FYI/TMI: Jack White Helms Record Store Day, Staples Center Goes Meat-Free For Morrissey
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White Named Record Store Day Ambassador
GRAMMY winner Jack White has been named ambassador for the sixth annual Record Store Day, set to take place April 20 at record stores around the world. Founded in 2007, Record Store Day celebrates the unique culture of more than 700 independently owned record stores in the United States and around the world. Record Store Day 2012 drove a 26.6 percent increase in overall album sales and a 1,016.7 percent sales increase in vinyl singles.
BMG Acquires Sanctuary
BMG Rights Management, the Berlin-based joint venture between Bertelsmann AG and private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., has acquired indie rock label Sanctuary from Universal Music Group for approximately $62.5 million, according to a Billboard.biz report. The sale is part of the assets being divested by UMG to complete its purchase of EMI Music.
L.A. Goes Meat-Free For Morrissey
For the first time in history, Los Angeles' Staples Center, also home to the annual GRAMMY Awards, is going meat-free … for Morrissey. According to a report, vendors within and around Staples Center will be 100 percent vegetarian on the day of Morrissey's sold-out concert on March 1. "I don't look upon it as a victory for me, but a victory for the animals," said the singer. Details on whether any live animals were comped for the concert were not revealed.