Morning Fix: Hurricane Sandy Concert Cancelations; UMG-EMI Layoffs; Terry Callier RIP
Morning Fix: Hurricane Sandy Concert Cancelations; UMG-EMI Layoffs; Terry Callier RIP

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HURRICANE SANDY CAUSES MULTIPLE CONCERT CANCELATIONS, POSTPONEMENTS IN NORTHEAST: Multiple concerts due to take place in the northeastern U.S. this week were postponed or canceled as the area prepared for the imminent arrival of Hurricane Sandy. Concerts by John Legend, the xx, Trey Anastasio, Brandi Carlile, Grimes, Rita Ora and others were affected. In terms of retail, Taylor Swift's "Red" still seemed well on its way to hitting the million-sales mark for its first week in stores before the storm hit.

LAYOFFS AT UNIVERSAL, EMI DISTRIBUTION AND NASHVILLE OFFICES: The Universal Music Group is consolidating its music distribution companies and its Nashville country music labels following its merger with EMI recorded music. According to sources, nearly 60 people were let go: nearly 50 from distribution and almost 10 from Nashville. Though the majority of those laid-off were with EMI, some Universal Music employees were let go as well.

APPLE EVENTS HAVE DROPPED PANDORA SHARES ONLY 6% THIS YEAR: It may be hard to believe, but Apple news has not really had much of an impact on Pandora's share price. People may remember the impact from two reports about Apple's plans to launch an Internet radio service. But they might be less likely to remember the times Pandora's stock has crept upward when Apple has not unveiled an Internet radio service at its last two product events.

TAYLOR SWIFT HAS FIRST NO. 1 UK ALBUM: Taylor Swift scored her first U.K. No. 1 album yesterday as "Red" debuted atop the charts. Swift reached No. 5 in the U.K. in 2009 with her chart debut "Fearless," peaking one place below that with the 2010 follow-up "Fearless." The new album follows the top ten success of "We Are Never Getting Back Together Ever," which peaked at No. 4 four weeks ago and is still in the top ten, drifting 7-9 this week.

MAJOR LABELS, ARTIST MANAGERS TO MEET IN NEW YORK, NASHVILLE TO DISCUSS WEBCASTING RATES: The three major labels and artist managers will meet in New York and Nashville this week to discuss their plans for addressing the Internet Radio Fairness Act and the coalition of webcasters and trade groups that support both versions of the bill, according to sources. The legislation is backed by Pandora, Clear Channel, the Consumer Electronics Association and the Digital Media Association, among others.

RIP TERRY CALLIER: Soul and jazz singer Terry Callier has died. The 67-year-old songwriter experienced belated success in his career after working with acts including Massive Attack and Beth Orton. The Chicago-bred musician died on Sunday after suffering from a long illness. Callier released a number of critically lauded albums, including: The New Folk Sound Of Terry Callier, 1972′s Occasional Rain, '73′s What Color Is Love, and '74′s I Just Can't Help Myself.
The Guardian

MICHAEL PAULL LEAVES SONY MUSIC, TAKES NEW ROLE AT AMAZON: Michael Paull, EVP of Sony Music's global digital business, has left the company for Amazon, a source confirmed to A report in All Things D, said that his role will be a new position, VP of content acquisition and business development.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is not all sweaty hipsters and great music. It is also an integral part of the region's sizable tourism economy, generating some $254.4 million in spending for the desert, according to a 2012 economic impact analysis. The study was presented at the annual economic summit of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership.
Desert Sun

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