The music industry loves Coke. Spotify is prepping a major announcement today in New York; AllThingsD's Peter Kafka is pointing to a major deal with Coca-Cola and several other major brands, though chitter-chatter continues to surround an iPad app. Stay tuned.
The music industry loves consolidation. The European Union is now planning to issue a decision on the sale of EMI Music Publishing as soon as Thursday, according to information leaked to New York Times journalist Ben Sisario. The buyout consortium includes Sony Corp., and 70 percent of EMI Publishing's staff is expected to get chopped within two years of the deal.
$300 million... or $0. Howard Stern's audaciously ballsy, $300 million lawsuit against Sirius XM has been quickly dismissed by a New York judge. The curt dismissal opinion found Stern was not entitled to the ransom-like payout, based on unambigious contractual language related to his subscriber-based bonus. The dismissal came 'with prejudice,' which limits the appeal possibilities.
Nobody's perfect. After a harrowing, multi-year ordeal involving stolen funds, gross mismanagement, repeated harassment, unpaid taxes and various restraining orders (that were violated), Leonard Cohen's ex-manager has been sentenced to at least 18 months in prison with continued mental evaluations.
Hey, Paulie... Slacker Radio has just been integrated into Microsoft's Bing Bar, which apparently has several million users. And, Slacker is currently the only integrated music service; updates to the search add-on are now replicating. Oh!
Nicki Minaj won't return their tweets, but Twitmusic is starting to make some noise. The Twitter-based music concept from the Phillipines is already helping artists like MC Hammer and Jason Mraz to embed realtime media, events, and other information into their tweets, and broaden their reach on the platform.
Looks like everyone wins, thanks to one triumphantly holographic Tupac! The internets get something viral, geeks get to debate over whether it was technically a hologram, Coachella gets a global shot of buzz, conspiracy theorists finally have some new material, and Dre is seeing virtual moneybags! According to details revealed by the Wall Street Journal, holo-Tupac is likely to go on tour after a Coachella unveiling. "Dre has a massive vision for this..."
Also, for enhanced enjoyment, try following @HologramTupac, which now has nearly 30,000 followers. Sounds like a long-term play...
Don't worry, it's not like he said it at a crowded, angry National Rifle Association gathering in St. Louis or anything. Yet out-of-the-blue, Ted Nugent is now expecting a phone call from the Secret Service after making thinly-veiled threats at President Obama (which is illegal). In a fiery, pro-gun, far-right speech, Nugent said he'd either be 'dead or in jail' if Obama gets re-elected.
Time for more warnings? British weekly album sales hit their lowest point this century, according to data unearthed by MusicWeek. Sales dropped roughly 23 percent year-over-year, to 1.45 million units.
The RIAA rarely distorts facts in a manner reminiscent of third world dictatorships, yet somehow analyst Mark Mulligan is poking holes in a recent, post-Limewire analysis showing marked file-swapping declines. The RIAA incontrovertibly claimed a year-one reduction of 3.5 million P2Pers following the Limewire shutdown, yet Mulligan flimsily points to shifting technologies, survey skew, and the rise of Spotify as more likely reasons for any drop. Guess who just made the ISP warning letter list?
timekeeper Wednesday, April 18, 2012
for the sake of clear communication: this century is 12 years old.
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