Morning Fix: 'Frozen''s 'Let It Go' Wins Best Song Oscar; Martin Bandier on Oscars' 'Dumb Rule' (Q&A); Pharrell's 'Happy' Breaks Records; Ellen's Selfie Sets Twitter Record

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'FROZEN''S 'LET IT GO' WINS BEST SONG OSCAR, GIVES ROBERT LOPEZ THE EGOT

Robert Lopez became the latest member of the EGOT family, adding an Oscar to his three Tonys, two Emmys and a Grammy. Steven Price won the Oscar for score for his work on "Gravity," one of seven wins for the film. Both were considered favorites in their categories.
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MARTIN BANDIER ON BEST ORIGINAL SONG OSCAR'S 'DUMB RULE' (EXCLUSIVE Q&A)

Martin Bandier, chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV, doesn’t pull his punches. News broke yesterday that Bandier had sent a letter to the Oscars critical of the organization’s failure to replace disqualified Best Original Song nominee “Alone Yet Not Alone” with a runner up. Today he was critical of the Oscars' decision to not consider songs written by more than three songwriters (except for U2).
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PHARRELL WILLIAMS' 'HAPPY' BREAKS RECORDS, RECLAIMS NO. 1 IN U.K.

Pharrell Williams was in record-breaking form as the Official Charts Company unveiled the U.K.’s weekly sales data on Sunday (March 2). His smash hit “Happy” (Back Lot) became the first single for 57 years to start a third separate run at No. 1. It sold its millionth copy in the territory last week, making Williams only the second artist after the Beatles to appear on three U.K. million-sellers inside 12 months.
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ELLEN DEGENERES' OSCARS SELFIE SETS TWITTER RECORD, DISRUPTS SITE

Ellen DeGeneres' goal of setting a Twitter retweet record with her star-studded selfie was achieved before the Oscars telecast was even over--but also caused the site have a service disruption.
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STEELY DAN SUED BY FORMER SINGER DAVID PALMER OVER DIGITAL ROYALTIES

David Palmer, an original member of Steely Dan, is going to court against his former bandmates with claims of being cheated on digital performance royalties.
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PEARL JAM EX-ACCOUNTANT GETS 14 MONTHS FOR EMBEZZLING $300K

A former financial officer of Pearl Jam's management company has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for embezzling more than $300,000 from the band.
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DISNEY CUTS FUNDING TO BOY SCOUTS OVER GAY POLICY

The Boy Scouts organization is "disappointed" by the decision, which will affect the organization's ability to serve children, Deron Smith, a Boy Scouts spokesman, said in a statement Sunday.
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3 DOORS DOWN'S TODD HARRELL ORDERED TO SERVE UNDER HOUSE ARREST

A Nashville judge on Friday ordered the bassist for 3 Doors Down to move from Mississippi to Music City, where he will be under house arrest until his trial on vehicular-homicide charges.
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BILLBOARD NAMES MIKE BRUNO VP OF DIGITAL CONTENT & PROGRAMMING, SHIRLEY HALPERIN MUSIC EDITOR

Mike Bruno has been named Billboard’s VP of digital content and programming, and Shirley Halperin the publication’s music editor. The announcement was made jointly by Billboard Entertainment Group co-president/chief creative officer Janice Min; co-president John Amato; and executive VP of marketing and brand development Dana Miller.
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CHART MOVES: METALLICA'S BEST-SELLING BLACK ALBUM APPROACHES 16 MILLION IN SALES

At its current rate of sales, Metallica's 1991 self-titled album should surpass 16 million in about three or four months. The set is already the best-selling album of the SoundScan era. Read on for more chart moves on Lake Street Dive, AC/DC, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
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WITNESSES RECOUNT LONG-RUNNING FEUD DURING HIP-HOP MANAGER'S TRIAL

The outcome of the trial hardly matters: The defendant, a former hip-hop manager for artists like the Game and Gucci Mane, has already been sentenced to life in prison for running a multimillion-dollar cocaine ring.
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OSCARS: WARNER BROS. DOMINATES THE NIGHT WITH TEN AWARDS

Boasting the best picture winner "12 Years A Slave," specialty distributor Fox Searchlight stakes a claim to three statuettes. When the final envelope was opened at the 86th Academy Awards, distributor Fox Searchlight could claim the best picture winner, 12 Years a Slave, but it was rival Warner Bros. that took home the most gold, a whopping 10 statuettes.
THR


NEW BOOK TO PROFILE APPLE CEO TIM COOK

A new book from ex-Wall Street Journal reporter Yukari Kane will profile Apple's enigmatic CEO Tim Cook. Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs is the result of an exhaustive investigation, and will look beyond Cook's well-publicized Mountain Dew habit and fitness regime to shed light on how the "intensely private" man does business.
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