(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….)
Latin GRAMMYs Reach 1.5 Million Twitter Followers
The Latin Recording Academy has reached more than 1.5 million Latin GRAMMY Twitter followers, marking a social media milestone for the organization. The XIII Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards took place Nov. 15, 2012, and 10 million viewers tuned in to all or part of the live three-hour broadcast on the Univision Network.
Universal Music UK To Launch Virgin EMI Records
Universal Music UK Chairman and CEO David Joseph has announced the launch of Virgin EMI Records, a merger of Mercury Records and Virgin Records America, the latter of which was acquired by Universal Music Group in 2012 to complete its purchase of EMI Music's recorded music division. Artists set to make up the Virgin EMI roster, which will be helmed by former Island Records co-president Ted Cockle, include Justin Bieber, Elton John, Rihanna, Emeli Sandé, Taylor Swift, and Kanye West, among others.
Hastings Narrows Fourth-Quarter Loss
Hastings Entertainment reported revenue of $1.2 million for the fourth quarter ending Jan. 31, an improvement compared to a net loss of $8.4 million reported in the same period last year. Retail sales, including DVDs, games, consumer electronics, and music, reached $126 million, down 6.8 percent from sales of $135 million. Hastings total revenue in 2012 reached $462.5 million, down from $496.4 million in 2011, due in part to a 12 percent decline in music sales.
It's Only Rock And Roll … But Do They Like It?
It's only rock and roll, and the Rolling Stones like it, but it's not satisfactory for Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson, who said Mick Jagger lacked "sincerity" during the band's recent short arena tour. "Bands the size and scale of the Stones, they're like Disneyland. I felt like the audience at those shows were rock and roll tourists." For their part, Mumford & Sons don't even want to be associated with the genre. "We're not, like, hard men. We're emotional. We're not rock and roll," said banjo player Winston Marshall in an interview with The Sun. In contrast, Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner claims rock and roll is the reason he moved to Los Angeles. "It's built on rock and roll . … Well, that and the fact that the sun always shines and you can ride your motorcycle in December." For those about to rock (or not), we still salute you.