Morning Fix: Beats Music's First 100 Days Weren't Perfect; Rock In Rio Plans 2015 U.S. Debut; Jay Z Wrapped Into Extortion Plot

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BEATS MUSIC'S FIRST 100 DAYS: A BUMPY START

As Spotify allies with Sprint, labels say Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre's streaming service is off to a slow start.
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THE BLANKET 'PROBLEM': BALANCING THE NEEDS OF SONGWRITERS WITH NEW FORMS OF RADIO (GUEST POST)

n 1941, “Chattanooga Choo-Choo” was the biggest hit in the land, thanks to -- what else? -- the radio. Radio's popularity owes much to songs like this -- and the songwriters and publishers who enabled us to hear them.
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FOO FIGHTERS FIGHT: CROWDHOSTER SELLS $10K IN TIX FOR RICHMOND SHOW THAT DOESN'T EXIST (YET)

May 17, 1998 has gone down in history in the eyes of many Richmond, VA. residents as the last day the Foo Fighters played their town. A new Crowdhoster campaign aims to change that.
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ROCK IN RIO USA TEAMS WITH MGM, CIRQUE & YUCAIPA AHEAD OF 2015 DEBUT

A giant roulette-like Ferris wheel. Themed streets boasting the sights and sounds of Brazil, U.S. and U.K. A 400-foot zip-line that zooms festival-goers across the crowd. A flying DJ booth and more than 100 musical acts on six stages.
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PORTUGAL. THE MAN RELEASES ENDANGERED 'SUMATRAN TIGER' SONG FOR EARTH DAY THAT DISAPPEARS

The topic of endangered tigers is a complicated one to build an indie-pop song around. But psych-rock outfit Portugal. The Man was up for the challenge, and have teamed with the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park Conversation Biology Institute and ad agency DDB for “Sumatran Tiger,” a song inspired by the endangered subspecies of tigers that inhabit the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
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LORDE SICK WITH CHEST INFECTION, POSTPONES AUSTRALIA TOUR

The artist has fallen ill and will return to her homeland for "immediate rest and recuperation in order to regain complete health and continue touring for the rest of the year,” according to a statement issued by Melbourne-based promoter Frontier Touring.
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BEATS MUSIC ADDS IN-APP PURCHASING FOR IOS

Beats Music is giving listeners on iOS devices the ability to subscribe to its on-demand service directly within the app, an option not previously available because of the high expense of doing so.
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JAY Z INVOLVED IN EXTORTION PLOT OVER MASTER RECORDINGS (REPORT)

Producer Chancey Mahan, who worked with Jay Z from 2008-09, was allegedly found in possession of Roc-A-Fella Records master recordings from 1998-2002 that Jay and his team thought had been lost, according to TMZ.
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IGGY AZALEA TALKS 'THE NEW CLASSIC' ALBUM & FORMER INTERSCOPE DEAL

The grand designs of Azalea, real name Amethyst Amelia Kelly, have unlikely origins: Mullumbimby, Australia -- a tiny town of 3,000 two hours from Brisbane -- where she was weaned on Tupac and Missy Elliott before moving to the States at age 16 with her sights set on a rap career.
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MARC ANTHONY'S CROSSOVER MASTERY: INSIDE HIS SALSA RETURN & FUTURE PLANS

Instinct. It's the essential word to understand an artist who started out singing salsa, then pop, then crossed over to mainstream, then went back to his Latin roots, and finally branched out into film and TV — the projects seemingly disparate, but all personal.
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INDIES BAND TOGETHER FOR A DIGITAL CASH GRAB

A powerful collective of five independent labels is ratcheting up the tug-of-war between indies and major-label-owned distribution companies with a new agreement that allows its members to keep their digital distribution rights.
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CONVERSATIONS WITH COMPOSERS: NATHAN BARR OF 'THE AMERICANS,' 'HEMLOCK GROVE'

After establishing himself as an in-demand composer for horror films, Nathan Barr segued into episodic dramatic television. His three shows bear no stylistic resemblance to one another: “Hemlock Grove” taps his horror thriller roots; “The Americans” is set in the ‘80s; and “True Blood” is as much a collection of love stories as it is about vampires.
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SIMON COWELL'S 'BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT' WINS SATURDAY RATINGS BATTLE, AUDIENCE DROPS

Simon Cowell's "Britain's Got Talent" topped the Saturday-night ratings in the U.K. again with an average of 9.31 million viewers, according to ratings data.
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SONY MUSIC TO MANAGE ZEE MUSIC’S DIGITAL ASSETS GLOBALLY SANS YOUTUBE

Sony Music Entertainment India has signed a strategic worldwide deal to manage the digital assets (except YouTube) of all Bollywood releases from Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd’s recently launched music label Zee Music Company (ZMC).
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FACEBOOK'S AD BUSINESS A-OK

Adobe's quarterly social report finds that more people are seeing Facebook ads, which should translate to more profit for the social network and better results for its advertisers.
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