-- The UK Competition Commission, an independent public body that investigates mergers and regulated industries, announced yesterday it is looking into the Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger. “If the inquiry group considers that the merger may be expected to result in an SLC (substantial lessoning of competition), it will consider whether and, if so, what remedies might be appropriate, taking into account any customer benefits that might arise from the merger, and will issue a remedies statement, should this be required, at about the time it publishes its provisional findings.” The Commission expects to release its report by November 24. (Press release, via The Register)


-- File-sharing levels in Sweden have remained lower since an anti-piracy law was adopted in April. According to Dagens Nyheter, a daily newspaper in Sweden, Internet traffic is on the same, lower level as when the law was first introduced. Record sales are up 14% in the first half of 2009 while digital sales were up 57%, according to the IFPI. (The Swedish Wire)


-- Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Claudio Aspesi boiled down the situation going on with EMI and Citigroup: “The reality is that nobody has a great interest in finding the true value of the assets.” (Forbes.com)


-- How the Pitchfork Music Festival stays recession-proof: low prices, a variety of acts, and booking hot bands later in the year. (Chicago Tribune)


-- Bruce Warila, CTO of Music Xray, has created an equation to explain the song adoption process: Song Fan = Listeners * Optimal Frequency Rate * Social Situation Rate * Conversion Rate. It’s a refreshing theory in that it acknowledges the social impact of music. Algorithms cannot match the impact of hearing a song in a club. Repetition is also important and tends to be lacking in online recommendations. (Music Think Tank)