AM Brief: EMI Split Up Likely, MTV Adds Global Iggy, Facebook Music Mobile, Hires: SoundOut, Google
EMI is likely to be sold as two separate units, Reuters is reporting. Top bidders for publishing are Sony/ATV and BMG. Warner Music Group and Universal are bidding for the label side of EMI.
- Reversing what an ongoing musical trade imbalance, MTV finally brings global music to US: The MTV Iggy Show will debut Monday on MTV2, MTV and its own website. The weekly half-hour show will include videos and stories from around the globe. Nope, Iggy Pop is not the host. Call the lawyers!
- Facebook’s Social Music Features Are Poised for Mobile Rollout (Epicenter) plus Facebook And eBay Have Teamed To Breathe New Life Into Social Commerce. (TechCrunch)
- Music and radio analytics service SoundOut has appointed Rob Sisco as President, North America. Sisco previously headed The Nielsen Company’s Entertainment Measurement arm.
- Former Rhapsody Label Relations and Business Development head David Krinsky is headed to Google Music.
- NPR Music and Folk Alley return to Nashville tonight to present a live webcast of the Americana Music Association's 10th Annual Honors and Awards show from the Ryman Auditorium.
- Pitchfork launches Forms, a multi-media NYC festival presented with Bowery Presents and Kill Screen