| Jay-Z Talks Barclays Bookings, 'Nepotism,' Made In America II: Jay-Z wants his eight-night residency at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, which kicks off tonight's grand opening, to be a "celebration," he told Billboard at a launch event at his 40/40 Club for NBA 2k13. Here, the minority share holder also discussed why he's not formally booking the venue, but not beneath using "nepotism" to get his Roc Nation acts booked the arena and his desire for another Made In America Festival.
| LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE! 2013'S DUELING INTERNET RADIO ROYALTY BILLS: Get ready for a fight over Internet royalties - just don't expect the full fight to happen this year. Sources say the Internet radio bills introduced last week are merely setting the stage for a bigger battle in 2013 due to the current lame duck Congress. Already interested parties such as the RIAA, Pandora, Consumer Electronics Association and the National Association of Broadcasters are gearing up for a pitched battle.
SONY/ATV-APPLE ROYALTY RUCKUS SCUTTLED IPHONE 5 MUSIC STREAMING: The N.Y. Post reports that Apple's plan to have its own music-streaming service built into the iPhone 5 was dramatically dashed when talks between the tech giant and Sony/ATV hit a last-minute snag. A source claims Sony/ATV, the world's largest music publisher, and Apple couldn't agree on a per-song rights fee. At the same time, Sony/ATV is about to set the music streaming sector on its ear as it will pull out of the two main copyright associations, Ascap and BMI, in January, executives close to the matter told the paper.
MAJORS CONSIDER NEIL YOUNG'S PONO DIGITAL-TO-ANALOG MUSIC SERVICE: In his book out this week, Waging Heavy Peace, Neil Young writes that Pono will help unite record companies with cloud storage "to save the sound of music." Pono's preservation of the fuller, analog sound already has the ear of the Big Three record labels: In mid-2011, Atlantic chairman Craig Kallman invested with Young and helped assemble a Pono team that included representatives from audio giants Meridian and Dolby, according to insiders. Once WMG signed on, Kallman said he and Young approached UMG CEO Lucian Grainge and Sony Music CEO Doug Morris about remastering their catalogs for Pono distribution. Neither UMG nor Sony officially acknowledged those conversations.
GLOBAL CITIZEN FESTIVAL AIMS TO BE 'LARGEST SYNDICATED CHARITY BROADCAST': With this Saturday's Global Citizen Festival in Central Park with the Foo Fighters, the Black Keys and Neil Young with Crazy Horse among others, AEG Digital Media and AEG Network Live will attempt to go where no other digitally syndicated charity music festival has gone before. The free concert, which will be streamed silmultanously across multiple platforms is attempting to be "the "largest syndicated charity broadcast in history."
INSTAGRAM SURPASSES TWITTER IN DAILY ACTIVE MOBILE USERS: Still not on that Instagram hype yet? You may want to rethink that considering user adoption for the billion-dollar company (now valued at $735 million in correlation with Facebook's stock) has been on the rise as of late. Stats and figures released by comScore indicate that Instagram surpassed Twitter for the first time in daily active users on mobile during the month of August. Instagram saw 7.3 million daily mobile users, while Twitter had 6.9 million.
FACEBOOK LAUNCHES SERVICE TO SEND REAL-LIFE GIFTS: Facebook Gifts launched Thursday to a subset of users in the U.S. and will roll out to more over the coming months as people begin to send gifts to each other. Users will be able to click on a "gifts" icon on their Facebook friends' pages on Facebook's website or on Android mobile phones. (IPhone and iPad versions are coming soon.)
CLEAR CHANNEL INKS SECOND RADIO ROYALTIES LABEL DEAL, THIS TIME WITH GLASSNOTE: Clear Channel has signed its second deal with an independent record label, teaming up with Glassnote Entertainment Group to pay out digital and terrestrial revenues to the label and its artists. In June, Clear Channel announced a similar deal with Scott Borchetta's Big Machine Label Group.
HEIDI KLUM TO HOST 2012 MTV EUROPE MUSIC AWARDS: Supermodel Heidi Klum is all set to return home to host the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards. Klum, born in Bergisch Gladbach, has been selected to lead the live broadcast in November in Frankfurt, Germany, "I'm honored to host the 2012 MTV EMAs in its return to my home country of Germany…. We're going to have a blast!" Klum said in a statement.