A lot of people have questions regarding the collapse of a 50-foot-high stage at a Sugarland concert at the Indiana State Fair on Saturday. Five people were killed in the collapse and countless more were injured. The members of Sugarland themselves were uninjured, saved by a miraculously well-timed prayer circle they engaged in before the concert. Sugarland has already resumed its tour, but controversy still swirls around the collapse.

Apparently fair staff members contacted the National Weather Service and were informed the winds in Indiana that evening would be no more than 40 MPH. But the staff has admitted weather protocol was not strictly followed. The tragic collapse has already led to discussion regarding safety regulations for the glitzy outdoor concerts we have become so fond of in the past two decades.
In other news…

  • Four people were killed Thursday at the Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium when a stage collapsed due to strong winds. Who’s up for an indoor show?

  • Several nonprofits are calling for a boycott of Amazon because the Internet giant is resisting California legislation requiring the company to charge sales tax. Good luck with getting people to boycott cheap books and electronics, guys.

  • BPI has set up a fund to aid independent labels in the aftermath of the devastating fire at a U.K. Sony warehouse last week.

  • Onesheet, the wonderfully simple and free website generator for musicians, went public this week. The beta version signed up more than 10,000 artists in one month alone. Sorry, Myspace.

  • As if the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Vegas couldn’t get more star-studded, Jay-Z has joined the line-up.

  • The model for Vampire Weekend’s Contra cover dropped her lawsuit against the band for using her picture without permission.

  • Island Def Jam initiated more layoffs last Friday. Maybe that free EP from The-Dream is hurting the label more than anticipated.

  • In social media news, Songkick has partnered with Foursquare to power concert check-ins.

  • Google unveiled a pricey music blog called Magnifier Wednesday to go with its cloud music service. It’s too early to tell if it’s any good, but it certainly looks nice and features free downloads, so why not?
    Industry Wrap is a weekly CMJ column covering industry-related music news. Send tips to Kate Shapiro at kshapiro@cmj.com.