Morning Fix: David 'Kidd' Kraddick RIP; Billboard's 2013 40 Under 40 List; Jack White's $200k Music Preservation Donation; Much More

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DAVID 'KIDD' KRADDICK, HOST OF 'KIDD KRADDICK IN THE MORNING,' DEAD AT 53

David "Kidd" Kraddick, the high-octane radio and TV host of the "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" show heard on dozens of U.S. radio stations, has died at a charity golf event near New Orleans, a publicist said. Kraddick was 53. 
Billboard.biz


BILLBOARD'S 40 UNDER 40, 2013

For the next four business days (Friday, July 26 through Wed., July 31), Billboard.biz will each day reveal the names and write-ups of ten honorees.
Billboard.biz


JACK WHITE DONATES $200,000 TO NATIONAL RECORDING PRESERVATION FOUNDATION

The rocker has donated $200,000 to the National Recording Preservation Foundation, a contribution which Executive Director Gerald Seligman describes as a “game changer.”
Billboard.biz


MADISON SQUARE GARDEN'S LIMITED LEASE: NOT AN EVICTION NOTICE, BUT NOT GOOD NEWS EITHER

The New York City Council’s vote Wednesday that Madison Square Garden must within 10 years cease operating at its current site above Penn Station, its home for 45 years, is not good news for an arena that is just completing a nearly $1 billion transformation, but also does not mean that MSG must vacate the premises by 2023. 
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MARC ANTHONY, RICH GANG AIMING FOR TOP 10 ON BILLBOARD 200 CHART

As previously reported, Selena Gomez is heading for her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources suggest her new release, "Stars Dance," could sell between 90,000 and 100,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on July 28.
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'RADIOACTIVE' EXPLOSION: HOW IMAGINE DRAGONS' HIT HAS CONQUERED MULTIPLE RADIO FORMATS

The track links a 21st week at No. 1 on Rock Airplay, breaking the record for the longest reign dating to the Nielsen BDS-based chart's June 20, 2009, inception. Foo Fighters' "Rope" ruled for 20 weeks from its debut the week of March 12, 2011. What elements have led to such a "Radioactive" boom?
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'AMERICAN IDOL' 429-PAGE RACISM LAWSUIT: THE HIGHLIGHTS

On Thursday, 10 former contestants on American Idol sued over alleged discrimination on the long-running reality singing competition show. If you want to read the complaint, it'll likely take you longer than the amount of screen time that 99.9% of would-be Idols get on the Fox program. Here then, an abridged version.
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MUSIC STREAMING EXPECTED TO DECIMATE ITUNES AUSTRALIA

First it was compact discs. Then downloads. Now music labels are facing another challenge to their business models, with revenue growth from iTunes in Australia expected to halve this year as more consumers take up new streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora.
Australian Financial Review


JAY-Z WILL DEBUT 'PICASSO BABY: A PERFORMANCE ART FILM' ON HBO

The special will debut on Friday, August 2nd at 11 p.m. Eastern time, immediately after the rapper's appearance on Real Time With Bill Maher.
Rolling Stone


TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY TAKING AIM AT PATENT TROLLS

The tech industry, after focusing laserlike on immigration reform for much of the past year, is using the slow congressional walk on that issue to increasingly turn its attention to another fight: getting Washington to curb patent trolls.
Politico


BLONDIE REFUTE RETIREMENT RUMOURS

"They are in a hiatus at the moment. They will do some tour dates next year. Nothing is confirmed yet."
Clash


ACCLAIMED FORMER NME JOURNALIST, PERFORMER AND ACTIVIST MICK FARREN DIES AFTER COLLAPSING ON STAGE

Farren collapsed on stage at London's Borderline on Saturday night (July 27) while performing with his band The Deviants at the Atomic Sunshine Festival.
NME


CAN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY LEARN FROM OPEN-SOURCE CULTURE?

Musician Damon Krukowski has already made waves with one Pitchfork op-ed on streaming music royalties. He returned to the debate on Friday with a thoughtful new piece subtitled ‘How the music industry could learn from open-source culture, and why a decentralized network of musicians and fans should lead the way forward’.
Music Ally


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