Morning Fix: US Copyright Office's Maria Pallante to Meet with Music Creators; Beyonce Makes Chart History (Again); Ray Price on Ray Price

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MARIA PALLANTE, HEAD OF US COPYRIGHT OFFICE, TO MEET WITH MUSIC CREATORS (EXCLUSIVE)

Maria Pallante, director the U.S. Copyright Office, will partake in roundtables with music creators in an initiative convened by the Recording Academy. In an exclusive interview, Pallante discussed the many music copyright issues now under review, her office's role in creating copyright legislation and the challenges ahead.
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BEYONCE MAKES BILLBOARD 200 HISTORY WITH FIFTH NO. 1 ALBUM

It's official: Beyonce's new self-titled album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making her the first woman to hit No. 1 with her first five studio albums. It follows the chart-topping "Dangerously In Love" (2003), "B'Day" (2006), "I Am…Sasha Fierce" (2008) and "4" (2011). All five of her albums also debuted at No. 1.
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RAY PRICE REMEMBRANCE: ‘A GOOD FELLA, A DAMN GOOD SINGER ’

When I heard Ray Price’s final public statement as he went home to face the end of his life, I can’t say I was surprised, not by his courage and grace, and not by his message to fans, which read, in part: “I love my fans and have devoted my life to reaching out to them. I appreciate their support all these years and I hope I haven’t let them down.”
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BEHIND THAILAND'S AMBITIOUS BIG MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL

The Big Mountain Music Festival (BMMF), held at the Khao Yai Bonanza Racetrack about 2 hours northeast of Bangkok, has grown into the largest music festival in Southeast Asia. The fifth edition recently took place December 7-8, hosting 65,000 attendees each day and over 200 acts performing across 8 stages.
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EVERYTHING IS NEW PROJECT EMPOWERS INDIA'S 'UNTOUCHABLE' CHILDREN, FEATURES JARVIS COCKER, FOUR TET

It's well-established that participating in music can have a positive influence on a child's life, and maybe none more so than those living at the Light of Love Children's Home, in southeast India.
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'HARLEM SHAKE,' MILEY AND BEYONCE: MUSIC HIGH ON GOOGLE'S YEAR-END SEARCH RANKINGS

Death, devices and celebrity drove the quest for more information on Google's search engine this year. Three of the world's four fastest-rising search requests on Google were triggered by the deaths of famous men.
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PETITION LAUNCHED TO NAME MANHATTAN CORNER 'BEASTIE BOYS SQUARE'

LeRoy McCarthy, the same man who unsuccessfully petitioned a community board earlier this year to name a Brooklyn corner for the late rapper Biggie Smalls, is now asking Manhattan's Community Board 3 and New York's City Council to name the intersection of Ludlow Street and Rivington Street, where the cover of 1989's Paul's Boutique was shot,"Beastie Boys Square."
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BILLBOARD READERS' SURVEY RESULTS, PART 2: MOST INFLUENTIAL MUSIC ARTIST OF 2013

As part of our year-end special, we asked you, the audience three specific questions about 2013 -- and we got dozens of thoughtful, intelligent, well-considered responses. Rather than dropping all of that knowledge in one big pile, we're publishing question responses over the next week.
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BANDPAGE CEO J SIDER ON THE STATE OF THE NEW MUSIC INDUSTRY

2013 was a year when the full scale of the Internet became increasingly useful for the music industry. The collected engagement across dedicated music services, including streaming and entertainment platforms, now rivals that of social networks. Hundreds of millions of fans are interacting with musicians through these services and represent a powerful audience for musicians to engage with.
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'WEIRD AL' YANKOVIC AND SONY SETTLE $5 MILLION LAWSUIT

Sony has settled with "Weird Al" Yankovic for an undisclosed amount following the parodist's attempt to sue his record label for $5 million in underpaid royalties. Their legal battle hit court in March of 2012, though the two parties had been sparring behind closed doors since early 2010. An audit by Yankovic's Ear Booker company at the time uncovered dozens of bookkeeping offenses, but the lion's share had to do with digital media.
SPIN


NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CONFIRMS GEORGE BRETT PHOTO WAS LORDE’S INSPIRATION

It took a few weeks of research, but National Geographic has confirmed that pop star Lorde was referring to a photo of Kansas City Royals’ baseball legend George Brett when she explained where she got the inspiration for her megahit “Royals.”
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