Andy Griffith Dies

Andy Griffith Dies
GRAMMY-winning actor/artist Andy Griffith died July 3 at his home in North Carolina. A cause of death was not revealed. He was 86. He starred as sheriff Andy Taylor on "The Andy Griffith Show," which ran from 1960–1968, and as Ben Matlock on "Matlock" from 1986–1995. Aside from TV and film work, Griffith also released several spoken word and music albums, including Hamlet, which earned a GRAMMY nomination in 1959 for Best Comedy Performance — Spoken Word, and I Love To Tell The Story — 25 Timeless Hymns, which won a GRAMMY in 1996 for Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel Or Bluegrass Gospel Album. Griffith's most recent GRAMMY nomination came in 1998 for Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel Or Bluegrass Gospel Album for Just As I Am. (7/3)

Beats Electronics Acquires MOG
Beats Electronics, an audio manufacturer founded in 2008 by producer Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, has acquired music subscription service Mog for an estimated $10 million, according to a Los Angeles Times report. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, the partnership will give Mog access to smart phone users, specifically those operating on devices made by HTC, which in August 2011 invested $300 million in the Beats Electronics' Beats by Dr. Dre brand. Mog founder and CEO David Hyman will remain in his position and report to Beats Electronics president and COO Luke Wood. (7/3)

UK Album Sales Down Nearly 13 Percent
Album sales in the UK totaled 20.6 million units in the second quarter of 2012, down 12.7 percent compared to the same period in 2011, according to data from UK trade organization BPI and the Official Charts Company. Digital album sales increased 15 percent, accounting for 34.7 percent of all UK album sales. Sales of digital singles reached 46.9 million units, up 8.3 percent compared to the same period last year. (7/3)

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