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If you've paid attention to the news over the holidays, you may have seen reports that teens have all but abandoned the world's largest social media service. Now those reports have been clarified, corrected and, with the help of a new Pew Internet report, augmented with additional insights.
From top-level music industry executives to superstar artists, Billboard.biz presents the top quotes of 2013. Read the 28 quotes below, from Radiohead's Thom York calling Spotify "the last desperate fart of a dying corpse," to former AEG Live president/CEO Randy Phillips' thoughts on his sudden exit from the concert promotion company.
Despite published reports that recording artist will.i.am cancelled an appearance at a New Year's Eve show in Rio de Janeiro, the singer never agreed to be part of the festivities, according to a spokesperson for the entertainer.
With a First Amendment bullet, hip hop superstar Rick Ross has shot down a lawsuit from a former drug kingpin who ruled Los Angeles streets during the 1980s. That drug kingpin was "Freeway" Ricky Ross, who once sold as much as $3 million worth of cocaine a day, had ties with the Nicaraguan Contras and became the object of scorn for many prominent politicians during the "Iran-Contra" political scandal.
It was one of the contradictions of broadcast radio in 2013. "Live and local" became a rallying cry for many broadcasters, and one that actually began to move the needle for a station or two. At the same time, the use of national programming elements—something done frequently but trumpeted rarely by major broadcast groups—became more public than ever.
In 2013, youngsters didn't exactly abandon Facebook, but they did tire of it. Instead, they focused their energy on searching for parent-free hideouts and private social zones, as evidenced by the climactic ascendance of Instagram and messaging apps, Snapchat, WhatsApp, and Kik in particular.
Here’s a rewarding exercise: Assemble a playlist of songs by recently dead musicians. This list will almost certainly be random, and in the case of those who died in 2013, it could hardly be more so.
New York Times
One of the lead stories on Radio 4’s Today programme at 8am on June 12th, 2013, concerned an interview given by Bishop of London Richard Chartres. In it, he said that his generation – the baby boomers born and brought up after the Second World War – were hoovering up an unfair proportion of our resources. “Much of that is absorbed by the fortunate generation to which I belong in ways which raise questions – severe questions – of intergenerational equity,” he said.
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