Beats Electronics, the maker of high-end headphones, will launch its own on-demand music streaming service this summer, Jimmy Iovine, the chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M and Beats’ co-founder, announced Tuesday at the AllThingsD Dive Into Media conference.
On In an exclusive excerpt from his forthcoming autobiography “The Soundtrack of My Life” (Simon & Schuster), Clive Davis offers a front-row view to the triumphant rise -- and dismantling -- of one of the most iconic duos in music history. And then he runs into a Beatle in a diner…
FACEBOOK: 2013 WILL BE ABOUT MOVIES, BOOKS AND FITNESS
Last year may have been the year of social music for the world’s largest social network, but 2013 will be about social movies, books and fitness, said Dan Rose, vice president of partnerships at Facebook Inc.
A new analysis by Fizziology, a company that uses social media like a focus group, shows Pandora losing momentum on the West Coast, while subscription service Rdio is gaining among West Coast trendsetters.
The first shows put on sale for the North American leg of Beyonce’s Mrs. Carter Show world arena tour sold out quickly yesterday, with shows added in several markets. Sales in Europe, where the tour begins April 15 at Kombank Arena in Belgrade, are also reportedly very strong.
Under new manager Coran Capshaw of Red Light -- No. 2 on Billboard’s 2013 Power 100, revealed in L.A. last week -- DJ/producer Tiësto is poised for a 2013 full of many big things, including his second college tour, a rescheduled gig at L.A.’s Staples Center, a compilation CD, and -- revealed exclusively to Billboard -- a new album.
Intel Corp., known more for its semiconductors than its media prowess, on Tuesday confirmed that it will be jumping into the crowded Internet television business later this year with a device that will allow users to stream live and on-demand content, including pay-TV shows.
SLACKER RELAUNCHES SIMPLER SERVICE TO APPEAL TO MORE PEOPLE
Slacker has announced an overhaul of the digital music service that is designed to appeal to mainstream users as opposed to the music aficionados. The new Slacker has more visual elements and adds more personalized recommendations than the prior version in order to appear friendlier to new users who may not know exactly what they want to listen to or how to navigate its prodigious catalog, Slacker chief executive Jim Cady.
SONY IN TALKS OVER EMI’S ‘NOW! MUSIC’ STAKE
Sony Music is edging towards a deal to snap up a stake in the Now! compilation series as Universal Music Group continues to shed assets as part of its takeover of EMI. According to Sky News, Sony Music is the frontrunner to buy a 50% shareholding in Now!, which marks its 30th anniversary this year. A number of other potential buyers of the Now! Stake, which is jointly-owned by Universal and EMI, are understood to be waiting in the wings if the talks between Sony and Universal collapse. Universal intends to hold onto its existing share.
LADY GAGA UNABLE TO WALK, POSTPONES 4 SHOWS
Lady Gaga says she's "heartsick" to postpone four shows after sustaining an injury that's left her unable to walk. A Tuesday news release says performances set for Feb. 13-14 in Chicago, Feb. 16 in Detroit and Feb. 17 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, have been postponed due to a case of synovitis, a severe joint inflammation. Gaga tweeted that she injured herself during a performance some time ago and her condition has worsened, leaving her immobile following Monday's concert in Montreal.
HMV SHUTTERS IRELAND STORES, 300 LOSE JOBS
HMV in Ireland is to close for good with the loss of 300 jobs, the receiver has announced. Deloitte Ireland partner David Carson was appointed as receiver to the entertainment retail chain in the middle of January with the stated aim of carrying out an "assessment of the viability of the company and its cost structure, including property occupational costs". However, Mr Carson today confirmed that HMV's 16 stores will not reopen and all 300 staff, previously placed on temporary lay-off, will now be made redundant.
AUSTRALIA'S FEDERAL COURT RULES ON INTERNET SIMULCASTING
Australian labels and artists should earn a fee from radio stations that streamed music via online simulcasts, the country’s Federal Court today declared.
ASIAN-AMERICAN HIP HOP GROUP AZIATIX SIGNS WITH CASH MONEY
Fuse reports that Asian American rap group Aziatix, comprised of members Eddie Shin, Flowsik and Nicky Lee (with K-pop veteran Jae Chong producing), have signed to Cash Money, whose roster include Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Drake for $11.3 million. Label's co-founder Ronald "Slim" Williams entered the label’s annual Grammy party with the group and announced them as Cash Money’s latest signee. The group performs in both the U.S. and Japan and it's 2011's "Slippin' Away" has received more than 1.2 million views.
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS TO UNVEIL NATIONAL RECORDING PRESERVATION PLAN
The library on Wednesday is set to release a plan that contains 32 recommendations to enhance preservation and access to millions of recordings in light of deterioration or outright loss. A broad-scale plan to preserve the nation's cultural heritage captured on sound recordings and to make more than a century's worth of recorded materials more widely available for educational purposes is being unveiled Wednesday at the Library of Congress in Washington.
DAVE CLARK FIVE FOUNDER HUXLEY DIES
Rick Huxley, bass player and founding member of The Dave Clark Five, part of the first brigade of the “British Invasion,” has died at the age of 72.
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