Morning Fix: Jenni Rivera Memorial; Glassnote Being Courted; New SiriusXM CEO's Challenges; 2012's Best Start-ups
Morning Fix: Jenni Rivera Memorial; Glassnote Being Courted; New SiriusXM CEO's Challenges; 2012's Best Start-ups

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JENNI RIVERA HONORED BY FANS AND STARS IN EMOTIONAL MEMORIAL: The memorial commemorating the life of Jenni Rivera was as dramatic and colorful as the artist herself, a cornucopia of laughter, tears and celebration, with fans often singing loudly along to Rivera videos and live performances by her friends and family despite the incongruity of the red coffin on the stage. Among those attending were Marco Antonio Solís, Joan Sebastian, Ana Gabriel, Olga Tañón and Gloria Trevi. Executives included UMLE president Victor González, TV host Raul De Molina and mun2 VP of programming Flavio Morales.

BUSINESS MATTERS: NEW SIRIUS XM CEO TO FACE NEW SET OF CHALLENGES: It's a new era for SiriusXM Radio. The company announced Wednesday that James E. Meyer has been named company's interim CEO, effective immediately, replacing Mel Karmazin. SiriusXM flourished under Karmazin's leadership. The next CEO will face a different set of challenges, including Pandora, Apple, iHeartRadio, Spotify and other options that will only elevate as 3G and 4G coverage increase around the country.

KE$HA'S 'DIE YOUNG' RADIO AIRPLAY STEADYING AFTER INITIAL PLUNGE: As previously reported, following the tragic shooting deaths at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Conn., on Friday, radio airplay for Ke$ha's "Die Young" dropped significantly. A look at the last two days of airplay, monitored by Nielsen BDS, however, shows that decline to be steadying a bit.

THE TEN MOST INTERESTING MUSIC STARTUPS OF 2012: Unlike years past, 2012 list of most ten most interesting start-up doesn't have a single service on the list that requires licenses from record labels to operate. Instead, the best and most interesting music startups were the ones that serve artists, sell tickets and aid music discovery. Some, like Mobile Roadie and We Are Hunted, have been around for years and recently gained impressive momentum; others, like StageIt and PledgeMusic, are transforming how artists interact with their fans.

T.I., '12-12-12' ALBUMS HEADING FOR HIGH DEBUTS ON NEXT WEEK'S BILLBOARD 200 CHART: As the year comes to a close, 2012's last big new albums hit retailers this week, with T.I.'s "Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head" leading the charge. Industry sources are forecasting that the hip-hop star's latest album could sell between 150,000 and 170,000 by Dec. 23. But Taylor Swift's "Red" will likely hold the crown for a sixth non-consecutive week.

French subscription service Deezer is launching a free, ad-supported version of its music service in more than 150 countries Thursday (Wednesday in the U.S.) and a host of features that suggest market-leading Spotify has serious competition

SUITORS WANT A PIECE OF GLASSNOTE: Glassnote, one of America's most successful independent music labels, is being courted by several suitors e ager to cash in on the firm's ability to take fringe acts mainstream, according to the New York Post. Glassnote, the label behind the Grammy-nominated folk-rock act Mumford & Sons - is not on the block, but suitors are hoping to persuade Glassnote founder Daniel Glass to sell a piece of the action, several music industry executives said. " Everyone is offering him some kind of equity and/or distribution deals, and allowing him to potentially start a more mainstream label," said one source involved in the talks.
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Best Buy digital chief Stephen Gillett has resigned after just nine months at the embattled consumer electronics retailer. He'll be joining Symantec as its COO. Best Buy had recruited Gillett from Starbucks, where he served as CIO. The hiring was widely praised and considered a coup for the big box store.

As part of our year-end special, we asked you, the audience three specific questions about 2012 - and we got dozens of thoughtful, intelligent, well-considered responses. In the second of three groups of responses -- 2012's most important/influential artist in the music business -- we see Mumford & Sons, PSY, Taylor Swift and Adele, among others, making a strong showing. Check in tomorrow for the responses to the final question: "What will the most important/influential issue facing the music industry be in 2013?"

Advertisers spent $9.26 billion on Internet ads during the third quarter of 2012, according to a report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau. That's the most spent in a single quarter, according to the bureau's records. The IAB is a group of media and technology companies that sell 86 percent of online ads in the U.S. This latest revenue figure reflects a 6 percent increase from last quarter and a 18 percent increase from last year. Randall Rothenberg, president and CEO of IAB, called the quarter "historic."

KEY TWITTER EXECS GIVEN NEW ROLES AS THE COMPANY PAVES THE ROAD TO AN IPO: Two key Twitter executives got new titles today as the company moves toward its highly anticipated IPO. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo confirmed that Mike Gupta has taken over as CFO from Ali Rowghani, who is leaving that position to assume his new role as Twitter's chief operating officer. Both Rowghani and Gupta have prior experience as key executives at publicly traded companies, which will be key to steering the course as Twitter works toward its first public offering.

KRAFTWERK WIN LANDMARK SAMPLING CASE IN GERMAN SUPREME COURT: The German supreme court has ruled in favor of Kraftwerk in one of the country's most important and longest-running sampling cases. For 12 years, courts have been arguing about two seconds of Kraftwerk's music, borrowed for a hip-hop song in the mid-90s. The seconds in question were taken from Kraftwerk's 1977 song "Metall auf Metall." In 1997, composer-producers Moses Pelham and Martin Haas sampled the track's clanging beat for "Nur Mir," a rap-rock track by the Frankfurt MC Sabrina Setlur that reached No 27 on the German charts.

FABRIC WILL LAUNCH A NEW RECORD LABEL IN EARLY 2013 CALLED HOUNDSTOOTH: While Fabric Records releases the London club's iconic mix series-fabric and Fabriclive, Houndstooth will operate more like a conventional record label, putting "artist-led" albums, singles and EPs. The imprint is run by the same people as Fabric Records, plus Rob Booth of Electronic Explorations, who will handle A&R. The first release is called The Present Tense from Berlin-based artist Call Super.
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