Morning Fix: Blake, Reba, More Support Oklahoma at Benefit Concert; Pandora's Paywall Pays Off; Daft Punk Set For No. 1 Next Week

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BLAKE SHELTON, REBA MCENTIRE, MORE SUPPORT OKLAHOMA AT TORNADO BENEFIT CONCERT

"Everyday people are the ones who are making miracles/And it's beautiful," Reba McEntire sings on the chorus of "Everyday People," her 2007 duet with Carole King. On Wednesday night, as McEntire performed the song in Oklahoma, those words held truer than ever before, especially with the backdrop of destruction and the hope that it brought.
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DAFT PUNK SET FOR SECOND WEEK AT NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD 200 CHART

The newly crowned No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, is aiming for a second week atop the list. Industry sources suggest that none of yesterday's (May 28) new album releases will pose a threat to topple Daft Punk from the No. 1 throne.
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EXCLUSIVE: PANDORA PAYWALL PAYS OFF, RESEARCH SHOWS

Instead of triggering a customer revolt, Pandora's recent listener cap helped its app hit the No. 1 top grossing app in April outside of games on Apple's iTunes store, according to a report released Thursday by App Annie, a San Francisco-based firm.
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BUSINESS MATTERS: TUNEIN'S $25 Mil. FUNDING A GOOD SIGN FOR RADIO

The latest fundraising from Internet radio company TuneIn, which raised $25 million in funding led by Institutional Venture Partners with participation from existing investors Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures and General Catalyst Partners, confirms the appeal of traditional radio while bolstering the notion the traditional radio market is ripe for disruption.
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FIRMS YANK FACEBOOK ADS OVER CONTENT PROMOTING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Facebook lost more than a dozen advertisers after Women, Action and the Media launched a campaign last week to get Facebook to end hate speech on its social networking platform and urged advertisers to pull support over pages promoting violence against women. Fifteen companies have pulled advertising. Facebook is taking steps to resolve the problem.
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RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY'S ADAM SHORE: THE PERSON WHO HELPED BRING GIORGIO MORODER, BRIAN ENO AND 234 OTHER MUSICIANS TO NYC

Adam Shore is absurdly busy. The independent music promoter and manger is in the midst of coordinating 38 events in 26 days with some 236 performing artists for this month's Red Bull Music Academy in New York City. Billboard caught up with Shore who discussed how to go about booking Brian Eno, championing music that is the "opposite of EDM" and the artists he wishes he had gotten.
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A2IM ANNOUNCES TOM SILVERMAN AS RECIPIENT OF LIBERA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Tom Silverman, founder of TommY BoY Entertainment and the New Music Seminar, will be the A2IM'S award's second recipient at this year's award ceremony in New York on June 20.
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MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS STILL ATOP HOT 100, ZACH SOBIECH DEBUTS

The duo reigns for a fourth frame with 'Can't Hold Us'; Justin Timberlake and Florida Georgia Line set milestones; and the touching story of the late Zach Sobiech makes its way to the chart.
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VELVET UNDERGROUND, ANDY WARHOL FOUNDATION SETTLE BANANA ALBUM DISPUTE

The Velvet Underground and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts have split their differences over the iconic cover art for the 1967 album The Velvet Underground & Nico
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GOOGLE TO CHALLENGE IPHONE WITH MOTO X

Google is preparing an attack on Apple’s iPhone with a device that is more aware of its surroundings and smart enough to anticipate how it will be used next, according to the head of the internet company’s Motorola subsidiary. The gadget, called the Moto X, will be made in the US and will be part of a campaign to drive down the cost of smartphones and end the high profit margins companies such as Apple have enjoyed, said Dennis Woodside, the Google exec installed to run Motorola after it was acquired in late 2011.
Financial Times


GOOGLE PLAY’S APP REVENUE SHARE UP 8% SINCE NOVEMBER, APPLE STILL LEADS

When it comes to mobile app revenue, the general consensus is that Apple’s App Store is still king. Last month, for example, App Annie reported the iOS App Store earned 2.6 times more revenue in the last quarter than Google Play. Today, app store analytics firm Distimo finds a similar trend, but also indications of steady growth, and even some success stories among Android developers. In November 2012, Google Play only accounted for 19 percent of the revenue generated by the two major app stores combined (Apple’s App Store and itself), but this April, that share has jumped by 8 percentage points to 27 percent.
TechCrunch


MAJORS TAKE IRISH ISPS TO COURT OVER PIRATE BAY ACCESS

A legal action aimed at blocking access by Irish internet users to the free file-sharing website The Pirate Bay is due to be heard in the Commercial Court today. Music giants, including EMI and Sony, have brought a case against internet service providers UPC, Imagine, Vodafone, Digiweb, Hutchinson 3G and Telefonica over concerns about copyright infringement. The court heard on a previous occasion that every month about 200,000 Irish users access The Pirate Bay which provides torrents and links that facilitate peer-to-peer file sharing.
Irish Independent


THE WALL STREET JOURNAL TO LAUNCH LINKEDIN COMPETITOR

News Corporation outlined plans last night to launch its own social network as well as an instant messaging service for financial clients. The Wall Street Journal is expected to launch a social network in the coming months that will compete with LinkedIn as a platform for “like-minded people” to meet online and share ideas.
Times of London


BBC UNVEILS FIRST "DIGITAL" GLASTONBURY

The BBC is promising the first truly digital Glastonbury with live coverage from across six stages and available on multiple devices. It will be part of what is being billed as a truly co-ordinated effort by the Corporation with 250 hours of coverage and more than 120 performances featured from the June 28 to 30 festival on four BBC TV channels, four radio stations and a multitude of digital platforms. This will include live streaming from the main stages plus a revolving camera following BBC presenters backstage interviewing artists.
Music Week


INDIA'S FLYTE FAILS TO TAKE OFF, FLIPKART TO SHUT DOWN MUSIC STORE

Flipkart, one of the largest e-commerce websites in India, announced that it would shut down Flyte, its digital music store. The store, which primarily competes against Apple iTunes Store, has failed to find enough takers. "We have realized the music downloads business in India will not reach scale unless several problem areas such as music piracy and easy micro-payments etc are solved in great depth," said Mekin Maheshwari, head of digital media and payments at Flipkart. "We feel that at present, it makes sense to take a step back fromFlyte and revisit the digital music market opportunity at a later stage."
Times of India


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