Morning Fix: Why Publishers Lost Big to Pandora; Rolling Stones Plot Return to Australia, N.Z.; Kate Bush Announces London Residency; Is Beats Retaining 70% of Trial Users?

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WHY PUBLISHERS LOST BIG AGAINST PANDORA (ANALYSIS)

In making the decision on March 14 to set Pandora's royalty rate to ASCAP at 1.85% through the end of 2015, Judge Denise Cote rejected practically every argument the PRO, and its two largest members -- Sony/ATV Music and Universal Music Publishing Group -- made on behalf of a higher rate, according to the redacted 136-page decision, released yesterday.
Billboard.biz


BARENAKED LADIES, R.E.M.'S MIKE MILLS, PHILLIP PHILLIPS AMONG RECORD STORE DAY 2014 IN-STORE PERFORMERS

Barenaked Ladies, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, Phillip Phillips and Mark Mulcahy are among the artists already confirmed to do in-store performances on Records Store Day, April 19.
Billboard.biz


ROLLING STONES PLOT RETURN TO AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND THIS FALL

Organizer tells Billboard demand was great for the Australia/New Zealand leg of the band's 14 On Fire tour. "The shows were sold out immediately."
Billboard.biz


CLEAR CHANNEL'S PRESENTATION EFFECT: A CASE OF 'MIST'-AKEN IDENTITY?

A report citing a “mist tunnel” at Clear Channel headquarters as a “status symbol” for company Chairman and CEO Bob Pittman may have "mist" the point.
Billboard.biz


WEBSTER HALL TO TAKE BACK ITS REINS FROM BOWERY PRESENTS, HINTS AT BROOKLYN PLANS

New York live music mainstay Webster Hall and its booking and promotions arm Webster Hall Presents will both be responsible for their own destinies (more or less) this Fall. The 130-year-old venue is shifting from Bowery Presents-led talent buys and promotions to its own internal team as of September 1.
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IS BEATS MUSIC RETAINING 70% OF ITS TRIAL USERS? (REPORT)

Beats Music was signing up an average of 1,000 new users a day through its first month and could be expected to generate another 525,000 subscribers in the next 1-3 months, according to a report.
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KATE BUSH ANNOUNCES SURPRISE RESIDENCY AT LONDON'S HAMMERSMITH APOLLO

The enigmatic and uniquely British singer has announced she’ll play 15 dates at the Hammersmith Apollo under the banner “Before the Dawn”. The residency will begin Aug. 26 and run through to mid-September.
Billboard.biz


JOHNNY CASH'S GRANDNIECE FOUND STABBED TO DEATH

The great-niece of the late singer Johnny Cash has been found stabbed to death and stuffed in a box in a house, authorities in Tennessee said Thursday.
THR


NETFLIX'S HASTINGS MAKES THE CASE FOR NET NEUTRALITY

In his ongoing battle against big ISPs, like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon, the video streaming service's CEO says, "Net neutrality must be defended and strengthened."
CNet


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