Morning Fix: Why YouTube's Billion in Payouts Isn't Impressive; Is This the 'Harlem Shake' 2.0?; Atam Factory Names Co-Presidents

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YOUTUBE'S PARITY PROBLEM, OR WHY A BILLION ISN'T THAT IMPRESSIVE (GUEST POST)

First it was broadcast radio, then MTV. Now YouTube? Could it be that the music industry is a three-time loser in getting its fair share for distribution of content? Did it give away the golden goose by not suing the bejeezus out of YouTube when it was a startup, or at least cut better deals when Google acquired it in 2005?
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'HARLEM SHAKE' 2.0? '#SELFIE' CAPTURES A VIRTUAL ZEITGEIST WITH SLICK MARKETING

The “selfie” has become so ubiquitous that Oxford Dictionaries named the term its 2013 Word of the Year. Rising DJ duo The Chainsmokers, New York natives with a knack for humor and insight into the club scene, acted on the trend: On a whim, Drew Taggart, 24, and Alex Pall, 28, made a demo of a dancefloor thumper titled “#Selfie” that features a female clubber’s comically vain monologue -- about taking a selfie, of course.
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ATOM FACTORY NAMES JULIUS 'J' ERVING, TY STIKLORIUS CO-PRESIDENTS

Atom Factory Management, the entertainment, tech, and branding firm founded by Troy Carter, has named Julius “J” Erving and Ty Stiklorius co-presidents. Atom Factory’s client roster includes John Mayer, John Legend, Miguel, and Lindsey Stirling.
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BEATS MUSIC BUYS TOPSPIN

Beats Music's Chief Executive Ian Rogers on Tuesday announced his company is acquiring Topspin Media, a platform that lets artists sell merchandise and albums directly to fans.
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EXCLUSIVE: ESPN DEBUTS WORLD CUP SPOT WITH SEU JORGE, OS MUTANTES (WATCH)

“Beauty is everywhere in Brazil,” intones singer-songwriter Seu Jorge, the funky samba stylist best known in the States for playing versions of David Bowie songs in Wes Anderson’s movie “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.” Sounding like a Brazilian Barry White, Jorge, speaking English-subtitled Portuguese, narrates a new spot that starts airing Tuesday (March 4) on 2014 World Cup network ESPN, 100 days before the FIFA tournament begins in Sao Paulo.
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GLORIA TREVI, KAT DAHLIA, LA MARISOUL & LESLIE GRACE JOIN THE BILLBOARD LATIN MUSIC CONFERENCE 'DIVAS PANEL'

Pop star Gloria Trevi, rapper Kat Dahlia, soulful songstress La Marisoul and bachata sensation Leslie Grace will appear live on stage together at the 25th annual Billboard Latin Music Conference.
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KATY PERRY SETS RECORD ON POP SONGS CHART

Katy Perry claims the record for the most weeks at No. 1 in the 21-year history of Billboard's Pop Songs radio airplay chart all to herself, as "Dark Horse," featuring Juicy J, spends a fourth week on top, upping her career count to 46 weeks at No. 1. With her latest frame in the lead, Perry passes Mariah Carey, who's totaled 45 weeks at No. 1.
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BIG SCARY’S ‘NOT ART’ WINS THE AUSTRALIAN MUSIC PRIZE

Alternative rock duo Big Scary has won the 9th annual Australian Music Prize -- and the A$30,000 ($27,000) winner’s check -- for their sophomore release “Not Art” (Pieater/Inertia). Big Scary, comprising Tom Iansek and Joanna Syme, took out the prestigious award at a ceremony today in Sydney, where their album beat out eight other shortlisted recordings.
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MICHELLE OBAMA READIES ‘WOMEN OF SOUL’ CONCERT AT WHITE HOUSE

First lady Michelle Obama is bringing together an impressive group of female artists for a White House concert celebrating women of soul. The lineup for Thursday's concert includes Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Melissa Etheridge and Janelle Monae. Also performing will be Tessanne Chin, Ariana Grande and Jill Scott.
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P!NK SIGNS MULTI-ALBUM DEAL WITH RCA RECORDS

P!nk has signed a new worldwide deal that will keep the pop superstar with RCA Records for years to come. The label, which released 2012's "The Truth About Love," announced the multi-album deal on Tuesday.
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RENAISSANCE LIVE MUSIC INITIATIVE TARGETS YOUNG BIZ TRAVELERS

Renaissance Hotels & Resorts is looking to increase its number of younger business travelers by reaching music-curation agreements with entertainment groups AEG and Universal Music, and showcasing local acts at its properties.
Travel Weekly


MIXCLOUD: A STREAMING SERVICE FOR MIXTAPE LOVERS

Music streaming services are great when you know exactly which songs or albums you want to hear. But for people who have always been a bit more inclined to make or listen to mixtapes, those services tend to come up short.
New York Times


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