A Julien Temple-directed biopic of the great R&B singer Marvin Gaye will begin filming next year. Lenny Kravitz will take the role of the late legendary singer.
Also, one of Canada's most successful labels in the 1980s, Solid Gold Records, was recently purchased by Linus Entertainment, a fellow Canadian company. Solid Gold's impressive gold- and platinum-selling catalog includes Chilliwack's "My Girl," Headpins' "Don't It Make Ya Feel," and Toronto's "Your Daddy Don't Know."
Ra Ra Riot, an American indie band, recently returned to Syracuse University to teach classes they had taken as undergraduates. Frontman Wes Miles taught courses on songwriting, guitarist Milo Bonacci held a master guitar class, and drummer Kenny Bernard gave lessons on the drums.
Rdio just launched totally redesigned apps for iOS and Android users. These new apps are much faster and have a similar feel to the website.
Elsewhere, AT&T, CBS Interactive, and Stageside Productions have teamed up to launch a new live-streaming concert series, Stageside Live. The series will bring high-quality, exclusive content to fans, such as the Neon Trees debut that can be watched live or on-demand via CBS.com.
It's one of the rarest sightings in the modern-day music industry. But Adele's 21 has just passed sales of 10 million albums, enough for a coveted 'Diamond' certification in the US. The stat comes from Nielsen Soundscan.
The claims seemed a tad far-fetched, but they've been settled nonetheless. Attorneys for The Black Keys informed a federal judge this week that copyright claims against Pizza Hut and Home Depot had been settled, with terms undisclosed.