Morning Fix: David Byrne, Marc Ribot, More Rally for Performance Royalties; 'Frozen' Earns Most Weeks at No. 1 for Soundtrack Since 'Titanic'; Ross on Radio: R&B's Almost-Comeback

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DAVID BYRNE, MARC RIBOT, CHRIS RUEN LEAD RALLY FOR RADIO TO PAY PERFORMANCE ROYALTIES

At the Artists’ Pay for Radio Play Rally at Le Poisson Rouge in New York last night, David Byrne joined hosts musician Marc Ribot and "Freeloading" author Chris Ruen as well as a slew of other artists, including Tift Merritt, REM's Mike Mills and Roseanne Cash (via video) as well as the Future Music Coalition's Kevin Erickson at a rally calling on terrestrial radio to lose its exemption from paying performance royalties.
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'FROZEN' EARNS MOST WEEKS AT NO. 1 FOR A SOUNDTRACK SINCE 'TITANIC'

Disney's unstoppable soundtrack to "Frozen" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, collecting its fifth nonconsecutive week atop the list. "Frozen" has now earned the most weeks at No. 1 for a soundtrack since "Titanic" racked up 16 straight weeks at No. 1 in 1998. Since the Billboard 200 began using SoundScan sales data in May of 1991, only five soundtracks have spent at least five weeks at No. 1.
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NICK GATFIELD EXITS SONY MUSIC U.K.: REPORT

Sony Music U.K. CEO and chairman Nick Gatfield has reportedly left the company.
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ROSS ON RADIO: AN R&B COMEBACK, ALMOST

A month ago, a Ross On Radio reader wrote to suggest that the worst period for R&B crossovers since the disco backlash finally seemed to be coming to an end, thanks to a handful of phenomenal singles, including Pharrell Williams' "Happy." But even with a handful of phenomenal records, we may have actually only attained parody with that not-so-great period for music. How we've gotten this far has a lot to do with foreign territories, Beyonce's December surprise, and a label willingness to pursue crossovers again.
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SONY, ULTRA SIGN YOUTUBE LAUNCHPAD ARTIST M4SONIC (EXCLUSIVE)

Sony Music Entertainment and Ultra Music have jointly signed M4SONIC, a 22-year-old Australian who rose to Internet fame 19 months ago with a YouTube video that showed only his hands playing an electronic device called a Launchpad.
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SCHOOLBOY Q HEADING FOR NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD 200 ALBUMS CHART

The rapper's major-label debut album, "Oxymoron," could sell between 150,000 to 160,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on March 2, according to industry forecasters.
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GAGA BEING KEPT FROM DORITO'S STAGE DURING SXSW: REPORT (UPDATE)

Lady Gaga has reportedly been denied her spot on Dorito's stage during SXSW due to public safety concerns.
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KEVIN ARNOLD LAUNCHES OPENAURA IMAGE DISTRIBUTION COMPANY FOR ARTISTS

Kevin Arnold, founder of the Independent Online Distribution Alliance and creator of the Noise Pop Festival, on Wednesday unveiled OpenAura, a platform that lets musicians license distribute official images to go alongside online band profiles.
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CAROLINE INTERNATIONAL APPOINTS FORMER WARNER EXEC AS NORDIC LABEL HEAD

Caroline International has appointed former Warner exec Aslak Klever to head up its operations in the Nordic countries of Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
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AVICII'S 'WAKE ME UP' IS NOW THE MOST-PLAYED SPOTIFY TRACK OF ALL TIME

Avicii catapulted to fame last summer after releasing Wake Me Up, a single that blends folksy vocals and guitar riffs with mainstream dance beats. The chart topper has accrued over 280 million plays on YouTube so far, but today it’s hit another impressive milestone – it’s now the most-played song of all time on Spotify. After being streaming more than 200 million times, Avicii has surpassed the previous titleholder Imagine Dragons with Radioactive.
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