News Brief: New Grooveshark Lawsuit, Spotify US Hits 70K, UMG Shuffle, RIM Cuts, eMusic Plans, More
A group of publishers and songwriters have filed a new lawsuit against Grooveshark claiming it enables users to obtain music illegally and is liable for copyright infringement. UMG is also suing Grooveshark, but EMI has settled theirs. (CNet)
- Spotify hit 70,000 paid U.S. subscribers in its first week according to major label exec reports collected by Billboard's Bill Werde.
- Universal Music Group is naming publishing exec Ethiopia Habtemariam to head Motown and an "uber-artistic leader" to head Def Jam according to The Wrap.
- Blackberry maker RIM cut 4000 jobs this morning. That's 11% of its workforce. A management realignment is also underway that does no include replacing the co-CEO's.
- eMusic CEO: Forget Spotify, Our Business Is Going To Be Huge Thanks To Music Nerds. (SAI) Klein has smart plans for eMusic, but is it enough to differentiate it from an onslaught of both mainstream and niche competitors for scarce fan dollars?
- A leaked look at Facebook's iPad app. (TechCrunch) Here's how you can get the Facebook iPad App now.
- The two fake Apple stores that we wrote about last week are being forced to close. (Reuters)
- Pandora's Kennedy Sees `Significant' Growth in Ad Sales. (Bloomberg)
- Meet Some of Turntable.fm’s Top DJs. (Mashable)