-- According to one analyst, Ticketmaster's plan to introduce dynamic pricing (read more in Thursday's post at Billboard.biz has a lot of potential. In a research report, Thomas Weisel's Ben Mogil upgraded the company's rating based on the ability of dynamic pricing to capture consumer surplus in the primary market. "Driving our now favorable view is the belief that while ticket re-selling remains the industry's hot potato, the introduction of dynamic ticket pricing in the primary market will be a meaningful driver of revenue and cash flow for Ticketmaster," he wrote. Ticket News has more excerpts from the research report that discuss Ticketmaster's ability to roll out dynamic pricing alone (without a merger with Live Nation) and consumers' perceptions of the fairness of dynamic pricing. It's worth a read. Consumer reaction is a big variable in this strategy. They have come to expect a bidding process from sites like StubHub, but complaints raised over Miley Cyrus and Bruce Springsteen on-sales have shown that many consumers - and some lawmakers - believe society has some sort of unalienable right to affordable tickets (define that as you wish) with low to no service fees. (Ticket News)

-- Dallas-based hip hop production duo Play-N-Skillz has teamed with SRC/Universal to create its own imprint, G4 Muzik. (Dallas Observer)

-- AEG Live is teaming up with music marketing agency Frukt for a series of events for UK brand managers called "Brands, Bands and Fans: Live!" The first will be held at London's O2 Arena on November 16. (Brand Republic)

-- Baidu says its MP3 service accounts for 3.3% of its total traffic. Some third party measurements point to a level up to ten times greater. Why does that matter? Some people feel Baidu is misleading investors and is far more exposed to the crackdown on music piracy by China's Ministry of Culture than it is leading people to believe. Share Farley at Seeking Alpha summarized his thoughts this way: "Wall Street needs clarity about how much traffic their mp3 service really does as there are too many organizations crying fraud, the lawsuit risks are big, plus it appears that they are misleading investors in SEC filings." (Seeking Alpha)

-- A 2,000-seat amphitheater is being planned for Rocky Mount, Virginia, just south of Roanoke. Rocky Mount is on the Crooked Road, a 250-mile route through ten counties that connects points of the state's musical heritage. On the trail are such places as the Ralph Stanley Museum and the Blue Ridge Music Center. (Franklin News-Post)