Morning Fix: Taylor Swift Tops Billboard's Money Makers 2014; Sean 'Diddy' Combs Makes $200M Bid for Fuse TV; SXSWi: Spotify's Ken Parks Talks Artist Services, 'Gootube'

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TAYLOR SWIFT, KENNY CHESNEY, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE TOP BILLBOARD'S 2014 MONEY MAKERS

In theater, a triple threat is an artist who has the chops to sing, dance and act. It's a different ballgame in the music biz, where touring and the two avenues of sales (physical and digital) reign supreme. In that regard, there's no artist more threat-ening than pop-country juggernaut Taylor Swift, who crushed it on nearly every level in the past year, and claims the top spot on Billboard's annual Money Makers rich list.
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SEAN 'DIDDY' COMBS MAKES $200 MILLION BID FOR FUSE (REPORT)

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, the rapper and hip-hop mogul who founded Bad Boy Records, the Sean Jean fashion line and Revolt TV, and who also owns a stake in the Ciroc, has bid some $200 million for the music-based Fuse cable-TV channel, according to three unnamed sources.
Billboard.biz


SXSWI: IF ALGORITHMS WON'T BE OUR FRIENDS, MAYBE THEY CAN BE OUR BASEBALL BAT

Reporter David Carr and author Eli Pariser sat down for a SXSW chat on algorithms -- those "little pieces of code are a lot more powerful now than the most powerful editors in media."
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SPOTIFY'S KEN PARKS Q&A: THE 'LION'S SHARE OF WHAT WE MAKE WE ACTUALLY SHARE BACK'

At the Spotify House in Austin, a space that the company has painted its signature green, we met up with the man who could answer some questions these developments have raised: Ken Parks, Spotify's chief content officer and managing director in the U.S.
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AMAZON LOWBALLS LABELS WITH 'INSANE'-LY PUNY OFFER

Amazon has come to dominate -- and dictate terms to -- the book publishing industry. Now a proposed move into the music streaming business has some labels fearing the same could happen to them.
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AZOFF MSG ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRES 50% OF MARKETING AGENCY POP2LIFE

Azoff MSG Entertainment, the joint venture between manager Irving Azoff and the Madison Square Garden Company, has acquired a 50% stake in experiential marketing agency Pop2Life, which created the giant replica of the Eagles' Hotel California album atop the Forum in Inglewood, Calif.
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SONOS SAYS REVENUE DOUBLED TO $535M IN 2013

Wireless speaker maker Sonos Inc. says that its revenue in 2013 nearly doubled to $535 million.
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CONVERSE RELEASES DIPLO, THE CLASH'S MICK JONES, PAUL SIMONON, FRANK OCEAN TRACK (LISTEN)

For its first Three Artists, One Song campaign in nearly two years, Converse is teaming with Diplo, Frank Ocean and the Clash's Mick Jones and Paul Simonon for "Hero," which will be available for free download on Monday, March 10.
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MICHAEL DELL'S MSD CAPITAL BUYS STAKE IN KOBALT FOR $25M

MSD Capital, the private investment firm of Dell Inc. founder, chairman, and CEO Michael Dell, has paid $25 million for a 9.9% stake in Kobalt Music Group, according to people familiar with the transaction.
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FRANK OCEAN TELLS CHIPOTLE TO 'F*CK OFF'

Receiving a $212,500 advance, Frank Ocean then backed out of the deal after watching the final cut. Infuriated, Chipotle demanded the return of their advance.
Clash


THE ANTI-SXSW: A FESTIVAL FOR THE DISHEVELED AT COUCH BY COUCHWEST

Entering its fourth year, the social media-based festival dubbed Couch By Couchwest (CXCW) runs concurrently with SXSW. Billing itself as a festival “where the beer is cheaper and the only hipster is you”, the idea of CXCW was hatched and promoted by four music bloggers in 2011.
PopMatters


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