Morning Fix: Beats Music Coming Next Month; Savages' Frontwoman Jehnny Beth Shares Music About the Music Business; Jenni Rivera Crash Cites Negligence

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BEATS MUSIC 'LOCKED AND LOADED' FOR JANUARY

Beats Music on Wednesday announced it will debut its music service in January, kicking off a year that promises to crank up the competition in the hotly contested U.S. music subscription business.
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SAVAGES’ JEHNNY BETH SHARES HER ‘SONGS ABOUT THE MUSIC INDUSTRY’ RADIO SHOW (EXCLUSIVE)

When Jehnny Beth, singer of Savages and co-founder of Pop Noire Records, made public the latest edition of her radio show on her blog -- "Songs About the Music Industry" -- we simply had to reach out in the hope of hearing a bit more of her thoughts on the subject of the music industry from the perspective of a strong artist and someone who co-operates her own label. Lucky for us (and you), she was interested.
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JENNI RIVERA PLANE CRASH PROBE CITES NEGLIGENCE, IRREGULARITIES AMONG 'SERIES OF FACTORS'

The plane crash in Mexico that took the life of Latin music star Jenni Rivera and four members of her entourage was the result of a “series of factors” that could have included the age of the 1969 Learjet, the age of the pilot, and owner negligence in reporting problems with the plane’s operation before the doomed flight, according to a report issued by the Mexico’s General Civil Aviation Administration (DGAC).
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NICK CAVE DOC TO PREMIERE AT SUNDANCE, AMONG 118 FILM SELECTIONS FOR 2014

Documentaries on Nick Cave and of transgender singer Rae Spoon and a musical from Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian are among the 118 full-length films selected for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions and out-of-competition screenings.
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IFC GETTING 'TRAPPED IN THE CLOSET' WITH R. KELLY AGAIN

The bizarre "rap opera," which first debuted online in 2005 before segueing to IFC, will release additional chapters on the cable network in 2014. The news comes little more than a year after the last batch of "Closet" episodes hit the network after a five-year lapse.
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SIRIUS XM WILL HAVE TO DEFEND MULTIPLE LAWSUITS OVER PRE-1972 MUSIC

Sirius XM is facing a $100 million class action lawsuit in California for distributing and performing songs created before 1972, when sound recordings began falling under federal copyright protection. Sirius XM is also facing a second class action lawsuit in New York. And a third class action in Florida.
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MILEY CYRUS' 'WRECKING BALL' SWINGS BACK TO NO. 1 ON HOT 100

Thanks to the viral explosion of a new parody video of the song, Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" returns to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. The song halts the command of Lorde's "Royals" after nine weeks.
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KEVIN MCCABE JOINS UNIVERSAL, SETS UP NEW AGENCY

McCabe becomes the latest high-profile appointment at Caroline International, Universal Music’s recently-launched services division for independent labels and artists, where he has been named Director of Promotions and Artist Campaign Strategy.
Music Week


ISRAELI BILL WOULD LEGALIZE ALL DOWNLOADING AND TORRENTING

Will downloading music and movies from the Internet, in Israel, soon become legal? MK Meir Shitreet (Hatnuah) along with other MKs have proposed a bill that would make it legal for home users to download and copy movies and, songs from the Internet and copying disks. The law, if passed, would only make it legal for personal use, but not for selling. The balance of this law is that it would add a tax to manufacturers and importers of equipment used for making copies of disks.
Jewish Press


PANDORA LISTENER HOURS UP 18% YOY IN NOVEMBER

The platform’s share of total US radio listening increased from 7.2% to 8.4%, while its active listener count was up 16% year-on-year, hitting 72.4 million at the end of last month.
Music Week


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