Morning Fix: The Year in Music 2013; U.K. Music Biz Valued at £3.5 Billion; How Beyoncé's Team Kept 'Beyoncé' Under Wraps

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THE YEAR IN MUSIC 2013

Another year, a thousand game-changers, so many upheavals. Below you will find our year-end features, taking a look at the year in digital, touring, publishing, the continuing "Pandora Wars," a close look at that game-altering Jay Z/Samsung deal, the mobile market's ongoing expansion, and, of course, our many charts of the year's finest, from K-Pop to country.
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U.K. MUSIC INDUSTRY VALUED AT £3.5 BILLION

A survey, which is entitled “The Economic Contribution of the Core UK Music Industry,” reveals that revenues generated from musicians, composers and songwriters totaled £1.6 billion ($2.6 billion) in 2012, while recorded music sales added £634 million ($1 billion) to the United Kingdom economy.
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HOW BEYONCE'S 'BEYONCE' STAYED SECRET UNTIL THE DAY OF RELEASE, ITS FIRST SINGLES

When Beyonce’s fifth album arrived surreptitiously Friday morning at midnight, it was without the aid of an advanced single, marketing campaign, radio airplay or TV performances. But now that it’s out and setting iTunes ablaze with a weeklong, album-only exclusive, which of the album’s 14 tracks will get the single treatment?
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BEYONCE'S SALES GROW TO 550K+, SET FOR 2013'S BIGGEST DEBUT BY A WOMAN

Beyonce's surprise self-titled album is all but guaranteed a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart this week. Industry sources suggest its sales have grown to over 550,000 in the U.S. through Saturday (14) night. The album may sell 600,000 by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Dec. 15.
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BILLBOARD.BIZ'S TOP 25 STORIES OF 2013

You read, reacted and shared these stories which made our survey based solely on traffic numbers. Most impressive is the variety: stories from the Latin, country, metal, rap and electronic music genres rub shoulders with acquisitions, music marketing and service journalism.
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13 WAYS TO MAKE MONEY WITH YOUR SONGS (GUEST POST)

If you write songs, and your songs are sold, downloaded, streamed or used in many other ways, they’re generating songwriter royalties for you.  Awesome, right? Nowadays, the types of songwriter royalties earned fall into two buckets: Physical/Analog Songwriter Royalties (generated from old school music industry), and Digital Songwriter Royalties (generated from the modern digital music industry).
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HOW TO GIVE SOMEONE 20 MILLION SONGS FOR 2014

Note! Before you give someone a music subscription, make sure they have a smartphone or tablet that has an app for the service you're choosing. Otherwise, your giftee might as well be using free Spotify on the desktop. Also, all of these subscriptions cost basically the same: $10/month.
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THE BEATLES SET TO RELEASE RARITIES LP IN COPYRIGHT PROTECTION BID

A spokesperson from the band’s Apple Records confirmed the release of the material to the BBC at the end of last week, although the digital compilations (which includes BBC sessions and alternate takes of famous songs) has not been officially announced.
Music Week


JOE BIHARI, PIONEERING BLUES RECORD PRODUCER WHO DISCOVERED B.B. KING, DIES AT 88

Joe Bihari, who co-founded Modern Records, the Los Angeles-based record company that discovered such rhythm-and-blues performers as B.B. King, Etta James and Ike Turner, died Nov. 28 in a Los Angeles hospital. He was 88.
Washington Post


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