Morning Fix: Paul McGuinness Reflects on 35 Years Guiding U2; Norwegian Revenue Spike Has Streaming to Thank; Shazam Predicts Grammy Winners

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BILLBOARD'S 2014 INDUSTRY ICON: PAUL MCGUINNESS ON 35 YEARS GUIDING 'THE BIGGEST BAND IN THE WORLD' (Q&A)

The following extended Q&A with U2's long-time manager Paul McGuinness is from the new issue of Billboard, which features a cover story on Howard Stern; a  MIDEM special section with Billboard's inaugural International Power Players list and 14 Things to Watch at this year's confab; a look at a day in the life of Secretly Canadian's Ben Swanson; Beats Music's marketing plan and way more.
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BUSINESS MATTERS: NORWEGIAN MUSIC'S REVENUE SPIKE MAY MEAN THE STREAMING MODEL IS WORKING

Led by growth in streaming revenue, both digital and total recorded music revenue in Norway grew in 2013, according to figures released by IFPI Norway. Total revenue grew 10.6% to 603 million NOK ($97.8 million), the country's best total since 2008. Digital revenue rose 39.7% to 468 million NOK ($75.9 million), or 77.6% of total revenue.
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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN'S 'HIGH HOPES' OPENS AT NO. 1 IN BRITAIN

Bruce Springsteen notched his tenth No. 1 album in the U.K. Sunday (Jan. 19) with “High Hopes” (Columbia/Sony Music), as Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (Back Lot) moved past the half-million sales mark to stake another week atop the singles chart. 
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SHAZAM PREDICTS 2014 GRAMMY WINNERS

Call it the People's Choice. Shazam, the company whose app is used to identify about 16 million songs a day, on Monday issued its predictions for this Sunday's Grammy winners.
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MY MORNING JACKET, MIKE MARTINOVICH JOIN RED LIGHT MANAGEMENT (EXCLUSIVE)

Manager Mike Martinovich, whose clients include My Morning Jacket, Flight of the Conchords an Preservation Hall Jazz Band, has joined forces with Red Light Management. He will continue to be based in New York but will retire the Flatiron Management name.
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U2, WILL SMITH TO GUEST ON PREMIERE EPISODE OF 'TONIGHT SHOW' WITH JIMMY FALLON

Iconic rock band U2 and actor/former-rapper Will Smith will be the first guests on the newly revamped "Tonight Show" when Jimmy Fallon makes his hosting debut on Feb. 17, NBC announced this evening.
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SEAN LENNON, NELS CLINE COMPOSE MUSIC FOR 'WATCHERS OF THE SKY' DOCUMENTARY (EXCLUSIVE)

Sean Lennon and Wilco guitarist Nels Cline have written music for Edet Belzberg's documentary "Watchers of the Sky" that will make its world premiere Jan. 20 at the Temple Theater in Park City, Utah.
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NEON GOLD SIGNS LABEL DEAL WITH ATLANTIC RECORDS, RELEASING LYOR COHEN'S FIRST SIGNING (EXCLUSIVE)

“It feels like the next chapter for Neon Gold, and we’re incredibly excited to bring new knowledge to the table, given all we’ve learned in the past three years,” Plapinger says. “We already had an incredible relationship with Atlantic, and to be working with another woman is really inspirational and exciting. That’s a wonderful bonus to the situation.”
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REPORT CLAIMS KEY TO STREAMING MUSIC’S GROWTH IS CHEAPER SUBSCRIPTIONS

Is £9.99 a month too much to pay for a streaming music subscription service like Spotify or Deezer? A report published today by professional services firm Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) thinks it might be.
Music Ally


BEATS CAN'T SAVE THE MUSIC INDUSTRY, BUT THIS NEW BUSINESS MODEL COULD

On the eve of Beats launching its streaming music service, it’s hard to feel anything other than disappointment. Music services keep popping up promising a new era for digital music, but no one has been able to fix the downward trends that hurt the most: that is, people's increasing unwillingness to pay money for music.
Fast Company


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