For the first time, digital has overtaken physical as the biggest source of recorded music revenue in the United Kingdom, accounting for 55.5% of revenue in the first quarter of 2012.
Speaking of the U.K., Mike Williams has just been named the next editor of NME.
Apparently everything this week had to do with Britain, as NBC announced it will air an hour-long special with Adele and Matt Lauer on June 3, titled “Adele Live In London With Matt Lauer.” Get ready for a lot of this.
And one more Brit for you: M.I.A. signed on with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label.
Singer Amanda Palmer raked in more than a million dollars with her Kickstarter campaign.
Street performer and Kanye West fanatic Linda Resa (aka Kanye Resa West, as she is now legally named) pleaded guilty to criminal mischief charges after she threw an amplifier through the window of an Office Depot in Times Square.
J. Biebs is at it again. During a massive social media campaign for the Billboard Music Awards, he mistakenly tweeted using the wrong hashtag, causing a massive trend for the wrong words and Billboard execs to freak out. Whoops.
Sean Parker from Spotify claims that the music service’s appearance in the U.S. was delayed because there was “some indication” that Apple felt threatened by it. Sounds like a case of sour grapes–erm–Apples.
Spotify is also coming into question for the minimal amount of revenue artists earn through streams as opposed to downloads.
In other, more important news, Johnny Rotten has publicly stated his dislike for The Voice. And here we had him pegged as a superfan.
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