Morning Fix: Billboard Wins Two Folio Awards; Mandela's Impact on Music, Concerts, More; Spotify Readies Free Mobile Streaming; John Mayer and Michael McDonald Part Ways

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BILLBOARD'S 2013 YEAR-END SURVEY

Welcome to the second annual Billboard.Biz Year-End Readers' Survey. Unlike other traditional polls based on voting, we want your opinions and wisdom on four questions about the music industry in 2013. Click through to fill out the survey. The deadline is Dec. 12. We look forward to your responses!
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BILLBOARD WINS TWO FOLIO AWARDS

Billboard has won two 2013 Folio Eddie & Ozzie Awards in categories honoring best article and best cover. The awards ceremony, held Thursday (Dec. 3) at New York City’s Grand Hyatt, honored excellence in magazine editorial and design.
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GRAMMY NOMINATIONS SHOW PREVIEW: BOOKING STRATEGIES, THE MOVE TO FRIDAY, WATER COOLER MOMENTS

With the annual Grammy Nominations Concert set for this Friday, Billboard spoke with CBS' Jack Sussman and the show's executive producer Ken Ehrlich to find out what to expect at this year's show.
Billboard.biz


SPOTIFY READYING FREE MOBILE STREAMING SERVICE

Spotify, the Swedish music streaming service, is set to announce a new feature that will allow users to pick specific tracks and listen to them on mobile devices for free
Billboard.biz


NELSON MANDELA'S IMPACT ON MUSIC, CONCERTS, MOVIES, AND MORE

Heroic in his deeds, graceful in his manner, sainted in his image, Nelson Mandela long served as both cause and muse in the entertainment community.
Billboard.biz


WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND SUES MARVIN GAYE OR THE BEASTIE BOYS? (GUEST POST)

In two recent legal spats involving copyrighted music of Marvin Gaye and the Beastie Boys, the copyright owners found themselves sued by the very parties alleged to be doing the infringing. Yes, you read that right. The alleged bad guy sued the alleged victim. Confused? Don’t be. This type of lawsuit is called a declaratory judgment action. And while any type of lawsuit can be abused, a declaratory judgment action is not as reprehensible as it might seem at first blush.
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JOHN MAYER, MANAGER MICHAEL MCDONALD PART WAYS (EXCLUSIVE)

John Mayer and longtime manager Michael McDonald of Mick Management have parted ways, according to two knowledgeable executives. The split was finalized in the midst of Mayer's tour on Dec. 3. "It's been a magnificent journey," McDonald tells Billboard in a statement.
Billboard.biz


CHART MOVES: 'FROZEN' SOUNDTRACK IS HIGHEST-CHARTING FOR ANIMATED FILM SINCE 'CARS'

The soundtrack to the Disney animated film debuts at No. 18, selling 44,000 in its first week. It's the highest-charting soundtrack from an animated film since 2006, when another Disney film, "Cars," drove its soundtrack to No. 6.
Billboard.biz


ELTON JOHN'S RUSSIA CONCERTS TO GO AHEAD DESPITE ANTI-GAY LAW

The promoters deny rumors that the gigs could be canceled under Russia’s controversial anti-gay legislation.
The Hollywood Reporter


PUSSY RIOT MEMBERS EXPECTED NOT TO BE FREED IN RUSSIAN AMNESTY

Prime minister implies punk band members and Mikhail Khodorkovsky will not be among those released.
The Guardian


APPLE TURNS ON IBEACONS IN ALL ITS 254 U.S. STORES FOR IN-STORE NOTIFICATIONS AND MORE

Apple will kick off this weekend by launching iBeacons functionality in all of its 254 domestic U.S. stores, according to a new report by the AP.
TechCrunch


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