Morning Fix: Wadsworth to Step Down from Helm at BPI; MP3Tunes Founder Liable for Copyright Infringement; Sylvia Rhone to Head Epic Records

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TONY WADSWORTH TO STEP DOWN AS CHAIRMAN OF BPI & BRIT AWARDS

"After almost seven years in the role, I have decided to make 2014 my final year as chairman of BPI and BRIT Awards Ltd,” Wadsworth says in a statement. “It has been a real privilege to be so involved in industry issues over this period of radical change and transformation... "
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MP3TUNES FOUNDER MICHAEL ROBERTSON FOUND LIABLE FOR COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

Robertson operated two websites, MP3Tunes.comand Sideload.com, that once boasted a catalog of more than 400,000 recordings by 40,000 artists. In some respects an early version of cloud services, Robertson's sites allowed its users to upload music, listen to music, and transfer or "sideload" music from third-party websites to storage lockers.
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SYLVIA RHONE APPOINTED PRESIDENT OF EPIC

Sylvia Rhone has been named president of Epic Records. The appointment comes a year after Rhone launched Vested in Culture (VIC), her joint venture with Epic. VIC will remain an imprint of the label.
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'FROZEN' SOUNDTRACK AIMING FOR ITS BIGGEST WEEK YET

Disney's "Frozen" runaway hit soundtrack shows no signs of slowing down. Currently in its sixth nonconsecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the album is heading for a seventh week atop the list -- and possibly its best sales week yet.
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VIRAL 'FIRST KISS' VIDEO SENDS SOKO TO NO. 1 DEBUT ON STREAMING SONGS, TOP 10 START ON HOT 100

"We Might Be Dead by Tomorrow," a single by atmospheric alt singer/songwriter Soko, debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Streaming Songs chart with 11.5 million U.S. streams, according to Nielsen BDS. The quickly-building viral hit concurrently launches at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 (which measures streaming, airplay and sales).
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GERMAN COLLECTION SOCIETY GEMA BRINGS IN 3.9% MORE, PAYS OUT €720 MILLION

The financial year 2013 of the German collection society GEMA in Munich has been successful. The total income GEMA has received from all rightsholders was €852.4 million (about $1.18 billion), an increase of 3.9% over the previous year.
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BEGGARS, DOMINO AND SECRETLY CANADIAN'S 'UNION' RE-UPS WITH ALTERNATIVE DISTRIBUTION ALLIANCE, CONTINUING PRESSURE

The Independent Distribution Cooperative (IDC), a consortium of five indie labels, has re-signed with the Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA), but mainly for physical distribution.
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BEHIND HOT 97'S NEW VH1 REALITY SHOW: ‘THE MORE PEOPLE SEE OUR FACES, THE MORE THEY’LL TURN ON THE RADIO’

News of a new VH1 program focusing on Hot 97 seemed to come quickly. Contractual details were ironed out in late 2013 and filming of “This is Hot 97” began inside the New York City-based hip-hop radio station’s studios in January before an early March announcement of the show was made. But the deal certainly didn’t happen overnight.
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IRVING AZOFF GETS A BIG ASSIST IN BRINGING PHIL JACKSON TO KNICKS

Hardcore New York Knicks fan Spike Lee knew whom to thank for this morning’s announcement that Phil Jackson would be taking over as president of his favorite team. He gave a big bear hug to Irving Azoff for convincing his pal, Knick owner Jim Dolan, for making the hire.
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WHAT CHARITIES CAN LEARN FROM LADY GAGA'S BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION

Amid accusations that Lady Gaga's charity spent more than a million dollars on legal fees, consulting and publicity, Joe Saxton explains how to avoid falling into the same PR trap.
Guardian


BEATS MUSIC SAID TO SIGN 1,000 SUBSCRIBERS A DAY IN FIRST MONTH

The company enrolled about 28,000 customers to the $9.99-a-month music service before free trials with AT&T Inc. (T:US) began contributing subscribers, said the people, who requested anonymity because the information is private. Beats Music provided the figures to investors in February, they said.
BusinessWeek


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