Morning Fix: Marvin Gaye’s Family Goes Nuclear on Robin Thicke and EMI; Katy Perry Takes No. 1; Are Teens Over Facebook?

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MARVIN GAYE’S FAMILY SUES EMI FOR ‘BLURRED LINES’ PROFITS, GAYE CATALOG RIGHTS AND CONFLICTS OF INTEREST WITH ROBIN THICKE

On Wednesday, Marvin Gaye's family went nuclear with counterclaims against Robin Thicke that allege that Thicke stole the summer mega-hit "Blurred Lines" and also committed copyright infringement on Gaye's "After the Dance" to create his song, "Love After War." What's more, the new legal papers suggest that Thicke's "Marvin Gaye fixation" extends further to more songs in the Thicke repertoire.  
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KATY PERRY'S 'PRISM' DEBUTS AT NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD 200 CHART, HAS 2013'S LARGEST SALES WEEK FOR A FEMALE ARTIST

Katy Perry's new "Prism" album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week, selling 286,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The most recent tracking week ended Sunday, Oct. 27. It's the largest sales week this year for an album by a woman and the second-largest for a pop effort.
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BUSINESS MATTERS: SIGNS THAT TEEN INTEREST IN FACEBOOK IS FADING

Facebook's stickiness has come into doubt this week after signs that some teens are ditching Facebook in favor of other social media services. The latest evidence came directly from Facebook Wednesday afternoon. The company revealed in its third quarter earnings call it has lost some popularity with younger users.
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JAMES BLAKE WINS MERCURY PRIZE

Classically trained musician James Blake has won this year's Mercury Prize, Britain's eclectic music award. Blake beat nominees including the band Arctic Monkeys, a previous winner, and rock icon David Bowie to the 20,000 pound ($32,000) prize with his second album, "Overgrown." 
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SFX ACQUIRES AUSTRALIAN PROMOTER AND DANCE FESTIVAL HOUSE TOTEM ONELOVE

Yesterday brought the announcement from SFX that it will be making a bigger push down under, acquiring the Totem OneLove Group, promoter and producer of the Australia’s most successful dance festival, Stereosonic, as well as the Creamfields Australia, Solar Music and Outrage festivals.
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WILLIE NELSON'S TELL-ALL AUTOBIOGRAPHY DUE IN 2015

Little, Brown and Company announced Wednesday that the country music superstar has a book deal with the publisher. Although Nelson is the author of several books, Little, Brown promises that this one will be an unvarnished story about the artist.   
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JOHNNY THUNDERS BIOPIC SIGNS DIRECTOR, TO BEGIN PRODUCTION NEXT YEAR

Alexander Soskin has signed to direct an adaptation of Nina Antonia's bio "Johnny Thunders: In Cold Blood," set to begin production in 2014, L.A.M.F. Films in Los Angeles has announced.   
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BANDCAMP HAS PAID £50M TO INDIE ARTISTS IN 5 YEARS SINCE LAUNCH

The sales and marketing platform says it has paid out a total of £50 million since launching five years ago and has high hopes for the next year and a half.
Music Week


RIAA WARNS AGAINST BITCOIN, THE PIRATE BAY IN LATEST ‘NOTORIOUS WEBSITES’ LIST

Hoping to convince the US federal government to block websites it deems harmful to business, the RIAA has submitted its list of “notorious websites” with an especially notable version which includes a dig at the digital currency bitcoin.
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LUCIAN GRAINGE INTERVIEW: MUSIC MOGUL WHO FITS THE GAME TO A TEE

Lucian Grainge, the Brit who crossed the pond three years ago to head Universal Music – home to Robbie  Williams, The Beatles and Jake Bugg (shortlisted for the Mercury Music Award last night) – has always trodden something of a unique path.
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KANYE WEST HAS PATENTED HIS SEVEN SCREEN "IMMERSIVE AUDIO/VIDEO EXPERIENCE"

The patent for the "Multiple Screens for Immersive Audio/Video Experience" credits Kanye Omari West as its creator, and was published on July 12, 2013. It was filed Jan. 12, 2012, a few months prior to the screening at Cannes.
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IS THERE ANY FUTURE FOR THE MUSIC ALBUM?

Today we don't need to press vinyl – so why do we still need albums? It's a question I'm turning over in my mind as I stand on the red carpet at the Roundhouse, waiting for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize for best album.
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