Here’s a vote for music industry collegiate education: Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre have now pledged $70 million to propel a four-year, arts and music industry program at USC. But what to call it? How about… the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation. Ribbon-cutting happened Wednesday in Santa Monica, always the hive of music industry activity.
You can see right through this one. The long-running hip-hop festival Rock the Bells is now picking up where Coachella 2012 left off, with Eazy-E and Ol’ Dirty Bastard holograms in the works. Eazy-E will ‘perform’ with Bone Thugs n’ Harmony on “For the Love of Money,” while Ol’ Dirty will reunite with his Wu-Tang brethren. The festival, which is stuffed with hip-hop stars old school and new, kicks off in September in San Bernadino, CA.
So we have to ask: will Google completely f*&K this one up, only to abandon it by 2014? The new music subscription play, ie, Google Play Music All Access, already suffers from multi-syllabic naming issues. But let’s see how this drives: we’re just getting our hands dirty on this; first impressions ahead.
So, what’s a Sony Music Unlimited? Why, it’s a nascent music subscription service that seems to be getting utterly crushed by the heaviest noise floor in history. Maybe this will help things: the darkhorse, low-lying service is now poking into Brazil, its 19th country. No word on subscriber totals, though Sony seems to have the basics (20 million songs, multi-device support) well in hand.
And, more bad news for hip-hop/dubstep/MPC/etc. deejay araabMUZIK, who remains hospitalized after getting shot during a botched robbery in Rhode Island. Araab, who just released his third (amazing) album, has been forced to abandon a string of upcoming dates – and undoubtedly, a lot of money as a result.
Also getting shot, stabbed and beaten, legally speaking, is Michael Robertson, the oft-antagonistic entrepreneur who scored quite the embarassing victory against EMI in 2011. Except, EMI has now successfully re-opened its case against Robertson’s now-defunct MP3Tunes locker play, arguing that a new precedent in Viacom vs. YouTube could yield an entirely different decision. The aim, from EMI’s vantage point, is to overturn MP3Tunes’ once-solid safe harbor defense, and lower protections offered by the DMCA.
And, there’s more from Spotify: the latest app upgrade includes playcounts.