Morning Fix: Arthur Fogel Re-Ups With Live Nation; Rolling Stones' 'Final' Show; Apollo Global and HMV
Morning Fix: Arthur Fogel Re-Ups With Live Nation; Rolling Stones' 'Final' Show; Apollo Global and HMV

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ARTHUR FOGEL RE-UPS WITH LIVE NATION: Arthur Fogel has re-upped with Live Nation for a new five-year deal to continue his role as the Chairman of Global Music and the CEO of Global Touring. His tours with Live Nation have grossed more than $2.5 billion combined over the past seven years, according to Billboard Boxscore.

BRUNO MARS TOPS U.K. ALBUM CHART; JAMES ARTHUR HAS YEAR'S FASTEST-SELLING SINGLE: In the last sales charts before the UK's prestigious Christmas No. 1s are unveiled, "X Factor" winner James Arthur smashed to the top of the singles survey with "Impossible" (video) easily becoming the fastest-selling single of the year while Bruno Mars seized a record of his own, as " Unorthodox Jukebox" became the UK's fastest-selling solo artist album of 2012. But how will his album do here?

ROLLING STONES ROCK N.J. WITH SPRINGSTEEN, GAGA, OTHERS AT FINAL '50' CONCERT; BUT WILL THEY PLAY COACHELLA? The Rolling Stones rocked N.J.'s Prudential Center Saturday with guests that included Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, Gary Clark, Jr., John Mayer and the Black Keys. The show put a cap on their brief 50th anniversary run, but seemed to set the stage for more shows in 2013. "This is our last show ... of the 50th anniversary tour," Mick Jagger told the crowd. On Friday, news broke that the band's mobile app temporarily included a Coachella date causing many to conclude the band will play the Indio, Calif. festival next April though no official confirmation has been offered…yet.

'12-12-12' CONCERT WATCHED BY 19 MILLION-PLUS AMERICANS; ALBUM PRE-ORDERS GROW: Nielsen said Friday that 19.3 million viewers in the U.S. tuned in to at least a portion of the "12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief," which aired on 15 channels rated by the company. The average audience viewing at any given moment was 5.2 million viewers. In other post-concert news, pre-orders for the 12-12-12 album on iTunes grew to 50,000.

BUSINESS MATTERS: FIVE REASONS WHY DROPBOX'S ACQUISITION OF AUDIOGALAXY COULD BE A BIG DEAL: Google, Amazon and Apple may soon get more competition in the cloud music space. Audiogalaxy, a second-tier music hosting and streaming service, announced this week it was acquired by file hosting service Dropbox, which has over 100 million users and revenue reported at $240 million in 2011.)

SIRIUS XM'S HIGHER STATUTORY ROYALTIES RATE; STOCKS JUMP: Sirius XM will be paying a bit more to play music for the next five years. The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) announced Friday new statutory royalty rates for satellite radio that cover 2013 through 2017. These new rates will deliver more revenue to record labels and performing artists without weighing heavily on Sirius XM. Investors immediately sent Sirius XM shares up 7% to $2.91 when the CRB released its determination.

IS HADOPI, FRANCE'S ANTI-PIRACY LAW IN JEOPARDY?: Recent reports have surfaced claiming the end of Hadopi, the French graduated-response law combating Internet piracy, could be near. The news comes after a French Ministry of Culture commission on digital content and cultural policy led by a Pierre Lescure released a mid-term report critical of the law earlier in the week. A new government led by socialist François Hollande is said to be looking to change how the law operates. Sources close to the commission denied plans to completely scrap the law.

MICHAEL BUBLE'S 'CHRISTMAS' COMEBACK: ALBUM HEADED FOR NO. 2 ON BILLBOARD 200: More than a year after its release, Michael Buble's blockbuster "Christmas" album is on the comeback trail -- and heading for No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart. It could sell upwards of 150,000 to 160,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Dec. 16, according to industry forecasters. But Taylor Swift's "Red" will likely spend a fifth non-consecutive week at No. 1.

HMV BEING PURSUED BY U.S-BASED APOLLO GLOBAL MANAGEMENT: Apollo Global Management, one of the world's largest investment groups with almost £70bn (about $113 billion) of assets under management, is plotting to acquire troubled high street retailer HMV, according to the Telegraph. The New York-based group, often described as a "vulture fund", snapped up 10% of HMV's debt last week in a move some are predicting could lead to a takeover. The music chain has already warned it is likely to breach banking covenants in the New Year.

Officials in London say the inquest into the death of soul singer Amy Winehouse was overseen by a coroner who lacked the proper qualifications and will be re-heard next month. Assistant deputy coroner Suzanne Greenaway, who oversaw the inquest, resigned after her qualifications were questioned.

JAZZMAN ALVY WEST DIES AT 97: Alto saxophonist, composer, arranger and bandleader Alvy West, who worked with Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Anita O'Day, Steve Allen, Mel Torme and Richard Rogers, wrote tunes with Johnny Mercer and E.Y. Harburg and was associated with NBC, died on Nov. 30 in Warminster, Penn. He was 97.


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