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Guggenheim Names Levinsohn CEO
Billboard parent company Guggenheim Digital Media has appointed Ross Levinsohn CEO, according to Billboard.biz. In his role, Levinsohn will oversee publications such as Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter and Adweek, the Film Expo Group, and the CLIO Awards. He will also be responsible for growing Dick Clark Productions and identifying new media ventures for Guggenheim. Levinsohn previously served as the interim chief executive at Yahoo.
HMV Goes Into Administration
Beginning Jan. 15, UK entertainment retailer HMV will be administered by financial advisory firm Deloitte after failing to secure more than $480 million for debt and restructuring costs, according to Billboard.biz. The transition could put up to 4,000 jobs at risk.
Gosling Turned Down BSB?
News alert: The missing Backstreet Boys member has been found. OK, so the recently reunited boy band isn't missing a member, except for Kevin Richardson who left in 2004 to pursue other interests, but there is one boy who almost began a member: actor Ryan Gosling. According to a report, the big-screen heartthrob, who has made waves in Hollywood with starring roles in The Notebook and Drive, among others, was asked to join the Backstreet Boys in the '90s, but turned the offer down. The then-teenager, who lived next door to BSB AJ McLean eventually changed his mind and asked McLean to join the group, but his call was never returned. "Ryan, I am so sorry that I didn't call you back," McLean said in a recent interview. "If we ever want a sixth Backstreet Boy member I'm gonna call you." McLean added, Gosling can "sing his a** off." If Gosling does ever join BSB, we're guessing his line will go something like this: "Hey girl, I'll never break your heart."
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