Three first-timers won Oscars in the two music categories, Adele and Paul Epworth for best original song, and Mychael Danna for original score. Adele's song was the title track to the James Bond film "Skyfall"; Danna scored "Life of Pi."
In this op-ed, Emily White -- the former NPR intern who set off an Internet firestorm with her blog post, "I Never Owned Any Music to Begin With" -- writes publicly for the first time about the controversy, what she learned from it, and how it's influenced her thinking. "My attempt to share my experience with music has always been driven by a desire to see the musicians who created that music get compensated in a fair and realistic way," she writes.
Google is in the process of negotiating licensing fees for a music streaming service akin to Spotify, Mog, Deezer and others, according to several published reports.
Some people haven’t forgiven Facebook for the changes it made last year to its news feed algorithm, alterations that ratcheted down the audience reach for some posts written on behalf of brand.
"Searching for Sugar Man," honored with more than 30 awards in the last year, won the big one Sunday when it was named best documentary at the 85th annual Academy Awards.
Here's to the losers," Seth MacFarlane sang in a closing number with Kristin Chenoweth, an ode to nominees going home empty-handed after the three hour, 30 minute Academy Awards ceremony conclude Sunday. Like so much of the night, it was not particularly funny, a bit awkward and, as music, underwhelming.
MADONNA, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN LEAD BILLBOARD'S 2013 TOP 40 MONEY MAKERS
The U.S. music business offers a matrix of trends to satisfy chart watchers and number crunchers. New CD sales continue to fall. Digital music sales are rising nearly 10 years after the launch of the iTunes Music Store. Streaming and subscription revenue are growing as music lovers choose easy access over-and, sometimes, in addition to-physical ownership.
Next week's likely No. 1 album, Mumford & Sons' Grammy-winning "Babel," may only sell only around 60,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Feb. 24, industry sources suggest. Meanwhile, the only bright spot among the top 10 next week could be Alabama Shakes' "Boys & Girls" album, which is poised for a return to the top 10.
The Songwriting Hall of Fame's 44th annual slate of inductees have been announced: Tony Hatch, Mick Jones & Lou Gramm, Holly Knight, JD Souther and Steven Tyler & Joe Perry will join previous recipients like Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, Sam Cooke and John Lennon.
Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake will headline this summer's Wireless festival at the Olympic Park here, concert promoter Live Nation said Tuesday. The music stars are the first performers confirmed as the lead acts for concerts at the Olympic Park after the live events giant struck a deal for exclusive rights to organize music events there last month.
Emeli Sandé followed her double BRIT Awards triumph Feb. 20 by returning to the top of the album chart yesterday (Sunday) with “Our Version of Events” (Virgin/Universal). As many other winners and performers from the ceremony reaped sales benefits, One Direction, recipients of the special Global Success title, scored their third U.K. No. 1 with the fastest-selling single of 2013 so far, the Comic Relief release “One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks)” (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment).
Spotify, the streaming music service, has made its first move into the competitive world of in-car entertainment by adapting its mobile app for Ford’s Sync AppLink system. The system lets drivers operate their mobile apps through voice commands. The companies will announce the development today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
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Madonna recently joined the photo sharing site, owned by Facebook, and has received a warning from the company to adhere to its community guidelines -- or else. The singer posted a message from Instagram in which the site asked her to review its community guidelines. The guidelines tell users to refrain from posting photos with “nudity or mature content” or sharing photos that come from third parties. The message didn’t specify which guideline Madonna apparently broke, though she has posted a shot of her cleavage as well as two photographs of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.
UNIVERSAL'S ASH ADDS ASIA PACIFIC DUTIES
The restructuring at Universal Music Australia continues with the news that the company’s leader, George Ash, has added new stripes for the Asia Pacific region.
The founder of Barnes & Noble plans to bid for the retail business of the bookstore chain he started 40 years ago, as the company struggles to deal with the changing competitive landscape.
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