Morning Fix: Frank Ocean, 'Super Rich Kids' and Messy Sampling Law; Tour Managers of Stones, Foo Fighters and the Mac Swap Tales; Live Nation's Record Year

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FRANK OCEAN'S 'SUPER RICH KIDS' LAWSUIT A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF SAMPLING'S LEGAL PROBLEMS

A few seconds on a hit record can add up to a few years in a courtroom. Just ask TuffAmerica, a New York label that on Feb. 7 sued Universal Music Group over a sample used on Frank Ocean’s “Super Rich Kids.”
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TOUR MANAGERS OF FOO FIGHTERS, ROLLING STONES & FLEETWOOD MAC SWAP WILD TALES FROM THE ROAD

Behind every music tour -- from Beyonce's Vegas-styled extravaganzas to Phish's weed-and-'shroom-fueled odysseys -- is an unsung individual who's equal parts field marshal, political fixer, armchair psychoanalyst and bag man. The tour manager on a major artist's outing is often responsible for shepherding more than 100 musicians, gaffers, carpenters, lighting technicians and accountants on voyages that span the globe and entire seasons.
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LIVE NATION ENTERTAINMENT REPORTS RECORD YEAR

Live Nation Entertainment said Monday that it set a record in 2013 for annual revenue, free cash flow and adjusted operating income due to increase attendance at shows in general and the surging popularity of country music.
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UMG'S DIGITAL SALES OUTPACE PHYSICAL AS NEW VIVENDI CONTENT HEAD OUTLINES PRIORITIES

Vivendi's new head of media and content businesses on Tuesday outlined some of his early priorities after the French entertainment and telecom conglomerate's latest earnings report.
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PUBLISHER RICH STUMPF LAUNCHES ATLAS MUSIC GROUP

The BMG roll-up of mid-sized publishing companies continues to create a void that others are rushing to fill. Enter Rich Stumpf, formerly of Imagem and before that Cherry Lane, and his newly launched Atlas Music Group.
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WARNER MUSIC JAPAN CHAIRMAN/CEO RETIRING, NAMED HONORARY CHAIRMAN

Kei Ishizaka, the chairman/CEO of Warner Music Japan, will step down from his post at the end of March to become honorary chairman. He’ll serve in that capacity until the end of October to ensure a smooth leadership transition. Ishizaka’s replacement has not yet been announced.
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SUB POP AND SEATTLE ROCK TO CONQUER SEA-TAC AIRPORT WITH RETAIL STORE

Sub Pop Records, noted for hits by Nirvana, The Shins, and the Postal Service, will open a retail store in April 2014 at Sea-Tac International Airport. The location is auditioning managers for the store, which will be open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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ROMEO SANTOS REVEALS YANKEE STADIUM CONCERT

One day before dropping his sophomore solo album "Formula, Vol. 2," Bronx-born Bachata superstar Romeo Santos announced that he will be headlining a concert at Yankee Stadium on July 12, 2014. Santos will be the first Latin artist to have a show at the new South Bronx ballpark.
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FACEBOOK TAPS RYAN SEACREST'S DIGITAL EVP AS HEAD OF ENTERTAINMENT PARTNERSHIPS

Facebook has hired Sibyl Goldman, formerly executive VP new media at Ryan Seacrest Productions, to head its entertainment partnerships, the social media company confirmed Monday.
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'MUSIC WAS OUR FOOD': ALICE HERZ-SOMMER, OLDEST-KNOWN HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR, DIES AT 110

Alice Herz-Sommer, believed to be the oldest Holocaust survivor, died at age 110 on Sunday, a family member said. The accomplished pianist's death came just a week before her extraordinary story of surviving two years in a Nazi prison camp through devotion to music and her son is up for an Oscar.
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SAMSUNG REPORTEDLY TRIED TO SUPPRESS A FILM CRITICAL OF ITS SAFETY RECORD

While consumers around the world are debating the merits of Samsung’s latest product roster, which debuted at the MWC in Barcelona yesterday, the company is facing accusations back in South Korea that it tried to suppress a film critical of its safety record.
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SHAZAM REVAMPS ITS APP TO BECOME ‘DESTINATION EXPERIENCE AND CONTENT PLATFORM’

Big changes have been underway at Shazam for some time now, as the TV and advertising side of its business grows, but also as it tries to persuade users to spend more time using its app.
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