Morning Fix: Bruno Mars Lands Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show; Ticketmaster Unveils New Resale System; Death and SFX's Looming IPO; BMI's New Prez

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IT'S OFFICIAL: BRUNO MARS TO PLAY PEPSI SUPER BOWL XLVIII HALFTIME SHOW

Mars himself made the announcement in Times Square around 12:30 ET Sunday on "Fox NFL Sunday," alongside co-hosts Curt Menefee and Terry Bradshaw and analysts Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson, Michael Strahan and Jay Glazer.
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TICKETMASTER PUTS RESALE, UNSOLD TICKETS IN ONE SPOT

Fans of popular artists or sports teams are painfully aware how difficult it is to find good seats to live events at affordable prices. With a new ticket resale system, Ticketmaster is trying to show you what seats are available in one place -- both unsold ones and those up for resale -- so you can price-shop more easily.
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FROM THIS WEEK'S BILLBOARD: WILL ELECTRIC ZOO'S DRUG-RELATED DEATHS IMPACT SFX'S IPO?

Cities have shut down nightclubs and raves over drug concerns throughout dance music's 30-year history. But that was before the arrival of EDM with its giant and young audience, and the massive investment it attracted. Live Nation, Yucaipa and Robert F.X. Sillerman's revived SFX have all anted up hundreds of millions of dollars for EDM entities in the last 12 months. 
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XBOX MUSIC ADDS FREEMIUM OPTION, EXPANDS TO IOS, ANDROID AS APP

The on-demand music service will be available as apps on Apple's iOS and Google's Android devices starting Monday (Sept. 9), a move designed to broaden Xbox Music's distribution and audience in order to compete with the likes of Spotify and Rhapsody.  
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BMI NAMES MICHAEL O'NEILL AS NEW PRESIDENT AND CEO

Del Bryant, BMI's long-serving president and CEO who has spent over 40 years at the organization and 10 as its head, will be succeeded by Michael O'Neill, it was announced on Friday. O'Neill has been with BMI for 20 years and is moving to the top spot from his current position as SVP of repertoire and licensing.  
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SPOTIFY SEEKING ADDITIONAL FUNDING AT $5.27 BILLION VALUATION (REPORT)

Spotify is seeking cash to help fuel its global growth. According to a report at Swedish news outlet Dagens Industri, the world's largest music subscription company is seeking debt financing at a $5.27 billion valuation. The report claims Spotify's two founders, Daniel Ek and Martin Lorenzon, are inclined to borrow money because they do not want to dilute their ownership shares.  
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HOW YLVIS' 'THE FOX' WENT VIRAL (WITH HELP FROM STARGATE) - Q&A

On Friday morning, the Internet yet again went off the rails over a video for a new song called “The Fox” by an unknown (in the U.S. anyway) Norwegian duo called Ylvis. Billed as “the next “Gangnam Style” and earning almost 2 million views overnight, now over 5 million, the absurd EDM parody investigates one of Earth's greatest mysteries: What sound does a fox make?  
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CHART MOVES: IMAGINE DRAGONS’ ‘NIGHT VISIONS’ CELEBRATES ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY ON BILLBOARD 200

This week on the Billboard 200, rock band Avenged Sevenfold claimed its second No. 1 album as "Hail to the King" started atop the list with 159,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was one of four new arrivals into the top 10, including Big Sean's new "Hall of Fame" at No. 3.
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A QUEST TO SAVE AM BEFORE IT’S LOST IN THE STATIC

The digital age is killing AM radio, an American institution that brought the nation fireside chats, Casey Kasem’s Top 40 and scratchy broadcasts of the World Series. Long surpassed by FM and more recently cast aside by satellite radio and Pandora, AM is now under siege from a new threat: rising interference from smartphones and consumer electronics that reduce many AM stations to little more than static.
New York Times


NET NEUTRALITY BATTLE GETS DAY IN COURT

The ongoing political battle over the FCC’s network neutrality rules will shift to the main event Monday — when Verizon, the nation’s largest telecommunications company and the government face off in front of a three-judge panel. The rules were designed to prevent big telecommunications companies from slowing or blocking content on a selective basis — everything from applications to video that run over the series of networks that make up the Internet.
Politico


VODAFONE’S $10 BILLION BID FOR GERMAN CABLER MAY FAIL

British telco Vodafone’s Euro 7.7 billion ($10.1 billion) takeover bid for Germany’s top TV cable company, Kabel Deutschland, is at risk of failing, which could leave the door open for a rival offer from John Malone’s Liberty Global.
Variety


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