Music Nominees Will Not Perform At Oscars
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that nominated music artists will not perform during the 82nd Academy Awards telecast on March 7. Nominated songs will instead be featured during clips from their respective films. The five nominees in the Music (Original Song) category are GRAMMY winner Randy Newman's "Almost There" and "Down In New Orleans" from The Princess And The Frog; Frank Thomas and Reinhardt Wagner's "Paris 36" from Loin De Paname; Marion Cotillard's performance of "Take It All," written by Maury Yeston, from Nine; and Ryan Bingham and GRAMMY winner T Bone Burnett's "The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart)" from Crazy Heart. (2/18)
Estefan, Jones To Record Spanish "We Are The World"
GRAMMY winners Emilio Estefan and Quincy Jones will record "Somos El Mundo," a Spanish version of "We Are The World," in Miami on Feb. 19 with all proceeds benefiting Haiti relief through the We Are The World Foundation. This will mark the first time the song has been recorded in another language and featured artists will include GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY winners Gloria Estefan and Carlos Santana, Latin GRAMMY winner Alejandro Fernández, and Taboo of the GRAMMY-winning Black Eyed Peas, among others. The video will premiere March 1 on the Univision Network. (2/18)
Nielsen Study Reveals 79 Percent Would Avoid Paying Web Sites
A recent Nielsen study surveying more than 27,000 consumers across 52 countries found 79 percent of consumers would avoid using Web sites that charge for their service. Additionally, 62 percent said that paid-for content should be permissibly copied and shared, and 47 percent said they would willingly accept advertising to subsidize free content. Digital content that consumers are most likely to pay for, or are paying for already, include movies, music, games, and select videos, including television shows. (2/18)