Morning Fix: Pharrell, U2, Karen O, 'Frozen' Battle for Best Song Oscar; Drake, ID-PR Split Post-Rolling Stone Debacle; Paco de Lucia Remembered by Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin, More

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PHARRELL, U2, KAREN O, 'FROZEN': WHO WILL WIN THE BATTLE FOR THIS WEEKEND'S BEST SONG OSCAR?

Just two years ago, the Academy Awards telecast didn't feature a song performance — perhaps producers thought better of having a furry puppet croon "Man or Muppet." This year, the broadcast will showcase a contest as competitive as any best picture race, and less traditional to boot. How do you top "Frozen"'s soaring, kid-friendly ballad? Sing atop Rockefeller Center on Jimmy Fallon's first "Tonight Show." Or even better: Wear a hat that even Arby's tweets about.
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PACO DE LUCIA REMEMBERED BY ALEJANDRO SANZ, RICKY MARTIN, ENRIQUE IGLESIAS AND MANY MORE

The flamenco guitar master, who left behind an unreleased album, will be laid to rest this weekend in Southern Spain.
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DRAKE, ID-PR SPLIT POST-ROLLING STONE COVER DEBACLE

Two weeks after Drake slammed Rolling Stone for swapping out his planned cover story for a Philip Seymour Hoffman memoriam, the rapper and PR firm ID-PR have parted ways, Billboard has confirmed.
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ALLMAN BIOPIC SHUTS DOWN PRODUCTION AFTER TRAIN CRASH KILLS CREW MEMBER

Filmmakers have shelved production on a movie about the life of Gregg Allman a week after a freight train collided into the production team and its equipment, killing one crew member and injuring seven others.
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SPOTIFY SETTLES MINISTRY OF SOUND'S LAWSUIT OVER USER PLAYLISTS

MoS, a dance label, was suing over the fact that the streaming website allows users to create playlists that mimic its compilation albums.
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CLEAR CHANNEL'S JOHN SYKES ON WHY WE NEED ANOTHER AWARD SHOW (Q&A)

Clear Channel announced yesterday the launch of its iHeartRadio Music Awards. Billboard caught up with the radio conglomerate's president of entertainment enterprises John Sykes to get the who, what, where and why we need another awards show.
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'NASHVILLE,' 'MUSCLE SHOALS,' 'AMERICAN HUSTLE' AMONG HONOREES AT 4TH ANNUAL GUILD OF MUSIC SUPERVISORS AWARDS

Music supervisors for films "American Hustle" and "Muscle Shoals" and the television shows "Nashville" and "American Idol" were among the honorees at the fourth annual Guild of Music Supervisors Awards.
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LIBERATION RESOLVES COPYRIGHT ISSUE WITH LAWRENCE LESSIG, ADMITS 'MISTAKES' WERE MADE

Liberation Music has “amicably resolved” its copyright dispute with Professor Lawrence Lessig, with the Australian independent label admitting it was wrong to hit the academic with a “take-down” notice. The label will also pay compensation and there’s a pledge that an error of this kind would never happen again.
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SXSW: JARVIS COCKER TO PERFORM

Cocker will be joined by bass player and songwriter Steve Mackey for the gig, which will be held before the world premiere of a documentary about their band Pulp.
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OSCARS TO STREAM LIVE ONLINE FOR FIRST TIME

The Academy Awards ceremony will stream live online for the first time to select cable providers in eight U.S. cities.
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