Social Issues

  1. Infectious Goes Native

    September 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. indie Infectious Records has signed L.A.-based alt-rock band Local Natives, which built a buzz after its SXSW appearance this year. The first release for Infectious in the U.K. will be the single "Camera Talk" on Oct. 19, followed b ...

  2. Revived Death Row Expands Into Movies

    August 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Newly resurrected rap label Death Row Records is expanding into film production. Death Row Records CEO Lara Lavi said her new Death Row Films division is set to shoot "Sons 2 The Grave" in Toronto this October, with Tonya Lee Williams, D ...

  3. African Americans, Hispanics Lead Mobile Internet Growth

    July 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT English-speaking Hispanics have made impressive gains in their use of mobile Internet, according to a study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project . Between 2007 and 2009, the percentage of English-speaking Hispanics who reported going on ...

  4. Briefs: Joel Tenenbaum Case, Broadband Penetration

    July 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A recap of the second day of the Joel Tenenbaum file sharing trial by Ben Sheffner: "Joel's father, psychiatrist Dr. Arthur Tenenbaum, was the last live witness of the day... He recounted Joel demonstrating KaZaA for him at the bedroo ...

  5. Artists Turning To Tickets-For-Charity

    July 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Earlier this year, singer/songwriter James Taylor wanted to help fund the Natural Resources Defense Council through the sale of his concert tickets, so he turned to the online ticketing platform Tickets-for-Charity. Taylor is one of many artists u ...

  6. Analysis: The Stark Difference Between NPD, AIMS Surveys

    July 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT According to the NPD Group, MySpace Music and Pandora are the most used music- focused social networks and community web sites. A Q1 2009 survey of 4,051 people aged 13 and over asked if the person was aware of the product and if he or she used th ...

  7. LAPD: Michael Jackson's Drug History To Be Probed

    July 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Detectives investigating the death of Michael Jackson are looking at his prescription drug history and trying to talk with his numerous former doctors, the Los Angeles police chief said. Chief William Bratton told CNN that police are waiting for t ...

  8. Have Media Overplayed Jackson Story?

    July 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nearly two in three Americans said news organizations gave too much coverage to the sudden death of Michael Jackson in the days following his June 25 heart attack in Los Angeles, according to the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. ...

  9. Pew Study Finds Most Believe Jackson Death Was Overcovered

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed believe coverage of Michael Jackson's death was excessive, according to a report from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. Sixty-four percent felt this way, with 29% disagreeing. Many mor ...

  10. DEA Joins Michael Jackson Death Probe

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The circumstances surrounding Michael Jackson's death have become a federal issue, with the Drug Enforcement Administration asked to help police take a look at the pop star's doctors and possible drug use. Following Jackson's death, ...

  11. Sony, Retailers Make Push On Jackson Inventory

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson is the biggest star to die during the SoundScan era and it's expected that his physical catalog, much like his digital sales , will receive a huge boost from his untimely death. Retailers and Sony Music are anticipating the ru ...

  12. Police Searching For Doctor Of Michael Jackson

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Police are searching for a doctor who they hope will help in the investigation of Michael Jackson's death. Los Angeles police spokeswoman Karen Rayner says that police towed from Jackson's house a BMW owned by one of the superstar's ...

  13. Death Row Back To Life With Publishing Deal, New Releases

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Music publisher EverGreen, which owns the catalogs of 2 Live Crew, Third Eye Blind, MC Hammer, Tupac Shakur and others, has signed a deal with WIDEawake, the Canada-based development company that acquired the assets of Death Row Records earlier th ...

  14. French Govt Revives Three-Strikes Law

    April 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The debate on the French "Creation and Internet" law has resumed at the National Assembly in Paris, after the bill was surprisingly rejected by deputies on April 9. The draft law, which features a three-strike scheme to tackle illegal do ...

  15. Report Spotlights Country Radio Listener Habits

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Country Radio Broadcasters and Edison Research have released their 2009 study of U.S. country listeners that was originally presented on March 6 at the Country Radio Seminar. Edison conducted over 13,000 online interviews between January 30 and Ma ...

  16. French Three-Strike Law Debate To Resume

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The debates on French piracy law "Creation and Internet" will resume at French Assemby on April 29, according to French deputy Jean-François Copé. The bill, which features a three-strike scheme to prevent illegal download, was surprising ...

  17. Business Briefs: EMI, Bob Dylan, Death Row And More

    March 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - EMI is cutting back operations at its Jacksonville, Illinois, distribution center. ( Journal-Courier ) - Lala's new iPhone app previewed with text and video. "Unfortunately, it still may be a while before everyone can get their hands o ...

  18. Latin Briefs: Internet Usage Growth, Telemundo, Televisa

    March 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Internet use by Hispanics between 2004 and 2008 grew by 43% in Phoenix, Ariz., according to a study by Scarborough Research . The study looked at rates of Hispanic Internet use in 13 markets, of which Phoenix had experienced the highest growth, fo ...

  19. Poll: 45% Say P2P OK

    March 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Forty-five percent of Canadians believe that those using peer-to-peer services to freely download music and movies are "doing what people should be able to do on the Internet," according to a poll by Canadian firm Angus Reid Strategies. ...

  20. Radiohead Track Used In Homeless Advert

    February 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST "Videotape," a song from Radiohead's 2007 "In Rainbows" album (XL Recordings), will feature as the theme to a new commercial for homeless charity Shelter. It is the first time the U.K. rock act has allowed its music to be ...

  21. Dylan Soundtracks Co-op Commercial

    January 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bob Dylan has allowed U.K. mass merchant the Co-operative Group to use "Blowin' In The Wind" for a new advertising campaign. It will be aired next month. The campaign is the culmination of a two-year re-branding process of its entir ...

  22. Death Row Assets Auctioned For $18 Million

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST The assets of Death Row Records, said to include master recordings of Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, were auctioned off today (Jan. 15) for $18 million to WIDEawake Entertainment Group, a development company out of Canada. Because of the le ...

  23. Death Row Goes Back On The Auction Block

    January 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST The assets of Death Row Records, once the thriving home to artists such as Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg, are going back on the auction block Jan. 15 as part of a Chapter 11 proceeding. Death Row initially filed for Chapter 11 protection in April 20 ...

  24. Uproar In Australia Over Plan To Block Web Sites

    December 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST A proposed Internet filter dubbed the "Great Aussie Firewall" is promising to make Australia one of the strictest Internet regulators among democratic countries. Consumers, civil-rights activists, engineers, Internet providers and politi ...

  25. Mexican Authorities Raid Nightclubs

    December 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST Nearly a dozen Mexico City nightclubs were raided by police last month, according to IFPI, for playing music without authorization from rights holders. Acting on tips from Mexican music licensing agency Somexfon, police and representatives of the ...

  26. AHAA Expresses Frustration With Arbitron

    November 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies (AHAA) chairman José López-Varela has sent a three-page letter to Arbitron VP of national group services/regional manager Rich Tunkel and director of multicultural business affairs Stacie de Armas expre ...

  27. 'Suge' Knight Facing Drug, Battery Charges

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST Hip-hop mogul Marion "Suge" Knight is facing felony drug charges and a misdemeanor battery charge in Las Vegas. The Clark County district attorney's office filed the charges in Las Vegas Justice Court late Friday. Knight's atto ...

  28. Arbitron Moves PPM Deployment For Nine Markets

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Arbitron announced Tuesday (Nov. 4) that it was moving up the PPM commercialization date for four markets, Kansas City, San Antonio, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. These markets are now scheduled to commercialize with the December 2009 PPM survey r ...

  29. France Begins Debating Anti-Piracy Law

    October 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT First debates on the long awaited "Creation and Internet" draft law have kicked off at the French Senate. The draft law was inspired by a mission led at the end of 2007 by Denis Olivennes, former CEO of leading French entertainment retai ...

  30. Survey: Indie Labels Dissatisfied With Airplay

    October 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Indie trade coalition A2IM and the Future of Music Coalition have released a survey of 61 indie labels that points to a continuing dissatisfaction on the part of labels when it comes to getting commercial radio airplay. Over 92% of independent lab ...

  31. Don Cornelius Of 'Soul Train' Arrested In LA

    October 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Don Cornelius, the former host of the television show "Soul Train," was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, police said Saturday. Police were called to his Hollywood Hills home late Friday after someone reported a domestic disput ...

  32. N.Y. AG Sues Arbitron

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New York attorney general Andrew M. Cuomo today (Oct. 10) announced that his office has filed a lawsuit in New York County Supreme Court against Arbitron. The lawsuit accuses Arbitron of deceptively claiming that its portable people meter (PPM) sy ...

  33. Universal Expects Salvation This Christmas

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music U.K. has its sights set on a prosperous Christmas for the first in a three-album deal just inked with the International Staff Band (ISB) of Christian group the Salvation Army (SA). Universal Music U.K. marketing and brands manager ...

  34. Obama, Durbin Push For PPM Delay

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Presidential candidate Barack Obama and Dick Durbin, both Democratic senators from Illinois, have sent Arbitron president/CEO Steve Morris a letter expressing their concerns over the company's plans to continue rolling out PPM without Media R ...

  35. SRA Applauds N.Y.C. Council PPM Vote; Arbitron Responds

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In response to Wednesday's (Sept. 24) unanimous vote from the New York City Council to call on the FCC to investigate Arbitron's PPM and the electronic ratings system's potential effects on the diversity of radio, the Spanish Radio ...

  36. R. Kelly Breaks Silence On Child Porn Trial

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT R. Kelly broke his silence about his recent acquittal on child pornography charges during an interview last night (Sept. 16) with BET News. "If it has had any impact, I would hope it would be a positive impact and I can move on with my life,& ...

  37. Denny's Adopts Allison For Cross-Promotion

    August 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mexican pop-punk group Allison has been “adopted” by Denny’s for the restaurant chain’s “Adopt-a-Band” program, in which acts can eat at Denny’s for free while on the road. As part of the program, acts have their tour dates posted and stream a son ...

  38. 'Suge' Knight Busted For Assault, Drugs In Vegas

    August 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Police say rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight is in a Las Vegas jail on drug and assault charges after he was accused of beating his girlfriend while brandishing a knife. The 43-year-old Knight was arrested today (Aug. 27) on charges o ...

  39. Report: U.S. Hispanic Web Users Growing Faster Than Expected

    August 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The growth of U.S. Hispanic population on the Internet has accelerated faster than once expected in recent years. Fifty-two percent of the population are now online, representing 23 million users, according to new report issued by eMarketer - who ...

  40. Mendez Joins Premium

    August 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jose Mendez has been named head of sales and promotion at Premium Latin Music, the label best known for urban bachata group Aventura. Based in New York, Mendez reports to Premium Latin president Franklin Romero. Mendez most recently spent 10 years ...

  41. R. Kelly Still Steamy On New Song Leaks

    July 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT R. Kelly doesn't spare any bedroom tales on a host of new songs leaked online this week, although it's unclear if they are intended to appear on his next Jive album, "12 Play 4th Quarter." However, a spokesperson says the leak ...

  42. Dark Days For Russia's Goths, Emo Kids

    July 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Russian "emo kids" and "goths" could see their lives become somewhat more complicated if a piece of legislation aimed at improving children's upbringing is adopted by the country's Parliament. Under a draft law submit ...

  43. Nas Joins Protesters At Fox News In NYC

    July 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT On the day Nas' untitled Def Jam album hit No. 1 on The Billboard 200 , the rapper joined political groups Color of Change and Move On, along with fans and protesters, outside of the Fox News building in New York to protest the network's ...

  44. Veteran Sales Exec Zwirn Dies

    July 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Dickey Zwirn, a longtime sales executive in the BMG family, passed away on July 15 in Stamford, Conn., after a 12-year battle with cancer. She was 63. Zwirn originally started in the music industry in 1972, working at an RCA shipping facility befo ...

  45. Italy's ENPALS Extends Labels' Pensions Deadline

    July 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Italian government agency ENPALS has extended by three months the deadline for payment of royalty-based retroactive pension contributions by record labels. Labels were supposed to make the payments by July 15, but this date has now been put back t ...

  46. Popular Hip-Hop Web site Gets Hacked

    June 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Popular hip-hop Web site SOHH.com was hacked yesterday (June 26) and consequently spammed with racist headlines. The FBI is currently addressing the issue. According to SOHH.com's founder and CEO Felicia Palmer, the site, which has since shut ...

  47. Global Music Group Acquires Death Row Assets

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Global Music Group, a Tennessee-based independent label, has acquired Death Row Records and could release a new Tupac Shakur album this year. Susan Berg, the label's owner, purchased the historic hip-hop label for $25 million yesterday (June ...

  48. Jury Finds R. Kelly Not Guilty On All Counts

    June 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A Chicago jury has acquitted R. Kelly on all counts at his child pornography trial. The verdict came six years after the R&B superstar was first charged with videotaping himself having sex with a young girl. Prosecutors had said she was as you ...

  49. French Support Three-Strike Law, Report Claims

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The French government's controversial "three-strikes" scheme, which is intended to curb illegal file-sharing, is turning into something of a winner. The vast majority of French consumers are backing to some degree the government ...

  50. Kelly Rowland Signs Up For MTV Charity Drive

    April 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kelly Rowland has been appointed as the 2008 ambassador for the MTV Staying Alive Foundation. The solo artist and former Destiny's Child singer will be the public face of "Staying Alive" in June 2008. The campaign will raise the pro ...

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