Morning Fix: The State of Streaming; Beats Music's Positives and Negatives, So Far; UMPG and Pandora Make Deal on BMI Repertoire

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THE STATE OF STREAMING MUSIC AS BEATS MUSIC LAUNCHES

On-demand music streaming services have come far in the last five years. The first generation of services, such as Rhapsody and Napster, found limited success during the heyday of the paid download. Under the next wave of services, best represented by Spotify and Beats Music, the business model and user experience have greatly evolved.
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BEATS MUSIC: WHAT WORKS AND WHAT DOESN’T

The concept is compelling, but the interface isn’t simple or intuitive enough for the mainstream consumer the company plans to target. The service launched in the app store early this morning. After playing around with it for most of the day, here are the hits and misses.
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UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING, PANDORA STRIKE DEAL ON BMI REPERTOIRE

The agreement between UMGP and Pandora comes after a legal battle over whether UMPG and other publishers had the right to withdraw digital licensing from the performance rights organizations.
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GRAMMYS: NINE INCH NAILS, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, HUNTER HAYES TO PERFORM

Gary Clark Jr. and Hunter Hayes are the latest awards show set list additions, as well as a finale number that features Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl and Lindsey Buckingham.
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OLIVER WITHÖFT, CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS CO-OWNER, DIES AGED 49

Staffers, former employees and colleagues have said Withöft had withdrawn himself from daily management duties at Century Media after taking ill some time ago. News spread throughout the label's home office in Dortmund, Germany and quickly traveled to Century Media's US headquarters in Los Angeles Tuesday.
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WHY THE GRAMMYS MATTER TO INDIES: GUEST POST BY A2IM'S RICH BENGLOFF

When I started with A2IM seven years ago last month I asked what A2IM was doing to support our members’ award efforts, specifically since they were coming up, the GRAMMYs. When surveying A2IM’s independent music label members I frequently heard the same refrain, “we don’t really care about the GRAMMYs.”
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GERMAN MUSIC REVENUES UP IN 2013, PHYSICAL SALES SEE MODEST DECREASE

After 5 years of contraction, the German market for music sales has seen a small increase in revenue in 2013, as reported today by BVMI (Bundesverband Musikindustrie, Germany's music industry association) in Berlin and the market research company media control GfK in a trend report.
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BILLBOARD'S GUIDE TO GRAMMY WEEK: ALL THE SHOWS, PARTIES AND EVENTS TO BE SEEN

As snow envelops the East Coast, what better time to take advantage of the cloudless, 80-degree Los Angeles weather and a party or 12? Grammy Week is routinely host to the biggest and best industry events of the year, and 2014 is shaping up to be no exception.
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FORMER OUTKAST MANAGER QUEEN LATIFAH DENIES DUO ARE WORKING ON NEW ALBUM

Former OutKast manager Queen Latifah has backtracked on her previous comments that the reformed hip-hop duo were working on a new album.
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WILL BEATS MUSIC CHALLENGE PANDORA OR SIRIUS XM?

Beats Music is officially available today, and the new streaming-music service is certainly ambitious. Backed by musical celebrities Dr. Dre, producer Jimmy Iovine, and Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, Beats Music is hoping to set itself apart by having a higher level of curation.
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