Morning Fix: 'Free Market' Talk of the Day on the Hill; Dorothy Carvello's Insane Biz Stories; Eminem Nets Two Diamonds

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'FREE' & 'MARKET' OFTEN REPEATED AT MUSIC LICENSING HEARING

Two of the most frequently uttered words during Tuesday's music licensing hearing on Capitol Hill were "free" and "market." Representatives for songwriters, music publishers, performers and producers expressed their desire for royalty rates that result from, or approximate, free market negotiations.
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DOROTHY CARVELLO SHARES: AHMET ERTEGUN 'FELT ME UP,' WU-TANG SCARES GERMANS AND MORE

A&R executive-turned-PR maven Dorothy Carvello is shopping around "Anything for a Hit," a memoir of her often-surreal experiences in the music business during the late 1980s and ’90s. She began her career in 1987 as an assistant to Ahmet Ertegun, the legendary Atlantic Records founder, and went on to become the label’s first female A&R executive. In an interview, Carvello, 50, shares three choice tales from her manuscript.
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EMINEM FIRST TO RECEIVE TWO RIAA DIGITAL SINGLE DIAMOND AWARDS

Slim Shady picked up the honor for “Not Afraid,” a track from his 2010 album Recovery, to go along with the 11x multi-platinum single “Love the Way You Lie” (featuring Rihanna), from the same release, which has sold 4.5 milion copies in the U.S. and more than 10 million worldwide.
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‘HEDWIG’ ALBUM RELEASE DATE MOVED UP FOLLOWING TONY WINS

Tony Award wins are already showing their effect, as the original cast recording of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" moves the digital release date to this Thursday, June 12, Atlantic Records announced on Tuesday. Physical CDs will be available on July 15.
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AZOFF MSG ENTERTAINMENT TO BUY HALF OF LIVE COMEDY BUYER LEVITY ENTERTAINMENT

As expected, Azoff MSG Entertainment (AMSGE) -- the joint venture between Azoff Music Management and the Madison Square Garden Company -- will announce today the acquisition of a 50 percent stake in Levity Entertainment Group (LEG).
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LORDE & MAC: WHAT MAKES THE PERFECT PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN BRAND & MUSICIAN?

When celebrities wax poetic about their first beauty obsessions, long-discontinued products from brands like Wet n Wild and Bonne Bell get mentions. For Ella Yelich-O'Connor, aka Lorde, the special product she saved up to buy growing up in New Zealand was MAC lipstick in Snob.
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BIG RADIO’S HUNGER GAMES: GUEST POST

In a dystopian future, a small group of elites gorge themselves, forcing the have-nots starving in the hinterlands to fight to the death over scraps. Plot of “The Hunger Games” trilogy, right? Or perhaps a plot summary of the drama now unfolding among music creators and the AM/FM, satellite and Internet radio industries?
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GERMANY’S PROSIEBENSAT.1 TAKES STAKE IN MUSIC STREAMING SERVICE DEEZER

ProSieben will merge its own music streaming company Ampya with French-based Deezer, which will have access to editorial content from the German media giant.
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THE SIRIUSXM MODEL FOR MUSIC STREAMING & THE RISE OF INDIE ENTREPRENEURS: NEW MUSIC SEMINAR

In “Turning the Stream Into a River,” execs from Sony, Google, SoundExchange and SiriusXM spoke on streaming music’s lessons for success. The panel used satellite radio service SiriusXM as a poster model, lauding its distribution model in cars and wide variety of human DJ-curated music (as well as non-music stations) to drive new subscriptions.
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NORWAY MOVES TO BLOCK PIRACY SITES

A Norwegian anti-piracy group is set to file a case before Oslo's District Court this summer aimed at forcing local Internet Service Providers (ISP) to block access to sites found to illegally deal in copyright protected material. Swedes file-sharing site The Pirate Bay is on the top of their list.
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TALKER OF THE TOWN: CHRISSIE HYNDE INTERVIEWED BY SIMON PRICE

Chrissie Hynde is releasing her first-ever solo album. But never mind that. Just let her talk. Because the legendary Pretenders leader can talk for London, England, for Akron, Ohio or anywhere else you care to mention. Oh boy, can she talk. Simon Price listens.
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