Morning Fix: WME Partners for Six Country Festivals; What WMG's Shazam Deal Means for Music; 'American Idol' Suit Slams Sony; 'Guardians' Trailer Boosts 'Hooked on a Feeling'

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ADA PARTNERS WITH MUTE, BEEFS UP MANAGEMENT

The Alternative Distribution Alliance is taking measures to boost its international capabilities by adding staff and adding the Warner Music Group local teams around the globe to its efforts.
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BOMBSHELL 'AMERICAN IDOL' LAWSUIT BRINGS LITANY OF ALLEGATIONS AGAINST SONY

"We did not want to have to file this lawsuit, but Sony left us no choice, so this became necessary to protect our artists," says 19 Entertainment Worldwide Head of Music Jason Morey. "Our complaint lays out the claims in great detail. Everything we have to say about the case is set forth in it."
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WME PARTNERING FOR SIX COUNTRY FESTIVALS

William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, a founding partner in Lollapalooza, is building its portfolio in the festival sector with investment in six new strategic alliances in the country music fest space, Billboard.biz has learned.
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WARNER MUSIC'S SHAZAM DEAL: WHAT IT MEANS FOR MUSIC

Warner Music Group's collaboration with Shazam is the latest example of music labels embracing social data to reinvent the way they do business.
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BUCK 22, BILLY RAY CYRUS' 'ACHY BREAKY 2' HITS HOT 100

The rap send-up enters at No. 80, more than two decades after Cyrus' original topped Hot Country Songs.
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'GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY' TRAILER SENDS 'HOOKED ON A FEELING' SALES THROUGH THE ROOF

Oogachaka! Sales of Blue Swede's "Hooked On a Feeling" have gone through the roof following its use in the new trailer for the film "Guardians of the Galaxy."
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CITI OFFERING ADDITIONAL TICKETS TO LADY GAGA'S SOLD-OUT ROSELAND BALLROOM RESIDENCY (EXCLUSIVE)

Citi will offer additional tickets beginning Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. eastern at livenation.com, allowing Citi ThankYou cardmembers the exclusive opportunity to purchase tickets to a VIP soundcheck prior to the penultimate performance on April 6.
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DOC ON LEGENDARY BASSIST JACO PASTORIUS TO BE OFFICIAL FILM OF RECORD STORE DAY, COMPILATION PLANNED (EXCLUSIVE)

Stephen Kijak's documentary on the revolutionary bass guitarist Jaco Pastorius, "Jaco," will be the official film of this year's Record Store Day and Omnivore Recordings will release a collection of unissued sessions by Pastorius from 1976.
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TRAIN STRIKES ALLMAN BIOPIC FILM CREW, WOMAN DEAD

Authorities in south Georgia say a woman working with a film crew has been struck and killed by a train while making a biopic about musician Gregg Allman.
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DAVE HOLMES CHARTS THE MODERN ROCK HITS OF FEBRUARY 1994

Twenty years ago this week, Beck sat atop Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart with his breakout single, “Loser.” As we prepare for the release of Morning Phase, let’s flip through the February 19, 1994 issue — which featured telling headlines such as “House Panel to Examine Gangsta Rap Lyrics” and “Blockbuster Tops $2 Billion: Revenues Rise 70% During 1993” — and check out what other alternative gems were lurking in the top 30 that week.
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