Morning Fix: Mid-Year Charts: Timberlake, Macklemore & Lewis Dominate Amidst Slowing Sales; Wale Overtakes Kanye on the 200; Samsung's Profits Don't Impress; Much More

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WALE SCORES FIRST NO. 1 ALBUM ON BILLBOARD 200; KANYE WEST DROPS

 

Rapper Wale claims his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 this week, as his new release The Gifted debuts in the top position. The set sold 158,000 copies in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
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JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS LEAD 2013 MID-YEAR SOUNDSCAN CHARTS

At the midway point in 2013, Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop" (featuring Wanz), lead as the year's biggest-selling album and digital song in the United States, respectively -- selling 2 million and 5.6 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
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NIELSEN SOUNDSCAN MID-YEAR REPORT: DIGITAL ALBUM AND SINGLE SALES SLOW

For the year to date as of June 30, digital track sales have declined 2.3% to 682.2 million units from the 698 million units that tracks scanned in the first half of 2012, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
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WHY JAPAN’S MUSIC INDUSTRY IS BOOMING… FOR NOW

After the IFPI dropped the bombshell that Japan is catching up to the United States and could surpass it as the world’s most valuable music market, people have been trying to figure out why that might be. Here, Alan Swarts, a former VJ for MTV Japan and 17-year veteran of the company explains why this might be
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BUSINESS MATTERS: WHY YOUTUBE IS A GOOD PARTNER FOR VEVO

News that Vevo renewed its agreement with YouTube shouldn't come as a surprise. YouTube’s size makes it a sensible, smart distribution partner for Vevo’s videos.
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MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS' GAY EQUALITY ANTHEM 'SAME LOVE' HITS TOP 20 ON BILLBOARD HOT 100

Following the United States Supreme Court rulings on two separate gay marriage issues (June 26), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' gay equality anthem "Same Love" jumps into the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart this week.
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SAMSUNG REPORTS RECORD PROFITS, SHARES TUMBLE ON SMARTPHONE OUTLOOK

Samsung Electronics Co. on Friday estimated its April-June operating profit at a record high of 9.5 trillion won ($8.3 billion). That is a 47 percent jump from a year earlier and 8 percent growth from the previous quarter.
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LED BY DAFT PUNK, UK SINGLES SALES ON TRACK FOR RECORD YEAR

"2013 looks to become the biggest year for singles sales in British history," said the firm that compiles music charts data in Britain. "The entire top 10 singles [year-to-date] have sold more than half a million copies each, while nearly three quarters of the top 40 have sold over 300,000 copies each."
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JAY-Z'S MAGNA CARTA HOLY GRAIL TARGETED BY FAKE APP

Hacktivists have created a fake version of the app for new Jay-Z album Magna Carta Holy Grail to comment on government surveillance.
CNET


VINCE POWER SELLS MAJORITY SHARE IN TROUBLED BENICÀSSIM FESTIVAL

According to a statement, Denis Desmond, founder of MCD Productions and SJM Concerts have jointly acquired a major shareholding in the event's parent company Maraworld SA. Power will remain a shareholder in Maraworld SA and will continue as the company's Managing Director until August 2013.
NME


GOOGLE TAKES 7% STAKE IN VEVO

Google has taken a small stake in music-video service Vevo as part of a deal to keep its content on Google’s YouTube video site, the search giant said Wednesday.
Wall Street Journal


FRANK OCEAN TO RELEASE RARITIES ALBUM, ‘UNRELEASED, MISC’

'unreleased, MISC' contains songs that didn't make the cut for Ocean's debut proper or the 'nostalgia, ULTRA' mixtape from 2011. 'Django Unchained' soundtracking 'Wise Man' also makes the tracklist.
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SUB POP: 25 YEARS OF UNDERGROUND ROCK

From the era-defining grunge of Nirvana to the dreamy modern Americana of the Shins, the Seattle label has become a cornerstone of US alternative music. And that's a minor miracle.
Guardian


SAMSUNG BUYS TV STREAMING SERVICE BOXEE

The Korean electronics giant has been increasing investments in U.S. software and hardware companies as it continues to diversify its business, and exploit Internet connections to its consumer-electronics products.
Wall Street Journal


BILLY BRAGG TO RECEIVE AIM OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC AWARD

An icon in British Independent Music, it's been 30 years since Bragg's debut mini-album Life’s A Riot became a Top 30 hit.
Music Week


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