Morning Fix: Beats Music Strikes Deal with Merlin; Paul McGuinness Speaks Out; Romeo, Anthony Top Finalists for Billboard's Latin Music Awards

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BEATS MUSIC COURTING INDIES, SIGNS UP MERLIN (EXCLUSIVE)

The streaming music service on Thursday publicly announced a multi-year licensing deal with Merlin, a British agency that negotiates digital licensing deals on behalf of its 20,000 members, including Kobalt, Epitaph Records, Beggars Group, Merge and other independent labels.
Billboard.biz


PAUL MCGUINNESS ON LIFE AFTER U2, MIDEM, CALLING OUT TECH COMPANIES (Q&A)PETE SEEGER TRIBUTE IN NYC TO GO AHEAD

Paul McGuinness, legendary U2 manager and winner of this year's Billboard Industry Icon Award, does not mince words. Not only did he deliver one of Midem's best speeches at the award's ceremony, but he also gave a fantastic follow-up interview discussing life after U2, his thoughts on major tech firms, the Midem conference and why he's not afraid to jump into the fray.
Billboard.biz


ROMEO SANTOS, MARC ANTHONY, PRINCE ROYCE TOP FINALISTS FOR 2014 BILLBOARD LATIN MUSIC AWARDS

Fresh from landing his third No. 1 debut on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart with “Odio” (featuring Drake), bachata star Romeo Santos led the charge as the top finalist for the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards, presented by State Farm and broadcasting live April 24 on Telemundo.
Billboard.biz


PANDORA AND TWITTER REVENUE RISES, STOCKS FALL

Pandora Inc. on Wednesday posted an improved financial quarter with higher revenue and profits, but skittish investors nevertheless pushed the Internet radio company's stock down more than 8% immediately after the report.
Billboard.biz


GOOGLE NAMES SUSAN WOJCICKI YOUTUBE HEAD

Susan Wojcicki, Google VP ads and commerce, replaces Google SVP Salar Kamangar as head of its online video platform.
Billboard.biz


SUPER BOWL BOUNCES BRUNO MARS UP BILLBOARD CHARTS

Mars' second album, "Unorthodox Jukebox," flies from No. 18 to No. 7 on the Billboard 200 chart with 42,000 -- up 180%, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His first album, "Doo-Wops & Hooligans," jumps from No. 82 to No. 19 with 16,000 (up 303%).
Billboard.biz


FORMER WARNER EXEC ACCUSED OF EMBEZZLING OVER $1 MILLION (REPORT)

Danielle Smith, a former executive at Warner Music Group, was arraigned on a charge of first-degree grand larceny after Smith allegedly embezzled $1.3 million from her former employer.
Billboard.biz


SOUNDEXCHANGE CELEBRATES $170M PAID TO ARTISTS IN FOURTH QUARTER 2013

SoundExchange celebrated its 10th anniversary with a record $170.4 million paid out to artists in the fourth quarter of last year, with a total all-time high of $590.4 million for the year, a 28% increase over 2012.  
Billboard.biz


CLAY AIKEN ANNOUNCES RUN FOR CONGRESS

Former "American Idol" star Clay Aiken is officially running for Congress. The season two runner-up announced his candidacy in a video posted on Wednesday. Aiken is running for the House of Representatives seat in North Carolina's second district, looking to unseat second-term Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers.
Billboard.biz


HYPE MACHINE PARTNERS WITH TOWNSQUARE MEDIA, DEPARTING SPINMEDIA

Townsquare Media, a web media, radio, live event and advertising servicing company, has announced its partnership with Hype Machine, the long-running music discovery engine and aggregator launched in 2005.
Billboard.biz


PARLIAMENT VOTES FOR EASIER COPYRIGHT RULES FOR ONLINE MUSIC PROVIDERS

The European Parliament has passed a bill on Tuesday (4 February) making it easier for online music streaming sites to provide services in several European countries, with the aim of boosting entrepreneurship in online music services.
EurActiv


BEATS MUSIC CEO ON WHY DELEGATING IS THE SECRET TO SUCCESS

Digital music and Rogers came of age together: from a five-year-old record collector to a web designer for the Beastie Boys in 1993, the Beats Music CEO launched their new premium streaming service in January.
Fast Company


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