Satellite Radio’s Music Channels Slightly Less Compelling Than Stern, C-Span

Eliot Van Buskirk of Wired’s Listening Post blog is at the Digital Music Forum East this week, and he noted a somewhat odd statistic:

But at the first day of the Digital Music Forum East conference yesterday, Music Choice CEO David Del Beccaro, who occasionally affected an overly calm voice in a possible attempt to make the other panelists sound frenetic by comparison, dropped an interesting piece of satellite radio science during the kickoff panel, “The State of the Digital Music Union.”

He claimed, “music is fourth on satellite radio behind Howard Stern, sports, and news.”

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Liner Notes: Could Somebody In America Please Do Something Interesting?

– Police are looking into whether singer James Blunt committed a “foot-and-run” in Los Angeles earlier this week. More »

Leak Of The Day: T-Pain Bellies Up To The Bar

Oh, T-Pain–how you torture us! Every time we start falling for one of your dumbed-down strip-club odes, you kick in with those ridiculously hammy vocal effects. More »

Track Marks: How The Bird & The Bee Became This Week’s Biggest Band In The World

Welcome to another edition of Track Marks, in which your Idolators perform an autopsy on the latest band burning up the MP3-blogger charts. More »

Aggregated Assault: What The Music Blogs Are Posting Right Now

– More Beatles covers than you can shake a silver hammer at. [Power Pop Lovers] – A few cuts from the Seattle funk scene of 40 years ago. [The Smudge Of Ashen Fluff] – “Christina Aguilera is a hell of a lot more fun, and aurally rewarding, to listen to than Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s.” More »

L.A. Police Investigating Puff Daddy’s First Hit In Ten Years

Not everybody had a dull time on Oscar night: According to, the LAPD are looking into an alleged Sunday-evening run-in between Diddy and a lowly commoner: Gerard Rechnitzer was at a post-Oscar bash Sunday night with his fiancee at Teddy’s at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood. More »

Tabloid Hopes To Speed Robbie Williams’ Recovery By Deluging Him With Unflattering Pictures Of Himself

From the Sun, which will apparently deliver these en masse to the beleaguered pop star once some sort of critical card-mass has been reached. Isn’t there a photo researcher over there who could have picked a somewhat more flattering picture of Williams? More »

Videodrone: Cheap Trick Does It For The Kids

Last week, we found a vintage clip of Patti Smith playing to an audience of adorably cheery moppets during an appearance on Kids Are People, Too; and now, a tipster has sent along footage of a Cheap Trick performance from the same show. More »

Ending On A Good Note: Wednesday’s MP3 Roundup

PICK TO CLICK: Stars – Elevator Love Letter [more info] The Bird & The Bee – Fucking Boyfriend / I Hate Camera / La La La [more info] T-Pain feat. More »

RIAA’s Brand-New Web Site Slaps A Happy Face On Its Legal Entanglements

The RIAA has launched a Web site for people who want to settle their file-swapping lawsuits, and it’s exactly as cutting-edge as you’d expect. Not only does it have lots of drop-shadow graphics (check out that reflection!) More »

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