Morning Heds: EMI Vs. Ireland, Example Signs to Universal, Is Colbert Running For Prez?
Morning Heds: EMI Vs. Ireland, Example Signs to Universal, Is Colbert Running For Prez?

EMI launches High Court action against Irish government
Music Week

EMI has launched a High Court action against the Irish government in a bid to stop the illegal downloading of music.

Example signs US deal with Universal Records
Music Week

Singer-songwriter and rapper Example has signed a deal with Mercury/Universal Records in the US.

Billboard's sales-chart tweaks not a hit with everyone

Los Angeles Times
The longtime music-industry bible now adjusts its top 200 list to penalize albums sold at deep discounts, making it more difficult for labels to promote acts.

Pandora's loving '12
NY Post
The shares of online radio service Pandora Media Inc. have risen nearly 25 percent since the start of the year in the face of Wall Street doubters who... 3:54 NY Post AM

LL Cool J hypes new product at CES -- and it's not headphones
Los Angeles Times

The Virtual Recording Studio provides the digital production, mixing and sound tools for artists to create music, LL Cool J said.

2012 CMA Music Festival Lineup Adds Faith Hill, Lady A + More
The Boot

Faith Hill, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts and Zac Brown Band have been added to the 2012 CMA Music Festival lineup.

Google's New Search Results Raise Privacy and Antitrust Concerns
New York Times

Google set off a furor on Tuesday when it added posts, photos, conversations and profiles from its Google Plus social network to search results, a feature it calls Search Plus Your World.

Putting the Hip-Hop in History as Founding Fathers Rap
New York Times

That verbal fusillade delivered by Lin-Manuel Miranda, playing Alexander Hamilton, began the sensational performance of Mr. Miranda's project, "The Hamilton Mixtape," on Wednesday evening at the Allen Room, where it opened the new season of Lincoln Center's American Songbook series.

Apple Mini-Stores Headed to Target
AllThingsD

Target today said it plans to test Apple mini-stores at a few dozen of its retail locations this year, expanding a partnership that to date has seen it selling only iOS devices.

Electronic Device Makers Turn Focus To Cloud To Compete With Apple, Amazon
Wall Street Journal
The electronics industry is about to get a bit more cloudy as various device makers jump into the market for storing and delivering users' media via the Internet.

New Distribution Partners, EMI Content Deal for Stingray Digital Music Service
mediacaster

-Stingray Digital, a multiplatform interactive digital music company, has signed a global content deal with EMI Music, giving Stingray access to EMI comprehensive library of music and concert videos.

Ed Sheeran strikes high note in Brit award nominations

The Guardian
Ed Sheeran boasted "My shit's cool … I didn't go to Brit School" on his inescapable hit You Need Me, I Don't Need You. But the music industry body clearly has not borne a grudge; the 20-year-old singer-songwriter-cum-rapper has been nominated for four Brit awards.

Man's iPhone marimba ringtone halts entire New York Philharmonic
Digital Trends

While allowing a cellular phone to ring incessantly during a movie is incredibly annoying, the movie theater won't stop the film to wait for the ringing to stop. However, the New York Philharmonic takes a different approach.

Colbert Preps Prez run, Transfers PAC to Stewart

Associated Press

During Thursday night's episode of "The Colbert Report," Colbert legally transferred his super political action committee to his friend and Comedy Central cohort Jon Stewart. Dropping by from "The Daily Show," Stewart happily signed the documents and accepted the post, which was ceremonially observed by the two holding hands and bodily transferring the PAC powers. The move potentially paves the way for Colbert to enter the Republican presidential primary in South Carolina, his home state. Campaigning politicians are prohibited from simultaneously running super PACs