|TREY SONGSZ HEADED FOR FIRST NO.1: R&B singer Trey Songz is aiming for his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with his new Songbook/Atlantic album, "Chapter V." Other albums in the hunt for a high debut next week include DJ Khaled's "Kiss the Ring," Owl City's "Midsummer Station" and Tenth Avenue North's "The Struggle." Billboard.biz|
| 'BREAKING BAD' MUSIC TEAM TO SPEAK AT BILLBOARD/THR FILM & TV CONFERENCE: R&B singer "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan, composer Dave Porter and music supervisor Thomas Golubic will discuss the growing importance of music in the TV series at the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference taking place Oct. 24-25 at the W Hotel in Hollywood. Epic Records chairman and "X Factor" judge Antonio "L.A." Reid is slated to give the conference's keynote Q&A. Billboard.biz
HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE EYEBALLS UNIVERSAL-EMI DEAL: The top Republican and Democrat on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet sent a letter to execs at UMG, EMI and Warner asking pointed questions about how the merger would affect competition in the music industry. The House committee 's involvement puts pressure on Universal and on the Federal Trade Commission, which is reviewing the merger.
SPOTIFY 2011 REVENUE UP 200%: Spotify's 2011 year end financial figures have been released. The majority of Spotify's 2011 revenue was drawn by just 8% of the streaming service's userbase - mainly its subscribers, which generated an increase from 52.6 million Euros in 2010 to 156.9 million Euros.
ANGELICA COB-BAEHLER OUT OF EPIC: After less than a year on the job, the L.A. Reid-run label's marketing head, who was named one of Billboard's Top Women in Music in 2011, is a casualty of "senior management reassessment."
NEW ALBION SHUTTERS: Earlier this month the pioneering contemporary music label New Albion shut its doors after 25 indispensible years. The label released work by the likes of John Adams, Ingram Marshall, Morton Feldman, Terri Riley, John Cage and many others.
GOSPEL'S UNLIKELY HAVEN: PARIS: France may be the most militantly secular country in Europe, but Paris's gospel scene is flourishing.
TUMBLR 'TRULY DISAPPOINTED BY TWITTER: Twitter isn't done with its efforts to take tighter control of its API - now Tumblr users can no longer search for their Twitter friends when they sign up on the microblogging service.