| UNIVERSAL MUSIC CEO LUCIAN GRAINGE'S MEMO/CALL TO ACTION: UMG CEO Lucian Grainge sent a memo to staff following the company's acquisition of EMI Music. The note, which seemed something of a victory lap, lauded artists, fans, employees and shareholders, reaffirmed his "commitment to talent acquisition, musical and technological innovation, and broad, non-discriminatory licensing" which he wrote is a "call to action for the entire industry." Billboard.biz
| APPLE'S INTERNET-RADIO SERVICE FACES MANY SNAGS (NOT JUST SONY/ATV): Reports surfaced this week claiming Apple's forthcoming Internet-radio was held up by licensing issues from Sony/ATV -- when in fact the service faces hurdles from many labels and publishers alike. Sources say Apple had hoped to launch a custom channels service sometime around Thanksgiving, or at the least before Christmas of this year .
RDIO PROGRAM OFFERS ARTISTS $10 PER NEW SUBSCRIBER; SNOOP DOGG, SCISSOR SISTERS AMONG EARLY ADOPTERS: Music subscription service Rdio launched a program Tuesday that pays artists directly for the new subscribers they bring to the service. The program is a creative attempt to solve two of subscription service's biggest problems: lack of subscribers and a reputation paying artists too little. Participating artists include, Brendan Benson, Snoop Dogg/Snoop Lion, Scissor Sisters and A-Trak.
SPOTIFY PARTNERS WITH GERMANY'S DEUTSCHE TELECOM: Spotify will be available as part of a mobile tariff in Germany for the first time starting today (Oct. 2), following a new deal with Deutsche Telekom. Deutsche Telekom's customers will have access to its first ever mobile phone package including unlimited music streaming with Spotify Premium.
NEW ASCAP PROGRAM DELIVERS ROYALTIES FOR LIVE PERFORMANCES: ASCAP has announced the launch of ASCAP OnStage, a public-performance survey that gives members an opportunity to receive royalties when their music is performed live at venues throughout the U.S. With ASCAP OnStage, writer members can notify the performing-rights organization of live performances of their work via Member Access at ASCAP.com and, beginning in November, ASCAP Mobile.
DEATH GRIPS: A BAND THAT LIKES TO GIVEAWAY THEIR MUSIC: Death Grips today followed up on a promise they had made Monday (Sept. 30) on Twitter to leak their ew sophomore album No Love Deep Web on the Internet apparently against the wishes of their label Epic, which the band claims shut down the site (the label did not yet respond for comment). The news follows word that the band is also the most legally downloaded artists on BitTorrent.
ONE DIRECTION'S 'LIVE WHILE WE'RE YOUNG' SINGLE ACCIDENTALLY SOLD FOR 99 CENTS: Early Monday, One Direction commercially released its fast selling new single "Live While We're Young" to digital retailers, including iTunes. However, the U.S. iTunes Store was selling the track for just 99 cents -- instead of the expected $1.29. By the afternoon, the price had changed to $1.29.
JAPAN COMPETES WITH PANAMA FOR 'WORLD'S WORST COPYRIGHT LAW': Japan has extended its rather shocking copyright law, passed in June, which provides for 10-year prison sentences for people who upload copyrighted works without permission; under the new law, downloading a copyrighted work without permission also carries up to two years in prison. The Japanese copyright lobby has also renewed its demand for mandatory network surveillance,
PUNCH BROTHERS MUSICIAN CHRIS THILE 2012 MACARTHUR FOUNDATION 'GENIUS GRANT' WINNER: Chris Thile is among 23 recipients of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants," which are given in a secrecy-shrouded process. Winners have no idea they've been nominated for the $500,000 awards until they get the call, and nominators must remain anonymous. Thile, who played with Nickel Creek and is now touring with Punch Brothers, said he may use the grant to fund a chamber music project for a bluegrass quintet.