>• Hopefully you’ve already got popcorn and a cold beverage idling in the fridge in preparation for the 49th ACM Awards on CBS Sunday 7 pm central. Kimberly Perry and her brothers are set to bust the show open and fans of The Voice will be watching and waiting for the scheduled duet with Blake Shelton and co-Voice judge, Shakira. The ACMs are embracing the international fervor about country music by opening fan voting to Australia this year and Canada for the second time. Returning as co-hosts will be Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan.
>• Warner/Chappell Music has named Travis Carter A&R Manager. Carter will provide A&R resources and creative support across the publisher’s roster and catalog, and assist in the discovery of new talent and development of existing songwriters. A former touring musician, Carter previously held roles at Love Monkey Music, Tom-Leis Music/AAM and Sony Music. He will report to Ben Vaughn, Executive VP Warner/Chappell Nashville.
>• BMI will honor Stevie Nicks with the Icon Award at its 62nd Pop Awards, May 13 in Beverly Hills. Nicks has 12 BMI million performance citations for songs such as “Dreams,” “Rhiannon,” and “Landslide.” She’s had multi-platinum success as a member of Fleetwood Mac and a solo artist. Nicks is also a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
>• Performing rights organizations ASCAP, BMI and Canada’s SOCAN have joined forces to create MusicMark a new resource to “make works registration more efficient for our members and to create a common authoritative picture of the musical works we represent.” According to MusicMark, each PRO will continue to maintain its own back office and copyright records. However, being able to register new works in one place should simplify the process for publishers whose writers are increasingly involved in co-writing situations. Scott Parker, President of Nashville
publishing company Hearts Bluff Music, told the Tennessean, “Performing rights organizations are essentially big song-data companies with enormous potential. But since that data has been managed through proprietary, redundant silos, it’s prone to many inefficiencies and errors… [and] cost everyone a lot of money.”
>• The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has taken steps to free additional airwaves for Wi-Fi and wireless broadband. One change in the recently approved measure makes available a broad spectrum of airwaves for outdoor unlicensed broadband which, according to the NY Times, “clears the way for a new generation of Wi-Fi networks and other uses of freely available airwaves. The FCC will also auction several additional bands of airwaves as well. The proceeds are earmarked to fund a nationwide emergency radio network for police, fire and other public safety workers.
>• YouTube Music is apparently gearing up for a summertime launch according to Digital Music News. Think Spotify with videos and curated playlists, ad-free enjoyment, plus recommendations based upon activity. Speaking of Spotify, the streaming access service rolled out a “Your Music” feature today to help users save and organize music more easily. In tandem they introduced a significant site redesign.
>• With a letter from CEO Jeff Bezos, Amazon released its Fire TV box for $99 today. The Fire runs Android and offers Netflix, Hulu, plus of course Amazon Prime’s streaming channel. Here’s his letter.