(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….)
Azoff Exits Live Nation
Live Nation chairman Irving Azoff will step down from his post effective immediately, according to The Wall Street Journal. Azoff will remain a manager at Live Nation, representing artists included Christina Aguilera and Eagles. He is expected to join the board of the Liberty Media Corporation-owned Starz cable network. In conjunction with the announcement, Liberty Media has purchased 1.7 million shares of Live Nation stock from Azoff, increasing the company's stake to a 26.4 percent share. Details on a replacement for Azoff were not disclosed. In related Live Nation news, CEO Michael Rapino's contract has been extended through 2019.
UK Album Sales, U.S. Holiday Music Sales Down
Album sales in the UK totaled 100.5 million units in 2012, down 11.2 percent compared to the same period in 2011, according to data from UK trade organization BPI. The decline was spurred by a 19.5 percent decrease in physical album sales to 69.4 million. Digital album sales increased 14.8 percent to 30.5 million. Singles sales reached 188.6 million in 2012, up 6 percent compared to the same period last year, with 99.6 percent of sales coming from the digital side. In related news, U.S. holiday-season music sales totaled 54.9 million units for the six-week period ending Dec. 23, a 10 percent decrease compared to the same period in 2011, according to Billboard.biz. Physical album sales decreased 15.4 percent to 39 million units, while digital album sales increased 5.3 percent to nearly 15 million units.
Noel Gallagher: God Is An Oasis Fan
According to Noel Gallagher, his ticket through the pearly gates of heaven are secure, thanks to the music he created while a member of Oasis. In an interview with The Sun, Gallagher revealed he will convince St. Peter to let him in by simply asking the storied biblical leader if he's heard "Don't Look Back In Anger." "They'd say, 'Of course,' and I'd say, 'Look, it's me, let us in,'" said Gallagher. "'I can play you a tune. I robbed some stuff [and] I took a lot of drugs, but I'm alright." If "Don't Look Back In Anger" is Gallagher's ticket into heaven, just think where "Wonderwall" could get him since it was a GRAMMY-nominated hit.
Kardashian, West Expecting First Child
Despite the fact that Kanye West was missing from the Kardashian family's 2012 holiday card, the famed rapper and girlfriend Kim Kardashian have announced they're adding another name to their celebrity throne in the form of a child. West revealed at a concert in Atlantic City, N.J., on Dec. 30 that his other half is "having my baby" and asked the crowd to congratulate his "baby mom," calling the news the "most amazing thing." We're thinking this could be a whole new reality show in the making.