Morning Fix: Backstage at 'New Year Rockin' Eve;' Instagram's TOS Fallout; Gift Card Music Sales; Kimye Spawn
Morning Fix: Backstage at 'New Year Rockin' Eve;' Instagram's TOS Fallout; Gift Card Music Sales; Kimye Spawn

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'DICK CLARK'S NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE': A SPECIAL BACKSTAGE PREVIEW WITH PRODUCER LARRY KLEIN: Since it began 41 years ago, "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve has ballooned from a guerilla-style 90-minute broadcast to a nearly six-hour long live marathon. Producer Larry Klein, who has been working on "Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve" for 35 years, gives .Biz a special backstage tour before Taylor Swift, Psy, Carly Rae Jepsen, Justin Bieber, Jason Aldean, Pitbull and Flo Rida among many others hit tonight's show.

EMELI SANDE'S 'OUR VERSION OF EVENTS' TOPS UK CHARTS, IS YEAR'S BEST-SELLER: The final U.K. charts of 2012 showed Emeli Sandé's "Our Version Of Events" (Virgin/EMI) maintaining its place at No. 1 and as the bestselling artist album of the year. "X Factor" winner James Arthur's "Impossible" (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment), which topped the singles chart two weeks ago, returns 2-1 on the survey.

BUSINESS MATTERS: INSTAGRAM LOSES MILLIONS OF USERS. WILL THEY RETURN?: If your label or band uses the photo-sharing app Instagram, your photos aren't being seen by as many people this week. The larger question is whether or not they're coming back.

TAYLOR SWIFT, BRUNO MARS LEAD GIFT-CARD-FUELED DIGITAL-SONG SALES SURGE: The yearly post-Christmas digital song sales surge was in full effect, with a number of tunes aiming for monster sales figures. Consumers redeeming download gift cards received for Christmas are spurring huge increases for a variety of songs. Based on sales data from industry sources, Billboard forecasts that perhaps six songs could sell more than 300,000 downloads this week.

'X FACTOR' UPDATE: BRITNEY SPEARS' POSSIBLE EXIT ISN'T THE ONLY BIG CHANGE COMING: While it was posting wins in December, for its second season " The X Factor" was down 8% among adults 18 to 49 on Wednesdays and 7-10% on Thursdays in the same demo. Big changes are in store for the show's third season -- and not just the replacement of judges L.A. Reid and quite possibly Britney Spears, since sponsorships and the grand prize are also up in the air.

'LES MISERABLES' SOUNDTRACK SALES SIZZLE, TOP 10 BOUND ON BILLBOARD 200: The "Les Miserables" musical film soundtrack is on course to jump straight into the top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart this week. Industry forecasters are suggesting the 20-song "Highlights" set may sell around 100,000 copies by the end of the tracking week.

UK RECORDS BIGGEST SINGLES WEEK SALES EVER: With consumers redeeming gift cards and acquiring digital downloads to secure musical content for mobile devices received as Christmas presents, singles sales in the UK reached an all-time high last week. Climbing 49.37% week-on-week to 5,696,413, they surpassed by 4.49% the previous high of 5,451,493 set exactly a year earlier. The week saw new highs for 77 chart positions.
Music Week

'FISCAL CLIFF' DISPUTES REMAIN AS DEADLINE IS HOURS AWAY: The White House and Senate Republicans sorted through stubborn disputes over taxing the wealthy and cutting the budget to pay for Democratic spending proposals as Monday's midnight deadline for an accord avoiding the "fiscal cliff" drew to within hours. Unless an agreement is reached and approved by Congress by the start of New Year's Day, more than $500 billion in 2013 tax increases will begin to take effect and $109 billion will be carved from defense and domestic programs. Economists warn that if tax hikes and budget cuts are allowed to fully take hold, their combined impact - the so-called fiscal cliff - would rekindle a recession.
Associated Press

Lady Gaga is taking another big step in her effort to help troubled teens. The pop star announced Saturday she will be offering free counseling before shows on her Born This Way Ball tour in 2013. Mental health professionals will staff the BornBrave Bus, where fans can take advantage of various forms of therapy as well as food, games and music.
Rolling Stone

Pepsi and Beyonce are inviting fans to help kick-off this year's Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show. Fans are being asked to submit posed photos of "head bopping, feet tapping, and yes, even hips shaking" for the opportunity to be selected to appear in an on-air introduction welcoming Beyonce to the stage for the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show. The show airs on CBS on Feb. 3, 2013.
Press Release

KANYE WEST, KIM KARDASHIAN EXPECTING CHILD: Two of the biggest staples of American entertainment media, have apparently spawned. This ensures we will continue to hear about them both far into the future.
Associated Press

- Call to name Birmingham Airport after Ozzy Osbourne
- Raw Turkey Christmas cake
- Liam Gallagher: 'Mumford & Sons look like they've got fucking nits'
- Stars Rock Climbin' -- Fiscal Cliff Hangers
- Mark E Smith backs Brad Pitt to play him in Fall biopic
- Jason Newsted would rejoin Metallica for 'a squillion dollars'
- Kim Kardashian -- I'm Taking My Fetus to ... Vegas, Baby!!!

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