Morning Fix: Rihanna's First No. 1 Album; Adele Hits 10 Million; Today's Congressional Internet-Royalty Hearing
Morning Fix: Rihanna's First No. 1 Album; Adele Hits 10 Million; Today's Congressional Internet-Royalty Hearing


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RIHANNA EARNS FIRST NO. 1 ALBUM WITH 'UNAPOLOGETIC' ON BILLBOARD 200 CHART: One week after Rihanna scored her 12th No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "Diamonds," the diva earns her very first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Her latest release, "Unapologetic," opens atop the Billboard 200, selling 238,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
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WHAT TO EXPECT AT TODAY'S INTERNET ROYALTIES SHOWDOWN IN WASHINGTON: Major stakeholders will make their case today before a Congressional hearing that will set the stage for what is likely to be a long battle over Internet radio royalty rates. At stake are hundreds of millions of dollars in licensing fees paid by Internet radio providers such as Pandora, Slacker, Clear Channel's iHeartRadio and others who say under the current system they are unable to make ends meet versus artists who say they're not being compensated fairly.
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LAYOFFS, NEW APPOINTMENTS AT UNIVERSAL-EMI CANADA: Layoffs took place this week at EMI Music Canada and Universal Music Canada. The number of people let go was unconfirmed at press time, but a source told Billboard.biz the number was under a dozen, including some part-time staff, and that both labels were affected.
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ADELE'S '21' HITS 10 MILLION IN U.S. SALES: Adele's mega-selling "21" album continues to rewrite the record books. The XL/Columbia release pushes past the 10 million U.S. sales mark in only its 92nd week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In doing so, "21" becomes the 21st album to shift 10 million since the firm began tracking data in 1991 and the fastest selling album to hit the mark since 'NSync's "No Strings Attached" in 2001.
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PETE BENNETT, LEGENDARY PROMOTION MAN FOR BEATLES, STONES, MANY MORE, DEAD AT 77: Pete Bennett -- the promotion man who famously worked with the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Nat King Cole, Steven Tyler, Sam Cooke and many others -- died of a heart attack Thursday at 77. Former Rolling Stones manager/producer Andrew Loog Oldham, Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein and others shared their memories of Bennett.
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BON JOVI, DAVE GROHL EDDIE VEDDER ADDED TO 12.12.12. SANDY BENEFIT: Jon Bon Jovi, Dave Grohl and Eddie Vedder are adding to the star power at next month's Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden. The event, organized by MSG, Clear Channel and the Weinstein Company, will also feature Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Roger Waters, Alicia Keys, The Who, Billy Joel and raise money for the R obin Hood Relief Fund.
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ULTRA MUSIC'S YOUTUBE CHANNEL HITS 1 MILLION SUBS, MOXEY CALLS VIDEO STREAMING 'SERIOUS REVENUE SOURCE': Dance-music powerhouse Ultra Music will announce later today that its YouTube channel has reached 1 million subscribers, making it the No. 1 independent label channel on the site, and No. 11 channel overall. " The monetization that occurs from streaming is important revenue for Ultra's artists," label president Patrick Moxey told Billboard.biz.
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DAVE GROHL TO HOST NEW SHOW ON SIRIUSXM: Sirius XM Radio announced that Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl will host an exclusive, limited-run show that will air on a number of SiriusXM music channels. "Dave Grohl Presents Sound City" will premiere this Thursday at 4:00 pm ET and will feature Grohl telling stories about and playing music recorded at Sound City Studios in Los Angeles, which is also the subject of his forthcoming feature-length documentary, "Sound City."
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DEEZER TAKES AIM AT SPOTIFY: Deezer, which earlier this year announced a $130 million round of funding to ramp up its music streaming business internationally. But to make sure that its service can compete against Spotify and others on the product level, today Deezer is also adding a bunch of new bells and whistles: it is launching a new app store called the App Studio and a set of APIs for others to embed the Deezer experience elsewhere; it's partnering with (Spotify's partner) Echonest for music discovery and Songkick for event listings; and it's upgrading its iOS and Android apps.
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KETCHUM LAUNCHES MUSIC DIVISION, KETCHUM SOUNDS, WITH SNOOP DOGG, ONE DIRECTION DEALS: PR agency Ketchum has launched a music-marketing division, Ketchum Sounds, to be headed by Marcus Peterzell, executive VP of entertainment for Ketchum Sports & Entertainment. Recent music programs Ketchum helped amplify include Snoop Dogg's gig in a Doritos vending machine at South by Southwest and Sharpie's sponsorship of One Direction's upcoming North American tour dates.
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WILL FLORENCE & THE MACHINE, ERIC CLAPTON JOIN TOMORROW'S ROLLING STONES' CONCERT?
The British tabloid The Mirror, citing a sources close to the Rolling Stones, claims the band's special guests for tomorrow night's second 50th anniversary gig at London's 02 arena are none other than Florence Welch and Eric Clapton. Mary J. Blige and Jeff Beck performed with the band for their first show .
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HEADLINE OF THE DAY: Chinese News Site Falls For Kim Jong-Un 'Sexiest Man Alive' Tale

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