Morning Fix: RZA Claims $5M Offer for One-Off Record; Frankie Knuckles, Remembered by a Dance Native; Rdio CEO Anthony Bay Talks Artist Compensation

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WU-TANG'S ONE-OF-A-KIND ALBUM GETS $5 MILLION OFFER, SAYS RZA (EXCLUSIVE)

Wu-Tang Clan turned the concept of artist compensation on its ear last week with the announcement that they'll be manufacturing just one unique copy of their forthcoming LP, "The Wu — Once Upon a Time in Shaolin," and then auctioning it off for a price they expect to reach into the millions.
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'I WATCHED IN AWE': A FRANKIE KNUCKLES REMEMBRANCE

I first saw Frankie Knuckles play records — on what I now recognize as an epic, life-changing night of adventure in the fall of 1984 at the newly opened nightclub Smart Bar on the fourth floor of a run down former vaudeville house in the shadow of Chicago’s Wrigley Field — by happy accident.
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'IT'S STILL DAY ONE': RDIO CEO ANTHONY BAY ON ARTIST PAYOUTS, CROWDED STREAMING FIELD

Even though Rdio seems to be in third place, CEO Anthony Bay is nothing but optimistic about the company's future as we head into a year that will see even more subscription streaming services enter the market (from YouTube to Apple to Deezer's U.S. entry).
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THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE LESS UGLY: TAKING SPOTIFY'S NEW REDESIGN FOR A TEST DRIVE

Spotify felt less dynamic, slow and stolid next to Rdio's crisp white background and emphasis on album art. This update, more than anything, may have narrowed some of those differences.
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LUIS FONSI, DAVID BISBAL TO HEADLINE BILLBOARD LATIN MUSIC CONFERENCE'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

The one-of-a-kind show was organized as a milestone to celebrate Billboard’s longest-running event, the Billboard Latin Music Conference, presented by State Farm in association with Pepsi.
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PEPSI'S BOZOMA SAINT JOHN JOINS BEATS MUSIC AS SVP, HEAD OF GLOBAL MARKETING

Bozoma Saint John, former head of Pepsi-Cola North America’s music and entertainment marketing group, has joined Beats Music as its new senior vice president, head of global marketing. Effective April 14, Saint John will lead marketing strategy, brand collaborations (with AT&T, Target, Chevrolet and others) and align with sister company Beats Electronics, among other duties.
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U.K. PROGRAM LOOKS TO CUT OFF PIRATES' AD DOLLARS

U.K. pirate profiteers, take heed: your days may be numbered. The City of London Police has announced the launch of its Infringing Website List, a compilation of websites determined to be hubs for copyright infringement, developed in order to give advertisers and their distribution networks an easy method of preventing their advertisements from appearing on the sites.
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ULTRA ANNOUNCES REVIEW AFTER SECURITY ISSUES DRAW CRITICISM

The Ultra Music Fest today announced a comprehensive review of all security procedures for its annual electronic dance music festival. The initiative follows an incident last weekend in which crowds breached a security fence on Friday (March 28) crushing a security guard that left her in critical condition.
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PHARRELL WILLIAMS' 'HAPPY' HOLDS ATOP HOT 100, DJ SNAKE & LIL JON HIT TOP 10

Pharrell Williams' "Happy" crowns the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week, while continuing to challenge for a weekly radio audience record. Plus, DJ Snake and Lil Jon's EDM track "Turn Down for What" soars into the top 10.
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'FROZEN' RULES WITH MOST WEEKS AT NO. 1 SINCE ADELE'S '21'

As forecast last week, the soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" scores an eighth week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, marking the longest run atop the list since Adele's "21" closed out a 24-week run at No. 1 in 2012.
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NETFLIX, HULU PLUS, DOZENS OF OTHER STREAMING APPS AVAILABLE ON AMAZON'S FIRE TV

The device, which Amazon announced at a media event in New York on Wednesday morning, comes pre-loaded with dozens of apps including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vevo, Vimeo, Crackle, AOL On and Red Bull TV.
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MTV TO CARRY TOMORROWLAND ELECTRONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL WORLDWIDE

This will be the first time the Belgium EDM festival, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, will be televised. MTV will air live event footage from the Tomorrowland 2014 fest as part of its MTV World Stage programming.
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SANCTIONS COULD BE A WRECKING BALL FOR MILEY CYRUS BOOKING

Miley Cyrus has twerked her way into a geopolitical controversy amid questions over whether the promoter of her sellout concert in Finland risks falling foul of US sanctions on Russia after its annexation of Crimea.
Financial Times


FORMER IMPRESSIONS SINGER LEE HUTSON SLAPS HIP-HOP MOGUL DIDDY, BAD BOY ENTERTAINMENT AND ESTATE OF NOTORIOUS B.I.G. WITH COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT LAWSUIT

Former Impressions frontman Lee Hutson belted hip-hop mogul Diddy, his record company Bad Boy Entertainment and the estate of Brooklyn rapper Notorious BIG with a multimillion dollar copyright infringement lawsuit Wednesday in Manhattan Federal Court.
New York Daily News


MUSIC FEST ORGANIZERS HOSTING FREE MEDICAL, DENTAL CLINIC; MORE DENTISTS SOUGHT

Goldenvoice is working with California CareForce, the Coachella Valley Community Trust and California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons to put on the clinic at the Riverside County Fairgrounds. Up to 900 people a day can get free medical, dental and vision care from volunteer medical and dental workers, according to organizers.
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