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19 Dec 12 The Latest! Indie Retail, Rivera Fallout, Google Play, Scratch DJ Academy …

The Latest! Indie Retail, Rivera Fallout, Google Play, Scratch DJ Academy, Pitchfork…

It’s another eclectic week at indie retail, with albums from Game, Mumford Sons, Bruno Mars, Gary Clark, Jr., Rihanna, and Lumineers topping the latest retail charts in the US.  Mumford Sons topped the LP rankings with Paul McCartney and even Sgt. Pepper’s not far behind.  Sales counted by StreetPulse.

As fans prepare for a massive Jenni Rivera memorial service at Gibson Amphitheatre in LA, a few more details on surfacing on the downed plane.  Christian Esquino, an executive at the company that leased the fateful plane in question and a major figure in the ongoing investigation, was actually sued by Los Tigres del Norte in 2001.  The group alleged that Esquino delivered a plane that didn’t meet the specifications of the $6 million-plus contract; Esquino settled for $200,000 but is also accused of not fulfilling that payment.  Tickets to the now-sold out service were sold for a refundable $1 through Ticketmaster. 

Google Play Music has now launched Scan and Match in the US, a move that follows successful licensing rounds and a launch last month in Europe.  ”We’ll scan your collection and quickly rebuild it in the cloud – all for free,” Google described.  ”And we’ll stream your music back to you at up to 320 kbps.” 

Scratch DJ Academy, cofounded by the late Jam Master Jay in 2002, is now expanding into Chicago.  The Academy has three main locations in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles, as well as eight satellite locations.  The Chicago location, opening in February, will be located at the Institution for Creative Media Education at the School of Audio Engineering (SAE).

Pitchfork has just released its top 100 tracks of 2012, with Grimes, Frank Ocean, Usher, Kendrick Lamar, and Japandroids leading the list.  Full rundown here.

More ahead!


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