| COPYRIGHT ALERT SYSTEM COMING WITHIN WEEKS: American Internet users can expect to see notifications from their Internet service providers in the coming weeks if they are known to be trading files on peer-to-peer networks as the Center for Copyright Information launches its Copyright Alert System. Participating ISPs include Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, Cablevision and Time Warner Cable. Penalties can include having to review educational material or throttling subscriber’s Internet speed.
| THE BIG AND SMALL NUMBERS OF PSY’S ‘GANGNAM STYLE’: Small numbers can tell a big story and a memorable video goes a long way. Take Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” for example. His video has been watched about 501 million times on YouTube since being uploaded on July 15. The market share gets better — although arguably less impressive — with digital sales. “Gangnam Style” has been purchased 1.27 million times in five weeks of release in the U.S.
AEG UK TICKETING SERVICE CONFIRMED: AEG has announced the launch of its ‘fan friendly’ ticketing service AXS.com in the UK. The service will officially launch for the O2 date of the Girls Aloud reunion tour in March 2013. AEG says that AXS.com will appeal to fans for both its AXS Invite service, which allows ticket buyers to reserve adjacent seats for friends and its AXS Waiting Room allowing fans to enter payment details and view available seats before general tickets go on sale.
BRANDY, SCOTTY MCCREERY AIMING FOR TOP FIVE DEBUTS ON THIS WEEK’S BILLBOARD 200: As previously reported, country star Jason Aldean is charging his way to a big debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week, but expected to be not far behind on this week’s survey are Brandy’s Two Eleven, Scotty McCreery’s Christmas album and Jamey Johnson’s tribute to Hank Cochran.
UK MUSICIANS GET PALTRY PAY FROM WORLDWIDE DIGITAL PLAY: New figures for musicians’ royalty earnings shine a light on a significant digital income gap. UK royalty collector PRS For Music reports British songwriters and composers collectively earned £187.7 million ($301 million) in 2011 from plays of their songs outside the UK. That total was 10.6 percent more than in 2010. But it contains downloads and streaming royalties of a tiny £2 million ($3.2 million), which this report says is both “miniscule” and “perhaps scandalous.”
RASCAL FLATTS CELEBRATE 7 MILLION CONCERT TICKETS SOLD: Though the success story of Rascal Flatts goes far beyond sheer numbers, those statistics can be pretty staggering. The superstar trio brought their “Changed” Tour to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena Friday night, and in a pre-show ceremony, Brian O’Connell, president of Live Nation Country Touring, took to the stage with the Grand Ole Opry members to present them with a commemorative ticket to celebrate seven million tickets sold since they became a headlining act back in 2004.
ADELE WELCOMES BABY BOY: According to several media reports. Adele, the most successful artist of 2011 and a good chunk of 2012, gave birth to a baby boy Friday. The “Rolling in the Deep” singer welcomed a son with boyfriend Simon Konecki. “We are all over the moon,” a source told People. The little guy’s name and exact date of birth are not known. Adele announced she was expecting on her official blog in June.
JUSTIN BIEBER BREAKS VEVO RECORD, RISES ON SOCIAL 50 CHART: Whether it’s surprising fans with unannounced visits or singing from balconies in France, Justin Bieber is known for devising schemes that grab attention. Reported events of a stolen laptop and leaked private photos were deemed a publicity hoax when they coalesced with the release of the music video for “Beauty and a Beat” and helped light social media indicators up last week.
RUSSIA SENDS PUSSY RIOT WOMEN TO CAMPS EAST OF MOSCOW: Two convicted women from the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, are on their way to two prison camps far from home, their lawyers and supporters say. Conditions are reported to be tough at the camps, in Perm and Mordovia, east of Moscow. Those areas were used for mass prison colonies in the Soviet era. A third member Yekaterina Samutsevich was freed two weeks ago with a suspended jail sentence.