That’s it, everyone: David Letterman has retired following his final episode of the “Late Show”. The show closed with Foo Fighters performing “Everlong” beneath footage and images documenting some of Letterman’s most iconic moments. “Thank you, and goodnight,” he said. Read the rest of this page »
Somehow, Verge managed to get a copy of the top-secret contract between music-streaming service Spotify and Sony, the major record label that owns music by Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Mariah Carey and One Direction. The terms may have changed since both companies signed this 42-page deal on January 18th, 2011, but the big news is the big money. Here are the top revelations from the leak: Read the rest of this page »
The co-creator of the technology that became Google Maps this week unveiled Weav Music, a new music engine that lets artists create different versions of the same song that can adjust to the tempo of whatever the listener is doing. Read the rest of this page »
Lipton Tea, a joint venture between Pepsi and Unilever, is entering the festival business: on October 24, the beverage brand will host its first Be More Tea Festival in North Charleston, South Carolina’s Riverfront Park. Passion Pit, The Roots, Walk The Moon and St. Lucia are the first confirmed artists, with more bookings to be announced in the coming weeks. The festival will be produced by Track Marketing Group and booked by music agency RPM. Read the rest of this page »
Trans World Entertainment continues its winning ways, posting a profit of $194,000, or one cent per diluted share, on sales of nearly $78 million, in its first quarter ended May 2. That’s an improvement on the $386,000 in red ink it posted in the corresponding quarter for the year before, when revenue was $87.2 million.
Sam Harris of X Ambassadors didn’t know that what was first a simple phrase — “breathe out, breathe in / American oxygen” — would turn into one of the hottest songs out right now. “American Oxygen,” the latest single from Rihanna’s forthcoming R8 album, was in the works for over a year before it dropped. When it did, Sam, who penned the song, was both “impressed and satisfied” with his creation’s success. Read the rest of this page »
Foo Fighters, David Letterman’s favorite band, will serve as the final musical guest when the late-night host bids farewell to Late Show on Wednesday night. Letterman and Dave Grohl’s band have shared a unique bond the past 15 years. In addition to frequenting the program, Foo Fighters also staged a weeklong residency on Late Show in October 2014 to celebrate their new album/HBO travelogue Sonic Highways. Read the rest of this page »
Apple plans to launch its streaming service in Russia and is in negotiations with labels, according to a local media report. However, the sluggish economy and competition might become obstacles for a successful launch. Read the rest of this page »