Morning Fix: U.S. Q1 Sees Sales Fall, Streams Rise; Inside Jann Wenner's Upcoming Biography; Tricked-Out Road Warriors

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TONY GERVINO NAMED BILLBOARD EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Gervino was previously executive editor of Hearst Magazines International, where he oversaw the editorial direction of the international versions of magazines in Hearst's home design, men's enthusiast, teen and women's network groups, including Esquire, Seventeen, Popular Mechanics and Robb Report.
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SOUNDSCAN'S Q1 NUMBERS: SALES DOWN, STREAMS UP

The transition to the streaming ecosystem in the U.S. is picking up steam. The decline in download sales accelerated in the first quarter to nearly match historic drops in CD sales from 2007-2010.
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POWER OF MOBILE RINGS RHAPSODY BACK TO GROWTH (ANALYSIS)

What do you do when you have the most unfashionable brands in the fast growing, cutting edge music streaming business? The answer seems to be that you team up with mobile carriers and bundle your service.
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BROKEN FRIENDSHIPS, DRAMATIC ROCK-STAR RELATIONSHIPS AND 7 FIGURES: INSIDE THE JANN WENNER BIO

People who know the legendary editor, 68, say he has been talking about legacy and mortality lately, and that with the approaching 50th anniversary of Rolling Stone in 2017, the timing is right.
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KURT COBAIN CATALOG TO SESAC (EXCLUSIVE)

In advance of Nirvana's induction into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, SESAC has signed a deal to represent the Kurt Cobain catalog for public performance licensing. The deal covers all of his songs with Nirvana, including such tunes as "Smells Like Teen Spirit," "All Apologies," "Come As You Are," and "Heart-Shaped Box."
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ARE STARS CHARGING $20K AND UP TO WEAR T-SHIRTS AT COACHELLA? (REPORT)

Not all celebrities have a sponsor for the fest yet, as "Need for Speed" actor Aaron Paul is asking for $15,000 and at least 2 VIP passes. Meanwhile, music fest desert queen Kate Bosworth is asking for twice as much.
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'SHAMELESS' RACKS UP 750 SYNCHS (35 IN ONE EPISODE) ON ITS WAY TO A NEW SOUNDTRACK RELEASE

Airborne Toxic Event, Exitmusic and Wavves were among the nearly two dozen artists used in the April 6 season four finale of “Shameless,” the Showtime series that has become a substantial home for independent recording artists.
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21ST CENTURY BUS: UPGRADING ROAD WARRIORS WITH BETTER CONSTRUCTION, DIGITAL APPS

The modern tour bus is often tricked out with technology that allows bands to record while on the road. But sometimes the most important questions aren’t digital. Like where can The Mavericks frontman Raul Malo put his shoes? Or the rest of the band, for that matter?
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BMG ACQUIRES SKINT, LOADED RECORDS, FATBOY SLIM'S CATALOG

The acquisition allows worldwide rights -- excluding North America -- to five Fatboy Slim albums, among which is 1998's "You've Come a Long Way Baby," featuring the unforgettable single "Praise You." Skint's roster also features UK chart-toppers like Xpress 2's "Lazy" (featuring David Byrne) and Freemasons' "Uninvited."
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DEALMAKER FRED DAVIS TO LAUNCH BOUTIQUE INVESTMENT BANK ARISTA ADVISORS, CLIENTS INCLUDE SPOTIFY

Fred Davis is setting up his own boutique investment bank -- Arista Advisors, which opened for business on April 1st and will focus on digital media, music and technology.
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AFTER EMI DEBACLE, GUY HANDS FINDS SOLACE IN GARDENING

Guy Hands tried to make money from the likes of Katy Perry and Coldplay when he bought the music giant EMI in 2007. But he has had much more success selling resin garden animals and bedroom slippers to retirees in garden centers across Britain.
New York Times


DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY: HOW THE US STATE DEPARTMENT USES HIP HOP FOR PEACE

One year ago, Dweez joined Audiopharmacy on the first three days of the Indonesia portion of their U.S. Government sponsored Pacific tour. As the debate rages on about “America’s Hip-Hop Foreign Policy,” here is the view from the ground.
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DO RECORDINGS KILL MUSIC?

One needn’t be a committed fan of Cage’s, or Bailey’s, to enjoy the challenge of thinking about how recordings alter, enhance, or distort the experience of live performance.
New Yorker


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