Converse kicks designed by Gorillaz

  • Warner Music Group spent less last quarter but still had a flat holiday season.

  • Andre 3000, James Murphy and Gorillaz are teaming up to record a track for Converse. Converse is also launching some new Gorillaz-inspired Chuck Taylor designs on February 23, the same day the song goes live.

  • The Oscars are boring. Hold out for the 2012 Woodies on MTV instead, and don’t forget to vote for your favorite college radio station.

  • Metallica is starting its own music festival. It’s June 23 and 24 in Atlantic City, NJ. The festival will feature the Arctic Monkeys, Titus Andronicus, Fucked Up and Avenged Sevenfold.

  • Adam Levine started his own record label. It’s called 222, and the first man to sign is Matthew Morrison from Glee. Bring it, Mr. Schuester.

  • Verizon is launching a video streaming service with Redbox (those DVD vending machines in the grocery store) that will be set in competition with Netflix and Amazon Prime.

  • Oh hey, the Super Bowl was on Sunday. Here’s the CMJ recap of the halftime show.

  • Paul McCartney pulled all his solo songs off of Spotify. He will debut new songs from his next album, Kisses On The Bottom, on an iTunes live stream.

  • The Beach Boys will perform at the Grammys! Unfortunately they’ll be joined by Maroon 5 and Foster The People.

  • The early music streaming service iLike is officially dead. At its height it had 60 million registered users.

    Industry Wrap is a weekly CMJ column covering industry-related music news. Send tips to Kate Shapiro at kshapiro [AT] cmj [DOT] com.