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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12-12-12 SANDY BENEFIT CONCERT ROCKS WITH "LOCALS" ROLLING STONES, PAUL MCCARTNEY AND A REUNITED NIRVANA: Musicians closely associated with New Jersey and New York dominated the 12-12-12 concert to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy survivors, selecting songs that created a narrative of perseverance, rebirth and hope. It began with Bruce Springsteen, continued with Bon Jovi and Billy Joel, and concluded with Alicia Keys. In between were, as Mick Jagger quipped, "the world's biggest collection of aged British rock stars" plus Kanye West, talk show hosts, comedians and two members of Nirvana performing with Paul McCartney. Produced John Sykes of Clear Channel said the concert raised $36 million before a note was played; whether it reached its potential two billion viewers is TBD.

WARNER MUSIC'S REVENUE, DIGITAL SALES UP IN FISCAL FOURTH QUARTER: Warner Music Group on Thursday posted a rise in revenue and narrower losses for fiscal fourth quarter. The company also reported a rise in both its physical and digital recorded music. "We had a very productive year," said CEO Stephen Cooper. " Among our important achievements, we grew global digital and physical Recorded Music sales on an aggregate basis, for the quarter and the fiscal year."

THE MUSIC ACT AIMS TO HELP INDEPENDENT LABELS IN U.S.: Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced legislation Wednesday that would make it easier for U.S. independent music labels to access the global marketplace. The Making United States Independents Competitive (MUSIC) Act aims to help small labels by connecting them to new audiences and distributors around the globe.

PEW STUDY: MUSIC, MOVIES DOMINATE GLOBAL SOCIAL MEDIA CONVERSATION: A new report from the Pew Research Center shows that, across 21 countries and five continents music and movies dominate the conversations between friends on social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr underscoring the importance of social media in marketing music.

JENNI RIVERA CRASH INVESTIGATION RAISES STARTLING LEGAL QUESTIONS OVER AIRPLANE, OWNER AND PILOT: A number of rather startling revelations have come to light following the tragic plane crash that took the life of Jenni Rivera and six others. According to reports, the owner of the plane was convicted of falsifying airplane log books, forgery and drug trafficking; the 78-year old pilot had a restricted license and was not permitted to fly passengers in the U.S.; and Rivera was in the final stages of purchasing the ill-fated aircraft.

SKRILLEX, OWSLA LABEL ANNOUNCE THE NEST: SUBSCRIPTION-BASED IMPRINT: Skrillex and his team OWSLA, his digital-only indie label, announced The Nest: a subscription-based OWSLA imprint, much like a digital fan club. For $12 a month fans will receive all sorts of goodies, both digital and terrestrial, including early access to OWSLA releases, weekly Nest-exclusive downloads from up-and-coming artists and ticket presales for OWSLA events . The back-end of Nest is powered by

BRUNO MARS' 'UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX' AIMING FOR TOP 5 DEBUT ON NEXT WEEK'S BILLBOARD 200: Fresh off earning his fourth No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, Bruno Mars now has his sights set on the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart with his second album, "Unorthodox Jukebox." But he likely won't be enough to claim the No. 1 slot, as it seems Taylor Swift's "Red" will hang out for a fifth week in the penthouse.

BRITNEY SPEARS NAMED HIGHEST-EARNING WOMAN IN MUSIC IN FORBES LIST: Britney Spears tops Forbes' list of the highest-paid women in music of 2012 earning some $58 million . Also included: Rihanna, Adele, Sade, Katy Perry and a pre-touring Madonna.

HMV PLUNGES 40% ON COVENANT WARNING: Shares in HMV Group, the U.K.'s largest music retailer, fell 40 per cent on Thursday after warning that it was likely to breach banking covenants, putting the future of the entertainment retailer under threat. The CD and DVD chain said it was facing a "probable covenant breach at the end of January 2013", and blamed poor sales in the run-up to the crucial Christmas trading period.
Financial Times

BILL SEEKS TO MAKE RESALE OF TICKETS FOR BENEFIT CONCERTS ILLEGAL: As public outrage continues to simmer over scalpers' profiting from the resale of tickets to the "12-12-12″ benefit concert for hurricane victims at Madison Square Garden, a New York State Senator submitted a bill on Wednesday in Albany that would make it illegal to resell tickets to charitable events for more than their face value. On StubHub on Wednesday there were tickets ranging from $790 to $6,500, many times their face value.
New York Times

IMPALA ANNOUNCES RECORD BREAKING SALES AWARDS REGISTRATIONS: Impala, a European independent music business association, has announced its latest Sales Awards numbers as the biggest ever, with 117 registrations from independent artists. The awards recognize success on sales before the 1 million mark. Artists include Andrea Bocelli (Italy), Mogwai (UK), The Notwist (Germany), Vitalic (France), Els Amics de les Arts (Spain), Soap & Skin (Austria), Royksopp (Norway) and Sigur Ros (Iceland).
Music Week

SHANGHAI TOURING MARKET HEATING UP FOR INTERNATIONAL STARS: Shanghai, the largest city in China, has seen a surge of top-level international acts touring the city, and the trend looks set to continue. In a first for the metropolis, Western superstars played on back-to-back nights: Elton John on Nov. 23, Jennifer Lopez on Nov. 24 - both of which sold out - and big Brit boy band Blue also played over the same weekend

has acquired music streaming service Audiogalaxy in a move that suggests the file-sharing service might be getting ready to launch a cloud music service. The Seattle-based startup announced the acquisition in a blog post on its Web site but did not reveal the financial details of the deal. As part of the acquisition, Audiogalaxy said it has ceased accepting new signups and playlists will only be available to users until the end of December.

RICK ROSS RENEWS WITH DIDDY'S CIROC VODKA: Rick Ross has renewed his deal with Ciroc, which will see the rapper continue his role as an ambassador for the brand. In addition to appearing at live events to promote Ciroc, Rick Ross will be featured in various promotional campaigns and on "My 2013 resolution is to have continued success for myself and those that surround me," Rick Ross said. "Thank you Ciroc for inviting me to share in the celebration!"
All Hip-Hop

GOOGLE MAPS ALREADY NO. 1 AMONG FREE IPHONE APPS: Google Maps didn't take long to capture the top spot among free iPhone apps. Driving back into iTunes earlier today after Apple had launched its own inferior map app when iOS 6 debuted in September, the app had already reached first place after the first several hours. It's also garnered close to 8,000 reviews at this point, almost all of them earning five stars.


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