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Moogfest has announced it is bringing in an array of independent labels including Ghostly International, Warp Records, Fool’s Gold, RVNG INTL, No. 19 Music’s Social Experiment and Driftless Recordings to curate label showcases at its April 23-27 festival in Asheville, North Carolina. Each label will curate a night at one of the festival’s ten participating venues.
Corporate restructuring is rarely pretty, and the layoffs that often follow, especially when those layoffs hit during the holiday months, can get downright ugly. Tim Crowhurst, president of SFX entertainment, knew that when the company recently made the decision to layoff multiple teams of software engineers at Beatport, the influential electronic music portal the company bought in March.
"I remember when I won Female Rock Vocal for Grammys for ‘Trouble,’ I think it was 10 years ago,” P!nk recalled from the stage at Billboard’s Women In Music luncheon Tuesday, accepting the award for Woman of the Year. “And the very next day, they dissolved the category. So Billboard, if this speech sucks, please wait one year. If you’re thinking about not doing this again, it’s not my fault.”
Equally impressive as the executive fire-power on this year's Women in Music list, is the honorees' excellent and varied music tastes. We asked this year’s slate which album they would most want with them on a desert island and their replies ran the gamut (with only one overlap: Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run"--hard to argue with).
Executives now have to be thinking about understanding every platform and every outlet where music is generating value. The obvious reason for that is music’s intrinsic value is moving in different directions along a diversifying value chain.
There's new never-before-heard music coming from Johnny Cash. Cash's estate is releasing "Out Among the Stars," an album he recorded with Billy Sherrill in the early 1980s that was never released by Columbia Records, then disappeared when the company dropped Cash in 1986. Turns out Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, stashed the tapes - along with just about everything else that came into their possession.
Billboard's 2013 Women in Music top honoree is Atlantic Records group chairman/COO Julie Greenwald, the highest ranking female executive at any major U.S. record company. Greenwald, who tops Billboard's survey for the fourth time, sat down with Billboard's editorial director Bill Werde in 2011 for this extensive and compelling video interview.
Warner/Chappell Music has named veteran publishing executive Jon Platt as its new president, North America, it has been announced. Platt will report directly to Warner/Chappel Music chairman/CEO Cameron Strang and will continue to be based in Los Angeles. Platt served previously as WCM's president of creative, North America.
Now, as Spotify is about to face new competition, with subscription services from YouTube and Beats Music set to arrive early next year, the company has landed another blue-chip exclusive content deal. Spotify will announce at a news conference in Manhattan on Wednesday morning that Led Zeppelin — which has so far refused to license its music for streaming — will join its catalog, according to people briefed on the deal who were not authorized to speak publicly about it.
New York Times
A famous rap group says in a new court filing that GoldieBlox, a maker of girls toys, had no right to use its song as part of a clever marketing campaign about girl empowerment. The group may be right.
After 14 years as a DJ, Jenny Feterovich was sick of being told that she was “pretty good for a girl.” Using her skills in Detroit-based film production, she and coproducer Maggie Derthick decided to create a documentary that ponders why women make up only about 5% of DJs in electronic and techno music.
Detroit Free Press
Apple's iTunes Radio has poached a top radio ad exec as it prepares to offer the service widely to advertisers in 2014. Former Cumulus Media executive VP-sales Michael Pallad is now overseeing ad sales for iTunes Radio internationally, according to people familiar with the matter.
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