| SCOOTER BRAUN, KOREAN VIRAL VIDEO SENSATION PSY ANNOUNCE LABEL PARTNERSHIP: Scooter Braun and Psy, the Korean pop star whose video for "Gangnam Style" this summer became a viral video sensation, have announced a business partnership in a YouTube video. Sources have confirmed to Billboard that Psy has signed to Braun's Schoolboy Records, part of Universal Republic.
| HAL DAVID'S CHART LEGACY: FROM 'RAINDROPS' TO 'CLOSE TO YOU;' DIONNE WARWICK TO NOTORIOUS B.I.G.: Hal David's sensitive, romantic lyrics provided the perfect counterpoint to Burt Bacharach's hip melodies and together the celebrated pair charted on the Billboard Hot 100 for decades. Here are David's top fifty Hot 100 hits: from classics by Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield and BJ Thomas; to songs by Notorious B.I.G., Ashanti and Twista feat. Kanye West & Jamie Foxx sampling David's tracks; and more.
EU TO CLEAR UNIVERSAL'S $1.9 BILLION BID FOR EMI (SOURCES): The saga involving Universal Music Group's attempt to win EU approval for its $1.9 billion purchase of EMI, may finally be winding down. Two people familiar with the deal told Reuters that the deal, which includes UMG's offer to sell global rights to some of EMI's most valuable record labels and catalogues, will be approved. On deck: FTC approval
AEG EXEC EMAILS ON MICHAEL JACKSON'S HEALTH COME TO LIGHT: Emails between AEG executives, the promoters of Michael Jackson's planned 2009 comeback, have been obtained by the L.A. Times and could impact outstanding lawsuits. In one exchange AEG's Randy Phillips wrote his boss that Jackson was "an emotionally paralyzed mess." Phillips was writing from Jackson's London hotel suite hours before a press conference announcing the concert." MJ is locked in his room drunk and despondent," Phillips wrote to AEG President Tim Leiweke. "I (am) trying to sober him up."
RITA ORA TOPS UK ALBUM CHARTS, EMELI SANDE HAS YEAR'S BEST SELLING ALBUM SO FAR: London-based pop act Rita Ora followed her No. 1 single with a U.K. chart-topping debut for her album Ora while Emeli Sandé's Our Version of Events fell to No. 2, but overtook Adele's 21 as Great Britain's bestselling album of 2012 so far. Meanwhile, girl group Little Mix made it two No. 1 singles from two releases with "Wings."
GOOGLE YANKS GROOVESHARK FROM APP STORE… AGAIN: Last week Grooveshark happily alerted us to the fact that its Android app was back in the Google Play app store. Now Google has deleted it… again. Only Google knows why it would admit, then delete, then admit, then delete this app, which lets users stream any of the millions of major- and indie-label songs that Grooveshark users have uploaded into its streaming catalog.
CAMBODIA ARRESTS PIRATE BAY CO-FOUNDER: Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, a co-founder of popular file sharing website The Pirate Bay, was arrested in Cambodia at the request of Sweden, where he faces a one-year prison term for violating copyright laws, authorities said Monday.
INDIE LABELS GOING TO ASIA: On Wednesday, the American Association of Independent Music, or A2IM, a nonprofit trade group for about 300 small labels, will take a delegation representing 15 of its members to Hong Kong; Seoul, South Korea; and Shanghai to meet with business contacts and study foreign markets. Participating labels include Ultra, which releases dance music; VP, reggae; and Daptone, rhythm and blues and funk.
LIBERTY MEDIA CLOSER TO SIRIUS XM TAKEOVER :
John Malone's Liberty Media has further raised its stake in Sirius XM Radio from 48.8 percent to 49.2 percent as it continues to inch closer to taking control of the satellite radio firm. The company recently asked the FCC for approval to take full control of the satellite radio firm, led by CEO Mel Karmazin, in its second such filing this year.