Morning Fix: Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert on NBC; Taylor Swift: Week Two; Sony's Earnings
Morning Fix: Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert on NBC; Taylor Swift: Week Two; Sony's Earnings


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SPRINGSTEEN, BON JOVI, BILLY JOEL TO PLAY NBC SANDY BENEFIT CONCERT: NBC is doing a benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy featuring some artists native to the areas hardest hit. Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi of New Jersey and Billy Joel of Long Island are scheduled to appear at the concert Friday. The telecast will benefit the American Red Cross and be shown on NBC and its cable stations including Bravo, CNBC, USA, MSNBC and E! Other networks are invited to join in.
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TAYLOR SWIFT'S 'RED' SET FOR SECOND WEEK ATOP BILLBOARD 200, MEEK MILL AIMING FOR NO. 2: After its monster start at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart this week, Taylor Swift's "Red" seems a safe bet to remain in the penthouse for a second week. The biggest new entry on next week's chart should come from rapper Meek Mill with other debut albums by Rod Stewart, Neil Young, Toby Keith and Flyleaf.
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BROKEN BOW, RED DISTRIBUTION FORM RED BOW RECORDS: Broken Bow Records -- home to Jason Aldean, Thompson Square and others -- and RED Distribution announced a new label called Red Bow. The new imprint's first signings are ACM/CMA award-winner Joe Nichols and 17-year-old singer Rachel Farley, who recently opened Aldean's recent "My Kinda Party Tour."
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TURNTABLE.FM CO-FOUNDER SETH GOLDSTEIN RETURNS WITH EDM-CENTRIC DJZ: Seth Goldstein, chairman of social music service Turntable.fm, is back with another music project, DJZ - and he's brought in some Silicon Valley backers and an Internet veteran to help him run the company. With its combination of black and bright colors, DJZ is aimed at young, mainstream fans of EDM.
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KID ROCK FINALLY PUTS HIS MUSIC ON ITUNES Kid Rock's new album, "Rebel Soul," due Nov. 19, is up on iTunes as a pre-order, marking the first time (apart from a soundtrack appearance) that the artist's music has been available in that store.
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EXCLUSIVE: PEPSI OFFERING NEW 'X FACTOR' WINNER GRAMMY COMMERCIAL, $5 MILLION CONTRACT WITH SONY'S SYCO: Pepsi is upping the stakes of its historic prize package for "The X Factor" by offering the Season 2 winner another $5 million record deal (this time with Simon Cowell's Syco Ent. on Sony) as well as the chance to develop, create and produce their first original track and film the accompanying music video. The Pepsi-backed video will debut during the 2013 Grammy Awards, set to air Feb. 10 on CBS.
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SONY MUSIC PROFITS GROW IN Q2 AS SALES DIP: Sony Music posted a $101 million operating profit in the three months to Sept. 30, a 24% year-on-year rise. Sales decreased 4.3% year-on-year to $1.272 billion in the quarter. The company blamed the revenue dip on "a recognition of digital license revenue in the same quarter of the previous fiscal year and the continued worldwide contraction of the physical music market." Best selling titles during Q2 included P!nk's The Truth about Love, Kana Nishino's Love Place, and Michael Jackson's Bad - 25th Anniversary.
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BMG LAYS OUT LABEL PLAN: BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch offered a vision of his overall plans for the joint venture with KKR in a statement for their signing of Bryan Ferry which will both publish his music and release three albums. "[The signing] is a clear sign of the seriousness of our intent in the record business. BMG is the fastest-growing music company in history, something we have achieved both through organic growth and by acquisition. In our next stage of development, we are committed to ratcheting up our activity in recording rights. The key to our growth is offering artists an alternative which recognizes that the world has changed. We believe artists deserve better-and we are determined to give them the 21st century resources and service they demand."
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BUSINESS MATTERS: HOW TAYLOR SWIFT'S 'RED' COULD HAVE A RECORD-SETTING MARKET SHARE: Taylor Swift's new album, "Red," may not have set the record for most units sold in its debut week, but could end up being one of the most dominant albums in many years in terms of its share of annual album sales.
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DEATH GRIPS AIRS DIRTY LAUNDRY WITH EPIC ON FACEBOOK: Death Grips yesterday posted emails they claim are between their manager and Epic Records after the band recently leaked its new album on the web. The Epic email said it was "upset and disappointed, demanded the new music be taken from websites, the masters returned to the label and that the new album would not count "towards the Recording Commitment." The band posted the email with the comment "HAHAHAHAHAHAHA NOW F--- OFF."
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ROBBIE WILLIAMS SET TO SCORE FIRST UK NO 1. SINGLE IN EIGHT YEARS: Robbie Williams is set to score his first UK Number single in eight years with 'Candy'. The Take That singer, who co-wrote the song with his bandmate and "X Factor" mentor Gary Barlow, is currently leading the race for Number One in the midweek Official Singles Chart and has so far sold 73,000 copies, according to the Official Charts Company.
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UNIVERSAL'S ADAM WHITE ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT: Universal Music Group International VP of communications, Adam White, has announced his retirement after 10 years at the major. He has been with Universal Music in that capacity since 2002, following a long career in journalism on both sides of the Atlantic with Billboard, Music Week and Rolling Stone, among others. White will be replaced by Caryn Tomlinson.
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