LADY GAGA CANCELS REMAINING TOUR DATES FOR SURGERY
Pop star Lady Gaga has suffered a labral tear to her right hip, halting the Born This Way Ball. The remaining dates have been cancelled, Live Nation confirmed on Wednesday.
In the glow of their Grammy Awards win for album of the year, Mumford & Sons' "Babel" is set to get the ultimate bump: a return to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart next week.
Concord Records was this year's Grammys' leading label winner, picking up eight nods -- which isn't a fluke. Traditionally, the label is one of the leaders in Grammy nominees, picking up over 20 nominees this year and last and some 37 nominees in 2005. Biz spoke with Concord’s Glen Barros and Gene Rumsey about their sustained success and working the "underserved" adult music market.
OP-ED: WE WOULDN'T MIND GETTING LESS MONEY FROM PANDORA AND SPOTIFY, INDIE MUSICIAN SAYS
"I am an independent musician with Break of Reality, an American cello rock band. Recent articles in national newspapers and magazines have focused on how working musicians are being underpaid by Internet radio companies and streaming services like Pandora and Spotify. While I don't speak for every independent artist, I do feel the need to share my perspective and respectfully disagree with this 'underpaid' theory."
As EDM becomes big business in the United States, PRS announced Wednesday it launched an electronic music initiative called Amplify to better ensure electronic producers and writers are being compensated for commercial use of their music.
Facebook is testing a "buy tickets" button that takes consumers to a third-party site to purchase tickets. The button has been spotted on Facebook pages for events in Europe that are ticketed by Ticketmaster and Eventim, Europe's largest ticketing company.
The nominees for the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards were announced today. When the final nominations were tallied, it became clear voters went to "Church" -- as Capitol Nashville recording artist Eric Church led the nominations with seven total. Hunter Hayes was right behind with six, while Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift finished with five nods apiece.
SECRETS OF WRITING A LOVE SONG
Pandora music analyst Steve Hogan has a few tips for you budding songwriters. What does Pandora know about love songs? Many folks know Pandora as an Internet radio streaming service. But the company’s secret sauce is a music genome algorithm that catalogs hundreds of musical attributes for every song that Pandora streams.
Universal Music’s integration of EMI Music is in full swing Down Under. Billboard.biz caught up with Sydney-based George Ash, Universal Music Australasia president, to talk about the new shape of the biggest music company in these parts.
BEST BUY FOUNDER SCHULZE CONSIDERS ALTERNATIVES TO BUYOUT PLAN
Best Buy founder Richard Schulze is weighing whether to scrap a plan to take over the struggling electronics chain and instead line up investors to take a minority stake in the company, people familiar with the matter said. Schulze has been working since last summer to secure financing to take Best Buy private but hasn't yet gotten enough support from banks to finance the deal. He is Best Buy's largest shareholder with a roughly 20% stake in the company.
Wall St. Journal 
ADELE NAMED UK'S TOP GLOBAL SELLER FOR SECOND YEAR
Adele's 21 was the top-selling album globally by a UK act for a second successive year in 2012 after selling nearly 10 million more copies overseas. The XL release tops an exclusive Music Week chart ranking albums by UK-signed acts according to how many copies they sold in the 2012 calendar year outside the UK. Adele's second album also led the same chart in 2011.
Music Week 
SONY MUSIC NASHVILLE ADDS DIRECTOR OF MEDIA
Jennifer Vessio has joined Sony Music Nashville as Director, Media. In her new role, Vessio will oversee publicity for several artists on the RCA Nashville roster, including Sara Evans, Jake Owen, Love and Theft and Bush Hawg. Vessio will assist Sony Music Nashville VP of Media & Corporate Communications Allen Brown with corporate communication matters.
Music Row 
EPIC TO PULL SONG WITH OFFENDING LIL WAYNE LYRIC
Epic Records is going to "great efforts" to take down a new Future remix leaked over the weekend with a vulgar Lil Wayne lyric that has offended the family of Emmett Till. Wayne made a sexual reference to the beating death of Till, a 14-year-old Chicago boy tortured and shot in Mississippi in 1955 for whistling at a white woman. Till's family objected and the Rev. Jesse Jackson reached out to his management, The Blueprint Group, on the family's behalf. A Facebook posting on the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation page said Epic Records Chairman and CEO LA Reid had reached out to the family to personally apologize.
Associated Press 
ROBBINS ENTERTAINMENT CUTS LATEST CLEAR CHANNEL DIRECT LICENSING DEAL
Clear Channel has announced another direct licensing deal, this time with dance music label Robbins Entertainment. Founded by veteran urban record exec Cory Robbins, company's artists included Afrojack, D.H.T., Cascada¹s and DJ Sammy.
MY BLOODY VALENTINE CAUTION AGAINST EBAY FRAUDS
My Bloody Valentine released mbv, their first record since 1991's Loveless, on their website Feb. 2. Although digital downloads were available instantly, those who purchased vinyl and CD formats will have to wait until orders are shipped February 22. Yesterday, the band posted on Facebook cautioning fans against fraud eBay listings claiming to have the record for sale: “There are a number of people on eBay trying to sell our album at greatly inflated prices, they do not have the album, and are, as such, selling a product that does not exist yet. please do not buy from these people.”
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