-- On President Obama’s short list of candidates to fill the position of departing Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is federal appeals court Judge Sidney Thomas. As Ben Sheffner pointed out, Thomas wrote the Ninth Circuit’s decision for MGM v. Grokster. That court’s decision of not guilty was later overturned -- in a 9-0 vote – by the Supreme Court. (AP, via Copyrights & Campaigns)

-- The chairman of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors has complained that payments generated from music service Spotify are “tiny” and has asked for more transparency in the deals it signs with labels and publishers. “The danger is that these deals all become so secret that the mist that descends creates uncertainty, creates fear,” he told the BBC. “That allied to the fact that the sums being paid through are very small creates a climate of suspicion. I think it harms Spotify, it harms the writers' perception of Spotify and this is a service they want to support.” (The Guardian)

-- Bandsintown, a Web site that helps people track upcoming concerts, has forged partnerships with Shazam, EMI and ReverbNation. The company will provide tour dates and ticket links to Shazam and ReverbNation. EMI will work with Bandsintown to promote its artists. In addition, former Warner Music Group executive VP Paul Vidich has joined Bandsintown’s board of advisors. (Press release)

-- YouTube sensation Rebecca Flint - who doesn’t even sing in her videos - is becoming a star in Japan. This British schoolgirl's new album may top Japan’s album chart after YouTube videos of her dancing to Japanese pop caught fire in the country. Flint goes by the name Beckii Cruel. Tokuma Japan, one of Japan’s biggest music publishers, teamed her with two others teen girls, one from France and the other from Britain. Go to her YouTube page for a sample of her videos. (Daily Mail)

-- Jason Jordan on the A&R approach at Hollywood Records: “Rather than taking a shot gun approach to A&R and signing ten things and hoping one of them succeeds, we really reverse engineered that and decided we’d sign things that were good for the label and things we could actually market and promote properly. I know that’s not a revolutionary idea, but a lot of labels don’t even do that.” (Musician Coaching)

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