Morning Fix: The 35-Year War Between Sony, Popovich and Meat Loaf; Prince's Complex Business History; Irving Azoff Rips Streaming

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THE BRUTAL 35-YEAR WAR BETWEEN SONY, STEPHEN POPOVICH & MEAT LOAF

In 1977, Stephen Popovich convinced a reluctant label to distribute the album "Bat Out of Hell." It became one of the ­biggest sellers of all time. Now, a reissue of legendary book 'Hit Men' revisits the dirty business that followed as a battle for royalties turned into a fight to the death.
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PRINCE: A GUIDE TO HIS COMPLEX WEB OF LABEL, DISTRIBUTION & INTERNET DEALS

Since Prince left Warner Bros. Records in 1996 -- after an 18-year run that yielded some of his bestselling records, including "Purple Rain" -- his ongoing quest to own and control his music as much as possible, and deliver it to his fans outside the traditional label system, led to a dizzying string of distribution deals.
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HOW SPOTIFY'S DANIEL EK, SPRINT'S DAN HESSE PULLED A DEAL TOGETHER IN A MONTH

It may be hard to believe given the scale of their new partnership, but Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and Spotify CEO Daniel Ek only met for the first time just a month ago in a “spontaneously planned” meeting at San Francisco Airport.
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IRVING AZOFF TELLS MILKEN CONFERENCE STREAMING SERVICES SHOW 'LACK OF RESPECT' FOR IP

Speaking to a packed room at the Milken Institute Global Conference Tuesday, Irving Azoff said he's hopeful about the future of the music industry despite "the lack of respect" for IP from a lot of technology services.
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SCORPIONS DRUMMER JAILED IN DUBAI OVER ALLEGED ISLAM INSULT

Newspapers in the United Arab Emirates are reporting that the American drummer for the rock band Scorpions has been sentenced to one month in jail after being convicted of offensive behavior in Dubai.
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TWITTER REVENUE, SPENDING, USERS ALL UP, STOCK DOWN

Twitter revenues more than doubled to $250 million in the first quarter of 2014 from the $114.3 million it produced in the same time last year. Meanwhile, its loss more than quadrupled to $132.4 million from the $27.1 million in red ink it produced in the corresponding three-month period ending March 31.
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IMAGEM ON THE BLOCK, SELLER LOOKING FOR $650 MILLION (SOURCES)

One of the world’s largest independent music publishers is on the block: Imagem, which handles publishing services for Daft Punk, Justin Timberlake and Rodgers & Hammerstein, is looking for $650 million sale.
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ARIANA GRANDE, IGGY AZALEA'S 'PROBLEM' HEADED TOWARD MASSIVE FIRST-WEEK SALES

While highlights of this week's Billboard Hot 100 chart will be revealed tomorrow (April 30), details are already emerging about next week's chart, on which Ariana Grande appears headed for a haughty top 10 debut with her new single, "Problem", featuring Iggy Azalea.
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COUNTRY MUSIC’S MOST VORACIOUS YOUTH MARKET? YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED

As country music’s audience skews younger than at any time in its history, what city has the genre’s most fervent 20-something fans?
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SPOTIFY, SPRINT UNVEIL MUSIC BUNDLING OFFER

Spotify and the No.3 wireless operator Sprint unveiled their music offer as part of the phone company’s ‘Framily’ plans, with premium service going as low as $4.99.
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BROOKLYN POP LABEL CASCINE LAUNCHES NEW SINGLES IMPRINT (EXCLUSIVE)

Cascine, the Brooklyn-based independent dream pop label, has begat CSCN, a new singles imprint that will spotlight developing artists from around the world.
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DEEZER CEO AXEL DAUCHEZ STEPPING DOWN

Deezer, the global music streaming service based out of France and which claims 5 million paid subscribers has announced that its CEO Axel Dauchez will be exiting the company in September to "pursue a new professional opportunity." Dauchez joined Deezer in 2010 and since that time has been the company's public face.
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BEATS MUSIC OFF TO A RUNNIN' START, IAN ROGERS CLAIMS

Ian Rogers begs to disagree with Billboard's assessment of Beats Music's uneven first 100 days.
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VEVO OWNERS MAY BE LOOKING TO SELL (REPORT)

Universal Music Group, Sony Music, Google and Abu Dhabi Media are considering a sale of Vevo, the music video streaming platform launched in 2009, according a report from Bloomberg.
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SFX, SYCO ENTERTAINMENT, T-MOBILE PARTNER FOR 'ULTIMATE DJ' TV SHOW

Robert "FX" Sillerman's SFX Entertainment, Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment, and mobile service provider T-Mobile have partnered to launch a new TV show, "Ultimate DJ," which aims to cover electronic music culture while presenting up-and-coming DJs and producers.
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TONY AWARDS: IDINA MENZEL, NEIL PATRICK HARRIS SCORE NOMINATIONS

Idina Menzel and Neil Patrick Harris have scored nominations for the 68th annual Tony Awards. The nominees were revealed Tuesday morning by Lucy Liu and Jonathan Groff at the Paramount Hotel in New York City.
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APPLE AND SAMSUNG CITE, AND REBUT, INTERNAL MEMOS IN PATENT CASE

When Steven P. Jobs introduced the iPhone in January 2007, he said the device’s new touch-screen technology worked like magic. He also said, “And boy, have we patented it!”
New York Times


IN BERLIN, AN OLD TRAM-REPAIR SHOP ATTRACTS PRESTIGIOUS MUSICIANS, IRKS AGENTS

Piano salon Christophori lauded for its peculiar acoustics and experimental spirit; talent managers don't approve.
Wall Street Journal


RHYMES AND REASON: SCOTTISH RAPPERS TAKE ON VOTER APATHY

Edinburgh hip hop collective Stanley Odd on independence, apathy and accents.
The Guardian


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