FYI/TMI: Jimmy Jam To Testify At Internet Royalties Hearing; Steven Tyler Joins Nicki Minaj's "American Idol" battle

Jam to speak at House Judiciary Subcommittee Internet royalties hearing Nov. 28; Tyler tells Minaj and Mariah Carey to get a grip
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    Nicki Minaj
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    Mariah Carey
November 27, 2012 -- 10:38 am PST

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Update: Jimmy Jam To Testify Nov. 28
Following yesterday's news regarding the Nov. 28 hearing on Internet radio royalties, GRAMMY winner and Recording Academy Chair Emeritus Jimmy Jam will testify before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet. The hearing will be streamed live online beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET. The hearing follows the October introduction of the Internet Radio Fairness Act of 2012, which would cut royalties online radio services pay to music creators. The Academy opposes the bill.

New Berklee Study Reveals Music Biz Salaries
Boston's Berklee College of Music has released a new study revealing salary ranges across careers in the music business, including engineering, performance, songwriting, education, music therapy, and business, among others. The study found that the average annual income for a person working in the music industry was approximately $34,000. The study also revealed expectations for growth in areas such as social media, digital marketing, branding and sponsorships, and streaming and mobile music. 


Minaj's Super Feud Continues
After several celebrities, including Barbara Walters and President Barack Obama, weighed in on Nicki Minaj's recent "American Idol" feud with fellow judge Mariah Carey, former "Idol" judge Steven Tyler is telling the ladies to get a grip. Tyler told MTV in a recent interview that the judges should be practicing "camaraderie" for the sake of the "Idol" contestants and hopes Minaj and Carey can put aside their differences in order to inspire new talent. "[Talent] needs to be judged by people that [are] honest [and] true, [and] that have the 'it' factor," Tyler said. "Not the 'it' factor because they can fight. [What] the f*** is that all about?" The comments didn't sit well with Minaj, who fired back via Twitter calling Tyler "racist." It sounds like we're in for an "American Battle" this season.