Artists responsible for two of the biggest-sellers of 2012 were rewarded with Grammy Awards at Sunday night at Staples Center, a rare moment in which public taste and the ballots of Recording Academy voters were in sync. Fun. was named best new artist and their "We Are Young" was named song of the year. "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra was crowned record of the year; Mumford & Sons won the album of the year award for "Babel." (Full winners list)
CONCORD, WARNER BROS. LEAD RECORD LABELS GRAMMY WINS
Concord Records artists scored the most Grammy Awards, picking up eight, followed closely by Warner Bros. Records, which won seven, thanks to the six awards picked up by Nonesuch Records. The indie sector picked up 34-36 awards, depending on how you count, including album of the year award for Mumford & Sons "Babel" on Glassnote Records.
GRAMMY ALBUM OF THE YEAR: HOW MUCH DOES BEING A BILLBOARD NO. 1 HELP? MUMFORD ARE THE 37TH
The Grammys are based on quality, not quantity. But is it possible to make an informed prediction of who will triumph at the annual awards ceremony by looking at the Billboard charts? Based on the number of winners who have topped the Billboard album chart since the first statuette was handed out in 1959, the answer is a qualified yes: Mumford & Sons are in good company.
GLASSNOTE RECORDS' DANIEL GLASS ON MUMFORD & SONS’ ALBUM OF THE YEAR GRAMMY WIN
Following the Grammys, Glassnote Records owner Daniel Glass spoke with Billboard.biz about Mumford & Sons’ Album of the Year Grammy win and its potential sales impact, getting country radio spins, how Ken Ehrlich pairing them with Dylan last year helped break them and more.
While retail's money is still riding on Mumford & Sons to get the biggest sales gain after Sunday night’s Grammy Awards, now that the lineup is more complete than when we last checked in, they see a slew of other potential sales gainers: Frank Ocean, Ed Sheeran, the Lumineers... and they wish Justin Timberlake's new album was out.
Nemo, the blizzard that body-slammed the Northeast yesterday into this morning, forced the cancellation or postponement of several concerts in the region, underscoring yet again why February is among the touring industry’s lightest months.
The power of Bruce Springsteen reached beyond the musical Friday night when he was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year, which included a thoughtful speech, a wild silent auction and a cavalcade of stars--Neil Young, Elton John, Patti Smith, the Mumfords, Tom Morello, and Kenny Chesney among others -- paying tribute. Also, HERE music execs, including Rob Light, Don Was and Kevin Lyman, share their thoughts on the Boss.
Presented by Clive Davis and NARAS, the Pre-Grammy Gala, guests heard moving tributes to special honoree, Epic chairman/CEO Antonio “L.A.” Reid and were treated knockout performances by Patti Smith, the Lumineers, Usher, Miguel, Emeli Sande and capped by a duet featuring Jennifer Hudson and the legendary Gladys Knight.
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Representatives from Apple Computer have been summoned to explain why prices at iTunes and other digital products are so expensive Down Under. The technology giant, along with Adobe and Microsoft, will have to appear before Australia’s Federal Parliamentary Committee’s investigation into the high-prices consumers here pay for digital music, software, games and hardware.
HMV CEO TREVOR MOORE AMONG LAYOFFS
HMV CEO Trevor Moore. Is among the casualties of the ailing British retailer’s recent round of layoffs which included 60 other staffers. According to Music Week sister publication MCV, the firm’s marketing director Mark Hodgkinson has also been made redundant along with 45 staff members from HMV’s head office in London and 15 others from around the country. One MCV source has said that only a “skeleton crew” now remains at the company
JUSTIN BIEBER LIVE STREAMING CRASHES SERVICES, POSTS DEMO OF NEW SONG
Video streaming glitches scuppered Justin Bieber's efforts to outshine the Grammy Awards tonight. Bieber had planned to hold a live video stream to coincide with the start of the Grammys — which he failed to earn a single nomination for — where he would play new music and answer questions. Fan volume seemed to crash both Livestream and Ustream and eventually Bieber stopped believing in the live broadcast dream, and uploaded an apologetic video to Telly.com. He then posted a demo of a new song called "You Want Me" to SoundCloud:
CONCERT PROMOTERS ASSOC TAPS MICHAEL BELKIN AS PRESIDENT
NACPA, the North American Concert Promoters Association, has elected their new board for 2013 at their annual meeting, held this year at L.A. Live. Michael Belkin (Live Nation - Cleveland) has been named as NACPA's president. Other board members include Brian Murphy (AEG/Goldenvoice), Deborah Rathwell (AEG - New York), Eric Pirritt (LN Denver) Alan Scott (Another planet Ent. Berkeley).
GUARDIAN LAUNCHES MUSIC SERVICE WITH ROUGH TRADE STORES
UK music retailer Rough Trade is launching a new music service with the Guardian newspaper called Tracks of the Week. For £2.99 ($4.70) a week, every Friday six new tracks will land in subscribers' email inboxed hand-picked by Rough Trade and endorsed by the Guardian. The six tracks will cover a spread of genres and will regularly include records you won't be able to hear anywhere else.
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