Morning Fix: Digital Music Sales See First Annual Drop; Eminem's 'Monster' Has Biggest Week Yet; Remembering Phil Everly

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DIGITAL MUSIC SALES DECREASE FOR FIRST TIME IN 2013

While the digital track sales decline had been expected due to weaker sales in the first three quarters, the digital album downturn comes as more of a surprise as the album bundle had started out the year with a strong first quarter.
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EMINEM'S 'MONSTER' FEAT. RIHANNA POSTS BIGGEST SALES WEEK YET

In its ninth week atop Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Eminem's "The Monster" takes home Digital Gainer honors thanks to a 123% increase to 433,000 downloads, its best week yet according to Nielsen SoundScan. The most recent tracking week ending on Dec. 29.
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'FROZEN' SOUNDTRACK AIMING FOR NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD 200 CHART

Industry sources suggest the animated feature's companion album could sell over 140,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Jan. 5. That could be enough to bump the current No. 1 champ, Beyonce's self-titled album, down to No. 2.
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HOW PHIL EVERLY PROVED 'THE PEOPLE WRITING THE ARTICLES WHO HATED THE MUSIC' WRONG: A REMEMBRANCE

"When we were interviewed in the '50s, the first, second or third question would be 'what are you going to do when it's over?' The people writing the articles hated the music," Phil Everly said. "Whether it was Buddy or Eddie Cochran or Don and myself, none of us thought it would last because that was what we kept getting told.
Billboard.biz


CONVERSATIONS WITH COMPOSERS: ALEXANDRE DESPLAT

"Philomena" is the fifth collaboration between composer Alexandre Desplat and director Stephen Frears. The film is based on a woman’s search for the son taken from her when she was an unwed teenage mother in Ireland in 1952 and the journalist who assists her.
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THE MUSIC BIZ REMEMBERS PHIL EVERLY

There is perhaps no greater measure of the legendary Everly Brothers' impact on music than the outpouring of tributes that followed in the wake of Phil Everly's passing on Friday (Jan. 3). Here we compile tweets and statements from a wide range of musicians (from Brian Wilson to Paul Simon, Billie Joe Armstrong to Maryanne Hobbs), music execs (Del Bryant, Steve Greenberg) and many others.
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SAUL ZAENTZ, MOVIE PRODUCER AND MUSIC EXEC WHO FEUDED WITH JOHN FOGERTY, DIES AT 92

Saul Zaentz, a music producer whose second career as a filmmaker brought him best-picture Academy Awards for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Amadeus" and "The English Patient," has died. He was 92.
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PITBULL & KE$HA'S 'TIMBER' TAKES FIRST U.K. NO. 1 FOR 2014

“Timber” (Mr.305/Polo Grounds/J/Sony) by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha debuted atop the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Jan. 5) to become the market’s first No. 1 single of 2014. Ellie Goulding’s “Halcyon” (Polydor/Universal) climbed 6-1 to top the album bestsellers for the first time, in its 65th chart week. 
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BBC TO APPOINT 'ARTS SUPREMO' TO OVERSEE MUSIC OUTPUT

The BBC will expand its arts and music output in 2014 with a newly appointed ‘arts supremo’ executive put in place to lead the way.
Music Week


WARNER MUSIC GROUP, PERFORMERS AGREE TO SETTLE RINGTONE DISPUTE

The artists sued in federal court in San Francisco in February 2012, over licensing rates they claimed they were owed. The lead plaintiff is Kathy Sledge-Lightfoot of Sister Sledge, the group popular in the 1970s and best known for the song “We Are Family.”
Bloomberg BusinessWeek


THE STATS THAT WILL DEPRESS AT CES

The Consumer Electronics Assn. painted a bleak future during a press event in Las Vegas on Sunday, just hours before the Consumer Electronics Show kicks off here.
Variety


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