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Formal product presentations return to the confab for the first time in five years. Universal, EMI and Arista are all presenting new music to the attendees today.

NARM HONORS PAUL SMITH

Convention Gives Presidential Award to Distribution Legend
The mood on the NARM convention floor continues to be surprisingly upbeat as most see themselves as "survivors."

NARM gave its prestigious Presidential Award for Sustained Executive Achievement posthumously to industry legend Paul Smith at last night's Scholarship Foundation Dinner.

Concluding the first official day of the convention, NARM honored the distribution giant in a touching ceremony with Smith's family in attendance. The dinner featured the Irish Tenors singing the "Star Spangled Banner" and "God Bless America "that had the audience on its feet.

Quite frankly, the Tenors tapped into a prevailing emotion running through the convention as the United States stands on the verge of war. Many have voiced the surreal nature of the possibility of the U.S. beginning action against Iraq during this music convention.

That being said, formal product presentations return to the confab for the first time in five years. Universal, EMI and Arista are all presenting new music to the attendees today.

We are still awaiting word of the fates of the Best Buy staff as they change into their new Integrated Operating Model.

Columbia sales honcho Tom Donnarumma and Epic sales topper Bill Frolich have been virtually joined at the hip as announcements of the shape of the "new" Sony are expected shortly.

AN ASTRONOMICAL
HITS LIST
Things are looking up. (5/13a)
IS WEATHERLY RETURNING TO KROQ?
Bingenheimer won't be part of the deal, sources say. (5/13a)
SONG REVENUE:
SPRING FEVER
A cash clash of the titans (5/13a)
SPOTIFY WAVES THE ITALIANO FLAG
He does a touching karaoke rendition of "Volare." (5/13a)
SPIRIT OF LIFE CAMPAIGN KICKS OFF (UPDATE)
Choice of lox, whitefish or baked salmon (5/13a)
SUPERSTAR RELEASES
Who's next?
MUSIC BIZ SPECIAL
It's Comic-Con for numbers geeks.
THE BIG CHEESE
Theories of evolution from 30,000 feet.
THE NEXT GIANT DEAL
A&R in overdrive.
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