels and some independents. While Google is playing catch-up with Apple and Amazon who already offer the service, Google has several competitive advantages: it's free and has higher quality streaming.

BUSINESS MATTERS: THE GOOD AND BAD OF NIELSEN'S ACQUISITION OF ARBITRON: Nielsen will soon measure just about every bit of major media Americans consume. The $1.26 billion acquisition of Arbitron combines the leader in U.S. radio ratings with the king of U.S. television ratings. The acquisition will have clear payoffs and the acquisition should immediately benefit Nielsen shareholders, but there are some potential drawbacks to the acquisition. spoke with executives who fear the acquisition may lead to less competition, less innovation and higher rates.

KE$HA REACTS TO RADIO DROPPING 'DIE YOUNG' POST NEWTOWN: With Ke$ha's "Die Young" pulled from a number of radio stations in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., the RCA Records singer had her own criticism for the hit song. "i understand. I had my very own issue with 'die young' for this reason," she wrote on Twitter on Tuesday evening. "I did NOT want to sing those lyrics and I was FORCED TO." The tweet was later deleted, but she followed it up with another not long after.

BILLBOARD.BIZ READERS' SURVEY RESULTS, PART 1: THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENT OF 2012: As part of our year-end special, we asked you, the audience three specific questions about 2012 - and we got dozens of thoughtful, intelligent, well-considered responses. Rather than dropping all of that knowledge in one big pile, we're publishing one group of responses -- the answers to one question -- per day for the next three days. Today: The most important event of 2012.

JENNI RIVERA'S ALBUM SALES GAIN 1,014% AND CLAIM TOP THREE SLOTS ON LATIN CHART: On the Top Latin Albums chart, the late Jenni Rivera monopolizes the top three rungs, with her new hits compilation "La Misma Gran Senora" debuting at No. 1 with 27,000 -- the best sales week of the year for any Latin album. It's also Rivera's best sales frame for an album, beating the 16,000 racked by "Jenni" in its debut week in 2008. The regional Mexican star's memorial service takes place today at 10 a.m. PT.

'12-12-12' DIGITAL ALBUM DROPS; CONCERT PRODUCERS ANNOUNCE FIRST $50 MILLION TO BE DISTRIBUTED TO SANDY VICTIMS: The producers of the "12-12-12" concert announced in a statement today that the Robin Hood Foundation will distribute the first $50 million of initial proceeds for "12-12-12" to organizations helping to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy. The album of the concert arrived on iTunes via Columbia Records today, with the physical release to follow next month.

YAHOO CHINA WILL SHUTTER ITS MUSIC WEBSITE: Yahoo China announced today that it will bid farewell to its Chinese music service on Jan. 20. A statement posted on the Web site in Chinese says: "Thank you for your continued support of Yahoo services. Due to an adjustment in our product strategy, we have decided to take Yahoo Music offline on January 20, 2013, when the service will no longer be available." Last week, Google announced the closure of its shopping service in that country, two months after closing its Music Search in China after losing its battle with Baidu.

INSTAGRAM SPARKS BACKLASH OVER PRIVACY: Instagram is facing a backlash from users after the rapidly growing photo-sharing app owned by Facebook altered its privacy policy and terms of service to allow advertisers to use the photos and data of its users "without any compensation." Instagram founder Kevin Systrom said in a statement on its website in response to the clamor that it would "modify specific parts of the terms to make it more clear what will happen with your photos." He also said that " It is not our intention to sell your photos," adding that Instagram and Facebook " do not have plans" to use photos in an advertisement.
Financial Times

Cassadee Pope, who was country singer Blake Shelton's protege on the third season of NBC's "The Voice," has won the show's competition. The 23-year-old singer is stepping out into a solo career after performing with a band called Hey Monday. Her victory over Scottish native Terry McDermott and long-bearded Nicholas David was announced at the end of a two-hour show Tuesday.
Associated Press

HILLSBOROUGH SINGLE TAKES 'CRITICAL LEAD' IN CHRISTMAS NO.1 RACE: Hillsborough charity single "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" has taken a "critical lead" over James Arthur's " Impossible," according to the Official Charts Company, in what it describes as "the tightest ever battle for the Official Christmas Number 1." The Guy Chambers produced Justice Collective Hillsborough charity single features Sir Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Melanie C among others and was trailing The "X Factor" 2012 winner's single for the first three days of sales data.
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