FYI/TMI: Mobile Phone Subscriptions Up, Billy Idol To Crash Birthday Bash

New study shows mobile phone subscriptions on the rise, Billy Idol to play fan's birthday party in Seattle
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October 23, 2012 -- 10:32 am PDT
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FYI …

Study: Mobile Phone Subscriptions Growing
According to a new study by mobile analysts GSMA Wireless Intelligence, 45 percent of the world's population had a mobile phone subscription in 2012. Analysts expect that figure to increase to 53 percent by 2017. The study found higher subscriber penetration (90 percent) in countries including Denmark, Finland, Germany, and the UK, while North America's subscriber base is expected to grow from 69 percent in 2012 to 70 percent in 2017. Analysts predict future mobile subscriber growth will be driven by demand among currently "unconnected" populations in developing countries, which could present obstacles for expanded mobile music service growth, according to a Billboard report.  

TMI …

A Nice Day For A Billy Idol Birthday
What does it take to convince GRAMMY-nominated rocker Billy Idol to play your birthday party? For Michael Henrichsen, it took some "mony mony" and a little help from his friends. After launching a campaign in 2010 via a website, Henrichsen collected endorsements from celebrities including comedian Kevin Nealon and Rick Springfield. Combined with a remarkable persistence and constant contact with the Idol camp, the campaign finally wore Idol down. "When we first became aware of Michael's project, we were inclined to see it as just another extreme idea from a well-meaning fan," said Idol's manager Tony Dimitriades. "But as Michael's campaign continued, his persistence and resourcefulness won Billy over." It's safe to say Henrichsen won't be dancing by himself on Friday. "It's gonna be pretty much the coolest night ever," he said.     

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