- EMI has moved closer to a deal with Sony Music to license its North American recorded music catalog, according to the Telegraph. (The Telegraph)

-- Industry trade group UK Music is calling for a new government cabinet committee to shape policies that impact creative industries. Chief executive Feargal Sharkey thinks these changes could help make the UK the world's top music-making nation in the world by 2020. (BBC News)

-- A survey of media literacy in UK teens has some insightful information on music usage. According to the 2009 survey, 44% of 12- to 15-year-olds in the UK think file-sharing should be legal, 38% said file-sharing should be illegal while 18% didn't have an opinion. Fifty-two percent of respondents in this age group watch or download music videos, up a percentage point from 2007. Fifty percent of them are engaged with music through the Internet at least once a week - up from 39% in 2008 but about equal to the 48% reported in 2007. The big jump was in the percent of 12-15 year olds who watch user-generated videos online, to 69% in 2009 from 46% in 2007. Fifty-six percent of them listened to music on the mobile phones in 2009. Read the full 2010 survey here. (Ofcom)

-- Project Playlist, a music streaming site that allows users to easily create and share playlists, is reportedly seeking funding and spoke with AOL, which CNET's Greg Sandoval wrote "may be interested" in adding the service to its music offerings. Project Playlist has licensing deals with Sony Music (December 2008) and EMI (in March 2009). But the company is losing momentum to competing services, still faces a lawsuit from Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group. The company has showed little forward movement since MTV co-founder John Sykes took over as CEO shortly after Owen Van Natta left to become CEO of MySpace (he stepped down last month). (CNET)

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