Morning Fix: Ravi Shankar RIP: Facebook's 2012 Trends; Paul McCartney Playing With Nirvana at 12.12.12
Morning Fix: Ravi Shankar RIP: Facebook's 2012 Trends; Paul McCartney Playing With Nirvana at 12.12.12

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RAVI SHANKAR DEAD AT 92: Indian sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar has died. Labeled "the godfather of world music" by George Harrison, Shankar helped millions of classical, jazz and rock lovers discover the centuries-old traditions of Indian music. He also pioneered the concept of the rock benefit with the 1971 Concert For Bangladesh. In the hours after his death, it was announced that he, Carole King, the Temptations and four others will receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards.

BUSINESS MATTERS: SPOTIFY, BEATS/MOG BRINGING US MUSIC DISCOVERY 2.0: Upcoming changes to Spotify's music recommendations and improvements coming to Beats-owned Mog - or whatever it will be called in the future - show music services understand it's time to stop boasting about the size of their catalogs and start leading people to the music they will like most.

RICK ROSS' MAYBACH MUSIC GROUP MOVES TO ATLANTIC RECORDS; WARNER URBAN NOT SHUTTING DOWN: Rick Ross is moving his label, Maybach Music Group, from Warner Bros. to Atlantic Records. A label rep denied reports that Warner's Urban department is being merged with Atlantic.

FACEBOOK 2012: ONE DIRECTION NEARLY AS POPULAR AS MITT ROMNEY Facebook today released its Year in Review -- a look back at the most discussed trends and stories of 2012 on the world's largest social network. One Direction had a banner year making the top 5 for the most popular songs listened to via music apps on Facebook and the top public figures mentioned on the network -- but didn't quite catch the U.S. presidential candidates' popularity.

ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME 2013 INDUCTEES: HEART, RANDY NEWMAN, PUBLIC ENEMY, RUSH AND DONNA SUMMER; REPLACEMENTS, SMITHS, HUSKER DU, JOY DIVISION CONSIDERED: Rush, Heart, Randy Newman, Public Enemy and Donna Summer were selected for the next class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Interesting to note that in addition to the annual griping about NWA, the Meters, Kiss and Kraftwerk not making it, one voting member said the Replacements, Joy Division, the Smiths; Husker Du and other bands of that era will be making their way towards the hall.

Songs written or performed by Adele, Arcade Fire, Jon Bon Jovi and Florence Welch
are a mong the 75 songs that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences deemed eligible for 2013 Oscar consideration. The 75 includes documentary entries, among them Perry's "Wide Awake" from "Katy Perry: Part of Me," anew song from Paul Williams, "Still Alive," that closes "Paul Williams Still Alive" and Bill Carter's "Anything Made of Paper" from "West of Memphis."

PAUL MCCARTNEY TO REPLACE KURT COBAIN AT 12.12.12 NIRVANA REUNION: Paul McCartney will fill the role of Kurt Cobain when he plays with the surviving members of Nirvana at the 12.12.12 concert for victims of Superstorm Sandy on Wednesday night. The former Beatle will join Foo Fighters singer Dave Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic on stage in New York to play a new song after secretly working with the pair.

HMV BEING SUPPORTED WITH £40M ($64.5 MIL) FROM SUPPLIERS: According to industry sources, HMV is being helped in the run-up to Christmas
by an estimated £40m of financial support from suppliers. It is understood that HMV has secured greater access to music and film suppliers' back catalogs and is buying stock on consignment, meaning the retailer pays only for products if it sells them. HMV declined to corroborate the level of support from suppliers, saying: "We would never disclose the nature of supplier relationships."
Music Week

BUSINESSMAN CONNECTED TO PLANE CARRYING JENNI RIVERA FALSIFIED FLIGHT LOGS: A Mexican businessman with connections to the plane that crashed with Jenni Rivera and six others onboard Sunday has been convicted of falsifying aircraft records, counterfeiting government inspection stamps, and drug-trafficking charges, according to court records.

YOUNG JEEZY ANNOUNCES CTE WORLD & ATLANTIC RECORDS PARTNERSHIP, EXPLAINS DROPPING FREDDIE GIBBS: Young Jeezy has officially announced a partnership between his CTE World imprint and Atlantic Records. The Snowman, who was named Senior VP of A&R at Atlantic earlier this summer and the new venture will operate under both his and Atlantic chairman Craig Kallman's direction. Addressing why he parted ways with Freddie Gibbs, Jeezy explained, "Freddie is a talented artist and I decided that it's time to press reset on my career and business ventures."
Hip-Hop DX

CLASSICAL MUSIC GOES CLUBBING IN LONDON: The familiar mood at a classical music concert is,
if you're a fan, quiet and atmospheric; and if you're not a fan a stuffy, awkward ambience where you aren't allowed to breathe, eat or whisper for fear of upsetting the establishment. But the classical vibe is changing, at least among some U.K. concert promoters who are recognizing the benefit of presenting classical music in a nightclub settings.

VIDDY SHOOTS FOR MULTI-PLATFORM WITH ANDROID RELEASE: Viddy, the Los Angeles start-up whose 15-second mobile video application has been downloaded more than 40 million times on iOS devices, will release its eponymous app for Android devices Wednesday. Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg, Ellie Goulding, Rihanna and Linkin Park have used the app to capture and share 15-second video snippets.


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