| CHRISTINA AGUILERA TO DELIVER KEYNOTE AT BILLBOARD/THR FILM & TV MUSIC CONFERENCE: Christina Aguilera has been announced as a keynote speaker at the 2012 Billboard and Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference being held at the Hollywood W Hotel Oct. 24-25. Aguilera joins Epic Records chairman and "X Factor" judge Antonio "L.A." Reid and composer Gustavo Santaolalla who are delivering the conference's two other Keynote Q&As.
| BUSINESS MATTERS: THE TRACK THAT OUTSOLD AN ALBUM ONE WEEK OF THE SUMMER OF 2012
Slow album sales gave Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" a chance to do something special. Not only did it set a one-week record for track sales, it also outsold the top album a few weeks earlier. In beating out an album, "We Are Never" highlighted the growing parity between tracks and albums. Total parity doesn't exist yet, but it has gone from nearly nothing to something considerable.
SPOTIFY DROPS FACEBOOK LOG-IN REQUIREMENT IN THE US: Spotify is dropping the requirement that all new US users must register with a Facebook account. The registration page now holds an email registration option further down on the page, but confusingly, Spotify still tells users that a Facebook login is required at the top of the form. The status of the change in other countries outside of the US is uncertain.
IPHONE 5 SALES ESTIMATE: 6-10 MILLION IN A WEEK: With Apple expected to unveil the iPhone 5 on September 12, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says iPhone sales for the quarter could range between 26 million and 28 million units. "We believe that if the September 21st is the actual ship date, Apple could sell 6 million to 10 million iPhone 5s in the final week of September barring supply issues," Munster speculates. The iPhone 4S sold more than 4 million its first week.
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BRIAN GRAZER ON 'MADE IN AMERICA' DOC: 'JAY-Z PUTTING HIS FINGER ON A PLACE AND TIME'; REV RUN'S EGGS From backstage at the Jay-Z curated Budweiser Made In America fest doc producer Brian Grazer gave tantalizing details on his buzzed-about doc: Yes it will include live performance footage by the likes of Pearl Jam, Jay-Z (with Kanye West), Run-DMC, Skrillex, D'Angelo, Prince Royce and others; but also archival footage and candid moments like Santigold's great dane jumping on Tyler the Creator and Run DMC's Rev. Run making eggs for his kids...
BOB DYLAN STREAMING NEW ALBUM ONLINE IN FULL, REOPENS CAPITAL THEATRE: Bob Dylan is ramping up the promotion for "Tempest," his 35th album which comes out this Tuesday (September 11). First, he's streaming the new album via iTunes and last night (September 4) he played the first show of the refurbished Capital Theatre in Port Chester, NY located about 35 miles outside of NYC. The show was his 50th gig out of 87 scheduled for this year.
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DEMOCRATIC NAT'L CONVENTION'S LIVESTREAM ON YOUTUBE BLOCKED ON COPYRIGHT GROUNDS
The Democratic National Convention's official stream was yanked from YouTube last night due to copyright infringement concerns - which may have been erroneous. According to a message posted on YouTube, the livestream was blocked possibly at the behest of a number of music businesses or media companies. The site posted a notice saying that, "This video contains content from WMG, SME, Associated Press (AP), UMG, Dow Jones, New York Times Digital, The Harry Fox Agency, Inc. (HFA), Warner Chappell, UMPG Publishing and EMI Music Publishing, one or more of whom have blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.: However, a YouTube spokesperson told GigaOm that the message appeared in error.
KICKSTARTER ADDRESSES QUESTIONS ABOUT REFUNDS ON FAILED PROJECTS: As the funding platform grows at a fast rate -- helping pay for million dollar projects -- it explains that the responsibility of refunds for failed projects falls on project creators. "The number of creative projects that have been funded and produced on Kickstarter in the past three years is enormous," the company's co-founders, Perry Chen, Yancey Strickler, and Charles Adler, wrote in a blog post. Ultimately, Kickstarter concluded "It's up to the creator to issue a refund..."