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A jury cleared concert promoter AEG Live on Wednesday of negligence in the hiring of the doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson. The panel unanimously rejected a lawsuit brought by Jackson's mother that sought to financially punish AEG Live LLC, the promoters of her son's "This Is It" concerts planned for London.
The sighs of relief emanating from AEG Live’s Los Angeles offices could be heard ‘round the world when word came Wednesday afternoon that a jury declared promoter AEG Live not guilty of negligence in the hiring of Dr. Conrad Murray, the doctor already convicted of manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson.
"Music is one of those funny things," Tim Chang, an amateur musician and partner with the Mayfield Fund, told the audience at SF Music Tech on Tuesday. "We're deeply passionate about music. But the business models don't align with that."
Lorde leaps to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with her breakthrough hit "Royals," which claims the summit from Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" after the latter song led for two weeks.
Jeff Rabhan, chair of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University, was understandably proud as he spoke at a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the program, held Sept 26 at Gallow Green, the rooftop garden bar of Manhttan’s vintage McKittrick Hotel.
“One of the great things about the digital age is the immediate results,” says Bruce Resnikoff, president of Universal Music Enterprises, the catalog division that oversees Badfinger’s four albums released on Apple Records. “We're trying to use social media to connect this song to the show and increase awareness to a wide market.”
When Mad magazine did its parody of the movie “Grease” 35 years ago, there was a cartoon panel that showed Olivia Newton-John as the demure, preppy Sandy, surveying the obstacles to her love for John Travolta’s tough-guy Danny Zuko. “I love him,” she said, “And I’m going to do whatever it takes to keep him.” So she became . . .
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) jumps into the discussion this week with a media policy brief urging the UK Government to look beyond the reports lobbyists hand to them. Their report concludes that the entertainment industry isn’t devastated by piracy, and that sharing of culture has several benefits.
On Saturday, October 12 (a night featuring Rudimental, Andy C and DJ EZ, among others), the club will test drugs seized on the premises in a government-funded laboratory set up inside a trailer – a move that’s believed to be a first for a UK club.
The deal between independent music licensor Merlin and German streaming service Simfy has been cut short with a demand to take down Merlin members' content following a dispute over royalties.
That's right, Berghain, the holy grail of hedonism, a Berlin nightclub whose reputation is outstripped only by, well, its reputation. Parties there last for days on end, they say, soundtracked only by blast-furnace chug and robots with jackhammers.
One of the lead stories on Radio 4’s Today programme at 8am on June 12th, 2013, concerned an interview given by Bishop of London Richard Chartres. In it, he said that his generation – the baby boomers born and brought up after the Second World War – were hoovering up an unfair proportion of our resources. “Much of that is absorbed by the fortunate generation to which I belong in ways which raise questions – severe questions – of intergenerational equity,” he said.
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