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Florida Georgia Line and Miranda Lambert doubled up on trophies, and Carrie Underwood claimed the biggest Buckle in the Bible Belt during Wednesday's CMT Music Awards, a prologue to the four-day CMA Music Festival.
In a .Biz story on how major music publishers are benefitting from direct licensing deals with Apple for its impending iRadio streaming service, one major label executive told Billboard’s Ed Christman that “the Apple guys are going nuts to get this deal done, but they're not there yet. They have never been this eager to do a deal before." The executive sensed desperation on the part of Apple execs, which he says will spur the company to cut deals with all the major parties.
After Daft Punk this week topped the Billboard 200, hard rock band Queens of the Stone Age may very well get its first No. 1 album. Industry sources say the group's new release, … Like Clockwork (Matador), could sell approximately 80K copies by the end of the tracking week on June 9. The album hit retailers on June 4.
Appearing as guest of honor at a BPI event, British Prime Minister David Cameron delivered a short, but well received speech congratulating the U.K. music industry for its historic and continued global success.
In his keynote address, ASCAP chairman Paul Williams declared that calling the illegal downloading of music "piracy" glamorizes what people are doing. He said its just plain outright theft, and that's how it should be referred to.
One slide in a presentation by Internet analyst Benedict Evans should really stand out to people in the music business: Ecosystem sizes. The chart shows the growth in the ecosystem sizes of "The Four Horsemen" – Apple iOS, Google Android, Amazon and Facebook – over the last three years.
If you're Pandora, your costs rise exactly as fast as your usage increases -- which would be fine, except that the world has a limit number of ad dollars in it, and those have many, many places to be spent these days. So one way to make ads pay a higher rate? Put them on the biggest screen you can find -- which is why Pandora's new HTML5 version for televisions, which you can access today by pointing a Sony PlayStation 3 or Microsoft Xbox 360 at tv.pandora.com, makes sense.
Led by gains in concerts and digital music, the overall U.S. music business can expect annual growth of just over 1% through 2017, according to a new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
NINA SIMONE DOC ENTERS PRE PRODUCTION, DR. DRE ASKED TO SCORE SEPARATE SIMONE BIOPIC
Nina Simone news is arriving in waves with producers of a biopic courting Dr. Dre for musical assistance, Issa Rae being cast as the songstress in a Lorraine Hansberry film and the Simone estate putting a documentary into production.
Apple Inc is gearing up to sell audio ads on a music-streaming service it intends to unveil at its developers conference next week, according to people familiar with the plan, going up against Google Inc and Pandora Media Inc in the increasingly competitive market for mobile tunes.
Google Inc.s YouTube has tripled advertising sales on mobile devices in the past six months, the company said, contributing as much as an estimated $350 million to revenue at the video-sharing website. About a quarter of YouTube’s 1 billion global users now access the service via handheld devices, spurring a increase in promotional spending to reach that audience, according to Lucas Watson, vice president of sales at YouTube.
The auction for Hulu is heating up with second-round bids due tomorrow, The Post has learned. A number of suitors, including DirecTV, Yahoo! and Time Warner Cable, have already submitted offers in the $1 billion range for the Web TV hub. Time Warner Cable also faced potential competition from its former parent, Time Warner, which spun off the cable unit in 2009. Time Warner mulled making an offer but isn’t following through, sources said.
New York Post
With a deadline to leave its current headquarters at 75 Rockefeller Center looming next year, Warner Music Group has stepped up its search for new office space. The music label is in talks to move south to 7 W. 34th St., where it would take about 225,000 square feet. Those familiar with the company's search cautioned it was still considering options to relocate elsewhere. A spokesman at Warner Music declined to comment.
Crain’s New York Business
Skrillex has signed British dubstep star Rusko to his record label OWSLA. the label he co-founded in 2011 and which is named after the "elite rabbit army" from Watership Down. Rusko joins a roster that includes Skream, Sub Focus, Alex Metric and Blood Diamonds. Rusko will release a new EP called 'Lift Me Up' on the label on July 2.
At an unannounced appearance at a radical feminist bookstore in New York, two members of the Russian punk rock group that sparked an international crisis for Vladimir Putin took off their iconic colorful balaclavas and revealed their faces. Using the pseudonyms Fara and Shaiba revealed themselves as members of Pussy Riot, the activist feminist collective that doubles as perhaps the world’s most dangerous band. It was the first time Pussy Riot has ever visited the United States. Their message, delivered through translation: “We are keeping the spirit alive. Continue the riot. Right now we are here on a special mission to try to establish connections with like-minded people and organizations throughout the globe.”
STOP THE PRESSES!
- Scott Ian: 'I Don't Even Know How the Music Business Works Anymore'
- David Cameron hunts for new band after being banned from listening to The Smiths
- Lake Catherine State Park’s reptiles feature kingsnake Elvis
- Shirley Jones to play blind zombie in TV movie
- Holy Gender Politics, Batman! How a D.C. Punk’s Music Video Sparked an Identity Controversy
- Pippa Middleton named Vanity Fair contributing editor
- Meet your distant cousin: Tiny hyperactive primate
- Ads in the Motherfucking Sky
- Country star Luke Bryan's ballcap more than a fashion statement
- An alternative to those bland salmon cakes
- Twitter grammar police say musicians can't write
- Ivor Novello award found in Croydon scrapyard