Morning Heds: Adele's Record-Setting Year, Frampton Vs. Universal, Google's YouTube Slam
Morning Heds: Adele's Record-Setting Year, Frampton Vs. Universal, Google's YouTube Slam

Adele Sells Most Albums In a Year Since 2004
The last time an album topped the year-end chart with more than 5 million copies sold was in 2004, when Usher's "Confessions" moved 7.9 million, according to Nielsen Soundscan.

Frampton Sues Universal
Pollstar (blog)
Peter Frampton is the latest in a list of artists to sue his record company over alleged creative accounting for digital sales.

Universal Music Takes Down YouTube Video From its Own Artist
It appears Universal Music Group (UMG) does not discriminate when it takes down videos, even taking down music videos from its own artist.

Google launches YouTube Slam to encourage video discovery
Digital Trends
With a ton of user uploaded content at the company's disposal, Google is looking for new ways to feature the most popular content and encourage users to spend more time watching various videos.

No Record Label Required: Unsigned Alex Day Single Sells Over 50k in a Week - More Than Coldplay
Muisc Week
YouTube video blogger and singer/songwriter Alex Day has sold 52,881 units of his song Forever Yours in the last week - enough to bag the No.4 spot on tonight's Official Christmas Singles Chart. Supply Chain Chatter Has Two Apple TVs Targeted for Midyear Launch

When Classical Musicians Call In Sick

Wall Street Journal
For orchestras and impresarios, a cancellation can be as much opportunity as nightmare.

KOST's holiday music format a ratings winner
Los Angeles Times
The switch to nonstop holiday fare vaults KOST to No. 1 in December, with talk station KFI-AM dropping to second.

Survey Sez: Consumers Still Miffed at Netflix, But Give Even Bigger Kiss to Amazon
It's not clear if Netflix's recent series of snafus are Amazon's gain or not. But in a just released report be ForeSee, one went up and one went down.

Bound for Local Glory at Last
NY TImes
Though Woody Guthrie remains a controversial figure in his native state of Oklahoma decades after his death, his archives are getting a new home in Tulsa.

Hip-hop haul: Gifts from Clams Casino, Fabolous, Smoke DZA, more
Los Angeles Times (blog)
While the rest of of the world was gifting iPads, "Call of Duty" and enough socks to fill up Staples Center, the hip-hop world continued its nascent tradition of doling out free music to fans.