2012 GRAMMY Nominees Album Bows At No. 4

2012 GRAMMY Nominees Album Bows At No. 4

2012 GRAMMY Nominees Album Bows At No. 4
The 2012 GRAMMY Nominees album debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 52,000 units, marking the 11th Top 10 debut for the collection. Released Jan. 24 by The Recording Academy's GRAMMY Recordings and Universal Republic Records, the album highlights artists and songs nominated for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards and is available at digital retailers such as Amazon and iTunes, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting MusiCares and the GRAMMY Foundation. (2/1)

Don Cornelius Dies
Recording Academy Trustees Award recipient and founder of "Soul Train" Don Cornelius died Feb. 1 in Los Angeles from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 75. Founded in 1970, "Soul Train" became one of the longest-running nationally syndicated programs in television history, featuring a variety of performers, including Beyoncé, David Bowie, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Whitney Houston, the Jackson 5, Elton John, Justin Timberlake, and Stevie Wonder, among many others. Cornelius received a Recording Academy Trustees Award in 2005. In related news, GRAMMY-nominated Finnish conductor Paavo Berglund died Jan. 25 in Helsinki after battling pneumonia. He was 82. Berglund was renowned for his interpretations of Jean Sibelius' symphonies and tone poems. In 1952 he founded the Helsinki Chamber Orchestra and was its first conductor. He went on to lead several concert organizations, including the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Danish Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. Berglund earned the lone GRAMMY nomination of his career in 1971 for Best Choral Performance — Classical for Sibelius: Kullervo, Op. 7. (2/1)  

Vevo Earned $150 Million In 2011
Online video service Vevo, a joint venture between Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Abu Dhabi Media Company, earned $150 million in revenue in 2011, according to Billboard.biz. Vevo's global monthly views have reached 3.5 billion, up from 350 million monthly views two years prior. Additionally, the company has distributed $100 million in licensing fees over the last two years. (2/1) 

BMI To Honor Pitbull
Latin GRAMMY-nominated artist Pitbull will be honored with BMI's President's Award, which honors songwriters or executives for their distinct influence on the entertainment industry, at the 19th annual BMI Latin Awards on March 30 in Las Vegas. Previous President's Award recipients include Juanes, Gloria Estefan, Willie Nelson, Latin Recording Academy Chairman Emeritus Kike Santander, and Taylor Swift, among others. (2/1)

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