June 2013 News
MTV, Sister Channels Launch Online Only Music Festival
MTV, along with sister channels CMT and VH-1, will air “Live Music Festival Day” on June 19th. The festival is online only and viewers will be able to choose which of the 50 artists they want to see. Kate Nash, Hanson, Gavin DeGraw, and Atlas Genius are just a few of the artists announced.
The live performances will take place at Viacom offices in Nashville, New York, and Los Angeles. Questlove will take part in a 24 hour drum-a-thon.
For more on this event, go here.
Jack White Saves Masonic Temple
On the day this Detroit landmark was to be foreclosed on, Jack White saved it.
The Detroit native paid $142,000 to save the Masonic Temple.
White’s mother was an usher at the temple and he has played the venue nine times. Other acts such as Jimi Hendrix, The Who, and Rush have also played there.
The temple will be renamed The Jack White Theater.
Apple’s Streaming Service Coming Soon
Recently launched Google Play All Access will have some new competition. Apple’s iRadio could be coming as soon as next week.
They have secured agreements with Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group. Though with the latter, they have only secured recorded music rights (music publishing involves songwriting). Apple is also reportedly in talks with Sony Music Entertainment and Sony/ATV (which handles publishing).
The streaming service is expected to be free and will incorporate iTunes by utilizing a “buy” button.
Go here for more details.