-- Spotify has confirmed a media report that the service will launch in the Netherlands. The company does not yet have a date set for the launch. Spotify is currently available in six markets: Sweden, Norway, Finland, the UK, France and Spain. (MusicWeek)

-- Three separate job reports show signs of a recovery in the U.S. job market. In brief, the private sector appears to have added jobs for the last few months. Separately, the Labor Department’s monthly job figures, to be released on Friday, are expected to show a gain of 187,000 jobs in April, an improvement of 162,000 jobs gained in March. (CNNMoney.com)

-- According to Nielsen, global consumer confidence has returned to pre-recession levels in some countries. The pace of economic recovery in Asia Pacific and Latin American countries is exceeding that in the U.S. and Western Europe. Globally, Nielsen’s consumer confidence index reached 92 in Q1, up from a low of 77. India (127), Indonesia (116) and Norway (115) have the top three confidence levels. U.S. consumers have a confidence level of 85. (NielsenWire)

-- Concert promoter Jack Orbin of Texas-based Stone City Attractions criticized the Department of Justice’s handling of the Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger in a document filed as public comments after the merger. He described concessions demanded by the DOF, meant to induce greater competition between AEG, Comcast and Live Nation, as “wholly inadequate.” On ticket prices, Orbin stated nothing in the merger will slow increases because Live Nation competes against other promoters by “overpaying for artists.” (TicketNews)

-- Fatsoma has launched version 2.0. The UK-based company offers a social ticketing network built on the premise that news of events – and ticket sales – can spread virally. It’s an interesting take on marketing and selling tickets. Reps, which need to be approved by promoters, actively market events and make money when they sell tickets. Seems like a perfect system for music bloggers and other tastemakers to influence attendance at concerts in their areas. (Fatsoma blog)

-- The demise of Lala can be a good marketing opportunity for those companies who can promise more stability for users. MP3Tunes is offering a special for Lala customers: enter the coupon code “ex-Lala-customer” (until May 21) to be charged only ten cents (the cost of a Lala web song) for a year of the premium music locker that holds 50 GB of music files (a $39.95 value). The company’s CEO, Michael Robertson, was dead on a year ago when he warned Lala would “eventually vanish” and take access to purchased web songs with it. “Don't fall for the alluring, but ultimately deadly deal of server DRM,” he wrote of Lala while encouraging people to sign up for an MP3Tunes locker that would give them control over their online music collection. Lala’s web song was indeed alluring – inexpensive, easy – but the company’s end revealed its ultimate down side. (Michael’s Minute)

-- Country star Kenny Chesney was interviewed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Wednesday and shared video of his flooded 40-acre property in Nashville. Chesney was out of town during the flooding and returned to find his property under water. “I’ve never seen anything like this in my life, much less in Nashville,” he said. (CNN.com)