Eminem Set To Open VMAs

Eminem Set To Open VMAs
GRAMMY winner Eminem, who's nominated for eight MTV Video Music Awards, is set to open the ceremony on Sept. 12 at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, according to MTV General Manager Stephen Friedman. Eminem's nominations include Best Hip-Hop Video, Best Male Video and Video of the Year for "Not Afraid." (9/9)

AmieStreet Acquired By Amazon, Songza To Launch
Amazon has acquired digital music service AmieStreet.com for an undisclosed amount. As a result, the AmieStreet.com service — and its dynamic pricing approach — will be discontinued as of Sept. 22 and all links will instead forward to Amazon's MP3 store. Meanwhile, the founders of AmieStreet.com will launch a new social music streaming service called Songza. (9/9)

HMV Sales Take Hit
Entertainment retailer HMV has reported a 13.9 percent decrease in total sales for its UK and Ireland operations, and a 9.9 percent decrease in HMV Group sales for the 19 week period ending Sept. 4. Sales for HMV Live were up 8 percent during the period. Sources say consumer spending decreased during this period because of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. (9/9)

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