Morning Fix: The Music of This Year's Best Picture Nominees; Behind Holychild's Signing to Glassnote; Bill Wilson's Favorite Music

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LISTENING TO OSCAR: THE MUSICAL COMPONENTS OF THE 9 BEST PICTURE NOMINEES

The scores from three of the nine best picture Oscar nominees received nominations for their composers. Each of the films has its own distinct musical character and in several cases, impressive soundtracks. Here's a look at the musical content of the nominees for Best Picture at this year's Academy Awards.
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ANATOMY OF A DEAL: HOLYCHILD SIGNS TO GLASSNOTE (EXCLUSIVE)

Self-produced videos for a handful of smart, hooky tracks— including "Best Friends" and "Playboy Girl" — attracted the attention of a number of major labels, all of which promised to turn the group into the next pop sensation. After a slate of well-received performances at CMJ last October, suitors circled began circling. We "talked to pretty much every major label," says Nistico. 
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EXECUTIVE PLAYLIST: BILL WILSON OF THE MUSIC BUSINESS ASSOCIATION ROCKS VERY HARD

Wilson, who ran his own hardcore label (bio below), submitted an appropriately serrated set allowing us to kick-off Executive Playlists with a massively impressive 130 track set. Here you'll find everything from pioneering metal band Venom to the unrelenting Texas garage of the Riverboat Gamblers; but also Interpol, Johnny Cash, Amy Winehouse and way, way more. 
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BEHIND THE SCENES AT LA'S RENOVATED FORUM: WALL OF FAME, BACKSTAGE BOWLING, EXPANDED CAPACITY, MORE

The Eagles reopened the refurbished Forum Wednesday night with a concert that emphasized the care and precision that went into their records in the 1970s, a perfect night of nostalgia for fans who care to remember the Forum when Jerry West was the Lakers star and "One of These Nights" was hit on FM radio.
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FACEBOOK UNVEILS NEW TRENDING TOOL FOR NEWS STORIES

Facebook on Thursday (Jan. 16) unveiled “Trending,” a personalized list of topics and news stories trending in popularity to the right of the News Feed. The product will be available on Facebook’s web platform in select countries, while the company will continue to test iterations for mobile.
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ATTORNEY DONALD ENGEL, RECORD CONTRACT BUSTER, DIES AT 84

His victory for Olivia Newton-John over MCA Records in 1979 cleared the way for musical artists to free themselves of long-term record deals.
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RICARDO 'EL MANDRIL' SANCHEZ STARTS NEW RADIO SHOW MONDAY FOR KXOS

Ricardo Sanchez, known to his loyal Spanish-language radio listeners across the country as "El Mandril," starts his new job on Monday at KXOS FM 93.9 in Los Angeles.
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LIVE NATION, B'IN MUSIC PARTNER TO FORM LIVE NATION TAIWAN

"Taiwan is one of the strongest economies in Asia and its proximity to the established touring markets of Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong make it an ideal stop on any Asian tour," Alan Ridgeway, Live Nation president of international and emerging markets, said in a statement.
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CHRIS BROWN ASSAULT CASE SPARKS INTERNAL AFFAIRS PROBE

District of Columbia police have opened an internal affairs investigation into statements made by a police officer who responded to reports that singer Chris Brown had punched a man outside a Washington hotel.
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MILEY CYRUS’ 924M VIEWS MADE HER THE TOP YOUTUBE MUSICIAN IN 2013

Now that’s what we call a wrecking ball. Miley Cyrus’ official Vevo channel notched up 924.5m video views in the second half of 2013, making her the most popular musician on Google’s video service.
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HOW BEATS’ NEW MUSIC SERVICE PLANS TO CRUSH SPOTIFY

Beats Music won’t be joining the most-tracks arms race when it launches Tuesday. Instead, the new subscription service brought to you by Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will win converts through a potent mix of smarter algorithms and human curation. From the moment you first open the app, every interaction is recorded and used to determine the next album, playlist, and track to serve up.
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