Morning Fix: How Aloe Blacc Outfoxed Simon Fuller; U2, Will Smith Rock First 'Fallon'; Country Radio Seminar Preview; NY Dolls Manager Marty Thau Dead at 75

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U2, WILL SMITH ROCK FIRST 'TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON': MINUTE-BY-MINUTE LIVE TAPING REVIEW

Mariah Carey and Lady Gaga also make cameos, as Billboard offers an inside look at Fallon’s first night hosting the NBC late-night institution.
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CRS PREVIEW: COUNTRY RADIO'S ANNUAL MARATHON INCLUDES STOPS FOR HALL OF FAME, HUMANITARIAN AWARD, PANELS & MORE

It’s an annual rite of passage for the country radio industry and Nashville music community that tests the stamina (and alcohol tolerance) of its participants every year. Set for Feb. 19-21 at the downtown Nashville Convention Center and the adjacent Renaissance Hotel, Country Radio Seminar attracts radio personnel, artists, label execs, media and nearly everyone involved in the country music industry for three days of panels, parties, exhibits, showcases, guest speakers and educational presentations.
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DAVID CROSBY UNDERGOES HEART SURGERY, POSTPONES SHOWS

He's expected to make a full recovery, but concerts planned for February in San Francisco and West Hollywood will be moved to April.
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FANDISTRO MUSIC PLATFORM TO ACCEPT BITCOINS

FanDistro, a marketing and sales platform for artists, announced it is accepting bitcoin as payment, becoming one of the first music platforms to do so. The move allows artists to avoid paying credit card payment processing fees which can eat up anywhere from 5% to 10% of every sale, said FanDistro Founder Michael Penfield.
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MARTY THAU, MANAGER OF NEW YORK DOLLS AND FOUNDER OF RED STAR RECORDS, DEAD AT 75

Marty Thau, the man who discovered and managed the careers of the New York Dolls and Suicide, among many others, passed away in Petersburg, VA, at the age of 75 last Thursday, after complications from renal failure.
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SPOTIFY JOB LISTING FUELS IPO SPECULATION

A new job listing at Spotify seems to bolster rumors of an IPO.
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COMCAST-TIME WERNER CABLE MERGER WORRIES CONSUMERS

Cable subscribers don't give Comcast and Time Warner Cable good grades when it comes to customer satisfaction. So after Comcast announced its $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable Thursday, it didn't take long for consumers to start venting their frustrations over high prices, spotty service and fears of a monopoly.
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HOW ALOE BLACC OUTFOXED SIMON FULLER (FROM THE MAGAZINE)

Blacc has been hailed as an artist with vision and a songwriter with limitless potential, and to say that he’s played his cards right would be a gross understatement. Not only did he collect what one person privy to the publishing deal called “an absurd” advance, he pocketed the sum without paying commissions (typically between 10% and 15%), having severed ties with manager Simon Fuller just prior to signing on the dotted line.
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2 MEMBERS OF PUNK BAND PUSSY RIOT HELD IN SOCHI

A member of the punk group Pussy Riot said she and one of her bandmates were detained Tuesday while walking in downtown Sochi, the host city of the Winter Olympics.
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RADIO 1 BOSS SAYS CHARTS WILL INCORPORATE STREAMING DATA

UK charts have always been based purely on sales.
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