| MTV VMAS 2012: RIHANNA, ONE DIRECTION FIND LOVE & MOONMEN: The most shocking aspect of the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards? That would be the lack of shocking moments at the show, held for the first time at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Chocked with stars, including Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Drake, Lil Wayne, Green Day, fun., Wiz Khalifa and others, the Kevin Hart-hosted affair ran largely by the book, with a mix of goofy gags, performances and a smattering of awards (One Direction, notably, won three).
| BUSINESS MATTERS: WHY MORE ARTISTS WILL FOLLOW LADY GAGA INTO PREMIUM APPS: Labels are always looking for something to fill the void left by declining album sales. Next up: premium artist apps -- such as Lady Gag's recently-announced "Artpop" album app. The incentives are in place for a surge in premium artist apps: artists will want to deliver the best products for the fans and executives will want to plug the hole in their income statements.
APPLE SEEKS TO CREATE A PANDORA RIVAL: Apple Inc. is in talks to license music for a custom-radio service similar to the popular one operated by Pandora Media Inc., according to the Wall Street Journal, in what would be a bid by the hardware maker to expand its dominance in online music. Which begs the question why? All Things D's Peter Kafka asserts two possible reasons: One they could monetize better with ads and volume; two, the move could increase customers loyalty to Apple's hardware.
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OBAMA'S CONVENTION SPEECH BREAKS POLITICAL TWITTER RECORD (BUT NOTHING COMPARED TO MADGE @SUPERBOWL): Twitter records were broken last night as Barack Obama took to the stage in Charlotte to accept the Democratic Presidential nomination. An average of 52,000 tweets were sent each minute during his speech dwarfing Obama's Republican rival, Mitt Romney, who averaged 14,300 tweets per minute during his acceptance speech last week. To put Obama's achievement into perspective, his 52,000 tweets are equal to Usain Bolt's Olympic run last month, but birdseed compared to the 10,000-plus sent per second during Madonna's Super Bowl halftime performance.
EMI SUES GROOVESHARK FOR THIRD TIME, SEEKS TRIAL AND DAMAGES: EMI has sued Escape Media Group, parent company of music streaming service Grooveshark, a third time and is seeking a trial and damages for breach of contract and unauthorized use of EMI's recordings. Grooveshark argues that users upload EMI songs without its knowledge or approval and they comply with DMCA takedown notices; while EMI contends the site is not entitled to invoke the act's "safe harbor" clause without a label content agreement.
FRANCE'S HADOPI REPORTS 90% RESPONSE RATE FROM FIRST STRIKE COPYRIGHT INFRINGERS: Hadopi, France's copyright enforcement agency, is hailing France's 'three strikes' anti-piracy measure a success having sent initial warnings to 1.15 million IP offenders but ultimately referring just 0.0012% of those to the courts. Less than 10% of those who received first strike warnings w ent on to receive second warnings. Since October 2010, rightsholders identified 3 million French IP addresses Hadopi felt deserved a first strike warning.
CEE LO GREEN INKS FIRST-LOOK DEAL WITH NBC, DEVELOPING SEMI-AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL SCRIPTED COMEDY: "The Voice" coach has inked a first-look deal with NBC to develop, produce and potentially star in new projects for the network under his newly launched production company, Emerald Productions. NBC is circling a multicamera comedy loosely based on Green's life that Ali Leroi will pen and executive produce alongside Green, Primary Wave TV's Andrew Jameson, Primary Wave Music CEO Larry Mestel and Happy Madison's Doug Robinson.
DISNEY, NEWS CORP. STOCKS HIT 52-WEEK HIGHS: The stocks of several entertainment conglomerates continue to fly high. The shares of Walt Disney and News Corp. hit new 52-week highs o n Thursday, while CB S Corp.'s stock closed near its high for the past year. The stock gains came as U.S. stock indices like the Dow hit multi-year highs as the European Central Bank approved new measures to fight the debt crisis in several Southern European countries.