Morning Fix: Target Not Selling Beyonce's New Album – Which Has Broken iTunes' Sales Record; Ray Price, RIP and a Look at His Chart History

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TARGET NOT SELLING BEYONCE’S NEW ALBUM

"At Target we focus on offering our guests a wide assortment of physical CDs, and when a new album is available digitally before it is available physically, it impacts demand and sales projections," Target spokesperson Erica Julkowski tells Billboard.
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BEYONCE BREAKS U.S. ITUNES SALES RECORD, SELLS 617,000 IN THREE DAYS

According to multiple industry sources, "Beyonce" sold 617,000 downloads through the close of business on Sunday, Dec. 15. The album bowed -- without any pre-release announcement -- in the iTunes Store at midnight EST on Friday morning, Dec. 13. None of its songs are available a la carte (which is likely helping encourage full album purchases).
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RAY PRICE, COUNTRY MUSIC LEGEND, DEAD AT 87

Country Music Hall of Famer Ray Price, one of country music’s towering icons and a singer’s singer, died Monday at the age of 87. Price recently entered hospice after hospitalization in Texas and had been fighting a battle against pancreatic cancer since late last year.
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RAY PRICE'S 37-YEAR RUN ON THE BILLBOARD CHARTS: 46 TOP TENS, EIGHT NO. 1'S

With 109 titles charted between 1952-89, Ray Price's history on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart spans more than 37 years with 46 top 10 entries, eight of those reaching No. 1. The country legend died Monday at his home in Texas after battling pancreatic cancer.
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ROSS ON RADIO: SONGS THAT MADE A DIFFERENCE IN 2013

In the early-to-mid '90s, when Garth Brooks was the biggest superstar in any format and leading the charge for a younger-leaning, more rockin' country format, radio still resisted two of his singles. One was "We Shall Be Free" with its reference to being "free to love anyone we choose." The other was a slightly rewritten Aerosmith song, "The Fever."
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NIRVANA, KISS, BRIAN EPSTEIN, ANDREW LOOG OLDHAM AMONG ROCK HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

First-time nominee Nirvana and some long-neglected icons -- KISS, Linda Ronstadt, Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band -- will be inducted as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2014 on April 10 at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Nirvana, Kiss and Ronstadt will be joined by Peter Gabriel, Daryl Hall & John Oates and Cat Stevens in the Performers category.
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HOW LYRIC VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE BECAME MUSIC'S HOTTEST STAR

In the 1966 documentary Don't Look Back, Bob Dylan is featured in what, at the time, was an innovative music video. As the song "Subterranean Homesick Blues" plays, Dylan unfurls cue cards that correspond to the lyrics. The clip became a beat culture moment aped by many artists since, the visual suggesting a connection between hearing a song and reading lyrics.
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YOUTUBE CO-FOUNDER HITS BACK AT KANYE WEST AND KIM KARDASHIAN LAWSUIT

The rapper behind Yeezus and his fiancée Kim Kardashian previously sued YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley for sharing video of their marriage proposal (the event was being filmed for cable TV). Hurley has since responded with some courtroom papers of his own, dragging out the lawyerly battle.
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RISING ARTIST FEES RISK LEAVING SMALLER FESTIVALS BANKRUPT, SAYS GREEN MAN OWNER

Owner and director of Green Man Festival Fiona Stewart says increasing artist booking fees are making it harder than ever for independent events to compete for headliners in a crowded market.
Music Week


AS MUSIC DOWNLOADS DECLINE, EXPECT MORE ANTI-SPOTIFY ANXIETY

It's official: We're buying less digital music. Just like vinyl, cassettes, and CDs before it, the digital download may have reached it peak, with total sales dropping 4% from last year. The culprit? It's complicated, but expect the already-raging debate over Spotify, streaming, and the future of music distribution to heat up.
Fast Company


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