Morning Fix: 'Critical We Reform the System,' Says Martin Bandier; Why iTunes Radio Isn't Helping Music Sell; Tomorrowland Sells 360k Tickets In Under an Hour

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MARTIN BANDIER ON SONY/ATV-BMI AGREEMENT: 'IT'S CRITICAL WE REFORM THE SYSTEM' (FROM THE MAGAZINE)

The Sony/ATV chairman/CEO has been engaged in a high-stakes chess match involving himself along with other publishers, digital music services like Pandora, the top two PROs (BMI and ASCAP) and the U.S. Department of Justice.
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BUSINESS MATTERS: THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT AND WHY ITUNES RADIO HASN'T INCREASED TRACK SALES

A new report by Music Forecasting shows why iTunes Radio isn't the boon to track sales people thought it could be. Listeners of Internet radio aren't opposed to buying music. They simply don't want to interrupt the listening experience to hit the buy button. And it could end up having unintended consequences. 
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TOMORROWLAND SELLS OUT TWO WEEKENDS, 360K TICKETS IN UNDER AN HOUR

The 2014 edition of Belgian dance festival Tomorrowland went on sale Saturday (Feb. 15)  morning and sold out its 360,000 available tickets in under an hour, according to its organizers.
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ERIC CHURCH HEADING FOR COUNTRY MUSIC'S BEST WEEK IN SIX MONTHS

The singer's new album, "The Outsiders," could sell upwards of 280,000 to 300,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, February 16 (according to industry forecasters). That would be the biggest week for a country album since Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" bowed with 528,000 last August, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
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SCOOTER BRAUN ON RELAUNCHING BRITISH KNIGHTS SNEAKERS: 'ARTISTS ARE THE NEW ATHLETES' (EXCLUSIVE)

In a new joint venture with British Knights founders Jack Schwartz Shoes, Inc., Braun has enlisted creative director Darren Romanelli (aka DrX) to bring a fresh look to the high-top non-performance shoes, much like the streetwise designs he’s developed over the years for brands like Coca-Cola, Converse and Nike.
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WILL THIS $1 MILLION COURT RULING STOP MUSICIANS FROM STAGE DIVING?

We're unsure who was the first musician with the bright idea to hurl themselves off the stage into the crowd, but according to the authoritative source known as Wikipedia, the practice was popularized by Iggy Pop. Four decades after the punk pioneer plopped his Popsomeness on the people, stage diving remains a prominent feature at live concerts. Will that ever change?
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LAWSUIT FILED OVER JENNI RIVERA PLANE CRASH DEATH

The husband of Jenni Rivera is suing the owners of the plane that crashed in northern Mexico in December 2012, killing the Mexican-American pop star and six others. City News Service says former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Esteban Loaiza filed the wrongful death case Friday in Los Angeles.
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GRAMMY WINNER MARIA SCHNEIDER BACK TO CROWDFUNDING FOR NEXT ALBUM; PUSHES FOR TOUGHER COPYRIGHT LAWS

Three wins at this year’s Grammy Awards continue to reinforce composer-bandleader Maria Schneider’s faith in crowdfunding for music. She is about to embark on her next project, a jazz composition dedicated to her late bandmate Laurie Frink that she plans to record at Avatar Studios in New York at the end of August.
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KICKSTARTER, POPULAR CROWDFUNDING SITE, GETS HACKED

Kickstarter, the popular crowdfunding platform, today issued an apology to its users after hackers acquired personal information about some of its users. The company says that law enforcement officers informed the site of security breaches Wednesday.
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AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT CONSIDERING THREE-STRIKES AND WEB-BLOCKING

Australia could be the next country to introduce a three-strikes or web-blocking system for combating online piracy, the nation’s Attorney-General George Brandis told a meeting of the Australian Digital Alliance on Friday.
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'IF MIDEM IS TO SURVIVE, IT MUST CHANGE RADICALLY'

Irrespective of the fact that there would appear to have been 6,000 delegates registered in the ever-shrinking Guide, it is hard to believe that there was anything close to this number in evidence.  MIDEM has failed to make enough of an attempt to meet the realities of the new music industry and has conspicuously failed to attract a new generation of entrepreneurs. 
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