Morning Fix: Super Bowl Mania: Denver's Beatport vs. Seattle's Sub Pop, How Halftime Shows Sell Music, More; Carrie Underwood on Lack of Female Country Artists

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SUPER BOWL MUSIC BIZ BET: DENVER'S BEATPORT VS. SEATTLE'S SUB POP

In the fine tradition of all that is great about sport, Billboard has gathered two music businesses with skin in this year's Super Bowl and strong-armed them into betting against each other. Here, the storied indie label and global DJ hub give their best boasts, jeers and music takes on this year's match while putting on the line a veritable treasure trove of locally-sourced offerings. May the best team/music company win!
Billboard.biz


SUPER BOWL: HOW HALFTIME SHOWS SELL MUSIC (1993-PRESENT)

In 2014, the most-watched TV event in the world is a magnet for superstar talent eager to promote an upcoming album and tour. This year's halftime performer, Bruno Mars, is about to embark on a North American tour that launches on April 18 in home town of Honolulu.
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SUPER BOWL AT METLIFE STADIUM: SVP OF EVENTS RON VANDEVEEN ON PREPARING FOR THE BIG GAME

MetLife Stadium senior VP of events Ron VanDeVeen gives Billboard.biz an inside look at how his team is preparing for Super Bowl XLVIII, details about working alongside the NFL to stage the huge sporting event, his past experience on working the World Cup and WrestleMania, and who he's rooting for to win.
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CARRIE UNDERWOOD ON THE LACK OF SUCCESSFUL FEMALE COUNTRY ARTISTS: 'YOU WOULD THINK WE'D BE FARTHER ALONG' (EXCLUSIVE)

In both 2012 and 2013, just three of the top 25 artists on Billboard’s Top Country Songs chart were solo women. In a Billboard Country Update column last fall, we heard what country radio has to say about this, but what do the artists themselves think? Carrie Underwood was one of the artists who made that list of three both years (along with Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift), and she’s among the ranks of those hoping things will improve for females this year.
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GRAMMYS GARNER RECORD SOCIAL MENTIONS IN 2014, LORDE MOST DISCUSSED ON TWITTER

This year's Grammy Awards pulled in 34 million social media interactions on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter, making the Jan. 26 show television's biggest social event of the season so far.
Billboard.biz


SXSW: ANDRE 3000'S JIMI HENDRIX, A$AP AND STAX RECORDS DOCS AMONG PREMIERES

Documentaries on Johnny Winter, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, A$AP Rocky and the soul music of Memphis will make their world premieres at the SXSW Film Festival while the Jimi Hendrix movie featuring OutKast's Andre Benjamin will make its U.S. premiere.
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ONE DIRECTION NAMED MOST POPULAR RECORDING ARTIST FOR 2013

The British-Irish pop band nudge out Eminem and Justin Timberlake to be named by the IFPI as the top "Global Recording Artist" for 2013.
Billboard.biz


BIEBER VS. FORD: CANADA'S FAVORITE BAD BOYS

Pop star Justin Bieber is giving Toronto Mayor Rob Ford a brief respite as Canada's favorite bad boy and butt of all jokes.
AP


MUSIC APPS PUMPED UP THE VOLUME -- AND DOLLARS -- IN 2013

Led by Pandora, revenue from music apps crescendoed more than 75 percent last year, and the category jumped to No. 3 in popularity, behind only games and social networking, according to App Annie.
CNet


CHOOSING BRUNO: WHAT THE NFL WAS THINKING

The Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks won 30 games combined to earn their slots in Super Bowl XLVIII. Less obvious to sports fans is how young pop singer Bruno Mars scored his berth as the headliner of Sunday's halftime show, following in the footsteps of legends such as Prince and the Who.
Wall Street Journal


BEASTIE BOYS SQUARE PLAN REJECTED BY NEW YORK CITY OFFICIALS

Manhattan's Community Board 3 have rejected a proposal to rename the Lower East Side intersection pictured on their Paul's Boutique album after the hip hop trio.
The Guardian


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