Morning Fix: RIP Pete Seeger, and a Remembrance; Grammys Spur Sales Gains for Winners, Performers; Indies Claim Half of Grammy Trophies

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PETE SEEGER, LEGENDARY FOLK MUSICIAN, ACTIVIST, DIES AT 94

He touched lives by singing for unions, children and presidents, performing mining camps, folk festivals and Carnegie Hall. He turned a Bible verse and an African chant into hit records, traveled with Woody Guthrie and Lead Belly and championed Bob Dylan, adapted a gospel song to sing for union workers and wound-up creating an anthem for the civil rights movement in “We Shall Overcome.”
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PETE SEEGER: A PERSONAL TRIBUTE

A replica of the mid 19th century sloops that once commanded the waters of the Hudson, the Clearwater was created through the vision of musician and activist Seeger, unquestionably one of the most important social and cultural figures of the 20th century, who passed away Monday at the age of 94.
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GRAMMYS SPUR EARLY SALES GAINS FOR DAFT PUNK, KACEY MUSGRAVES, P!NK

The official sales figures aren't in yet, but industry sources suggest that some of the Grammy Awards' biggest winners could be Kacey Musgraves, P!nk and Daft Punk -- all of which might see sales gains of more than 100% for the week ending January 26.
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INDEPENDENTS CLAIM 50% OF GRAMMY WINS, LARGEST SHARE IN A2IM HISTORY

Independent record labels and artists hauled off some heavy hardware at the 56th Grammy awards last night, claiming the largest share of all awards since at least 2006, when the American Association of Independent music began tracking the ceremony.
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BUSINESS MATTERS: STREAMING DROVE 5% RECORDED MUSIC GROWTH IN SWEDEN IN 2013

There's a good reason the global music industry pays attention to progress of new business models in a Scandinavian country with 9.5 million inhabitants. Sweden leads a handful of countries that have used the controversial streaming business model to reclaim big chunks of revenue lost in the post-Napster crunch of the 2000s.
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GRAMMY WEEK: UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP’S ‘ACE’ OF A PARTY

The Grammy Awards telecast ended at 8:45 p.m. at downtown Los Angeles’ Staples Center. By 9:39 p.m., not even an hour later, Universal Music Group’s after party was on and popping at the Ace Hotel just a few blocks away.
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APPLE STOCKS DIP AFTER DISAPPOINTING 1Q EARNINGS REPORT

Apple's holiday season proved to be a disappointment even though the company sold a record number of iPhones and iPads during its latest quarter. The fiscal first-quarter earnings released Monday topped analyst projections, but Apple sold fewer iPhones than Wall Street had been anticipating.
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INDIEGOGO RAISES $40 MILLION TO EXPAND CROWDFUNDING SITE

San Francisco based crowdfunding site Indiegogo has raised $40 million in Series B venture funding.  from IVP and Kelin Perkins.  Previous funding rounds had netter the startup $16.5 million. More than 190,000 campaigns have been launched on the site, which is run by a team of  85.  The new funds are earmarked for expansion.
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WHY NOTHING APPLE DOES IS EVER GOOD ENOUGH

How else to explain Wall Street’s rats-off-a-sinking-ship reaction to another quarter of stratospheric sales and profits from the cash machine that Jobs built? The only rule with Apple is: No matter how well it does, a whole different school of stock market physics seems to apply.
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