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An increase in digital, performance rights and sync revenues, combined with rise of emerging markets, contributed to a 0.2% rise in global trade revenue generated by the recorded music industry in 2012, though major markets including the US, UK, Germany and France contracted, according to the IFPI's annual Recording Industry in Numbers report, out today.
ANDY JOHNS, PRODUCER/ENGINEER FOR ROLLING STONES, LED ZEPPELIN, MORE, DEAD AT 61
Andy Johns, the veteran producer and engineer who worked on classic albums by Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen and many others, has died at the age of 61.
No cause of death was immediately available.
MIRANDA LAMBERT IS BIG WINNER AT ACM AWARDS, BUT LUKE BRYAN SCORES UPSET
Everything went to script Sunday night at the Academy of Country Music Awards -- Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert won the Top Male and Female vocalist categories and Lambert picking up two other awards -- until the end, when Luke Bryan pulled off an amazing upset and won entertainer of the year.
Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) has begun a third week atop the U.K. album chart. It's now Timberlake’s longest-running No. 1 album in the territory. British DJ-producer Duke Dumont debuted at No. 1 on the singles chart with “Need U (100%)” (Ministry of Sound), featuring female teenage London singer-songwriter A*M*E.
Jay-Z and Beyonce visited the Caribbean country to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary. Back home, however, the couple’s choice of destination has drawn fire from Republicans and launched a news story which is making waves around the globe. On learning of the power-couple’s travel itinerary, two Republican members of Congress -- Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart – have asked the US treasury department to confirm whether the Carters clearance to make the visit.
ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL ADDS LONDON EDITION WITH TIESTO, AVICII, STEVE ANGELLO, MORE
Insomniac Events announced that it would bring its marquee festival Electric Daisy Carnival to London for the first time in 2013, bringing its total editions worldwide to five (including Las Vegas, New York, Chicago, and Puerto Rico). The single-day event is set for July 20 in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and will be produced in partnership with storied U.K. festival brand Cream – which Live Nation acquired in May 2012.
Paradigm Talent Agency announced the launch of a new music label called Big Picnic Records. Funded by private investors and distributed by Sony's RED Music, Paradigm's head of East Coast music Marty Diamond will provide A&R support to Big Picnic general manager Patti Hauseman. The full-service agency's artist roster includes Aerosmith, Coldplay, Dave Matthews Band, Dwight Yoakam, fun. and Phish, among others.
US digital track sales were down 1% in the first quarter, but a lack of hits wasn't the problem. Current tracks were up 3% and the top 10 tracks were also up 3% while catalog tracks were down 4% through March 31st, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The Band Perry's sophomore album, "Pioneer," is on course for a No. 2 bow and Tyler, the Creator's "Wolf" could start at No. 3. The albums may sell a respective 110,000 and 80,000 by the end of the tracking week on April 7, according to industry sources.
ROCK BLOCK: WHEN EMPLOYERS BAN FACEBOOK, YOUTUBE, TWITTER, PANDORA, SPOTIFY
What does it mean when many U.S. workplaces restrict access to music and social media sites such as Facebook, Pandora, YouTube, Spotify, Twitter and others? Well, for starters, don’t assume your music or social media messages are always making an impression during working hours...
Bruce Springsteen returns to the weekly Hot Tours tally with the first 2013 box office grosses reported from his Wrecking Ball World Tour that played 81 shows in 2012 and resumed on March 14 following a winter break. He began this year's itinerary in Australia with multiple shows in four markets generating $25 million in ticket sales. Rihanna makes her 2013 debut on Hot Tours in the No. 2 slot with the first dates reported from the Diamonds World Tour that launched on March 8.
Kid Rock is breaking all the rules with the announcement of his U.S. Summer tour by offering tickets in all sections (reserved seats and lawn) at an affordable $20 price point, using paperless tickets where possible, and lowering prices on everything from parking to beer to merchandise for every show in every city.
Broadway Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (Evita, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera). In an interview with the CBC announced that he may soon be adapting “School of Rock” for Broadway. "Another thing that I've just got the rights to that I am very excited about but will obviously not be — there may be songs for me in it, but it's obviously got songs in it as it stands — is that movie School of Rock,” he said in the video interview. "So, I will go from Stephen Ward, which is really going to be sort of a chamber musical, to a musical about kids playing the guitar."
An expanded alliance between Starwood Hotels and Live Nation will have more artists performing exclusively for VIP guests and includes such artists as Sara Bareilles at Element Dallas Fort Worth Airport North; OneRepublic at the Westin Boston Waterfront; Gavin DeGraw at Sheraton New York Times Square; Imagine Dragons at the new Aloft in Cupertino, Calif. And Paloma Faith at Hotel Bristol Vienna among others.
Advertisers and publishers have many names for this new form of marketing — including branded content, sponsored content and native advertising. Regardless of the name, the strategy of having advertisers sponsor or create content that looks like traditional editorial content has become increasingly common as publishers try to create more sources of revenue. Well-known online publications like The Huffington Post, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed and Business Insider all use some form of branded content. A result is a media universe where it is increasingly difficult for readers to tell editorial content from advertising.
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LES BLANK, BLUES-JAZZ DOCUMENTARIAN,
DEAD AT 77
Filmmaker Les Blank, whose documentaries about blues and jazz musicians and music of the South were widely acclaimed, died April 7 at his home in Berkeley, Calif. He was 77.
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