(In an effort to keep you fully informed, and fully entertained, below we present today's FYI and TMI — news you need and news that's, well, sometimes needless….)
Oscar Winners Announced
GRAMMY winners Adele and Paul Epworth and GRAMMY-nominated composer/producer Mychael Danna were the winners in the music categories at the 85th Annual Academy Awards on Feb. 24 in Los Angeles, taking home Oscars for Music (Original Song) for "Skyfall" from Skyfall and Music (Original Score) for Life Of Pi, respectively. Additionally, Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn's Searching For Sugar Man featuring underground folk/rock musician Rodriguez won in the Documentary Feature category.
Madonna Tops Billboard's 2013 Money Makers List
Billboard has revealed its list of the top 40 money makers of 2013 with GRAMMY winner Madonna ranking No. 1 with $34.6 million in earnings. Bruce Springsteen placed No. 2 with $33.4 million, followed by Roger Waters ($21.2 million), Van Halen ($20.2 million), and Kenny Chesney ($19.1 million). Concert income accounted for 69 percent of venues for the 40 top-earnings artists.
Google To Launch Streaming Service?
Searching engine Google is in the process of negotiating licensing fees to implement a music streaming service similar to Spotify, Mog and Deezer, according to a Financial Times report. The news follows Google's previous announcement that it's looking to add a subscription service to its video site YouTube. Further details on the pending service were not revealed.
The New Jacksun, Meat At Staples Center And Marr's Note To Smiths Fans
Previously in TMI … Jermaine Jackson, older brother of the late Michael Jackson, filed a court petition on Nov. 6 to change his famous last name from Jackson to Jacksun. According to a recent report, the change became official on Feb. 20. In an effort to prevent any confusion, we recommend Jermaine refer to himself as "the artist formerly known as Jackson." Remember when we learned Staples Center would go meatless for Morrissey? Well, it turns out the venue will not go vegetarian for the singer's March 1 show and Los Angeles fans will see meat options with their Morrissey. Speaking of things related to the Smiths, guitarist Johnny Marr, who in 2010 banned British Prime Minister David Cameron from liking the Smiths, thinks his former band isn't such a big deal after all. In speaking about the possibility of a Smiths reunion in a recent interview with NPR, Marr said, "[Fans] hope there will be some big happy ending. The fact is, there is a happy ending — I'm happy. … It's slightly difficult when people assume that your life will be complete, or everybody's life will be complete, if this band from 25 years ago reforms." When it comes to a Smiths reunion, it's safe to say the answer to "How soon is now?" is … not too soon.