> An extensive interview with EMI's Guy Hands. (Telegraph UK) My favorite revelation is that the EMI bands and managers skeptical of the reorganization plans have organized in a loose knit group dubbed The Black Hands Gang. Only the English could do this with a sense of humor. In LA they wouldn't be able to afraid of our own position to organize under any banner.
> Len Blavatnik has resigned from Warner Music Group's Board of Directors effective immediately. Blavatnik is founder and Chairman of Access Industries, a U.S.-based industrial group that owns 2% of WMG's stock. (WMG) That stock is now worth 1/3rd of the $17 per share that Access bought in at in 2004. Track WMG's stock here.
> Observers expect a smaller iPod sales growth report during Apple's earnings call on Tuesday. (MarketWatch)
> MTV's Rock Band logs a whopping 2.5 million song downloads. (press release)
> Mark Cuban declares the album dead. (Blog Maverick) I think Cuban is a bit late to this party, but agree 100% Artists and labels need to realize this and start releasing in 1-3 song digital download clusters compiling them into albums with bonus content periodically. It's the reality of current fan behavior and great ongoing market research.
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> Quickly review last week's top stories with our Music 2.0 Week In Review.
> R.I.P. - John Stewart, founder of The Kingston trio and writer of such hits as "Daydream Believer"