Morning Fix: YouTube Warns of Takedowns; Rich Bengloff Alleges Shady Streaming Deals; J. Lo's Empire

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YOUTUBE CONFIRMS SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE IMMINENT, WARNS OF TAKEDOWNS

Acts like Adele, Arctic Monkeys and Vampire Weekend, who account for up to 10% of all the music for which YouTube typically has rights to feature, are likely to be pulled down as the world’s largest video service has been unable to reach an agreement with the some of the leading independent labels, including the Beggars Group.
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RICH BENGLOFF ON A2IM INDIE WEEK, YOUTUBE LICENSING; ALLEGES MAJORS' SHADY STREAMING TERMS

“We’re kicking their ass,” says a fiery Rich Bengloff, the president of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), about the state of the indie labels in comparison to the majors.
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J. LO’S $40M+ CASH FLOW: INSIDE JENNIFER LOPEZ'S DIVERSE EARNINGS PORTFOLIO

Jennifer Lopez has a lot of titles on her business card these days. At this point in a career stretching back more than two decades, she’s less a musician or actress than a walking lifestyle brand, and a hyper-productive one at that.
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IHEARTRADIO REACHES THE 50 MILLION USER MILESTONE

Clear Channel Media & Entertainment’s online radio platform iHeartRadio has signed up its 50 millionth registered user, according to a company statement. The well-promoted app has generated registrations faster than Facebook or Twitter; the former took more than three and a half years to reach 50 million users, while the latter took about three years.
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BEHIND GOOGLE'S FAILED BID FOR PLAYLISTING STARTUP 8TRACKS

In Google’s quest to acquire a music service, it appears that playlists are a priority. Playlist repository site 8tracks rejected a buyout offer from Google last fall, according to a source close to the San Francisco-based company. The search giant is reportedly on the prowl for music deals as it jockeys for market position alongside tech giants Apple and Amazon and streaming leader Spotify, but has yet to make a significant acquisition in the music arena.
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INDIE GAME SOUNDTRACK TO 'TRANSISTOR,' EVEN WITH UNCOUNTED SALES, HAS IMPRESSIVE FIRST WEEK

The soundtrack to the sci-fi indie video game "Transistor" is off to a Halo-sized start, according to sources. Though the musical score debuted with 2,000 copies sold in the week ending May 25, according to Nielsen SoundScan, that number might have been larger had sales from Steam, the video game equivalent of iTunes, been reported to SoundScan.
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EPIC RIGHTS SECURES JOHN LENNON LICENSING

John Lennon is the latest iconic personality to secure a worldwide licensing, global branding and rights management agreement with Epic Rights. Yoko Ono has pacted with Epic Rights ceo Dell Furano to develop a worldwide initiative encompassing the career of her late husband.
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LADY GAGA 'JUDAS' PLAGIARISM LAWSUIT DISMISSED

A judge has dismissed a plagiarism lawsuit against Lady Gaga that claimed the pop star's hit single "Judas" ripped off elements of Chicago musician Rebecca Francescatti's 1999 track "Juda."
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KATY PERRY LAUNCHES LABEL, SIGNS POP SINGER FERRAS

Katy Perry could help make your "Teenage Dream" of becoming a singer a reality: The pop star is starting her own record label. Perry announced the launch of Metamorphosis Music on Tuesday. It's a joint venture with her current label, Capitol Records.
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TALES OF LONG TAIL'S DEATH GREATLY EXAGGERATED (GUEST POST)

Many in the music industry criticize the concept of the Long Tail because they believe the tail is thinning or simply because they think the idea of selling fewer titles of more albums is bad for business. Some believe that a select group of tastemakers should continue to choose repertoire and only push those selected recordings to a mass market. Others criticize the Long Tail because they decided it did not come true fast enough.
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AMAZON SMARTPHONE TO BE CARRIED EXCLUSIVELY BY AT&T

With such a technologically advanced smartphone, Amazon appears to be searching for an edge over competitors Samsung and Apple, which have cornered the smartphone market (one of every three devices sold last year was a Samsung, and Apple holds about 15% of the global market).
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ENRIQUE IGLESIAS’ 'BAILANDO' CHOSEN AS NEW TELEMUNDO SOAP THEME

Enrique Iglesias’ new hit single “Bailando” (feat. Descemer Bueno and Gente D’Zona) will be the theme song of new Telemundo soap opera, “Reina de Corazones.”
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TOBY KEITH'S BAR IN SYRACUSE OWES $250,000 IN TAXES

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports that a tax warrant filed by the state earlier this month seeks $107,000 owed by Toby Keith's I Love this Bar & Grill at the Destiny USA shopping mall in Syracuse.
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TRANSPARENCY IN DIGITAL MUSIC: ‘THERE’S A LOT OF WORK TO BE DONE…’

It took the form of a panel of industry figures: Debbie Stones from PRS for Music; Brian Message of ATC Management; Phil Bird from Counterpoint, the event’s sponsor; Adrian Pope from PIAS, Mark Williamson of Spotify and Mike Skeet of SkeetKaye.
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THE LATEST STAGE IN THE EVOLUTION OF CONTENT PIRACY IS APPS THAT LOOK LIKE THEY’RE LEGAL

Online streaming companies are booming. Netflix has now amassed more than 46 million paying subscribers for its video content, both original and licensed. Spotify has convinced 10 million people to pay it each month for unlimited and offline access to its vast library of music.
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