In honor of its first birthday in the US, Spotify has released some numbers to sum up the last 12 months, including 13 billion (the number of songs streamed), 27,8304,742 (the number songs shared through various social media sites) and 27.3 million (the number of hours Americans spent using the new app).
Deadmau5 is putting down his laptop and venturing out into new territory as he, along with collaborators Neff Headwear, releases his first fashion line, Neffmau5. The collection includes T-shirts, hats and hoodies, all with the giant mouse-head design synonymous with Deadmau5.
The iconic El Mocambo venue in Toronto has been sold for $3 million. The Mocambo stage has seen shows from the Rolling Stones to U2 to Elvis Costello, and the new owners plan to restore the venue, move the upstairs stage back to its original position, serve food and add more show slots.
Carly Rae Jepson has been at the top of the Billboard charts for seven weeks now, so it’s about time for a scandal to pop up. Legitimate nude photos of the 26-year-old have been stolen from her computer after a round of false pics circulated last week. The Vancouver police have been contacted, and they intend to call her (maybe) when the source of the pictures is discovered.
In the latest news to come from the Randy Blythe story, his bail of $400,000 has been denied. Earlier this week, his original paid bail of $200,000 was doubled, and so Blythe and his people paid the difference. The prosecutor issued a challenge on the bail, and it is believed that the prosecutor is intending to have Blythe incarcerated until a possible trial can take place.
Lollapalooza 2012 hasn’t even started yet and already the festival coordinators have lined up dates for next year. The 2013 fest will take place over the weekend of August 2-4, and already ads have been spotted in Chicago with the slogan,”Thank you, Chicago. See you next year!” before any of this year’s festival goers have even arrived.
And finally (in honor of the London Olympics beginning today), there has been a bit of backlash from smaller artists who may be performing at one of the many Olympic venues in London because they feel they willnot get adequate financial compensation. The whole issue is a long and complicated thing, but the gist has to do with fine print in their contracts stating that the publicity of performing at such a high-profile event should be payment enough. Let the games begin!