(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….)
AEG No Longer For Sale, Tim Leiweke To Leave Company
Anschutz Entertainment Group, which was put up for sale last September, is now off the market, according to a statement from company owner Philip Anschutz. In February the list of bidders for AEG was reportedly narrowed to three, but bidders were unable to reach AEG's $8 billion asking price, according to Billboard.biz. Anschutz also announced that AEG president and CEO Tim Leiweke will leave the company and that he will be replaced by current COO/CFO Dan Beckerman.
Twitter To Launch New Music App
According to Cnet News, Twitter will launch a music service, Twitter Music, in late March. The app, which will help users find new music, is reportedly being built by We Are Hunted, an Australia-based developer that Twitter acquired last year. Twitter Music will stream music via Berlin-based audio-sharing service SoundCloud, according to a Bloomberg report.
Petition Aims To Make R. Kelly's "Ignition (Remix)" The National Anthem
Lyrics to the national anthem could change from "O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave" to "Can I get a toot toot? Can I get a beep beep?" if more than 10,000 citizens get their way. A new petition submitted to the White House aims to replace Francis Scott Key's "The Star-Spangled Banner" with GRAMMY winner R. Kelly's "Ignition (Remix)," because the latter song "better suits the glorious nation we have become," according to the petition description. The initiative needs 100,000 signatures by April 2 to reach President Barack Obama's desk. If the petition is successful, citizens could go from placing their right hands over their hearts to rollin' their bodies all over the country.