The global electronic dance music community has announced an advocacy and lobbying body, entitled the Association for Electronic Music (AFEM), details for which were announced at MIDEM. AFEM is a membership-driven body that will pool players from across the dance-music field to strengthen and further their genre. The new not-for profit trade association will be led by London-based Ben Turner, a partner in the International Music Summit, and Washington-based entertainment industry biz attorney Kurosh Nasseri.
EXCLUSIVE: KOBALT, STIM ANNOUNCE DIGITAL MUSIC SERVICE PARTNERSHIP
Kobalt Music Group and STIM, a Swedish copyright management organization, have partnered to launch Kobalt STIM Aggregated Rights AB to effectively create a one-stop shop to Kobalt’s European rights for digital music services. The division will be a newly formed subsidiary of STIM that launches March 1.
Coca-Cola confirmed reports that Diet Coke has committed to "long-term partnership with" Taylor Swift. As part of Diet Coke’s Stay Extraordinary campaign, Swift will be featured in television, print and digital advertising scheduled to launch this spring.
REVENUES UP IN 2012? JAPAN
Subscription services are helping music industry rebounds in countries around the world -- except in Japan. But the market still has good news to share. Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) figures show the country’s CD shipments rose 8% in 2012. The number of units shipped was up 9%.
EXCLUSIVE: WATCH THE FLAMING LIPS' 'EPIC PLAYDATE' HYUNDAI SUPER BOWL COMMERCIAL WITH NEW SONG
When the Flaming Lips formed nearly 30 years ago, the notion that the group would be performing a song called "Sun Blows Up Today" in a Super Bowl ad would have been as surreal as some of their lyrics. But that's exactly what happens in this rather trippy video, which finds the group starring in one of Hyundai's four spots during the big game, a 60-second commercial that features the band on-camera performing a brand-new, custom-written song.
BAND MEMBERS, VENUE OWNER ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH DEADLY CLUB FIRE IN BRAZIL
Brazilian police say they’ve made three arrests and are seeking a fourth person in connection with a nightclub fire that killed more than 230 people. The arrests are for investigative purposes with detention limited to five-days. Billboard.biz
The transition of recorded music from a physical object to an intangible one is the core of the challenge that has faced our business since the turn of the millennium. Here, analyst Mark Mulligan posits a remarkable solution for the business’ future -- and it all starts with a battle in your living room.
El Poderoso Kombo Kolombia was a young band that over the past three years had made their name known around Monterrey, Mexico, and the surrounding state of Nuevo León. Sixteen members of the band are now feared to have died at the hand of drug gangs.
Established metal labels Earache and Century Media Records are partnering in a three-year deal where Century Media will handle all of Earache's physical product distribution in North America. The deal takes effect Feb. 1. U.K.-based Earache is home to such bands as Entombed, Carcass, Bolt Thrower and Morbid Angel and has had digital distribution deals in place with iTunes and Spotify since October 2012.
WIN ANNOUNCES INDEPENDENT MANIFESTO, FORMS GLOBAL COUNCIL
Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) has introduced the Independent Manifesto and the formation of the WIN Global Council. The Independent Manifesto sets out a clear view of the beliefs and values which bind the global independent music sector. The founding Council consists of 15 international representatives of the independent recorded music sector, including: Daniel Glass, Emmanuel de Buretel, Martin Mills, Darius Van Arman and Laurence Bell.
UNIVERSAL MUSIC ENTERPRISES INKS LABEL DEAL WITH ANDY GOULD'S T-BOY RECORDS
Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) has joined forces with veteran rock manager Andy Gould to form a new label, T-Boy Records, which will serve as an umbrella label releasing new music and albums from established iconic hard-rock bands with major followings. It was announced today by UMe President/CEO Bruce Resnikoff and Gould. Gould, who co-managed Linkin Park, Pantera (and Guns N’ Roses, named the label after his first job as a “tea boy,” fetching cups of tea for legendary Beatles producer George Martin and the AIR London Studio team.
AMAZON EXPECTED TO POST $22 BILLION REVENUES, SLIM PROFITS THIS AFTERNOON
Amazon.com Inc., one of the largest online music retailers, is expected to post strong revenue growth from the holidays when it reports fourth-quarter results after the market closes Tuesday, though profit margins will likely be squeezed by investments in the company's distribution network. On average, analysts polled by FactSet are expecting earnings of 28 cents per share on revenue of $22.26 billion. In October, Amazon forecast revenue of $20.25 billion to $22.75 billion for the quarter.
RIM ANNOUNCES CONTENT DEALS WITH MAJORS
Research In Motion Ltd has gathered a number of big-name music and video partners for its BlackBerry 10 storefront, including the three major labels Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group and Sony Music. RIM announced the partners ahead of Wednesday's launch of its first phones based on its much-delayed BlackBerry 10 smartphone platform, which may be the company's last chance to regain ground it has lost to Apple Inc's iPhone. RIM's offerings will also include music from Matador and Rough Trade Records.
FORMER ICM CHIEF LAUNCHES AGENCY
Veteran Hollywood talent agent Jeff Berg has launched a talent and literary agency dubbed Resolution, with backing from an Arizona private investment firm. Berg, who served for nearly three decades as chairman and chief executive of International Creative Management, will be chairman of the new agency. He will be joined by Jeff Franklin, a film and television producer and music agent, who will serve as chief operating officer. Franklin and his former agency, ATI, which represented such artists as Neil Young, AC/DC, Marvin Gaye, Ozzy Osbourne and the Beach Boys, will seek to represent music — including booking concert tours — although Berg declined to state which ATI clients would join him at Resolution.
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