Amy Winehouse Dies

Amy Winehouse Dies
GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse died July 23 in London. A cause of death was not provided. She was 27. Winehouse caught her first career break at age 16 when pop singer and friend Tyler James passed on her demo to his A&R representative who was looking for a jazz vocalist at the time, landing Winehouse a deal with Island Records. In 2003 Winehouse released her debut album Frank, which garnered a nomination for the UK's 2004 Barclaycard Mercury Prize. Winehouse's sophomore effort Back To Black was released in the United States in 2007 and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, marking the highest-charting American debut by a British female recording artist. The album went multi-platinum and spawned two hits on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Rehab" and "You Know I'm No Good," and five GRAMMY Awards, including Best New Artist and Song and Record Of The Year for "Rehab." "Amy Winehouse was a dynamic performer and musician who seamlessly blended rock, jazz, pop, and soul and created a sound all her own," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. "She will forever be remembered for her immense talent, and her music will live on for generations to come." Winehouse was reportedly working on the release of her third album prior to her death. (7/25)

Thomas-Rasset Fine Reduced To $54,000
Following a November 2010 report, accused illegal file-sharer Jammie Thomas-Rasset has been ordered by a U.S. District Court judge to pay the RIAA $54,000 in copyright damages, reduced from the $1.5 million fine Thomas-Rasset was ordered to pay by a federal jury last year. The judge ruled that the award was higher than the court would have chosen on its own and is the maximum amount permitted under the Constitution of the United States. Thomas-Rasset was found guilty in 2009 after willfully violating the copyrights of 24 songs. (7/25)

U.S. Music Streaming Services Lack Growth
According to a recent Nielsen report, the active reach of music streaming services in the United States such as Pandora, Napster and Rhapsody, among others, was 10.2 percent in April, unchanged from the 10.3 percent reach reported in the year-ago period. The report also revealed that streaming services are most popular among younger demographics, with the largest group of streaming service consumers being females between the ages of 18–24. Additionally, music streaming services across Europe also seem to be lacking in growth, with relatively low percentages of reach reported in Spain (18 percent), France (less than 14 percent), Germany (5.5 percent), and the UK (5.2 percent). (7/25)

Latin GRAMMY Artists Honored At Premios Juventud
Latin GRAMMY-nominated artist Prince Royce was the top winner at the 8th Annual Premios Juventud (Youth Awards) July 21 in Miami, taking home four awards, including Voice of the Moment and My Favorite Video for "Corazón Sin Cara." Additional artists garnering awards included Latin GRAMMY winners Camila, Enrique Iglesias and Juan Luis Guerra, Shakira, and Wisin y Yandel. (7/25)

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