Morning Fix: What to Expect From Today's Apple Announcement; WME's John Marx on Bruno Mars' Super Bowl Gig; Chris Brown Signs to Resolution; More

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WHAT TO EXPECT FROM APPLE'S EXPECTED ITUNES RADIO ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY

Although opinions won't come until people get actual hands-on experience with the product on Tuesday, iTunes Radio appears to be an attractive, well-designed service with all the features one would expect from an Internet radio service. The integration with iTunes Match, Apple's cloud-based music storage service, gives iTunes Radio an added dimension competitors cannot match.
Billboard.biz


WME'S JOHN MARX ON BRUNO MARS' SUPER BOWL GIG, SOLD-OUT ARENA TOUR STRATEGY, NOT HAVING PRESALES (Q&A)

Bruno Mars has become one of today’s top live performers. In addition to being named the halftime performer at next year’s Super Bowl, Mars just wrapped his first sold-out arena tour. Here Mars' booking agent John Marx of WME spoke with .Biz about the booking strategy behind Mars’ sold-out tour, having Ellie Goulding open, the wisdom of not having presales and, of course, the Super Bowl gig.
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CHRIS BROWN SIGNS WITH RESOLUTION FOR WORLDWIDE REPRESENTATION

Chris Brown has signed with Resolution for representation worldwide in all areas, Billboard has learned exclusively. The Grammy-winning multi-platinum singer/songwriter will be repped by agents Phil Casey and Everly Lee. Brown has just wrapped recording his sixth studio album, “X,” which will feature collaborations with Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Ludacris and is slated for November 2013.
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CBS RADIO SENIOR VP OF PROGRAMMING GREG STRASSELL EXITS COMPANY

In a move that surprised many in the radio industry, CBS Radio senior VP of programming Greg Strassell exited his position on Monday after more than 15 years with the company.
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BIG MACHINE SIGNS LICENSING DEAL WITH GREATER MEDIA

Greater Media today announced a multi-year licensing agreement with Nashville-based Big Machine Label Group for the performance of Big Machine’s recorded music on Greater Media's digital and terrestrial broadcast platforms.
Billboard.biz


MICHAEL ALEXANDER PROMOTED TO SVP OF INTERNATIONAL, ISLAND DEF JAM, MOTOWN AND REPUBLIC RECORDINGS

Michael Alexander, former VP of Island Def Jam, has been promoted to SVP of IDJ, International, Motown, and Republic Records.
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AEG CEO RANDY PHILLIPS, PAUL GONGAWARE DISMISSED FROM MICHAEL JACKSON WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT

A judge on Monday dismissed Randy Phillips, CEO of AEG Live and promoter Paul Gongaware from a negligence lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson's mother and allowed the case to proceed against AEG Live LLC, the promoter of his planned comeback concerts.
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MEGAUPLOAD'S KIM DOTCOM TEASES NEW BABOOM MUSIC SERVICE

Just days after resigning as director of Mega to apparently focus on other projects, the German Internet entrepreneur has dropped details for his new music service, Baboom.
Billboard.biz


UNIVERSAL MUSIC LAUNCHES SPOTIFY CURATION AND DISCOVERY APP

Universal Music has launched the uDiscover Spotify app as a global curation and discovery initiative. The app aims to connect both familiar and new music by artist, genre and other themes.Users can access exclusive editorial features and never before seen content from Universal Music’s archives.
Music Week


DRUG DEATHS THREATEN RISING BUSINESS OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC FESTS

A string of drug-related deaths at big music festivals has highlighted the risks not only to fans, but to the businesses looking to profit from the craze.
The New York Times


WHY VIACOM GAVE UP DEVELOPING ITS OWN MOBILE PLAYER

Until earlier this year, Viacom had used its own internally developed video player in apps for channels like MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central. But in gearing up for TV Everywhere, to make more video content available to pay TV subscribers, the media conglom decided to scrap that effort and instead moved to Brightcove’s player to speed up its time to market, said David Kline, Viacom’s senior VP and chief information officer.
Variety


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