Morning Fix: Taylor Swift's Million-Selling 'Red'; UMG Settles Digital Royalties Suit; iTunes 11 Delay
Morning Fix: Taylor Swift's Million-Selling 'Red'; UMG Settles Digital Royalties Suit; iTunes 11 Delay

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TAYLOR SWIFT'S 'RED' SELLS 1.21 MILLION -- BIGGEST SALES WEEK FOR AN ALBUM SINCE 2002: It's official: Taylor Swift's "Red" sold a whopping 1.208 million copies last week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's more than any album has sold in a single week since 2002, when Eminem's "The Eminem Show" sold 1.322 million in its first full week. "Red" is the first album to sell a million copies in a week since Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" in May 2011.

UMG SETTLES WITH F.B.T. PRODUCTIONS IN LANDMARK EMINEM DIGITAL REVENUES LAWSUIT: Universal Music and FBT Productions informed a California federal court on Monday that a resolution had been reached in a landmark case that pitted Eminem's production team of Mark and Jeff Bass (F.B.T. Productions) against Eminem's record label Aftermath/Universal in a dispute over how digital income is apportioned. Meanwhile, many other acts, including REO Speedwagon, Kenny Rogers, Sister Sledge, James Taylor and Peter Frampton have filed lawsuits on similar grounds.

APPLE DELAYS ITUNES 11 RELEASE UNTIL NOVEMBER TO 'GET IT RIGHT': Apple said it would not release its new iTunes software until November, a month after the company had earlier promised to deliver the update. In a statement, Apple said the delay would allow the company to "get it right," but did not explain what's currently wrong. Apple released some of the new features, including the ability to synchronize purchases via iCloud, with iTunes version 10.7, but the bulk of the updates were slated for the version 11.

PANDORA'S WEEKLY CUME NEARLY 27 MILLION: Pandora announced Monday that its September 2012 weekly cume, the radio industry term for cumulative audience, in the 18-to-49 demographic grew 6% to 26.9 million from 25.3 million in June, as measured by Triton Digital. New York and Los Angeles are especially strong for Pandora - the results gave Pandora founder Tim Westergren plenty to crow about.

KID ROCK JOINS ITUNES: Kid Rock's music suddenly appeared on iTunes last night, leaving only AC/DC, Garth Brooks, Def Leppard and Tool among the major holdouts on Apple's online retailer. As recently as last year, Rock was quoted, "I have trouble with the way iTunes says everybody's music's worth the same price. I don't think that's right, there's music out there that's not worth a penny...."
Hits Daily Double

BUSINESS MATTERS: 7DIGITAL, AMAZON AND GOOGLE NOW SELLING TAYLOR SWIFT'S 'RED' AT DEEP DISCOUNTS: Bargains await those who didn't rush out last week and buy Taylor Swift's new album, "Red." Amazon MP3 and Google Play were offering "Red" for $7.99 on Tuesday evening. Amazon MP3 had been selling the set for $13.99 and apparently lowered its price to match the $7.99 price Google Play had set earlier in the day.

BRAD PAISLEY, BEN HAYSLIP WIN BIG AT ASCAP COUNTRY AWARDS: Songwriter/artist of the year Brad Paisley and songwriter of the year Ben Hayslip were repeat winners Oct. 29 as ASCAP recognized masters of the three-minute script at its 50th annual Country Music Awards at Nashville's Opryland Hotel Monday. Sony/ATV/EMI won music publisher of the year and the Jake Owen hit "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" tied Hayslip's "Honey Bee" as performed by Blake Shelton for ASCAP's song of the year honor.

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), honored Dallas Davison and Luke Laird as songwriters of the year. BMI gave out honors as well for Song ("Take a Back Road") and Publisher of the Year (Sony/ATV) at the 60th annual BMI Country Awards held at the company's Nashville building Tuesday. Tom T. Hall, who was named a BMI Icon.
Country Standard Time

CARRIE UNDERWOOD, PINK, PITBULL JOIN AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS LINEUP: Carrie Underwood, Pink and Pitbull have been tapped to perform at the 40th annual American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 18. The trio joins previously announced performers Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Linkin Park and Christina Aguilera for the ceremony, while additional acts and presenters are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Hollywood Reporter

SENZARI ACQUIRES BERLIN-BASED MUSIC STARTUP WAHWAH.FM: Senzari, the Miami-based streaming music startup offering an alternative to Pandora in both stateside and international markets, is today announcing it has acquired Berlin-based Founded in 2010 by Philipp Eibach, is a location-based music app for iPhone that previously allowed users to broadcast their own personalized radio stations.

The Walt Disney Company, in a move that gives it a commanding position in the world of fantasy movies, said Tuesday it had agreed to acquire Lucasfilm, home to the "Star Wars franchise," from its founder, George Lucas, for $4.05 billion in stock and cash. Combined with the purchase of Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion in 2009 and of Pixar Animation Studios for $7.4 billion in 2006, the acquisition solidifies Disney's status as a leader in animation and superhero films.
New York Times

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