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 |
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 22, 2013 |
Google Inc. is in discussions with the major labels about launching an online music streaming service that would position it to compete with Spotify, MOG and others, a person familiar with the matter confirmed. The labels are in discussions with Google about renewing deals that pay the music companies a fee whenever one of their copyrighted songs is used in a YouTube video, said the person who was not authorized to speak publicly about the negotiations. As part of these talks, Google is proposing a premium subscription service -- perhaps as soon as the fall of this year.
February 7, 2013 |
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 11, 2013
Timberlake is in studio Justin Timberlake fans have had a whirlwind Thursday since the musician-actor dropped an intriguing tweet teasing that new information would be coming at 9:01 a.m. That hour arrived, and despite speculation that Timberlake's first new solo music would be arriving immediately, he sent instead another missive with similarly veiled data: "To whom it may concern...I think I'M READY! #JT2013 http://tmbr.lk/imready," he wrote, directing fans to a clip of himself entering a recording studio and walking through its hallways.
October 24, 2012 |
After plummeting for more than a decade, music sales have finally leveled off. Yet the vast majority of artists and bands collect less from music sales than they would from working two weeks at a food court at the mall. It may be easier than ever before to record and distribute songs, but that just means it's harder than ever to stand out in the crowd at the iTunes Store. Steve Koskie, a tech entrepreneur and music industry veteran, thinks he can help. Koskie is chief executive of Monkeybars , a Los Gatos, Calif.-based site the gives artists the tools to sell their music virally through their websites, blogs, Facebook, Twitter and hundreds of other outlets.