Morning Fix: SXSW Eyewitnesses: 'Like Watching Evil'; Car Crash Suspect, Victim ID'd; Lady Gaga at Stubb's: 'You Don't Need a F--cking Record Label'; Vybz Kartel Guilty of Murder

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SXSW ACCIDENT: MUSIC INDUSTRY EYEWITNESSES: 'IT WAS LIKE WATCHING EVIL'

John Doe of the band X says the group's first reaction to last night's deadly car crash, which occurred outside their SXSW show at The Mohawk on Austin's Red River street, was disbelief and shock. Doe tells Billboard that the group knew something was awry when it finished its set and patrons were not allowed to leave the club. The group was subsequently told about the incident by its road manager.
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SXSW CAR CRASH: SUSPECT, VICTIM IDENTIFIED

Rashad Charjuan Owens, 21, has been identified as the driver who allegedly killed two people and injured 23 others during Austin’s SXSW festival Wednesday night.
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LADY GAGA PLAYS SXSW: 'YOU DON'T NEED A F--KING RECORD LABEL, YOU DON'T NEED A COMPANY'

Gaga’s set was heavy on “Artpop” material — even, begrudgingly, its best known single, "Applause". The pop star spent much of her brief time onstage asking the crowd to live in the moment. And, of course, she entered the show, which was moved from Stubbs to Red River and 5th St., simulating a pig roast on a life-size wooden spit.
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BREAKING: JAMAICAN DANCEHAL ARTIST VYBZ KARTEL FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER

Embattled dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel (aka Adidja Palmer) was found guilty today of the August 2011 murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams. The incident allegedly took place at Kartel's home in Havendale, St Andrew; Williams’ body has never been found.
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BUSINESS MATTERS: IFPI'S ANNUAL REPORT TO BRING 'CANNIBALIZATION' INTO FOCUS

Canada experienced a bone jarring decline in download sales starting in September, mirroring a similar though less dramatic drop in the U.S. around the same time. What's to blame for this slide? Hint: It's not Spotify.
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SHAKIRA PARTNERS WITH YOGURT COMPANY ACTIVIA FOR AD CAMPAIGN

You may have seen an Activia yogurt campaign that features smiling tummies. Now, you’ll see plenty more of the Activia-tummy connection, featuring Shakira.
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TOMMY BOY RECORDS' TOM SILVERMAN ON DESIGNING $100B MUSIC BIZ: 'WE'RE RE-FUELING THE PLANE IN THE AIR'

Lots of analogies, some more graphic than others, drove Tom Silverman's panel on making the music industry a $100 billion dollar business (comparing its current situation to an enema versus analogizing it to the locomotive in the United States in the 1800s). Whatever it is, Silverman said it's "making us realize that our business is much bigger than what we thought it could be."
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RDIO ACQUIRES MUSIC STREAMING SERVICE IN INDIA

Rdio digital music service is acquiring a shuttered music streaming service company in India in a bid to get into the local market, which loves music but is not always willing to pay for it.
PCWorld


GOOGLE NOW SYNCS TOUR DATES FROM OFFICIAL ARTIST WEBSITES

If you’ve been having trouble getting your tour dates to sync up to Google, things should be a little easier for you now.
Digital Music News


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