Google To Hire Music Executive?
Google is reportedly in talks with several potential digital media candidates to head up its new music service, now expected to launch in the first quarter of 2011, according to technology blog All Things Digital. Google has yet to provide comments on the matter but has already added to its music division and hired music licensing attorney Elizabeth Moody in July, according to a Billboard.biz report. (8/27)
Digital Music Sales Down 3 Percent In Japan
In comparison to the same period in 2009, revenue from digital music sales in Japan decreased 3 percent to $512.2 million during the first six months of 2010, according to data from the Recording Industry Association of Japan. Internet downloads were up 2 percent to 23.2 million units, but mobile music unit sales fell 6 percent to 199.1 million, and ringtones saw a 17 percent drop. (8/27)
Windish Agency To Open L.A. Office
Chicago-based independent booking firm The Windish Agency will open an office in Los Angeles in January, according to company President Tom Windish. Booking agent Amy Davidman will relocate to Los Angeles in March to head up the division, which now includes a roster of more than 300 artists including Animal Collective, Crystal Castles, Friendly Fires, Hot Chip, and Miike Snow, among others. The company, which launched in 2004, opened offices in New York earlier this year. (8/27)