Morning Fix: The 'iTunes of Video Games' Starts Playing with Music; Charles Caldas on Streaming and Market Share; Glassnote Inks Distro Deal with Universal

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STEAM (AND ITS 65 MILLION USERS) PLAYING WITH MUSIC COULD MEAN BIG THINGS

What seems at first glance to be a modest feature addition to an incredibly popular platform may end up meaning a lot more to music than just another way to play your tracks while jumping through inter-spatial wormholes.
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MERLIN'S CEO CHARLES CALDAS ON INDIES, STREAMING AND THE MARKET SHARE ISSUE (OP-ED)

Following January’s flurry of sales stats and data, and with Midem complete, it feels appropriate to now look forward at the priorities and challenges facing us in 2014. In terms of Merlin, and our place in the digital music market, that means two key and interconnected areas.
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GLASSNOTE INKS DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH UNIVERSAL (REPORT)

UMG's distribution arrangement will kick-off from March 1, in a deal that enables Glass to pursue new business ventures with the market-leading music company and further expand his existing firm worldwide.
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KANYE WEST, JOHN MAYER SCHEDULED FOR FIRST WEEK OF 'LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS'

Kanye West, John Mayer and A Great Big World are among the guests who will appear on the first week of "Late Night with Seth Meyers."
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FORGOTIFY PLAYS SPOTIFY’S 4 MILLION UNHEARD SONGS

"We were shocked that there were four million unheard songs and we were curious about what those songs were… and if they were worth listening to," said Jordan, a classic rock lover new to the music tech realm.
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'NOW 49' BUMPS 'FROZEN' FROM NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD 200, BRUNO MARS GETS SUPER BOWL BUMP

After a two-week rule of the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200—and four weeks atop the list overall—the "Frozen" soundtrack steps aside, letting the new "Now 49" hits compilation open atop the list.
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IMAGINE DRAGONS' 'RADIOACTIVE' TIES FOR LONGEST HOT 100 RUN

The band's smash equals the 76-week chart life of Jason Mraz's 'I'm Yours' in 2008-09. Meanwhile, AWOLNATION's 'Sail' posts its 75th week on the chart.
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APPLE CLAIMS PROGRESS ON UNDERAGE EMPLOYMENT AND CONFLICT MATERIALS

Apple has released its eighth annual Supplier Responsibility Progress Report. The report outlines the company's successes in giving more than a million people in its supply chain "safe and ethical working conditions," and details Apple's plans for the ethical sourcing of minerals.
The Verge


VKONTAKTE 'COULD BE POWERFUL PLAYER' IN RUSSIAN MUSIC MARKET

The IFPI has said that Russian social network vKontakte is “choking” the country’s music market, but that it now has the opportunity to become a powerful legitimate service.
Music Week


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