Morning Fix: Young Acts Score Big Grammy Noms, But Bieber Snubbed; Concord Shopped To Equity Firms; Instagram Vs. Twitter
Morning Fix: Young Acts Score Big Grammy Noms, But Bieber Snubbed; Concord Shopped To Equity Firms; Instagram Vs. Twitter

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FRANK OCEAN, MUMFORD & SONS, FUN., JAY-Z, KANYE LEAD GRAMMY NOMINATIONS 2013: The 55th annual Grammys announced its nominees in Nashville on Wednesday night during a primetime concert special, with fun., Mumford & Sons and Dan Auerbach -- nominated with the Black Keys and solo in the Producer of the Year category -- making a strong showing for the genre with six nominations each. Jay-Z, Kanye West and R&B breakthrough Frank Ocean also earned six nominations, with Fun.'s and Ocean's including the double coup of Album of the Year and Best New Artist. Read all the nominees here.

SCOOTER BRAUN SLAMS GRAMMYS OVER JUSTIN BIEBER SNUB: Scooter Braun, superstar manager and Schoolboy Records boss, went on a mini Twitter tirade following Wednesday night's Grammy Awards nominations announcement. His No. 1 client, Justin Bieber, received no Grammy nominations.

CONCORD MUSIC BEING SHOPPED TO PRIVATE-EQUITY FIRMS, NOT STRATEGIC SUITORS: Concord Music Group is indeed up for sale, and management is controlling the company's sale process so far. Consequently, Concord is being shopped to private-equity firms and not to strategic suitors, according to strategic sources who have confirmed they haven't been contacted to partake in the auction.

WIZ KHALIFA'S ALBUM SET FOR HIGHEST DEBUT ON BILLBOARD 200 CHART: With Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire" topping the Billboard 200 album chart yesterday, next week's highest debut looks to be from Wiz Khalifa's "O.N.I.F.C." album but it might not be No. 1 depending on how Taylor Swift and Rod Stewart fare.

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DAVE BRUBECK, JAZZ COMPOSER, PIANIST, DEAD AT 91. Jazz composer and pianist Dave Brubeck, whose pioneering style in pieces such as "Take Five" caught listeners' ears with exotic, challenging rhythms, has died. Brubeck had a career that spanned almost all American jazz since World War II. He formed The Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1951 and helped define the swinging, smoky rhythms of 1950s and `60s club jazz.

INSTAGRAM GIVES TWITTER THE BIRD: From now on, you may notice Instagram photos appearing oddly on Twitter. This is not a bug. It's because Instagram doesn't want to play nice with Twitter anymore. In a post to Twitter's status blog on Wednesday morning, the company notified users that Instagram has disabled its integration with Twitter Cards, the technology Twitter uses to display multimedia inside of tweets on the service. "We want to direct users to where the content lives originally," Instagram chief Kevin Systrom said at the LeWeb conference on Wednesday in Paris."

FIRST COUNTRY MUSIC FEST WITH MCGRAW, UNDERWOOD, GILL COMING O2, LONDON: Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Brantley Gilbert, Kristian Bush, LeAnn Rimes and others to be announced shortly are joining forces for the first time in London for C2C: Country to Country gig at The O2 Arena. The O2 and SJM Concerts in association with the Country Music Association have established C2C, which takes place Marc 16-17 with the intention of it becoming an annual event.
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BRIT AWARDS ANNOUNCE CRITIC CHOICES: Tom Odell, Laura Mvula and AlunaGeorge were announced as the three finalists for the UK's Brit Awards. Many are already certain that the hugely tipped singer/songwriter Tom Odell will be the one to take the honour. Previous winners have included Adele, Florence + The Machine, Jessie J and Emeli Sande - and we all know how their stories turned out...

APPLE iRADIO STILL NOT CLOSE TO LABEL DEALS (REPORT). According to a story by CNET's Greg Sandoval, the major labels are no closer to a deal for a streaming service than they were a few months ago. According to the report, which cites music industry sources spoken to in recent weeks that "the deal that Apple has offered for iRadio has left the major record companies -- Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group -- cold." The story concludes that "it will be a while before we see iRadio"

IS CHARLIE WALK GOING TO UNIVERSAL REPUBLIC? : Reports in both Hits Daily Double (yesterday) and the New York Post (today) claim that former Epic Records President is in negotiations with Universal Republic Records, potentially to run their promotions department. Neither report received comment or confirmation from the label or Walk himself.
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