Morning Fix: Pandora to Pay ASCAP 1.85% of Annual Revenue; Stooges' Scott Asheton Dead at 64; Former EMI Exec Tony Wadsworth Won't Go to Sony

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RATE COURT JUDGE RULES PANDORA WILL PAY ASCAP 1.85% ANNUAL REVENUE

"This rate is a clear defeat for songwriters," Sony/ATV Music CEO Martin Bandier says. "This rate is woefully inadequate and further emphasizes the need for reform in the rate court proceedings. Songwriters can't live in a world where streaming services only pay 1.85% of their revenue. This is a loss, and not something we can live with."
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STOOGES DRUMMER SCOTT ASHETON DEAD AT AGE 64

Scott Asheton, drummer for legendary punk-rock band the Stooges, died Saturday evening (March 15) at age 64. No cause of death has yet been announced. Asheton's death was confirmed by Stooges frontman Iggy Pop on Sunday via a statement on his Facebook page.
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TONY WADSWORTH WON’T MAKE MAJOR-LABEL RETURN WITH SONY MUSIC

Tony Wadsworth won’t be taking the vacant top job at Sony Music U.K. But he was certainly offered the role. Last week, Billboard noted the speculation that has connected the former EMI U.K. chief with the position left vacant following the recent departure of Sony’s Nick Gatfield.
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FUTURE MUSIC’S MALAYSIA FEST CANCELED FOLLOWING MULTIPLE DEATHS

Future Music's Malaysia leg is one of the region’s most popular dance music-oriented festivals, with a line-up this year which featured Pharrell Williams, Eric Prydz, Brodinski, Porter Robinson and Knife Party.
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DE LA SOUL'S TRUGOY ON GIVING AWAY THEIR ENTIRE BACK CATALOG

A little more than a month ago, De La Soul gave away its entire catalog for free on Valentine's Day, and the result showed the trio there's plenty of love still out there 25 years after issuing the landmark release "3 Feet High and Rising." "It motivated us even more," Jolicoeur said before a surprise South By Southwest appearance with Damon Albarn on Friday night.
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EDWYN COLLINS, JOHNNY WINTER, RAHSAAN ROLAND KIRK: SXSW FILM'S TEN BEST DOCS

Credit the last two editions of the SXSW Film Festival with raising the bar on music documentaries, screening the Oscar winners "Searching for Sugar Man" and "20 Feet From Stardom" early in their film festival travels. But it also offered homes for "Sound City," "Muscle Shoals," "A Band Called Death" and "Paul Williams Still Alive," films that, at their best, combined the historical and the personal.
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VIVENDI IN EXCLUSIVE TALKS TO SELL FRENCH TELECOM ARM SFR

French media and telecom conglomerate Vivendi, Universal Music Group's parent company, said Friday that it has entered into exclusive talks to sell French telecom arm SFR with one of two bidders. The company has been looking at unloading the mobile phone unit to focus on its media and entertainment businesses.
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LADY GAGA THANKS DORITOS, DEFENDS 'ARTPOP' SALES, SLAMS CRITICS 'WHO DON'T KNOW F--CK ABOUT THE MUSIC INDUSTRY' AT SXSW KEYNOTE

She wasn’t quite carried in on a barbecue spit and she didn’t do any theatrical vomiting, as she did on Thursday night during her performance at 5th and Red River (originally scheduled for Stubb's before being relocated), but Lady Gaga came to her South By Southwest keynote session Friday morning sporting plenty of extra hair, and a silver and white plastic princess dress.
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TYLER THE CREATOR ARRESTED OVER SXSW RIOT AT SCOOT INN

Rapper Tyler, The Creator, was arrested Saturday for allegedly inciting a riot during his show at the Scoot Inn at South By Southwest music festival.
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RIAA SPARS WITH GOOGLE (AGAIN) OVER DMCA TAKEDOWN SYSTEM

Yes, the RIAA and Google are at loggerheads again over the DMCA takedowns system, with both providing evidence to a House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing last week on possible changes to the system.
Music Ally


A NEW MODEL FOR MUSIC: BIG BANDS, BIG BRANDS

I like Doritos as much as the next guy. More, probably. And I admire Lady Gaga for her handcrafted rise to the top of pop culture. In Austin last week, the salty, cheesy wonder of Doritos was brought to you by the sweet, uplifting allure of Lady Gaga. Or was it the other way around?
New York Times


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