The final weekend of the sprawling SXSW Music festival was as busy as the 10 days preceding and .Biz had it covered, including: reports on Justin Timberlake’s Myspace show, Prince’s Samsung extravaganza, a fascinating panel with Parliament-Funkadelic's George, Bernie and Bootsy and a Q&A with Pandora’s CTO. Plus, film awards, Solange and YOUR Instagram photos. Check out our 2013 SXSW Hub.
Lil Wayne was recovering Friday evening at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after suffering seizures that saw a flurry of unconfirmed reports and social media postings claiming Weezy was near death. A rep for the rapper, however, emailed Billboard Friday night to say Wayne was “recovering” and later a Tweet from Lil Wayne’s account stated, “I'm good everybody. Thx for the prayers and love.”
David Bowie achieved both his first U.K. No. 1 album for 20 years and the market’s fastest-selling artist album of 2013 as “The Next Day” debuted at the top yesterday. It’s Bowie’s ninth No. 1 on the U.K. album chart, a run started in 1973 by “Aladdin Sane.” His last bestseller was “Black Tie White Noise” in 1993. Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” made it a double victory for the RCA label by starting a third week atop the singles chart.
They say hindsight is 20/20, but when it comes to Justin Timberlake's comeback, they're not taking any chances. Next week's release of Timberlake's beyond-highly-anticipated new album 'The 20/20 Experience' is riding on one of the most effective global marketing/promotion campaigns in pop-culture history.
Samsung’s Music Hub service is planning to double its Silicon Valley workforce in the coming year as part of a broader push by the Korean consumer electronics giant to play a larger role as a media platform for its devices, the company said on Friday.
If major copyright reform happens in the next six years, it will start next Wednesday when The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet will hold a hearing on the subject of “The Register’s Call for Updates to U.S. Copyright Law.”
As reported earlier this week, Bon Jovi and David Bowie were vying for the No. 1 slot on next week's Billboard 200 albums chart. Bon Jovi has now pulled ahead, and it seems like the band's new album, "What About Now," is a lock for a No. 1 bow on the chart.
ITALIAN COMPOSER ENNIO MORRICONE: I'LL NEVER WORK WITH TARANTINO AGAIN
The 84-year-old conductor, who has worked with the "Django Unchained" director on four films, says he uses music "without coherence."
After eight years at Warner Music Group as Chairman/CEO of Recorded Music Warner Music, Lyor Cohen plans to raise money to launch his own firm, the NY Post reports. The hybrid business would house its own record label, invest in outside ventures and help cultivate talent, according to several executives familiar with his plans. Warner Music’s former chief executive is talking to a handful of strategic investors with an eye toward reigniting his industry network, which includes the likes of Jay-Z and Kanye West.
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Justin Timberlake's "20/20 Experience" hasn't even hit shelves and there are already rumors of another JT album coming in 2013. On Saturday Questlove, whose DJ set opened Timberlake's SXSW performance last night, posted in an Okayplayer.com forum, offering previously unheard news: "spoiler alert. 20/20 Vol 2 comes out in Nov. (10 songs now.....10 songs later= 20 vision)"
Crowd control has been an issue for Miami police at the Ultra Music Festival being felt again Sunday across downtown Miami. The main problem is gate crashers who try to force their way into Bayfront Park with tickets. Hopping fences were a popular method and three people even tried to sneak in by swimming across Biscayne Bay. Another issue has been the theft of the pricey tickets. Miami Fire Rescue said they handled about 50 calls Saturday and took 12 people to the hospital, mostly for ankle injuries.
Hastings Entertainment, Inc. the multi-media entertainment retailer, today reported results for the three months and fiscal year ended January 31, 2013. Net income was approximately $1.2 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, for the three months ended January 31, 2013 compared to a net loss of approximately $8.4 million for the three months ended January 31, 2012. Earnings before interest, taxes, property and equipment depreciation expense and amortization ("EBITDA") was approximately $5.2 million for the three months ended January 31, 2013 compared to $5.8 million for the three months ended January 31, 2012.
NEW DAFT PUNK ALBUM WITH 13 SONGS OFFICIALLY REGISTERED WITH SONY
A screenshot popped up on Twitter from a Sonyonline registration form listing not 1, not 2, but a full album’s worth of new songs from Daft Punk. EDM broke the news on Twitter this morning, confirming a super fresh update on the highly anticipated 4th album from the French lords of electronic music. Though we don’t know the names of the tracks or album, we know it’s going to be epic, with 13 tracks totalling almost 75 minutes in total. The songs were registered online with PPL
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