(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….)
Billboard, Nielsen To Incorporate YouTube Data
Billboard and Nielsen have announced they will add U.S. video streaming data from YouTube to their respective platforms for tracking hits on Billboard singles charts, including the Billboard Hot 100 and country, hip-hop, R&B, rap, Latin, rock, and dance/electronica songs charts. Billboard will incorporate all official videos on YouTube and Vevo, including user-generated clips containing authorized audio. The new data will be added to Billboard's existing tracking formula, which also includes sales of digital downloads and physical singles, terrestrial radio airplay, on-demand streaming, and Internet radio plays.
GRAMMY Winners Garner Brit Awards
GRAMMY winners Adele, the Black Keys, Coldplay, Paul Epworth, Frank Ocean, and Mumford & Sons were among the winners at the Brit Awards 2013, taking place Feb. 20 in London. Adele won the British Single award for "Skyfall"; the Black Keys, Ocean and Mumford & Sons were named International Group, International Male Solo Artist and British Group, respectively; Coldplay were honored with the British Live Act award; and Epworth was named British Producer of the Year. Multiple winners included Ben Howard and Emeli Sandé. In related awards news, GRAMMY winners Joe Perry and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith will receive the ASCAP Founders Award at the 30th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards on April 17 in Los Angeles.
Billy Corgan's Cage-Rattling Furniture Commercial
Remember when Billy Corgan announced he was getting into the wrestling business in 2011? To drum up attention for his company, Resistance Pro Wrestling, Corgan has partnered in a commercial for U.S. furniture chain Walter E. Smith.. The ad features Corgan and his business partners involved in a game of musical chairs that erupts into a wrestling match. As one wrestler threatens to bash another with a chair, Corgan shouts, "Wait, that's a Walter E. Smithe chair!" Clearly, it's OK to smash pumpkins, but not furniture.