Morning Fix: Clear Channel's John Sykes On Beyonce Shocking Radio (Q&A); Inside Austin Mahone's Brand Mktg Meeting; Eric 'Guitar' Davis Shot Dead

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HOW BEYONCE SHOCKED RADIO, TOO: AN EXCLUSIVE Q&A WITH CLEAR CHANNEL'S JOHN SYKES

How successful was Beyonce's surprise "Beyonce" party, in which she suddenly, without prior notice or PR hype, released her new album at midnight (ET) last Friday morning (Dec. 13)? Even broadcasting giant Clear Channel received no advance word about what quickly became a record-setting seller.
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AUSTIN MAHONE NAMED DIGITAL & BRAND STRATEGIST FOR AQUAFINA'S FLAVORSPLASH: INSIDE THE 17-YEAR-OLD'S FIRST STRATEGY MEETING (EXCLUSIVE)

The 17-year-old pop singer kicks off his first meeting in his new role – digital and brand strategist for Aquafina FlavorSplash, a new line of flavored sparkling water targeted towards teens
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BLUESMAN ERIC 'GUITAR' DAVIS SHOT DEAD

Blues guitarist Eric "Guitar" Davis, son of drumming great Bobby “Top Hat” Davis, was killed early Thursday morning in a shooting in Chicago’s South Side.
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CHART MOVES: NEARLY ONE-THIRD OF ALBUMS CHART IS CHRISTMAS MUSIC, ZAC BROWN'S INDIE EP DEBUTS

As usual, there were a number of movers and shakers outside the top 10 on the Billboard 200 this week. Billboard takes a look at some of them.
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SELENA GOMEZ NIXES TOUR OF ASIA & AUSTRALIA TO 'SPEND SOME TIME ON MYSELF'

The singer and actress was booked to play 13 shows in the region from mid-January.
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YLVIS' 'WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY?' BOOK TOPS NEW YORK TIMES CHILDREN'S BEST SELLER LIST

Ylvis may not have hit No. 1 in America with sleeper hit "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)" but the Norwegian comedy duo has reached the top of a chart after all this year - this time with its first book.
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DUCK DYNASTY'S 'DUCK THE HALLS' ALBUM HEADING FOR SALES GAIN AMIDST PHIL ROBERTSON CONTROVERSY

The controversy swirling around comments made by "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson hasn't seemingly negatively impacted the sales of the show's hit album "Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas."
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SAFETY REASSURANCE AFTER LONDON THEATER COLLAPSE

Authorities sought to reassure theatergoers Friday that London's elegant but aging venues are safe after chunks of ornamental plaster fell from a ceiling of the Apollo Theatre, showering patrons with dust and debris and injuring 79 people.
AP


PUTIN SCOLDS PUSSY RIOT, BUT APPROVES THEIR RELEASE FROM PRISON

The Russian President said the punk band's behavior was "degrading to women," and then stuns the world Friday by signing a pardon for jailed oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
THR


'WALTER MITTY' AD USES A SPOT OF PANDORA'S SECRET SAUCE

In a continuing effort to attract more listeners to its movie soundtracks, 20th Century Fox created a holiday ad for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty that gives some Pandora users a taste of the music service's still-secret algorithm for the first time.
Mashable


TECHNO'S WAR OF THE BEATS

The electronic-dance music world is divided between artists who make listeners sway and those whose songs inspire jumping.
WSJ


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