#escalating: Last year, Frank Ocean released a free album on tumblr that contained the track "American Wedding," which featured Ocean changing the lyrics over "Hotel California". Which is why Warner Music Group recently put in a phone call, which made Ocean go "WTF," then there was all this tension and stuff. Some statements have now been issued by the Eagles camp, though nothing's been filed that we know of (yet).
NPR will be webcasting and broadcasting Bruce Springsteen's SXSW keynote on March 15th.
Justin Bieber just turned 18.
Trans World Entertainment turned a small profit for the first time since 2007, the result of lots of cost-cutting and ship-tightening. The retailer squeaked a $2.16 million profit for the just-ended fiscal year.
Elsewhere, Universal Music Group (UMG) revenues dropped 5.7 percent to 4.2 billion euros ($5.55 billion) in 2011, despite continued, near-double-digit gains in digital.
Kim Dotcom is out on bail and furious! Across a pair of interviews, the MegaUpload raidee recently railed against a 'death sentence without trial,' and the hypocrisies that leave sites like YouTube untouched. And, a Hollywood hell-bent on protecting "outdated monopolistic business models" while refusing day-and-date releases. More here.
Warner Music Group never licensed VEVO, but they're more than happy to license their self-started concept, The Warner Sound. The freshly-released, YouTube-integrated Sound goes beyond typical music video scenes with some novel concepts.
Want to access any content, from any device, iCloud-enabled or otherwise? That's the thinking behind MyMusicCloud, which wants it all to just be there - whenever, from whatever. "MyMusicCloud enables users to sync their iTunes and other media players across virtually every type of mobile phone, tablet or personal computer including BlackBerry, iPhone, Android phones, Samsung, HTC, Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Motorola," the startup told Digital Music News.
And, how's this for giving back: Mica Ertegun, wife of the late Ahmet, has just donated $45 million to Oxford University, with most of the proceeds coming from a lucrative, Led Zeppelin reunion concert at the O2 Arena in 2007. That's the largest donation Oxford has ever received in its 900-year history, but I still got gouged on my row 17 seats, man!