Morning Fix: Eminem, Rihanna Top Hot 100; Beyonce's 'Drunk in Love' Debuts; Google Squashes Rap Genius' Backlink Scheme; 'Beyonce' Pirated 240K (Report)

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EMINEM, RIHANNA TOP HOT 100; BEYONCE'S 'DRUNK IN LOVE' DEBUTS

Eminem and featured artist Rihanna notch a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "The Monster," which holds off Pitbull and Ke$ha's "Timber" at No. 2, also for a third week.
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RAP GENIUS GETS SQUASHED BY GOOGLE FOR BACKLINK SCHEME

Google has removed Rap Genius' site from its search results ranking following disclosures that the New York lyrics site has tried to game the search engine with a backlink scheme.
Billboard.biz


BEYONCE ALBUM PIRATED 240,000 TIMES (REPORT)

Beyoncé's new album, which has zoomed to the top of the Billboard sales charts, appears to also be popular on the file sharing charts as well -- with nearly a quarter million copies pirated within the first week of its Dec. 13 debut, according to Musicmetric.
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SMALL FACES ANNIVERSARY PUTS KINK IN FACES REUNION

Though Faces frontman Rod Stewart, who's been spelled by Simply Red's Mick Hucknall for the group's reunion shows since 2009 (including its 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction), recently said the Faces are "earmarking" a 2015 reunion, McLagan tells Billboard he and drummer Kenney Jones are focusing more on celebrating the golden anniversary of their previous band.
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JUSTIN BIEBER'S 'BELIEVE': DIRECTOR JON CHU ON NEW FILM, TOURING TEAM, CHALLENGING YEAR

"Getting to the heart" of a trying time was the focus of the follow-up to "Never Say Never," out Christmas day.
Billboard.biz

 


RICKY LAWSON, GRAMMY-WINNING DRUMMER PLAYED WITH MICHAEL JACKSON, WHITNEY HOUSTON, DEAD AT 59

Studio drummer Ricky Lawson, a collaborator with musicians including Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Whitney Houston and a Grammy-winner, died at a suburban Los Angeles hospital following a brain aneurism. He was 59.
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BILLBOARD READERS' SURVEY RESULTS, PART 3: THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE FACING THE MUSIC BIZ IN 2014

As part of our year-end special, we asked you, the audience three specific questions about 2013 -- and we got dozens of thoughtful, intelligent, well-considered responses. Rather than dropping all of that knowledge in one big pile, we're publishing question responses over the next week.
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SINGING IN THE COLD: BRUNO PREPS FOR SUPER BOWL

Everyone is in Bruno Mars' ear about one thing when it comes to performing the Super Bowl halftime show: How will you deal with the freezing cold?
AP


IS JAY Z'S BRAND SUFFERING? FIND OUT WHAT YOUNG PEOPLE THINK ABOUT HIS AUTHENTICITY

Jay Z may be one of the highest selling and greatest tenured MC's of our time, selling over one million copies of his album Magna Carta...Holy Grail this year. A new report unearthed by Business Insider however, questions the authenticity of his brand as it relates to millenials (18-31 year olds).
Complex


LIL TWIST CLEARED OF ALLEGATIONS HE BRUTALIZED WOMAN AT JUSTIN BIEBER'S HOUSE

Lil Twist will NOT be charged with roughing up a woman at Justin Bieber's house.
TMZ


GOOGLE FILES COUNTERSUIT AGAINST ROCKSTAR, SEEKS TO AVOID EAST TEXAS

Rockstar Consortium, a patent-holding company formed from the bankrupt Canadian telecom company Nortel, sued Google and manufacturers of Android phones over patents almost two months ago.
Ars Technica


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