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The Recording Academy And EMI Music Team Up To Release The 2010 Grammy Nominees CD January 6, 2010

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The Recording Academy’s GRAMMY Recordings has partnered with EMI Music to release the 2010 GRAMMY Nominees CD, the 16th edition of the best-selling series highlighting artists and songs nominated for the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards

The disc contains many of the most widely recognized GRAMMY categories with the 20 tracks representing nominees for Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals, and Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals.

“We’re proud to be working with The Recording Academy tooffer fans some of the year’s mostmemorable music,” said Ronn Werre, President of EMI Music Services and COO of EMI Music in North America. “This GRAMMY nominees CDfeatures hit after hit from an eclectic group of talented artists. As well as delivering great value,it alsosupports the very worthy causes of MusiCares and The GRAMMY Foundation.”

The 20-song collection will be available Jan. 19 and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the CD will benefit the MusiCares Foundation and the GRAMMY Foundation, two charitable organizations established by The Recording Academy. For more information about the Foundations, please visit http://www.grammy.com.

Kenye West versus Taylor Swift–A Professional Jealousy or a Staged Interruption? September 14, 2009

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Professional jealousy or staged interruption?

Last night on MTV’s Video Music Awards Kenye West apparently upstaged Taylor Swift with an outburst that voiced his objection to her accepting an award that he thought was owed Beyonce. Nominated for the same award, he said that Beyonce should have won for her ”Single Ladies (Put a Ring on it)” as it was ”one of the best videos of all time.”

As he had several times before, West was certain to get the award show spotlight to shine on him.

Swift, interrupted in her acceptance speech, was visibly upset and ran off stage. West, booed for this interruption, was interrupted as the broadcast cut away to a wide angle shot of the stage and then to a pre-recorded segment with Tracy Morgan. Booed, West, was asked to leave the show and left the building.

For the many of viewers who may have missed this scene, they tuned into YouTube to catch copies of the video clip. Viacom, MTV’s parent company — which is embroiled in a long-running $1 billion lawsuit with YouTube — engaged in a game of media “whack-a-mole,” tried to squash illicit copies of the videos almost as soon as they appeared.

According to Hill Holiday, a communications and marketing agency, a single video of Mr. West’s outburst registered 500,000 viewers and “got pulled by Viacom within 20 minutes.”

Swift later had a chance to recapture her moment in the spotlight when Beyonce, accepting her moonman for her “Single Ladies” which took the video of the year, invited Swift out on stage to properly ”have her moment.”

500,000 views within 20 minutes? You talk about a viral video. Was this staged or was it a case of a petty professional jealousy.

What do you think?

EU And MTV Enlist International Artists To Mobilize Youth Audiences In Run-Up To Copenhagen Climate Conference July 23, 2009

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The European Commission and MTV Networks International launched the “Play to Stop – Europe for Climate” campaign. The campaign will run for six months, and is aimed at raising awareness among young people about the dangers of climate change whilst mobilizing them in the run-up to the Climate Conference in Copenhagen this December.

“Play to Stop” targets 11 EU Member States and involves TV spots, a Moby concert in Stockholm, two concerts featuring other artists in Budapest and Copenhagen, webcasts and games, and editorial content about the battle against climate change.

EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said: “Today’s young people will bear the brunt of the impacts of climate change. Major artists on board

From July to December, “Play to Stop – Europe for Climate” aims to engage young people in 11 EU Member States in the fight against climate change. Throughout the campaign the music channel will also devote editorial content to the fight against climate change, producing several specials.

Each concert will take place alongside a major event related to climate change: World Water Week in Stockholm, Mobility Week in Budapest, and the Climate Conference in Copenhagen. Boosting action by young people

While young people are aware of the risks posed by climate change, they rarely act against it. Only 51% of people aged between 15 and 24 have ever taken action to fight climate change, the lowest proportion of any age group.

For more on this: http://www.mtvplay4climate.eu