Morning Heds: SOPA Momentum Shift, SXSW Music Line-Up, Lookout! Records Shutters
Morning Heds: SOPA Momentum Shift, SXSW Music Line-Up, Lookout! Records Shutters

Momentum shift: SOPA, PIPA opponents now in driver's seat
CNET

The broad support in the U.S. government for two controversial antipiracy bills appears to be evaporating....

Is Facebook IPO on Track for Late May?
All Thngs D

According to multiple sources, the long-anticipated public offering of Facebook is now likely to come in the third week of May.

iTunes Match expands across Europe, Latin America
Music Week

iTunes Match is now available in 18 more countries across Latin America and Europe following its arrival in the Netherlands yesterday.

The Pirate Bay becomes artist promo service
Music Week

You read that right: notorious file sharing website The Pirate Bay has taken it upon itself to start support aspiring artists.

South by Southwest reveals 2012 music schedule
by Consequence of Sound

We're still two months away from South by Southwest 2012, but today the schedule for the music portion went live, adding a slew of new names to the bill.

ArtsBeat: Forget the Charts, Adele Tops Karaoke Too
New York Times

The singer accounted for more than a third of all karaoke performances there in 2011.

Lookout! Records Shuts Down Completely, No Longer Printing Catalog

Pitchfork

The seminal Bay Area punk label Lookout! Records stopped putting out new records in 2006. But as Ted Leo explained in a blog post on Friday, the label has now officially closed shop, and is no longer printing its back catalog. Nor is its catalog available on digital services like Spotify, iTunes, and Pandora.

The NAMM Show 2012:The National Association of Music Merchants Making Sweet Music Togerther
Hollywood Today Newsmagazine
NAMM is having it winter event at the Anaheim Convention Center January 19-22, 2012, which will be populated by 1,419 exhibitors showing off their musical instruments, machinery, accessories and charm.

Boston music biz is booming
Boston Herald

Brighton Music Hall celebrates its first anniversary this weekend. But the bigger news is that rival clubs across the city are still ringing in their own anniversaries - and likely will for years to come.

Indie rock's slow and painful death
Guardian

Sales figures suggest alternative rock is in a dismal place right now. Will it ever recover? And should we care?

HMV To Stock More Vinyl
Quietus

Speaking after a "disappointing" Christmas period, which saw HMV suffer an 8.1 per cent drop in sales, a spokesman for the company told NME that they remained optimistic for the future and intended to address recent difficulties by making a number of changes, including extending their range of vinyl in-store.

Thrill Jockey Celebrates 20th Anniversary With Reissues and New Releases
Pitchfork

Chicago indie label Thrill Jockey will celebrate their 20th anniversary this year with a number of represses of classic albums, as well as a bunch of new releases.

Michael Jackson's Robert Burns songs find home
Guardian
Singer's collection of showtunes inspired by Burns's poetry could be donated to a Scottish museum by David Gest

Lady Gaga becomes the first person to score 18 million followers on Twitter
NME

Singer surpasses Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Rihanna on social networking site

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