Morning Fix: Frank Barsalona Remembered; Internet Royalties Debate Hits Congress Wednesday; Rolling Stones Kick Off Anniversary Dates
Morning Fix: Frank Barsalona Remembered; Internet Royalties Debate Hits Congress Wednesday; Rolling Stones Kick Off Anniversary Dates


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FRANK BARSALONA, MUSIC AGENT WHO REVOLUTIONIZED CONCERT BIZ, DEAD AT 74: Frank Barsalona, a pioneering music agent whose Premier Talent agency revolutionized the concert business with clients that included Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, U2, the Who and many others, died early Thursday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. His impact is still very much felt today by artists, promoters and venues everywhere. Here, in this remembrance, Irving Azoff, Danny Zelisko, Peter Luukko and others comment on his legacy .
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PSY'S 'GANGNAM STYLE' BECOMES MOST-WATCHED YOUTUBE VIDEO IN HISTORY: PSY's "Gangnam Style" is now the most-watched YouTube video of all time. The clip, which has earned approximately 803,761,000 views since it was posted on July 15, 2012, passed the mark set by longtime YouTube champ, the music video for Justin Bieber's "Baby," early on Saturday.
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CHRIS STAMP, EARLY CO-MANAGER OF THE WHO AND TRACK RECORDS CO-FOUNDER, DEAD AT 70: Chris Stamp -- who co-managed The Who with the late Kit Lambert and co-founded the group's Track Records label and executive-produced many of its albums and film projects -- died from cancer on Saturday at the age of 70 at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
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RIHANNA TOPS UK ALBUM CHART; 'NOW! THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC 83' HAS 2012'S BEST SALES WEEK: While Rihanna's "Unapologetic" (Def Jam/Universal) debuted at No. 1 on the new U.K. album chart, the real sales story of the week -- and the year -- came in the less-publicized compilation chart, where " Now! That's What I Call Music 83" had the highest tally for any album in 2012. Singles-wise, English pop hitmaker Olly Murs upstaged Girls Aloud's reunion beating them to No. 1 with "Troublemaker" featuring Flo Rida.
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HOUSE JUDICIARY SUBCOMMITTEE ANNOUNCES INTERNET ROYALTIES HEARING FOR WEDNESDAY: The debate over Internet radio royalties is headed to Washington D.C. The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet will hold a hearing on Wednesday, Nov. 28 on the contentious issue of music licensing. Witnesses expected to testify include reps from Pandora, SoundExchange, a radio broadcaster and a performing artist.
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LIVENATION.COM RELAUNCHES WITH NEW SOCIAL, MOBILE FEATURES: LiveNation.com quietly re-launched on Nov. 20 with the sleek feel of an iPhone app. Live Nation believes the revamp will encourage music fans to visit the site on a more frequent basis through a host of new features its providing in the areas of social media and mobile. " The goal is now to get them to stay and come more often," LiveNation.com GM Eric Garland said.
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ROLLING STONES KICK OFF 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR, JOINED BY MARY J BLIGE, JEFF BECK: The Rolling Stones made a triumphant return to the London stage last night at London's 02 Arena in the first of five concerts to mark the 50th anniversary of their debut as an American-oriented blues band, They showed no signs of wear and tear - except on their aging, heavily lined faces - as frontman Mick Jagger swaggered and strutted through a stellar two-and-a-half hour show. The band was joined by former bassist Bill Wyman and guitar master Mick Taylor as well as Mary J. Blige who shook the house in a duet with Jagger on "Gimme Shelter" and guitarist Jeff Beck who played guitar on 1969's "I'm Going Down."
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DYLAN AMONG KOBALT'S NEW NEIGHBOURING RIGHTS CLIENTS: Kobalt has signed Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and a raft of other superstars to look after their neighboring rights. Dr Luke, Gotye, Max Martin, Ryan Tedder and Shellback have also been signed up. Kobalt Neighboring Rights executive chairman Hans van Berkel said: "We are privileged to be representing many of the world's top artists and producers for neighboring rights and bringing them the most transparent and efficient way to maximize their revenues.
Music Week




GRAMMY HALL OF FAME HARVESTS A NEW CROP OF OLD SONGS:
Songs and albums recorded by household names including Bob Dylan, James Brown, Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, Whitney Houston and Elton John lead the list of 27 works to be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame next year. But this year's crop of honorees, announced on Wednesday, also includes influential recordings by the jazz bassist Charlie Mingus and the pianist Lennie Tristano, as well as blues, country, Cajun, bluegrass, tango and Broadway cast recordings dating back as early as 1924.
New York Times


KID ROCK RE-RECORDING 'DEVIL WITHOUT A CAUSE' : Rock says he plans to re-record his 11-times platinum 1998 set "Devil Without a Cause" to celebrate its 15th anniversary in August of 2013. Part of the motivation, he acknowledges, is to have ownership over the new master recordings of the songs, but Rock says there are also aesthetic reasons to revisit the landmark set, too. Meanwhile, Rock is also hatching plans for his follow-up to "Rebel Soul," which would be his final studio album under his current deal with Atlantic Records.
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AUSTIN PERALTA, JAZZ PIANIST AND FLYING LOTUS COLLABORATOR, DEAD AT 22: Austin Peralta, the 22-year-old jazz piano prodigy, composer and son of professional skater Stacy Peralta, has died. Flying Lotus, the beat producer and labelhead who released Peralta's music, confirmed the news Thursday morning via Twitter, writing: "it kills me to type that we lost a member of our family, Austin Peralta. I don't really have the right words right now." Peralta's cause of death has not been announced. Peralta's recent output has ranged from collaborations on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder Records imprint, including the pianist's 2011 album "Endless Planets," and session work for artists including Erykah Badu and the Cinematic Orchestra.
Los Angels Times



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