In a further effort to restructure the company, Clear Channel has hired a brand new brand management team.
EMI has partnered with US tech company, the Echo Nest, to release music content to app developers. Expect to see a lot of new Gorillaz themed iPad apps.
Rihanna, photo by Sam Collart
In other EMI news, Access Industries, once a frontrunner in the auction, has dropped out of the EMI bidding war.
The Alliance Of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) has allied with the American Federation Of Musicians-Canadian Federation Of Musicians (AFM-CFM) to create one monster alliance.
In the greatest (and weirdest) news of the week: Kid Cudi released a horror short this week directed by Shia Labeouf.
Both Rihanna and Adele are canceling many of their winter shows. Rihanna for exhaustion (probably due to excessive partying), and Adele to get throat surgery.
Brooklyn DIY venue, Bruar Falls, closed its doors this week. RIP Bruar Falls.
The FBI has deemed “Juggalos” (fans of the Insane Clown Posse) a credible gang threat. The report describes them as a “loosely-organized hybrid gang.”
The United States version of The X Factor has been picked up for a second season.
Breakout NYC-based band the Kin (who performed at CMJ Music Marathon this past month) has signed to Interscope. Congratulations!
Sir Michael Rocks of the Cool Kids signed a solo deal with Jet Life. Don’t worry though; the Cool Kids isn’t breaking up.
Public Enemy member Chuck D is suing Universal Music Group for $100 million over digital royalties.
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