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March 13, 2013 | By Todd Martens, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
AUSTIN, Texas - Tuesday afternoon at South by Southwest was dedicated to electronic mavens and digital gatekeepers, arguably the new rock stars of the music industry in 2013. Spotify founder Daniel Ek was given a space at a 2,400-capacity auditorium at the Long Center for the Performing Arts for an interview, while later, electronic artists Deadmau5 and Richie Hawtin spoke while hundreds were locked out of their panel at the Austin Convention Center. “Your best bet is to watch it when it's online in about a month,” said a SXSW staff member to those of us near the back of the line.
March 12, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Clive Davis will make a promotional swing through Southern California over the next several days in conjunction with the publication of his new book, “The Soundtrack of My Life,” written with veteran Rolling Stone writer Anthony DeCurtis. Davis will do a book signing at Book Soup in West Hollywood at 4 p.m. March 15; and on March 20, participate in a sold-out Q&A session with Grammy Museum Executive Director Robert Santelli in the museum's 200-seat theater that bears Davis' name.
February 27, 2013
After dozens of meetings and a few orphaned ideas, the Getty has settled on a theme for a 2017 sequel to the 2011-12 museum exhibition extravaganza known as Pacific Standard Time. It will be "Los Angeles and Latin America," or "L.A./L.A. " for short. "The fact that nearly half of the population of Los Angeles has roots in Latin America is so profound that it warrants a major exhibition and research project with accompanying publications," said Getty Trust head James Cuno. About 60 arts institutions in Southern California participated in Pacific Standard Time, receiving some $11 million in grants from the Getty to research and develop exhibitions on post-war art in Los Angeles, 1945 to 1980.
February 26, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
When is 13 a lucky number? When it's the number of years it's taken for the music industry to post its first yearly increase in global recorded music sales, which is what happened in 2012, according to new figures from the International Federation for the Phonographic Industry . The group's annual Digital Music Report , issued Feb. 26 in London, noted that overall music sales rose from $16.2 billion to $16.5 billion, or 0.3%, from 2011...
February 12, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt and Gerrick Kennedy
Musicians - and the people who work closely with them - really know how to party. That's why Grammys night, unlike other high-end awards nights like the Oscars or Emmys, usually means one thing: unadulterated decadence. Actors hate to be seen acting rowdy, but musicians pride themselves on it. The parties started Tuesday and lasted until the wee hours Sunday. Solange Knowles and fellow alt-soul singer Lianne La havas were honored Wednesday at Essence's Fourth Annual Black Women in Music at posh West Hollywood nightspot Greystone Manor Supperclub.
February 11, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
One would think Skrillex would be used to nabbing Grammys by now. Having scored three statues last year, the former best new artist nominee was awarded another big night Sunday, taking home three awards and beating out Deadmau5, Kaskade and surprise nominee Al Walser along the way. The dubstep spinster sheepishly emerged backstage (who doesn't like dozens of reporters staring at you?), where he chatted about scoring Harmony Korine's upcoming film “Spring Breakers,” working with ASAP Rocky and maintaining his underground credibility now that he's dipped into the mainstream.
February 7, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
Veteran music executive and producer Clive Davis will again host his pre-Grammy Awards party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel this weekend, an annual music industry highlight bringing together an A-list aggregation of pop music performers and key entertainment world figures. This year's "industry icon" honoree is Antonio "L.A. " Reid, the chairman and chief executive of Epic Records and a former "X Factor" judge. Calendar asked Davis, 80, now the chief creative officer for Sony Music Entertainment, for his take on the highs and lows of the preceding year.
January 3, 2013 | Randy Lewis
Patti Page, the Oklahoma-born pop singer whose gossamer voice on "The Tennessee Waltz," "The Doggie in the Window" and other 1950s hits offered a soothing counterpart to the revolutionary new sound of rock 'n' roll, died New Year's Day in Encinitas, Calif., where she'd lived for several decades. She was 85. No cause was announced, but her longtime personal manager, Michael Glynn, said she had been suffering from a heart ailment and lung disease. Page helped bring country music to a broader audience in the late 1940s and early 1950s with smooth, elegantly produced recordings epitomized by "The Tennessee Waltz," the simply expressed and achingly emotional tale of a woman who loses her sweetheart to an old friend at a dance: "I introduced her to my loved one, and while they were dancing, my friend stole my sweetheart from me. " It spent 13 weeks at No. 1 in Billboard in 1950, becoming one of the biggest hits of all time and selling more than 6 million copies, according to Joel Whitburn's "Pop Memories 1890-1954.
January 1, 2013 | By Todd Martens
Irving Azoff, widely regarded as one of the music industry's most powerful executives, will continue to oversee the careers of the Eagles and Christina Aguilera, according to Securities and Exchange Commission filings from Live Nation Entertainment. Azoff resigned Monday  from his role as chairman of the concert promotion and management giant.  In addition to receiving multiple millions in bonuses and stocks, Azoff's non-compete clause with Live Nation offers some hints as to what direction the veteran mogul's career will take.
November 28, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
Want to hear Mick Jagger talk about the Beatles? Tony Bennett laud the genius of Louis Armstrong? B.B. King express his blues over the future of the blues? Audio interviews with those and dozens more of the biggest names in rock, pop, jazz, blues, country and R&B are now streaming free at the Library of Congress website , opening access to hundreds of hours of recordings collected by veteran music industry executive Joe Smith. As reported  in June, Smith donated his collection of audio interviews with many of the most celebrated figures in 20 th century pop music.
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