Morning Fix: Beyonce on Self-Mgmt, Madonna, Developing Other Artists; Pussy Riot Members Released from Prison; Edgar M. Bronfman Sr Dead at 84

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BEYONCE ON SELF-MANAGEMENT, FOLLOWING IN MADONNA'S FOOTSTEPS, DEVELOPING OTHER ARTISTS

Beyonce Knowles may have just pulled off one of the most spectacular surprise album drops of all time with the Dec. 13 release of her self-titled visual album, setting both iTunes and Billboard chart records in the process, but the singer made it clear Saturday night there was one major business decision she made that more than anything facilitated the campaign.
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PUSSY RIOT MEMBERS RELEASED FROM JAIL NEARLY TWO YEARS AFTER PERFORMING 40-SECOND SONG

Two jailed members of the Russian punk bank Pussy Riot were released Monday following an amnesty law that both described as a Kremlin public relations stunt ahead of the Winter Olympics.
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EDGAR M. BRONFMAN SR DIES AT 84

Under his leadership, Seagram expanded its offerings and was eventually acquired by French media and telecom group Vivendi Universal in 2000.
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PANDORA, PUBLISHERS LEFT UNCERTAIN BY JUDGE'S LATEST CLARIFICATION IN THE BMI CASE

In a series of requests for clarification on his Dec. 18 ruling, the BMI/Pandora rate court judge has thrown the song publishing community and Internet radio service Pandora into disarray that might not be resolved until after Jan. 1, 2014.
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BACKBEAT: BEYONCE SURPRISES (AGAIN) WITH RECORD RELEASE PARTY AT TIMES SQUARE'S DAVE & BUSTER'S

Following her Dec. 19 concert at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, Beyonce celebrated the release of her new album in style -- amongst the prize tickets and glistening arcade games of Dave & Buster's. Also here: Drake, confections courtesy of the Cake Boss.
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MILEY CYRUS FANS SEEK REFUND FOR NO-SHOW AT BOSTON JINGLE BALL

Leading up to last week's Boston's KISS 108 Jingle Ball, fans had plenty of reason to believe headliner Miley Cyrus would be performing. Although Winter Storm Electra had left the singer stranded in New York, the radio station allegedly continued airing segments claiming she was already inside the TD Garden.
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'X FACTOR' WINNER SAM BAILEY UNWRAPS COVETED CHRISTMAS U.K. NO. 1 WITH 'SKYSCRAPER'

Sam Bailey, the 36-year-old former prison officer who won last weekend’s final of “The X Factor,” has claimed the U.K.’s prestigious Christmas No. 1 single with her cover of Demi Lovato’s “Skyscraper” (Syco Music/Sony). Robbie Williams’ “Swings Both Ways” (Universal Island) narrowly held off the challenge of One Direction to become the festive album bestseller.
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APPLE SAYS IN IPHONE PACT WITH CHINA; NO TERMS DISCLOSED

Apple Inc on Sunday announced a multiyear deal with China Mobile to bring its iPhone product lines to China, starting January 17, 2014.
AP


SPOTIFY ROLLS OUT SPOTIAMP TO HONOR WINAMP

As the good old Winamp has headed to its untimely demise, music-streaming service Spotify has reportedly rolled out 'Spotiamp', an app for Windows built by one of its engineers to stream music.
Business Standard


R.I.P. PRODUCER DAVID RICHARDS

David Richards, a producer who worked with David Bowie, Queen, Iggy Pop, and others, has died, NME reports.
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DIGITAL RIGHTS RISK INCONSISTENCIES, SAY MPS

A proposed new law designed to improve consumer protection for purchasers of digital music risks being inconsistent, a committee of MPs has said.
BBC


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