| TODD MOSCOWITZ STEPS DOWN FROM WARNER BROS. RECORDS, CAMERON STRANG TAKES OVER: One month after adding Rhino Records to his portfolio of responsibilities, Warner / Chappell Music chairman and CEO Cameron Strang is now adding the Warner Bros. Record label. Strang is replacing president/CEO Todd Moscowitz. Rob Cavallo and Livia Tortella, Warner Bros. Records' Chairman and co-President/COO, respectively, will now report directly to Strang.
| SPOTIFY HAS 5 MIL. PAYING SUBS; ADDS METALLICA; BROKERS PEACE DEAL BTW. LARS ULRICH & SEAN PARKER: Spotify announced it has more than 5 million paying subscribers -- 1 million of whom are in the U.S. At a lavish press conference in NYC, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek also introduced new discovery tools and announced that Metallica's catalog is now available on the service. Then, like a digital diplomatic envoy, Ek did the seemingly impossible: Brought Metallica's Lars Ulrich and Napster co-founder Sean Parker together. And then, of course, Frank Ocean performed.
| SCOOTER BRAUN ON BIEBER GRAMMY SNUB: 'I WASN'T MAD, JUST VOICING OPINION...SEE MY N.Y JETS TWEETS': Manager and label owner Scooter Braun was mystified as to why his tweet about the lack of a Grammy nomination for Justin Bieber had taken on a life of its own and become a news story. " I wasn't mad, just voicing my opinion," Braun told Billboard.biz before adding that if you really want to "see me mad read my [N.Y.] Jets tweets..."
| GRAMMY NOMINATIONS SHUT-OUTS: A LOOK AT THE NUMBERS BEHIND JUSTIN BIEBER, ONE DIRECTION, LIONEL RICHIE, MORE: Grammy second-guessing is a popular armchair game of the award-nomination process - as nearly anyone who was on Twitter late Wednesday night knows. But amid the cries of outrage, it's worth taking a look at the sales totals for some of the neglected albums and songs -- including ones by One Direction, Justin Bieber, Lionel Richie, Madonna, Nicki Minaj and others.
| MUMFORD & SONS FINALLY GET COUNTRY RADIO LOVE: Mumford & Sons, the on-fire British folk/rock band, debut at No. 58 on Billboard's Country Airplay tally with "I Will Wait" (Gentleman of the Road/RED/Glassnote) fueled by airplay at five stations monitored by Nielsen BDS for the chart. As one program director put it, if the song "had been done by Dierks Bentley or Zac Brown Band, it would already be a No. 1 country hit..."
RICK ROSS CANCELS NORTH CAROLINA SHOWS, GANG VIOLENCE CITED: Rick Ross cancelled concerts in Charlotte and Greensboro scheduled for this weekend reportedly due to gang violence. Live Nation Ent. released a statement offering fans who bought tickets for the show, which featured Maybach artists Wale and Meek Mill, refunds, but no official reason was given as to why. Reports, however, some link the cancellations to death threats made by a street gang known as the Gangster Disciples who were reportedly upset over his Ross' use of "their" (don't tell the Jewish people) six-point star on his recent "Black Bar Mitzvah" mixtape and his mentioning gang leader Larry Hoover on "B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)."
S.E.C. CONSIDERS SUIT AGAINST NETFLIX'S REED HASTINGS FOR FACEBOOK POSTS: Netflix said its chief executive Reed Hastings, may face civil claims from the Securities and Exchange Commission because of information disclosed in a Facebook post. Hastings congratulated his team for a job well done in early July. On his public Facebook page, he crowed about the one billion hours of video that subscribers watched the previous month. The message was just 43 words. The S.E.C. is concerned that the post violated the Regulation Fair Disclosure rule, commonly known as Reg FD, which requires a company to announce information that is material to its business to all investors at the same time.
New York Times
ALICIA KEYS RAISES $1.3M AT GALA FOR KEEP A CHILD ALIVE CHARITY: During the auction portion of Alicia Keys' Black Ball Redux, one man was ready to jump his bid from $100,000 to $250,000 for a trip to South Africa -- if Keys would join him and his friends. Keys' charity, Keep a Child Alive, assists those affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India and at last night's event, raised $1.3 million. Performers in addition to Keys include Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo, Bonnie Raitt, Jennifer Hudson and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes .
SOCIAL MEDIA DRIVES DIGITAL MUSIC SALES (STUDY): Social media sites, particularly Twitter, may not have helped contribute to e-commerce sales this past Black Friday, but a ccording to a new study, social media does help drive music sales. The study was put together by Next Big Sound and examined the effects of social networks on digital music sales. Four metrics were found to have a strong correlation with single digital track sales. Radio Spins. YouTube Plays, Facebook Fans and Twitter Followers.
Social News Daily
YOUTUBE RELAUNCHES HOMEPAGE AND WATCH PAGE WITH CHANNEL GUIDE FOCUS: YouTube tweaked its homepage as well as its video watch page Thursday, making its channel guide a persistent element across almost the entire site. Similar changes will come to channel pages in the near future, and are designed to further emphasize YouTube's channels.
WILLIAM BOOTH, LEAVES UK'S PRS FOR SONY/ATV: Sony/ATV has confirmed the appointment of William Booth as deputy managing director of its UK business. The move by Booth, who most recently was director of licensing for PRS for Music, reunites him with both Sony/ATV and EMI Music Publishing, which was acquired by a Sony/ATV-led consortium earlier this year. Prior to joining PRS he was deputy managing director of EMI Publishing UK under Guy Moot who is now Sony/ATV president of UK and European creative and whom Booth in his new role will report into.
JONATHAN HARVEY, MODERNIST COMPOSER, DIES AT 73: Jonathan Harvey, a UK composer admired for his use of electronic sound in concert works and operas to convey a sense of the beyond, died on Tuesday in Lewes, England. Harvey's music could range from plain-song-like melody to elaborate orchestral textures involving electronics, but there was always a spiritual impulse at its heart, whether reflecting his deep attachment to the music of Christian worship, in which he had been raised, or his reading and meditating on Hindu and Buddhist sacred texts. He found ancient prayers and visions completely consonant with electronic sound.
New York Times
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