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It's official: Daft Punk's latest album, "Random Access Memories," debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 339,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
FACEBOOK'S 3D MUSIC MAP: EXCLUSIVE
What does it look like when a song goes viral? Facebook looks to find out with a 3D visualizer resembling an old-school graphic equalizer. Facebook recruited San Francisco design studio Stamen to create a 3D visualization of music activity on the social network.
Facebook Strategic Partnerships manager Ime Archibong handed out social networking tips for musicians and music companies, while Twitter #Music's Stephen Phillips pleaded for patience from the industry at the opening of the SF MusicTech Summit XIII at San Francisco's Hotel Kabuki on Tuesday.
Competition from Apple and other hardware makers have helped render Sony’s electronics business utterly worthless, says one equity analyst. “Electronics is its Achilles’ heel and, in our view, it is worth zero,” Jeffries analyst Atul Goyal explained in a note to investors last week.
IDC INCREASES TABLET FORECAST FOR 2013, A BOON FOR DIGITAL MUSIC COMPANIES
Technology market research firm IDC has increased its tablet forecast for 2013 to 229 million units, a 59% increase over 2012. IDC believes tablet shipments will exceed those of portable PCs this year and the entire PC market by 2015.
Reunited industrial rockers Nine Inch Nails have signed a new deal with Columbia Records, which will release the group's eighth studio album later this year.
Paul Gongaware, a top AEG Live executive who was producing Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” tour, has acknowledged he negotiated a deal for the doctor that the pop star had chosen to accompany him.
A lot has happened in the ten years since Jeffrey Remedios and his roommate Kevin Drew put out Broken Social Scene’s "You Forget It In People" on their Toronto-based Arts & Crafts label. What was once a DIY e label has evolved into a management, publishing and marketing company with offices in Mexico City and an L.A. roughly 20 employees and a roster that has included Feist, Bloc Party, Stars, Phoenix and more
Founded by artist manager Stephanie LaFera and Billboard contributor Kerri Mason, SkyLight will seek to support aspiring female entrepreneurs, set on working within the dance music space.
Terri Anderson, much respected in the U.K. industry as both a trade press journalist and as a corporate communications executive at the BPI, EMI Music, MCPS-PRS and AIM, died last Friday (May 24) after a battle with cancer. She was 66.
Mike Flynn has been named Senior Vice President of A&R and Staff Producer for the Capitol Music Group; while Neil Warnock today announced he is stepping into the new title of Founder and Worldwide President of the Agency Group, and has recruited Gavin O’Reilly to succeed him as Worldwide CEO.
Billboard.biz (Flynn; O'Reilly)
APPLE CEO TIM COOK AT D11 CONFERENCE
A tsunami of Apple news hit the interweb overnight as Apple CEO Tim Cook’s talk at the All Things D11 Conference was parsed as if his words were from Oracle of Delphi: The Financial Times focused on Cook hinting that Apple might possibly work with platforms like Android. Elsewhere, there was much coverage of Cook’s diss of Google Glass, the company’s acquisition of 9 companies since October, the Apple TV strategy, and the company’s game-changing products.
Apple Insider (video of speech)
Spotify has launched Discover, a news feed that allows users to see recommendations, songs and playlists based on their favorite music. The feature, which was first rolled out last month in a limited release, is currently available on Spotify’s new Web client and will eventually be launched in the music-streaming platform’s desktop and mobile apps.
TuneIn Inc., the digital-radio service, raised $25 million in a new funding round led by Institutional Venture Partners as the company tries to ramp up efforts to attract users and advertisers. The round, which follows a $16 million investment last year, includes existing investors Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures and General Catalyst Partners, according to the company.
HMV’s new owner Hilco is preparing to relaunch the brand and is expected to announce a new head of marketing and a number of new marketing hires following its administration. It is expected to name a head of marketing on Friday and it is thought Jill Thomas, senior marketing manager who has been heading up HMV’s marketing activity since it laid off the majority of its marketers in February, will also leave on that day.
About 30 percent of U.K. Internet users who accessed digital content illegally streamed or downloaded films, TV shows or music at least once in the most recent quarter, for which data is available, according to British media regulator Ofcom. The quarterly report also found that 18 percent of Web users who are 12 or older - the report's focus group - illegally accessed entertainment files, up from 16 percent in the previous quarter.
Insight Venture Partners, a New York-based growth fund that’s backed Tumblr and Twitter, just raised $2.57 billion in what is likely one of the largest raises for a venture fund ever. This is their eighth fund since managing director Jeff Horing co-founded the firm out of business school in 1995. In their most recent fund before this, they had raised $1.5 billion for a fund plus a $500 million co-investment vehicle. To date, they’ve raised a collective $7.6 billion — a large uptake considering that Horing’s first fund was $16 million more than 15 years ago.
NFLPA PROBES RELATIONSHIP OF JAY-Z'S ROC NATION, GENO SMITH
The NFLPA is looking into whether rap mogul Jay-Z and his new agency violated any of the union's regulations during its pursuit of players, namely their recent signing of Jets draft pick Geno Smith. There have been allegations that Jay-Z, who is not an NFLPA certified contract advisor, might have violated regulations regarding "runners" and what kind of contact they may have with players, and what types of services they may be able to speak about (namely, marketing matters but not those related to a player contract).
STOP THE PRESSES!
- Mount Kimbie Talks EDM on the Radio: "You're Just Trying To Buy Shoes And It's Like, What?"
- 'The Voice' Top 8 Results: America Loves Country Music, Adam Levine Hates This Country
- We Asked Twitter #Music: What the F*%k Happened?
- B.o.B. Proclaims "Headband" To Be "Twerk Anthem For The Summer"
- Cook: Apple future so bright, it doesn’t need glasses
- Ke$ha Babysits Puppies While Choosing Celebs To Babysit Her!
- Police investigating reports that Rio mayor punched Brazilian singer in face
- Love and a Chainsaw: the Story of Wendy O. Williams
- Hanson to Release 'Mmmhops' Pale Ale
- Hooray! More of Amanda Palmer Lecturing About Art and Stuff!
- Alice in Chains' Advice to Young Bands: 'Quit Now'
- Courtney Love: 'Amanda Bynes Pull It Together Dude'
- Nine Inch Nails announce 'fucking great' new album
- L.A. billboard posits that Justin Bieber is “sad” over potential minimum wage hike