| JENNI RIVERA, QUEEN OF BANDA, DEAD AT 43: Jenni Rivera, the flamboyant, outspoken, big-voiced singer who was the top-selling regional Mexican female star of her generation was confirmed dead after the small private plane in which she was traveling in Mexico crashed. Rivera was 43 years old. Billboard.biz has launched a special "Jenni Rivera Remembered"  area with complete coverage, video, Twitter feed, charts and more.
| RICK ROSS/ MAYBACH MUSIC GROUP TOUR CANCELLED: A rep for Rick Ross confirmed to Billboard.biz that the remaining dates of the rapper's tour with his Maybach Music Group have been cancelled. Amid reports of earlier cancellations due to gang violence, Ross said that these dates were cancelled due to "apparent lack of organization and coordination."
| HOW AL WALSER SCORED A GRAMMY NOMINATION: Al Walser is a Grammy nominee. And it's because of social media. The Lichtenstein native and near-total unknown submitted his self-produced and self-released track, "I Can't Live Without You," through the same nomination process as Skrillex, Swedish House Mafia, Calvin Harris, and Avicii, his fellow nominees in the "Best Dance Recording" category. But rather than passively wait to let the process take its course, he lobbied, in this case, on closed NARAS social network Grammy365.com - a tactic successfully used by little-known singer Linda Chorney last year.
| CLEAR CHANNEL'S JOHN SYKES ON 12-12-12 CONCERT: 'YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN': The last time John Sykes teamed up with James Dolan and Harvey Weinstein for a benefit concert it was 2001's Concert For New York City, which ultimately raised $50 million. But next week Sykes, president of Clear Channel, has even higher hopes for "12-12-12," which has enlisted Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Eddie Vedder, Eric Clapton, Bon Jovi, Alicia Keys, Dave Grohl, Roger Waters, Chris Martin, The Who, Kanye West and, as of Friday, The Rolling Stones to raise money for the Robin Hood Relief Fund's Hurricane Sandy efforts.
| BEYONCE REUNITES WITH PEPSI FOR PLANNED SUPER BOWL COMMERCIAL, CREATIVE PARTNERSHIP: Beyonce is reteaming with Pepsi for a multi-faceted branding deal that will coincide with her performance during the Super Bowl 2013 Halftime Show, of which Pepsi is a presenting sponsor.
| OLLY MURS TOPS UK ALBUM CHART, GABRIELLE APLIN HAS TOP SINGLE WITH FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD COVER: Olly Murs has the U.K.'s No. 1 artist album for a second week, after "Right Place Right Time" (Epic/Sony Music) was confirmed at the summit again by the Official Charts Company on Sunday. On the singles chart, Parlophone/EMI's 20-year-old, Wiltshire-born singer-songwriter Gabrielle Aplin climbed 6-1 with her cover of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's 1984 No. 1 "The Power of Love," as featured in retailer John Lewis' Christmas TV commercial.
| LAYOFFS HIT MAJOR-MARKET CLEAR CHANNEL STATIONS: Clear Channel Media and Entertainment is going through another round of layoffs, this time with cuts taking place at many of the company's major market clusters. According to reports, the cuts have effected stations in Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami, Detroit, Denver, Cleveland, Orlando, Austin and others. While probably unrelated, the cuts follow a recent report by Moody's Investor Services that says the company could have a hard time refinancing $10 billion in debt coming due in 2016.
| KE$HA'S 'WARRIOR' HEADED FOR TOP 10, TAYLOR SWIFT SET FOR NO. 1 RETURN ON BILLBOARD 200: After vacating the top slot on the Billboard 200 chart for three weeks, it looks like Taylor Swift's "Red" will return to No. 1. The tally's second-highest debut will come from Ke$ha's "Warrior," which is on course to start with about 80,000 to 90,000. That might place it somewhere just around the No. 5 position.
OBAMAS ATTEND ANNUAL HOLIDAY CONCERT IN WASHINGTON WITH PSY: A holiday concert attended Sunday by President Barack Obama and his family included some non-traditional entertainment this year: a performance by South Korean rapper and Internet sensation PSY. PSY- wearing an all-red outfit including a sparkling, sequined top- was backed by dancers wearing reindeer antlers as he performed his popular "Gangnam Style" dance.
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CD BABY PAYS OUT $50 MILLION TO ARTISTS IN 2012: CD Baby, an independent music distributor, is celebrating two artist payout milestones in 2012. Launched in 1998, the service that distributes over 4 million tracks paid out $50 million to artists in 2012 which contributed to a cumulative total of $250 million since it was established.
Music Week 
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, SAY GOODBYE TO INSTAGRAM PHOTOS INSIDE OF TWITTER: Instagram completely turned off support for Twitter Cards technology on Sunday, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed. While users can still post links to their Instagram photos on Twitter, they'll no longer be able to view Instagram photos from within the Twitter stream across both the Twitter Web site and mobile apps. Twitter hopes to introduce its own photo filters inside the Twitter app before the end of the year.
All Things D 
SONY TO DISCONTINUE THE PRODUCTION EARLY 2013 OF CASSETTE PLAYER/ RECORDER: Sony will discontinue in early January 2013 once and for all the production of its latest Cassette Player/ Recorder! So if you are interested in getting one of this soon collectable Cassette Player/ Recorder TCM-410, TCM-400 and TCM-450 from Sony rush to grab one before it is too late!
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