Michael Jackon's doctor, Conrad Murray, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter today. He was charged with administering a deadly dose of a hospital-grade sedative to Jackson on June 25, 2009. Murray could face a four-year prison sentence and a loss of his medical license. (Spin)
The initial SXSW 2012 lineup has been announced and includes Against Me!, Class Actress, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Thee Oh Sees, Yukon Blonde and a hundred others. The festival takes place Tues, March 13 through Sun, March 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (SXSW)
A report released by the International Intellectual Property Alliance on Friday says that publishing, software, film, music and television industries added more than $930 billion to the U.S. economy in 2010, almost 6.4 percent of total gross domestic product. Industry groups are urging Congress to protect this economic health with new copyright legislation. (Business Week)
Lady Gaga announced that her anti-bullying charity is set to launch in 2012. The Born This Way Foundation aims to address "issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development." It's led by the pop star and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, and will partner with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The California Endowment and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. (Billboard)
Amy Winehouse's Lioness: Hidden Treasures will be released on Dec. 5. Last week, Winehouse’s estate and Island Records announced the posthumous album, featuring 12 previously unreleased songs hand-picked by Mark Ronson (who produced her seminal Back To Black) and Salaam Remi (Frank). One track – “Like Smoke” featuring Nas – has already debuted.
British folk-rockers Mumford & Sons brought a new ballad called “Ghosts That We Knew” to Philadelphia's Radio 104.5 last weekend.
Vampire Weekend producer and multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij gave us another solo effort called “Don’t Let It Get To You”.
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Scottish band Franz Ferdinand, of 'Take Me Out” fame, has been pretty quiet since their 2009 release Tonight: Franz Ferdinand. Not to worry, the band said back in 2010 that they were working on a new album and promise a comeback for 2012. (Paste)