Morning Fix: Rock in Rio's Roberto Medina Plans 2015 Vegas Fest; 'Songs for Philippines' Includes Beatles, U2, Eminem; Randy Phillips Out at AEG Live, Jay Marciano Named Chairman

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THE BEATLES, U2, EMINEM, ONE DIRECTION CONTRIBUTE TO 'SONGS FOR THE PHILIPPINES' RELIEF ALBUM

The recorded music industry is responding to the disastrous typhoon in the Philippines with a fundraising compilation which features the biggest names in the business.
Billboard.biz


ROCK IN RIO'S ROBERTO MEDINA REVEALS PLANS FOR LAS VEGAS FESTIVAL IN 2015

The Rock in Rio music festival is slated to hit the Las Vegas strip in May 2015, Rock in Rio founder Roberto Medina revealed exclusively to Billboard. Medina predicts that the four-day Rock in Rio Las Vegas he says is planned for early May 2015 will bring an audience of 80,000 people each day. While Medina did not disclose more specific details, he said that the festival will be held on Vegas’ main resort drag, “not separated” from the city center.
Billboard.biz


RANDY PHILLIPS OUT AT AEG LIVE, JAY MARCIANO NAMED CHAIRMAN

Randy Phillips is out as president/CEO of AEG Live, the live entertainment arm of Anschutz Entertainment Group. The company said in a statement that it is "restructuring the management of that live entertainment subsidiary" and that Jay Marciano, Chief Operating Officer of AEG, has been appointed Chairman of AEG Live and will assume a more active role in the management of that division.
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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN'S 'HIGH HOPES' - A CLOSER LOOK

Columbia Records announced Monday that Bruce Springsteen's 18th studio album, "High Hopes," will be released on Jan. 14, 2014. The record is an eclectic combination of cover songs, new songs, and songs previously performed by Springsteen in some format. The album was produced by Ron Aniello, who also worked with Springsteen on "Wrecking Ball." Additionally, producer Brendan O'Brien shares production credits on two tracks.
Billboard.biz


AMAS SCORE BEST RATINGS IN YEARS

Bringing together Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, One Direction and Justin Timberlake delivered the American Music Awards its best ratings in four years.
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PANDORA STOPS INTERNET RADIO FAIRNESS ACT LEGISLATION EFFORTS, TO FOCUS ON CRB (FROM THE MAGAZINE)

Pandora has given up its efforts to seek legislation that would help reduce the royalties paid to rights holders, a source knowledgeable with the decision tells Billboard.
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WILL.I.AM, KYLIE MINOGUE APPOINTED COACHES FOR 'THE VOICE' AUSTRALIA

"The Voice" coaches are the latest in a long line of international artists judging on Australian talent shows.
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DADDY YANKEE VOWS TO FIGHT $6 MILLION PENALTY

The penalty stems from a 2011 lawsuit filed by Argentine promoter Diego Iraola and his company Five Live Entertainment, over six concerts the star was supposed to perform in Argentina in 2010.
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BONO OPTIMISTIC ABOUT 'SPIDER-MAN' MUSICAL FUTURE

U2 frontman Bono feels optimistic that his musical, "Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark" will continue to thrive after the show turns the lights out on Broadway early next year.
AP


KANYE WEST HOPES TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM IN 2014

Kanye West has revealed that he is already working on his next solo album and hopes to release it in Summer 2014. The rapper divulged the information during a new interview with US radio station Power 99. In the interview, West discussed some of the many musical projects he is involved in, including Watch The Throne and GOOD Music albums.
NME


WARNER BROS. RECORDS ADDS TO ITS BRANDS/LICENSING TEAM

Warner Bros. Records (WBR) added two new members of its Brand Partnerships & Commercial Licensing team. Ryan Barkan is appointed VP/Creative Synch Licensing and Lila Gerson is appointed Sr. Dir./Brand Partnerships.
All Access


JUDGE DENIES SAMSUNG MOTION TO STAY APPLE PATENT DAMAGES TRIAL

A federal judge has denied Samsung's emergency motion to stay a patent infringement damages trial while the validity of a key patent is re-examined. After a jury found last year that Samsung had infringed on five Apple patents related to the iPhone's design and functionality, a judge vacated about $450 million of the original award and ordered a new trial to recalculate damages. Samsung filed its motion on Wednesday while the jury was deliberating on how much the South Korean electronics giant should pay Apple in addition to the $600 million it already owes from the first trial.
CNet


USING AN ARMY OF ROBOTS TO DOMINATE TWITTER

Jim Vidmar controls an army of 10,000 Twitter robots that he sells to up-and-coming rappers, musicians, and anyone else who needs them. The Wall Street Journal tells how he deploys them to boost his clients' standing, using thousands of pretend people to spout designated hashtags and keywords that propel artists hungry for fame and gigs into Twitter's trending topics.
The Verge


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