Pussy Riot Members Receive Two-Year Prison Sentence

Pussy Riot Members Receive Two-Year Prison Sentence

Pussy Riot Members Receive Two-Year Prison Sentence
Following last month's news regarding charges made against Pussy Riot for their unsanctioned performance in February at Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral, the Russian punk rock trio has been sentenced to two years in prison. The band members were found guilty of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" for staging a brief public protest against Vladimir Putin's administration and faced a maximum seven years sentence. Artists such as Madonna and Paul McCartney had expressed support for the group in recent weeks. (8/17)

Trans World Loss Narrowed In 2Q
U.S. specialty entertainment retailer Trans World Entertainment reported a second-quarter net loss of $1.9 million compared to a $7.8 million loss during the same period last year, marking the company's "best operating performance since fiscal 2000," according to Trans World Chief Executive Officer Robert Higgins, as reported by Billboard.biz. Comparable music sales decreased 13 percent, with music sales comprising 34 percent of the company's sales, down from 37 percent in the previous year. (8/17)

Report: Radio Still Most Popular For Music Discovery
A recent Nielsen report says 48 percent of all U.S. consumers discover new music through traditional broadcast radio, while 10 percent rely on friends and relatives and 7 percent report YouTube as a primary source, according to Digital Music News. Meanwhile, when drilled down to teens, the study also found the next generation relying more heavily on outlets such as YouTube. (8/17)

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