The Weeknd: Spotify, Switzerland, Ienner, Ticketmaster, SXSW, Yoga...
These are the stories we're watching this weekend. Check back for ongoing updates.
But wait, there's a lot more getting pushed by Spotify. Get ready for enhancements like predictive search, public playlist search, an overhauled 'What's New' section, and a buddy search feature that lets users see what friends are listening to in real time. Other updates include full-screen support for OS X Lion users.
Same continent, wildly different policies: While France is clamping down on file-trading and even illegal streaming, Switzerland is becoming more lax. The Swiss government is moving towards legalizing downloads for personal use, a response to a sponsored study showing that piracy does not adversely affect entertainment budgets. Or, spending on things like concerts or merchandise.
Looks like UMG chieftain Lucian Grainge is tapping Don Ienner for a consultancy role, according to Hits. That's part of a complicated and ambitious resuscitation of the freshly-purchased EMI.
Ticketmaster is now offering $1.50 refunds for deceptive surcharges, an offer that will ultimately cost Live Nation more than $11.25 million. The refund period lasts for 4 years, more details here.
Bruce Springsteen will be keynoting SXSW.
And deep breath... yoga guru Bikram Choudhury is now suing a former student for copying his Bikram Yoga techniques and then drastically cutting the cost of classes.
/alexandra. Written while listening to Drake and The Weeknd.