> "Anecdotal evidence suggests we’re entering the tail end of the recent indie-rock boom.." (LA Weekly)
> Artists are up in arms as the UK (and most of Europe) seems unlikely to extend copyiright protection past 50 years. This would make many of the hits of the 50's available for free. (Reuters) U.S. protection extends for 95 years.
> Allofmp3.com attempts to fight back. (TechWeb)
> Does portable music have to be compressed and crappy sounding? "[Our] research shows that 56 percent of consumers have never even heard what they would consider to be a 'great audio experience,' " says Ms. Boone, "so they don't know how to evaluate [audio]."(Christian Science Monitor)
Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and Kiefer Sutherland Win 'Big' at 'VH1 Big in '06 Awards' Premiering Sunday, December 3 at 9 PM*
'VH1 Big in '06 Awards' Delivers One of Pop Culture's Biggest Nights Proving That Size Does Matter
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Today's biggest celebrities made a "BIG" splash at the "VH1 Big In '06 Awards" red carpet. Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and Kiefer Sutherland were among the 'big' winners at the show.
VH1 pays homage to the biggest stars, the biggest moments and the biggest crazes of this year with "VH1 Big in '06 Awards," premiering Sunday, December 3 at 9PM*. Viewers voted for each category online at http://big.vh1.com/ and on their mobile phones.
Actor and comedian D.L. Hughley hosted the annual year end celebration which featured appearances by Justin Timberlake, Eva Longoria, Kiefer Sutherland, Lance Bass, Stephen Colbert, Tommy Lee, Xzibit, Mario Lopez, Joey Lawrence, Katharine McPhee, Masi Oka, lonelygirl15 (Jessica Rose,) Megan Mullally, Miley Cyrus, David Hasselhoff, Brooke Hogan, Danny Bonaduce, Dominic Monaghan, Emily Procter, Hayden Panettiere, Gary Dourdan, Kathy Griffin, George Takei, Ice-T and Coco, Janelle Pierzina (Big Brother,) Jenna Jameson, Ken Davitian, Perez Hilton, Mat Kearny, Alec Mapa, Arden Myrin, Andrew Dice Clay, ANT, Brody Stevens, Hal Sparks, Kennedy, Lawrence Zarian, Lisa Arch, Loni Love and Oscar Nunez with performances by Fergie, The Fray, The Killers, "Weird Al" Yankovic and a special performance by Dennis DeYoung. Flavor Flav also was on hand as a backstage on-air correspondent. Yes, it was that BIG!
VH1 exclusive event coverage launches on VSPOT (http://vspot.vh1.com/), VH1's broadband channel today. Content includes: pre- and post-show artist and celebrity interviews and behind-the-scenes event coverage hosted by Aamer Haleem. Show highlights including exclusive musical performances and award presentations are now available on-demand on VSPOT.
Big Music Artist:
Big Web Hit:
"WHAT'S A DATE" (lonelygirl15: Jessica Rose)
NORTH KOREA TESTS A NUKE
Big Reality Star:
Big IT Girl:
Big TV Star:
Warner Bros' new motion picture, "Unaccompanied Minors," L'Oreal Paris(R), Burger King(R), Alltel Wireless, Cotton Incorporated, and Bebe are the sponsors of "VH1 Big in '06 Awards."
"VH1 Big in '06 Awards" is executive produced by Lee Rolontz and Michael Dempsey.
*All Times ET/PT
VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in 90 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital services including VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul and VSPOT, VH1's broadband channel. Connect with VH1 at http://www.vh1.com/.
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