-- In an article at the Times about falling recorded music revenue and its impact on new label signings, the potential of streaming music is briefly discussed. U2 manager Paul McGuinness said "falling CD sales can - hopefully - be made up for by subscription packages." When would that happen? No time soon, as this blurb from a recent Enders Analysis report implies: "While Spotify Premium is a good product, we doubt that the majority of music fans will want to sign up to a monthly subscription service in the near term. The majority of people do not spend £10 a month on music." (Times Online)

-- EMI has sold its Olympic Sound Studios in London for a reported £3.5 million. The studio was most famously the site of recordings by the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. It had closed for business in February 2009. (The Telegraph)

-- Country singer Gretchen Wilson's attempt at more radio hits is spotlighted in the Nashville Scene. Wilson was released from her contract with Sony and is putting out her latest album on her own imprint, Redneck Records. Taking all the financial risk, Wilson does not have a major label partner. Now she is working the first single, "Work Hard, Play Harder" and trying to make amends with country radio. Her initial success came so fast, she says, that she missed the promotional radio tours that would have built the relationships she would need later in her career. (Nashville Scene)