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SiriusXM Radio turned in record revenue, earnings and subscription levels when it released first-quarter earnings on today. The company also announced that interim CEO Jim Meyer now officially has the CEO title. Meyer took over on an interim basis when longtime CEO Mel Karmazin stepped down in December.
AEG, KATHERINE JACKSON SQUARE OFF ON DAY ONE OF MICHAEL JACKSON WRONGFUL DEATH CIVIL TRIAL
Michael Jackson's struggle against drug addiction was put on display Monday during opening statements at his mother's wrongful death case against concert promoter AEG Live. With potentially billions of dollars at stake, competing portraits of Jackson emerged during the trial's first hours, with Katherine Jackson's attorney acknowledging the pop star's drug problems while also trying to show he was a caring son and father; AEG’s lawyer meanwhile portrayed Jackson’ as an addict who kept his drug usage secret.
Shazam has hired longtime Yahoo! executive Rich Riley as its new CEO, promoting longtime chief Andrew Fisher to the newly-created position of Executive Chairman who says move will allow company to "deliver a successful IPO."
Barry Fey, one of the pioneering promoters in the U.S., and highly influential in building Denver into one of the most robust live concert markets in the country, died at his home yesterday. He was 73. Fey, who worked from the late-60s until 1997, promoted such artists as Jimi Hendrix, Big Brother and the Holding Company, the Doors, Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, the Rolling Stones and the Who, among many others, as well as the "Summer of Stars" series at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
With its sales chief out and margins slim, the video service heads to its second upfront presentation this week thinking about what life might look like beyond YouTube.
Justin Timberlake announced a new long-term partnership with MasterCard on Monday that will kick off Sunday, May 5, with an exclusive cardmember concert at New York’s Roseland Ballroom. Tickets for the show will be available through MasterCard’s Priceless New York site.
ADULT TOP 40 NO. ONES
P!nk rewrites the record for the most No. 1s in the 17-year history of Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Adult Top 40 radio airplay chart, as "Just Give Me a Reason," featuring fun.'s Nate Ruess, rises 2-1 to become her eighth leader on the list. She passes Maroon 5 and Katy Perry, each with seven No. 1s.
With an eye toward nurturing new revenue streams and increasing their share of the global music market, representatives from 11 independent record labels headed to Brazil last week to meet with their South American counterparts. Billboard.biz caught up with A2IM president Rich Bengloff after he’d returned stateside for a debrief.
While “Boston Strong” was everywhere for Saturday’s St. Jude Country Music Marathon in Nashville -- the first major race in the U.S. since the Boston Marathon was curtailed following the bombing -- there’s nothing like American flags and lots of live music to spur on 30,000 runners in Tennessee (of all places).
Neutral Milk Hotel is finally getting back together for a brief tour later this year. A portion of the ticket sales profit will go to the charity Children of the Blue Sky.
BERTELSMANN'S RTL SALE RAISES $1.8 BILLION FOR ACQUISITIONS
German media conglomerate Bertelsmann has set the placement price for part of its stake in RTL Group at 55.50 euros, bringing it gross proceeds of up to 1.42 billion euros ($1.86 billion), RTL said on Monday. Privately-owned Bertelsmann is looking for cash to fund growth as well as an overhaul of its business to catch up with rapidly-changing markets. Bertelsmann owns BMG music rights management after buying out its former partner Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR) earlier this year.
This past Saturday night in Los Angeles we had the privilege of being a part of a super secret show with THE ROLLING STONES at our typical CYP2 stomping grounds, The Echoplex. The whole experience was so surreal, it’s hard to even know where to start to explain how it happened and what it was like to actually be there. It doesn’t feel like reality, but it was… somehow. Almost 2 weeks ago I got a text from Danny Johnson, my partner in Check Yo Ponytail and owner of Media Contender/Top Shelf/SMOG. ‘Urgent’ it said. So of course I called him right way while I was walking through Staples Center randomly at the same time the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame awards was letting out. Quincy Jones was rolling past me in a wheelchair as Danny said, ‘Wanna do a show with The Rolling Stones…’
Best Buy Co. is getting out of Europe. The electronics retailer is selling its 50% interest in Carphone Warehouse PLC's Europe business back to Carphone Warehouse in a mostly cash deal valued at about $775 million. The sale marks Best Buy's final step to unwind a costly and unsuccessful 2008 joint venture with the U.K.-based mobile-phone chain that it launched to expand into Europe as its U.S. sales began to stagnate.
Wall Street Journal
Social and interactive 'listening room' music service Soundrop has launched as a global web app in beta. The new version lets users tap into existing listening rooms based on artists, genres and moods. Via its partnership with Spotify - the streaming service's move to the web is used as a way of building out part of the audio component, and synchronising those tracks with videos from YouTube.
Trent Reznor will headline the new Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit from Oct. 25-27, producer A.C. Entertainment will announce today. Oscar and Grammy-winning Reznor also will perform with his other project, How To Destroy Angels. Other acts at Mountain Oasis include DJs Bassnectar and Pretty Lights, electronic music legend Gary Numan, Neutral Milk Hotel with Half Japanese, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Disclosure, Chromatics and Jessie Ware. Many more acts are yet to be announced, producer Ashley Capps said.
Citizen-Times Ashville Scene
- Cake pops: classic rock album covers made out of icing and cake crumbs
- Iron Maiden Drummer's son arrested for…stealing a chocolate bunny?
- Instagram reverses ban on @thatlookslikeadick after reviewing photos for penises
- Happy F%*@ing Birthday, iTunes...
- Today is the anniversary of LSD inventor/discoverer Albert Hofman's death (*epilepsy warning)
- Got (Neutral) Milk? Neutral Milk Hotel Announce Reunion Tour
- Unpacking the Amanda Palmer Problem
- Psy On 'Gentleman's' Record-Setting Music Video: 'I'm An A--hole'
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- Emeli Sandé is bigger than the Beatles! And it's official!