Morning Fix: Yusef Lateef, Jazz Legend, Dead at 93; Billy Joel Added to 'Dick Clark New Year's Rockin' Eve'; Tribune to Buy Gracenote for $170M; 'Beyonce' Nears 1M U.S. Sales

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YUSEF LATEEF, JAZZ LEGEND, DEAD AT 93

Yusef Lateef, a Grammy-winning jazz musician, has died. He was 93 He was one of many musicians to come out of the Detroit jazz scene in the '40s and '50s, eventually playing with Dizzy Gillespie's orchestra. He went on to record a number of albums highly regarded in jazz circles, such as 1961's "Eastern Sounds" and "Into Something."
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TRIBUNE TO BUY GRACENOTE FROM SONY FOR $170 MILLION

Sony Corp. has agreed to sell its Gracenote music database subsidiary to television and newspaper conglomerate Tribune Co. for $170 million, a 35% discount from the $260 million that Sony paid to buy Gracenote in 2008.
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BILLY JOEL ADDED TO LINEUP FOR 'DICK CLARK NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE'

Once the ball drops in Times Square, Billy Joel will be the first singer to welcome in 2014 on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest." The ABC telecast will cross the East River to Joel’s concert at Brooklyn’s Barclay Center at five minutes past midnight for a live broadcast from his New Year’s Eve show.
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BEYONCE CLOSING IN ON 1 MILLION U.S. SALES

Beyonce's new album is nearing one million in U.S. sales and seems certain to top the Billboard 200 for a second week.
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CHRIS MULLER NAMED YOUTUBE'S DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL MUSIC PARTNERSHIPS (EXCLUSIVE)

Muller is a 10–year veteran of Google who joined the company out of its London office in 2003. He most recently served as director of YouTube partnerships for the Southern Europe, Africa and Middle East (EMEA) region. Muller will be responsible for managing relationships with YouTube's global music channels, many of which rank among YouTube's most-watched.
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WME NAMES PETER KLEIN, FORMER MICROSOFT EXEC, AS CFO FOR MERGED WME/IMG

On the heels of its $2.4 billion acquisition of IMG, WME has hired former Microsoft CFO Peter Klein as its new finance chief, WME said Monday. Klein will also be CFO of the merged WME and IMG.
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PANDORA RULING HAS FAR-REACHING IMPLICATIONS FOR THE U.S. MUSIC INDUSTRY

On Sunday, the smoke began to clear after a round of clarifications by Judge Louis Stanton's on his Dec. 18 ruling against Pandora in the BMI rate court. The immediate upshot is that Pandora--which is still petitioning the Judge to reconsider his ruling, according to sources--is in a difficult situation.
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IGGY POP HAS AN INCREDIBLY STRANGE CHRISTMAS GREETING

The rock legend spreads holiday cheer in this bizarre clip.
Rolling Stone


SFX ENTERTAINMENT ENTERS SPONSORSHIP DEAL WITH ANHEUSER-BUSCH INBEV

SFX Entertainment, a dance-focused new company founded by the media mogul Robert F.X. Sillerman, announced on Monday that it had struck a global marketing partnership with Anheuser-Busch InBev, whose brands also sponsor mainstream events like the Super Bowl and Major League Baseball games.
New York Times


FACEBOOK'S ASTONISHING 2013 RESURGENCE, EXPLAINED IN CHARTS

The company’s share price closed at fresh highs on Dec. 23, and has more than doubled in 2013, easily outpacing the broader market, which rose by about 28%. Its mobile usage and its advertising business are booming, and thanks to a cleverly timed $3.9 billion secondary offering, its already bulging coffers are overflowing with cash as never before.
Quartz


TWITTER ASKS YOU HOW YOU USE TWITTER WHILE YOU WATCH TV, WHILE YOU'RE WATCHING TV AND USING TWITTER

And as we noted last month, Twitter has recently started asking its own users if they connect Twitter with TV, via online surveys. Here’s a new survey, which is even more direct about the Twitter/TV linkup.
All Things D


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