Digital Notes: Royalties for Streaming Music Grew 17% in 2011
by New York Times (blog)
SoundExchange, the agency that compensates performers and record labels when music is played on satellite and Internet radio, paid $292 million in royalties last year, up 17 percent from 2010, the group announced.
SOPA protest swells as Google, Scribd, and Wordpress join
Google will join Wednesday's protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act, linking to anti-SOPA information on the firm's US home page.
Jay-Z not dropping the word 'bitch' from lyrics
Reports that rapper has renounced the b-word following the birth of his daughter have been denied by his representatives
The 39th Pazz And Jop Poll Is Live
Hooray and huzzah, the Pazz & Jop poll, calculated from the ballots of 700 critics around the globe, is up and running and ready for your perusal. Congratulations to Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs...
In Contract Talks, City Opera Reaches Deal With a Union
New York Times
The New York City Opera and its orchestra union have reached a tentative agreement on a contract, a step forward in the company's effort to put on a season.
ASCAP Music Café provides the soundtrack for Sundance
by Park Record
The Sundance Film Festival's ASCAP Music Café is more than just a place for credentialed festival goers to gather and enjoy live music in an intimate setting. It's also a place where the music and film businesses can get together, mingle and, maybe cut a deal, said Loretta Munoz, programmer for the Music Café.
Obama Campaign Wish List Includes Jay-Z, Adam Levine
President Obama has sent campaign donors a long wish list of celebrity supporters, including Jay-Z , Maroon 5's Adam Levine, Alicia Keys , Vampire Weekend, Janelle Monáe and many more. According to the Tennessean newspaper, which obtained a copy of the list, the president is seeking a wide range of celebrity endorsements and appearances for his reelection campaign.
Brownstein Hired to Lobby for Universal on Antitrust Issues
The BLT: Blog of Legal Times
With US antitrust authorities reviewing Universal Music Group's planned acquisition of EMI Group, one of the world's biggest music labels has hired a team of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck lobbyists who count competition policy and corporate mergers ...
Grooveshark forced offline in Germany by copyright organisation
The Next Web
Controversial music service Grooveshark has been forced to close its doors on its users in Germany after German performance rights organisation GEMA pressured the service to the point it would incur "disproportionately high operating costs" if it continued to operate in the country.
Wilco to Release iTunes Session
Wilco will release an eight-track iTunes session on January 24. Recorded at the band's Chicago loft last month, the session includes new versions of five songs from their latest album, The Whole Love, along with recordings of two older tracks and a take on Nick Lowe's "Cruel to Be Kind" featuring Lowe himself. Below, find the tracklist.
ArtsBeat: Look at Them All: George Harrison's Guitar Collection Gets iPad App
New York Times
George Harrison's estate is working with an application publisher to create a virtual showroom of his personal trove of guitars that will show off the instruments and use many of his personal recordings.
Splash.FM: A Music Discovery Social Network That Scores How Hip You Are...
Oh, you liked that band since before they were cool? Now you can prove it with Splash.FM. Launching in private beta today, the music social network lets you share songs and raise your Splash score when you help others discover them.
Britney Spears' ex-bodyguard planning tell all book
Fernando Flores is claiming that the singer's tours were full of drinking, drugs and orgies.