Banjo and bluegrass pioneer Earl Scruggs has passed away. The highly-influential Scruggs is credited for reinventing the banjo, and shaping the sounds of numerous performers thereafter. He died Wednesday in a Nashville hospital at 88.
That was fast. Billboard has now hired a new editor, specifically for its weekly print publication. Joe Levy, formerly of Maxim, Blender and RollingStone, will be based in New York and report to Billboard editorial director Bill Werde. The move follows the departures of deputy editor Louis Hau, editor-in-chief Danyel Smith, and publisher Lisa Howard, among others.
Songkick has tacked an additional 100,000 users through its Spotify app. That's a mild bump on monthly unique volumes of roughly 5 million, and about 1 percent of Spotify's claimed active userbase.
Bee Gees co-creator Robin Gibb recently underwent further surgery for liver cancer, according to Reuters.
The Hunger Games Soundtrack topped the latest album charts. Debut-week sales surpassed 175,000 units, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Unsurprisingly, Adele's 21 placed second with a robust 130,000-plus.
And, if you missed Bruce Springsteen's keynote address at SXSW, RollingStone has the full transcript, here.
War on Piracy = War on Drugs? VEVO chief Rio Caraeff recently shared this opinion on the topic, as quoted by the Next Web. "Piracy is a bit like the war on drugs, it's an unwinnable war in my opinion," Caraeff said. "But that's not necessarily the opinion of the industry, but I think the solution is to provide access to entertainment to as many people as possible, through a variety of different models – including the free models."
Dolby Laboratories has just named Lewis Chew as EVP and CFO.
Tgone Thursday, March 29, 2012
Rio said it very well. Kudos to him.