| MIKE EASTERLIN NAMED GM OF FUELED BY RAMEN: The shockwaves of big executive moves keep on rolling. Mike Easterlin, head of promotion at Roadrunner Records, has been named the new GM of Fueled by Ramen, a subsidiary of Atlantic Records. News of his promotion comes on the heels of several other high profile label personnel moves, including: John Janick being named president of Interscope Geffen A&M; Jeff Castelaz named president of Elektra; and unconfirmed news that Columbia COO Steve Barnett is in line to head up Capitol.
| MUSE TOPS UK ALBUM CHART, RIHANNA HAS NO. 1 SINGLE: In a busy week of new entries on the U.K. sales charts, Muse's The 2nd Law became their fourth No. 1 in their home territory topping Mumford & Sons, P!nk and the Killers in order. On the singles side Rihanna's "Diamonds" outsold last week's bestseller, Psy's "Gangnam Style" as well as new arrivals by One Direction, Adele and Ellie Goulding.
DEEZER RAISES $130 MILLION IN PART FROM ACCESS INDUSTRIES: The oft-criticized freemium business model still has the support of investors: Paris-based music subscription service Deezer has raised $130 million from Access Industries, parent company of Warner Music Group, and previous investor Idinvest, according to reports. Deezer's Facebook page currently says the service has 1.5 million subscribers, 26 million users and more than 18 million available tracks.
SIMON FULLER PLANNING TO BID ON EMI DIVESTMENTS: A report in the Independent claims Simon Fuller, mastermind behind the Spice Girls and creator of the "Idol" franchise is "planning to buy EMI's assets, including the famous Parlophone music label, in an audacious £350 million ($563 million) deal." According to the paper, Fuller is "putting together a bid to buy the 60 percent of EMI's businesses in Europe."
MUSE, MIGUEL, THREE DAYS GRACE, DIANA KRALL ALBUMS TOP 10 BOUND ON BILLBOARD 200: Even with Mumford & Sons holding onto the No. 1, there won't be a lack of action happening in the top 10 on next week's Billboard 200 chart. Upwards of six new albums may start in the region, led by Muse's The 2nd Law, which seems to be a lock for a No. 2 bow. And Miguel's second release, Kaleidoscope Dream, is poised for a No. 3 debut.
JAY-Z TO RELEASE BARCLAY'S LIVE ALBUM TUESDAY: Jay-Z has announced his first live record in more than a decade, documenting the final show of an eight-night run at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The Live in Brooklyn EP will go on sale on Tuesday, less than 60 hours after the rapper played the sold-out concert. For now, the EP is digital-only. But it's described as an "optic" album, featuring both audio from the show and eight separate videos.
APPLE'S IPAD MINI IN PRODUCTION FOR 10 MILLION UNITS: Component suppliers to Apple in Asia, including in Taiwan, say they have received orders to make more than 10 million units of the smaller tablets in the fourth quarter. The figure indicates that Apple believes demand for the product will be strong, despite stiff competition in the market. Apple hasn't responded for comment on the smaller tablet dubbed by the industry as the iPad mini.
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JEFF PRICE, SOCAN CEO DISCUSS PRICE'S NEW ROLE AT ORGANIZATION: Many were surprised last week when SOCAN announced it had hired former TuneCore CEO Jeff Price as a consultant. Both Price and SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste clarified his role to Billboard.biz. No, the performance rights organization is not planning to start a TuneCore-like business; rather SOCAN thinks Price can help offer more services to its members.
RAILROAD REVIVAL TOUR FEATURING WILLIE NELSON, JAMEY JOHNSON, BAND OF HORSES CANCELED: The Railroad Revival Tour has run off the tracks. The cross-country tour featuring Willie Nelson, Jamey Johnson, Band of Horses and John C. Reilly has been cancelled by organizers. A note on the tour's website says "certain complications would not permit us to host the shows in the manner intended," but gave no further details.