Morning Heds: If Adele Was On A Major, The EDM Cruise, Is Spotify's Ek Really That Important?
Morning Heds: If Adele Was On A Major, The EDM Cruise, Is Spotify's Ek Really That Important?

Would Adele have been as successful if she was signed to a major label?
The Guardian
Adele is an exceptional artist, but she has also been nurtured by her indie label, but would a major label have done the same?

Del Rey strikes deal with Next Model Management
Music Week:
Video Games singer Lana Del Rey has signed a contract with the Next Model Management agency.

Can Pop be Saved in 2012?

Looking ahead, however, there is little to suggest that 2012 is shaping up to be one of pop's glory years.

Meet the Generationally Biased
Wall Street Journal

These naysayers among us demonstrate a kind of generational bias that can blunt a promising musician's career. It can be summarized thus: "The only valid music is what I liked when I was in my teens."

First-of-its-Kind Electronic Music Cruise Ready to Sail
USA Today

Organized by Richards' Hard Events, the Bowery Presents and Cloud 9 Adventures -- the experience will feature Laidback Luke, Diplo, Rusko, A-Trak; Steve Aoki and Skrillex , Fatboy Slim and former Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee.

Online Piracy Bills Are Flawed
The Hill

Artists should be wary when powerful entertainment conglomerates push for polices that could undermine free expression, all the while claiming to speak for creators.

Where Did Nine Million Cable Subscribers Go?
A new survey from Deloitte finds that a staggering one in five U.S. residents say they have either cut the cord or are thinking about doing it.

Still File-Swapping? You May Receive a Letter Like This
Digital Music News

The RIAA stopped suing file-swappers in 2009, though they're now sending warning letters through various ISPs.

Kopimism Approved As Official Religion In Sweden: File Sharing Now Protected Under Freedom Of Religion Laws?


Kopimism, the believf that "copying and the sharing of information is the most beautiful thing in the world." became an officially recognized religion in Sweden.

Stones poised for biggest bang yet: Music for Screens: Winter 2012
Chicago Tribune

As the Rolling Stone approach their 50th anniversary this year, the Stones seem to be gearing up for a jump back into the spotlight. Copious product is already in place to cash in on the milestone, including numerous live archival recordings, re-mastered deluxe versions of Stones classic albums, and a number of DVD titles.

Trailer for Netflix's first original series hits the web
Today In Tech
Netflix is updating its viewing options with new original content, including its first original series. Called Lilyhammer, the story of an American mobster who relocates to the small Norwegian town of Lilyhammer as part of the witness protection program.

Is Spotify's Ek Really the Most Important Man in Music?
Wall Street Journal Tech Blog
Daniel Ek, CEO of the online music service Spotify, has certainly had a huge impact on the music industry, but is he really the Kingpin?

After Long Search, Philharmonic Names Top Executive
New York Times

Matthew VanBesien, a former orchestral musician, will return from Australia,

EMI chiefs forfeited £41m in bonuses after collapse into administration

Generous incentive schemes for executives were cancelled before a single pound was paid out, accounts show

Show Respect For The National Anthem in Indiana -- or Maybe Face Fine
LA Times
A bill by Indiana Sen. Vaneta Becker would impose a $25 fine on anyone who fails to follow the standards while performing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at events sponsored by public schools and universities.

Indie Groups Mourn Loss of Austin Music Figure

Austin's indie rock circle and other groups are grieving over the loss of 29-year-old Esme Barrera, a much-loved figure in the Texas city's music scene, a Waterloo Records employee , a dedicated Girls Rock Austin volunteer, and a special-needs teacher.