‘Your Party,’ by Ween, it’s an awesome song. Which brings us to MIDEM, where we’ve already received generous invites to parties from companies like Kobalt and FUGA (we accept). But who else is on the must-attend itinerary? More shindigs ahead…
Are we staring at the end of open, easy, latte-powered WiFi in the US? It now looks like cafes could become collateral damage of ‘six strikes,’ set to be implemented soon by US-based ISPs. In recent comments by the administering Center for Copyright Control (CCI) to Torrentfreak, cafes are mostly overstepping their bounds by offering take-all wireless, and could be forced to close their accounts to avoid warnings.
A2IM is now accepting submissions for its second annual Libera Awards, aka ‘the Libbys,’ sort of an indie answer to the Grammys. Submissions are due February 17th, more at a2im.org.
And the latest from the carnage of HMV? Restructuring specialist Hilco has now confirmed that it has purchased the debt of HMV only, and not the broader business. Whether HMV gets dismantled is another question, though reports contiinue to point to active subsidizing and rescue efforts from major labels. “Hilco believes there to be a viable underlying HMV business and will now be working closely with Deloitte who, as administrators, are reviewing the business to determine future options,” the company noted.
The Sirius XM Radio board is now getting shaken up, thanks to incoming owner Liberty Media. Among the departed is the oft-truant Leon Black, as well as Lawrence Gilberti and Jack Shaw.
In SXSW news, Clive Davis has now been named a featured speaker, with the regaling commencing March 14th. Also worth watching will be Downloaded, a Napster documentary debuting at the festival. Take a peek.
And the question of just how much ‘Gangnam Style’ has earned continues. In a recent earnings call, Google pointed to ‘all-in advertising’ revenues of more than $8 million, which sounds astonishingly high. The record-obliterating video now has 1.23 billion views.
Elsewhere, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is now spreading details on its upcoming, April 18th induction ceremony. John Mayer and Gary Clark, Jr. are among the performers, with an inductee slate that includes Rush, Quincy Jones, and Public Enemy, among others. The action is happening at LA Live (tickets on sale February 1st).