Morning Fix: Behind Music Videos' Pivot to Games; Amway's Surprise Suit Against the Majors; UMG Buys Eagle Rock

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GAMES: THE NEW MUSIC VIDEO

When "Move That Dope," the latest single from Epic Records rapper Future, was released in March, its drug-chase music video got big play on YouTube and Vevo. But Epic's real marketing coup was a retro-styled Internet video game that put players behind the wheel of a car, a la "Grand Theft Auto," and challenged them to move their own dope while evading the police.
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AMWAY ACCUSES THE MAJORS OF AN 'AMBUSH'

"This case is about the three biggest Record Companies in the world conspiring to break promises they made to Amway, to ambush Amway, and to entrap people who uploaded videos with the Record Companies' copyrighted sound recordings on to YouTube."
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WALMART TO CUT ITS CD STOCK BY NEARLY HALF

Walmart, the largest retailer of CDs in the United States, plans to downsize the amount of space it devotes to discs by 40 percent and could reduce selection proportionately, say label sources. The company hopes to offset the potential sales loss by prominently displaying hit titles at the front of the entertainment department.
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SFX ACQUIRES ARTIST MANAGEMENT FIRM TMWRK, CREATIVE AGENCIES LEARNED EVOLUTION AND THE META AGENCY

Robert Sillerman announced that his SFX Entertainment has extended its reach even further into the world of EDM with the acquisition of digital and creative agencies the Meta Agency and Learned Evolution and artist management firm TMWRK.
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UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP BUYS EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT

Universal Music Group has acquired Eagle Rock Entertainment, the company started by Terry Shand that specializes in music video programming for television and DVDs. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, Billboard estimates that UMG paid about $50 million for Eagle Rock, which has annual revenue in the region of $55 million.
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SIRIUS XM RADIO CEO JAMES MEYER'S COMPENSATION SOARS 600 PERCENT TO $23M

James Meyer, the CEO of Sirius XM Radio, earned $23.1 million in 2013, up from $3.3 million the year before, the primary difference being $13.6 million in options awards last year compared to zero in 2012.
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SESAC REFINANCES DEBT TO CUT INTEREST PAYMENTS

SESAC, the privately held performance rights organization, is reshuffling its debt to achieve cost savings in interest payments, according to a report from Moody's Investors Services.
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CAPITOL MUSIC'S BRAND PARTNERSHIP DIRECTOR ON HOW MARKETING AND MUSIC ARE CHANGING

"It can be as small as partnering with a brand to use their media and marketing dollars where the artist and label aren’t paid anything."
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ED SHEERAN'S 'SING' OFF TO FAST START AT RADIO, RETAIL

After its first day, the singer/songwriter's collab with Pharrell is drawing praise from radio and racking download sales.
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AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC MUSEUM ON TRACK TO BE BUILT IN NASHVILLE

Project leaders told The Tennessean the construction will be one component of a larger redevelopment on the site of the old Nashville Convention Center in downtown.
Billboard.biz


CBS DOMINANT IN TV RATINGS WITH ACM AWARDS, 'HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER' FINALE

A country music awards show, a series finale and the network's usually sturdy regular schedule led CBS to a dominant performance in the weekly television ratings competition.
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WANT SOME $2,000 GLOVES THAT TURN GESTURES INTO MUSIC?

With most concerts, what you see is what you hear: A guitarist cozying up to a speaker for feedback, a drummer tapping the high-hat, a singer breathing into the mic. There’s a visual, interactive element to the show that plays a huge role in how much fun it is for the audience.
Wired


HOW PHARRELL WILLIAMS CAPTURED THE ESSENCE OF HAPPINESS

It took the producer-turned-singer 10 attempts before he struck gold with the universally loved single Happy. Music experts weigh in on just why the song brings such joy.
The Guardian


INVESTORS’ APPETITE FOR I.P.O.S SEEMS TO EBB

Companies are rushing to the public markets on Wall Street to sell their shares, and this week is expected to be the busiest for initial public offerings in more than seven years.
New Yorker


HERE’S HOW APPLE CALCULATED THE EXTRA $2.19 BILLION IT WANTS FROM SAMSUNG IN COURT

To determine how much individual software features were worth as part of its multi-billion dollar lawsuit, an Apple-paid expert surveyed less than 1,000 consumers about imaginary smartphones and tablets, and included features that weren't even on trial.
The Verge


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