Morning Fix: Big CMA Wins for Blake and Miranda; Alt J's Mercury Prize; Hurricane Sandy Relief
Morning Fix: Big CMA Wins for Blake and Miranda; Alt J's Mercury Prize; Hurricane Sandy Relief

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BLAKE SHELTON, MIRANDA LAMBERT, LITTLE BIG TOWN WIN BIG AT CMA AWARDS: Once again, tonight's 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards proved to be "Nashville's Night With The Stars" -- and much more. While Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert were big winners, four acts -- Eric Church, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, and Thompson Square -- won their first CMA Awards.

HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF: ITUNES, NBC BENEFIT CONCERT, OTHER WAYS TO DONATE: iTunes and eBay are among the multiple ways you can donate money to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. NBC will be airing a special benefit concert tonight at 8 p.m. featuring Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel and others that will have donation opportunities throughout.

SIRIUSXM CEO KARMAZIN CALLS INTERNET RADIO 'RACE TO THE BOTTOM' ON EARNINGS CALL Outgoing SiriusXM CEO Mel Karmazin slammed the business model behind personalized Internet radio services during an otherwise upbeat third-quarter earnings call, describing them as a "race to the bottom in terms of business model." While advertising-based Internet radio company Pandora has yet to turn a profit, SiriusXM is achieving record earnings with its subscription-based business

ALT-J WINS MERCURY PRIZE: Indie pop quartet Alt-J has won Britain's prestigious Mercury Prize, beating more established acts to the 20,000 pound (roughly $32,000) prize at the Roundhouse in north London. Critical reception to their debut album, "An Awesome Wave," was extremely favorable and the band was heavily tipped to beat artists including rapper Plan B and singer-songwriter Richard Hawley, who were also among the prize's 12 finalists.

KENDRICK LAMAR MAKES 'GOOD' DEBUT ON SOCIAL 50 CHART: Kendrick Lamar, who opened atop the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart this week with "good kid, m.A.A.d. city," strides onto Billboard's Social 50 chart after a busy week of social media activity for the rapper, who also entered at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Other noteworthy moves on the Social 50 come from Jesse and Joy, the xx and Bruno Mars.

At least three young women were trampled to death Wednesday night at a festival in Madrid, Spain, headlined by DJ Steve Aoki. The fatal injuries occurred as the crowd rushed one of the exits. Two more people remain in critical condition.

In a move that will come as no surprise to anyone who's been following the situation, Epic Records confirmed that they are working to sever ties with Death Grips - the confrontational and sonically bruising hip-hop combo that reportedly leaked their own album to the web.

ADAM WHITE, UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL VP AND BILLBOARD VET, RETIRES: Universal Music Group International announced today that VP of communications Adam White is to retire after 10 years with the company. White, 64, joined Universal in 2002 from Billboard, where he had been international editor-in-chief, based in London; he also held senior editorial posts at Billboard in New York from 1978 to 1985.

PETER GABRIEL'S CUESONGS CONCLUDES BMG DEAL, ALL MAJORS ON BOARD: Digital music licensing hub CueSongs has concluded agreements with BMG Rights Management, meaning it now has deals in place with all the major music publishers for online licensing. CueSongs launched in January with an eye towards helping independent film-makers, online producers and event organizers tap the back catalogues, which includes such artists as Groove Armada and Ulrich Schnauss.
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Unexpected news for UK radio listeners: Mary Anne Hobbs has abruptly left Xfm. In a statement on her Facebook page, MAH announced the news and summarized her achievements at the station over the last year. No reason is given for the sudden departure, although Hobbs reveals she's hoping to "do some writing, and to head back out on the road to DJ live again". After her departure from Radio1 in 2011, Hobbs returned to Xfm where she had worked in the early '90s to helm two shows.
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