(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….)
2012 National Recording Registry Selections Announced
The Library of Congress has named 25 selections to the 2012 National Recording Registry, including GRAMMY Hall Of Fame entries Big Brother & The Holding Company's Cheap Thrills, Chubby Checker's "The Twist," Jimmie Davis' "You Are My Sunshine," Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon, and the original Broadway cast recording of "South Pacific." The list also includes recordings from artists such as Bee Gees, Van Cliburn, the Ramones, Will Rogers, and Simon & Garfunkel, among others. Nominations come from members of the LOC Preservation Board, which includes The Recording Academy, and online suggestions from the public.
YouTube Reaches 1 Billion Users
Online video service YouTube has reached 1 billion monthly users, up from 800 million monthly viewers reported in October 2011, according to an announcement made by the company. In addition, overall YouTube consumption grew by 50 percent in 2012, according to Robert Kyncl, vice president and global head of content for Google/YouTube.
Robbie Williams Defends Britpop
Robbie Williams is telling British alternative rock group Suede to take that. In a recent interview, Suede frontman Brett Anderson criticized pop music, saying there has "always been crap pop music" while taking shots at the revival of boy bands. Williams fired back in a blog post insisting that "the world's a lot more exciting with One Direction in it. …" Williams eventually retracted his comments and even offered positive feedback on Suede's new album Bloodsports. It's true that all is fair in not only war, but pop and indie rock.