Friday, May 6, 2011

Taylor Swift Opens Bridgestone Rehearsal to Benefit Tornado Victims, ROME Tracks feat. Jack White, Russian Billionaire Buys WMG [Newsy Bits]

Posted By on Fri, May 6, 2011 at 3:29 PM

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* International superstar — and my fellow HHS alumnus — Taylor Swift is currently in rehearsals at Bridgestone Arena for her Speak Now Tour, and she’s about to do something really thoughtful. Swift’s final dress rehearsal will be May 21 at Bridgestone, and she’s opening it up to 13,000 fans in order to benefit the victims of last week’s tornadoes. “I was watching the coverage of the tornadoes backstage at rehearsals, and I wanted to do something for the families affected by the damage,” says Swift. “I’ve never opened a rehearsal to the public before, but I felt that inviting my fans to the last rehearsal for the Speak Now Tour would be a great way to raise money.” She’s calling the open rehearsal Speak Now … Help Now!, and ticketing info will be available via her site on Monday, May 9. One-hundred percent of proceeds will benefit the tornado victims. Swift will also debut her video for the song "Mean" tonight on CMT.

* So that project ROME? You know, the forthcoming album from Danger Mouse and Italian composer Daniele Luppi that features vocals from Jack White and Norah Jones? We’ve mentioned it here and there, and Third Man already released a single from the record — “Two Against One” b/w “Black” — for Record Store Day. Well, now you can hear all three of the tracks that feature Jack White. P4k has “Two Against One” and “The Rose With the Broken Neck,” and Seattle’s 107.7 The End has “The World.” By the way, The End spelled “ado” as “adieu,” but they’re radio folk, so we won’t bust on their copy-editing skills too hard. ROME officially drops in the US on May 17.

* And in international news, Warner Music Group just sold itself to Access Industries for $3.3 damn billion — “billion” with a “B.” Access is the company of Russian-born billionaire Len Blavatnik. Says Michael J. De la Merced of The New York Times' DealBook, “Many consider Mr. Blavatnik’s next step to be an attempt to combine Warner Music’s record-music arm with that of the EMI Group, which Citigroup owns after foreclosing on its previous owner. That would shrink the number of big global record companies to three from four … ” Monopoly time. You know how JEFF just inked that deal with Warner Music Group? And you know how they were just in Russia, and said they met the guy with the tiny giraffe from the DirecTV commercials? What if that guy and this Blavatnik character are THE SAME GUY? Russian billionaires. I like it.

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