Steven Tyler

Steven Tyler - Photo by SongLyrics

  • Clear Channel introduced another round of huge layoffs.
  • Knoxville’s 90.3 “The Rock” FM was voted the most improved radio station at the CMJ 2011 College Radio Awards. Congrats!
  • Spotify has been doing great, but analysts are worried the Swedish company is going to “pull a Netflix” and screw over its IPO and customer base.
  • YouTube unveiled a new music tool for artists at our own CMJ Marathon.
  • The House Judiciary leaders have produced an anti-piracy bill that is getting a lot of buzz. There is some opposition from Republicans, however, for trying to “regulate” the Internet.
  • Michael Jackson doctor trial update: Closing arguments are next week, and things aren’t looking good for Dr. Conrad Murray.
  • Twitter has hired former Disney exec Tatiana Simonian to handle music partnerships. Could this mean Twitter is making a push to join the online music presence?
  • In other online piracy news, the U.K. has ordered British Telecom to block all access to huge torrent site Newzbin2.
  • In more macabre news: According to her autopsy, Amy Winehouse drank herself to death—the complete opposite of initial suggestions that she died of alcohol withdrawal.
  • Steven Tyler fell down and lost some teeth.
  • SoundExchange distributed nearly $88 million among more than 18,300 payees this quarter. It was the company’s highest quarterly distribution ever.
  • CMJ Music Marathon was a huge success. Thanks for coming!
  • Industry Wrap is a weekly CMJ column covering industry-related music news. Send tips to Kate Shapiro at