Morning Fix: Rolling Stones Postpone Tour Following Death; Beastie Boys Settle with GoldieBlox; Vulfpeck's Brilliant Spotify Stunt

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ROLLING STONES POSTPONE AUSTRALIAN TOUR OPENER FOLLOWING L'WREN SCOTT’S DEATH

The first date of the Rolling Stones’ tour of Australia has been postponed, promoters for the trek jointly announced on March 18. The band was due to take the stage at Perth Arena on March 19. The sudden death of singer Mick Jagger’s girlfriend, designer L'Wren Scott, by apparent suicide was expected to impact the date.
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BEASTIE BOYS VS GOLDIEBLOX LAWSUIT SETTLED OVER ‘GIRLS’ TOY COMMERCIAL

A contentious legal battle over the use of the Beastie Boys' 1987 song "Girls" has come to a close with a settlement. Toy company GoldieBlox, in a preemptive attempt to declare "fair use" of the track in a viral video, took the Beasties to court in Nov. 2013 to which the band responded with a countersuit asserting copyright and trademark infringement, unfair competition and misappropriation of publicity rights.
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MARC GEIGER INVESTS IN AUDIAM (EXCLUSIVE)

Marc Geiger, the head of music for William Morris Endeavor who co-founded Lollapalooza and was an early proponent of digital streaming, has personally invested an undisclosed amount in Audiam, a start-up that collects money from YouTube on behalf of music publishers and rights holders.
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INSIDE VULFPECK’S BRILLIANT SPOTIFY STUNT

If you happen to notice your Spotify activity window flooded with plays of Vulfpeck’s latest album “Sleepify,” it is not because of how good the songs are -- as a matter of fact, the 10-song set is absolutely silent. The Ann Arbor, Michigan-based funk troupe is using Spotify’s royalty-payment system to fund (and even plot the course of) its upcoming Sleepify Tour.
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FACEBOOK'S 'MUSIC GUY' IME ARCHIBONG ON WHERE THEY'RE HEADED NEXT -- THINK FEWER BUTTONS, MORE APPS (Q&A)

Ime Archibong has been at Facebook before and through its massive IPO, (the night previous to which the company held a hackathon, Archibong told us, which was as much about centering the company's values as it was breaking down code to its elemental promises), as well as myriad tweaks and foibles and successes (such as hitting a billion users in the Fall of 2012, or causing headaches for publishers with 'black-boxed' News Feed tweaks).
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SONGS MUSIC PUBLISHING BUYS GEORGE GERSHWIN CATALOG

SONGS Music Publishing has acquired the exploitation rights to the George Gershwin catalog from the Godowsky family and Heyward Memorial Fund, respective successors to the historic American songwriter and Porgy and Bess authors Dubose and Dorothy Heyward, The pubbery will create and deploy creative strategy for the catalog of songs created during the latter part of Gershwin’s legendary career.
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SXSW CRASH VICTIM DIES AFTER HOSPITALIZATION (REPORT)

A third person has died due to injuries resulting from a driver speeding into a crowd late last Thursday night during SXSW in Austin, CNN is reporting. It's the third death to result from the attack in which 23 people were hospitalized. The name of the victim was made public in a tweet from the Austin Police Department.
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VODAFONE ACQUIRES SPANISH MOBILE CARRIER ONO FOR $10 BILLION

British telecommunications company Vodafone agreed on Monday to buy Spain's Ono for 7.2 billion euros ($10 billion) as it seeks to expand operations across Europe. The deal is part of a broader trend of mergers and takeovers in Europe, where the mobile industry is split among some 150 major operators crisscrossing national lines -- compared to just four in the United States.
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DIGITAL, PHYSICAL MUSIC REVENUE DECLINE (AGAIN) IN JAPAN

The Recording Industry Association of Japan's annual report of digital music sales shows, yet again, a downward trend over the course of 2013, with overall sales and revenue decreasing from 2012 to 2013.
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BILL BALLARD, LEGENDARY CANADIAN LIVE PRODUCER AND PROMOTER, DIES AT 67

Concert business pioneer Bill Ballard, who partnered with Michael Cohl 40 years ago in Toronto to create Concert Productions International (CPI) eventually presenting tours by the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, U2 and Pink Floyd, died Friday after battling cancer. He was 67.
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INSIDE THE EARS OF SIRIUSXM COUNTRY PROGRAMMER JOHN MARKS

When country record label execs tell the tales of how their songs became hits, two words are nearly always part of the story: John Marks. SiriusXM’s senior director of country programming is not only thought to have some of the best ears in the business, he’s also willing -- even eager -- to take chances on new music on the channel for which he handles day-today programming, The Highway. And that music doesn’t always have to come from the usual sources.
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SMALL TOWN MEDIA RETAILER HASTINGS TO BE ACQUIRED BY OWNER OF ELVIS PRESLEY ENTERPRISES

Hastings Entertainment will be acquired by companies owned by Joel Weinshanker, the licensing and merchandising entrepreneur who controls National Entertainment Collectibles Association, Inc., which is a major player in "Twilight" and Elvis Presley merchandise.
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UBC MEDIA SIGNS HEADS OF TERM WITH 7DIGITAL FOR PROPOSED TAKEOVER

The company is looking to create a new publicly listed company by combining the broadcast assets of UBC, including its investment in Audioboo, with those of 7digital. 7digital is a leading supplier of digital music services with a library of 25m tracks.
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BREAKING BAD MUSIC BOSS ON SOUNDTRACKS, SYNC BUDGETS AND HAPPY ACCIDENTS

He’s the man behind the most celebrated TV soundtrack in recent memory, using music from the likes of Badfinger, The Silver Seas and America to fantastic effect in the multi-Emmy Award-winning Breaking Bad.
Music Week


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