Layoffs At Warner Bros.
According to a Billboard.biz report, Warner Bros. Records has let go several of its top executives, including Tom Biery, SVP of promotion; Rob Gordon, SVP of marketing; Jack Isquith, SVP of digital music; and Perry Watts-Russell and Kevin Williamson, SVPs of A&R, among others. The layoffs follow a September report on Warner's new executive team, and sources say as many as 20 total staffers have been let go. In related executive news, Universal Music Group's Vice Chairman/CFO Nick Henny is exiting the company after a decade-long stint at the company, according to Billboard.biz. International CFO Boyd Muir will take over in a new position as global CFO. (11/8)
Brooks Raises $3.5 Million For Flood Victims
GRAMMY winner Garth Brooks has sold more than 140,000 tickets and raised more than $3.5 million toward the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee in support of victims of the floods that hit Middle Tennessee in early May, marking the first time a performer has sold that many tickets in the state, according to Brooks' publicist. Following last month's announcement, Brooks will perform nine full concerts in December at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville beginning Dec. 16, including a performance with wife and fellow GRAMMY winner Trisha Yearwood on Dec. 17. (11/8)
Gaga Is Top Winner At MTV Europe Music Awards
GRAMMY winner Lady Gaga was the top winner at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 on Nov. 7 in Madrid, garnering awards for Best Pop, Best Female and Best Song for "Bad Romance." Justin Bieber won awards for Best Male and Best Push Act. Other artists receiving honors were 30 Seconds To Mars, MTV EMA Global Icon recipients Bon Jovi, Eminem, Ke$ha, Linkin Park, and Paramore, among others. (11/8)