*The WSJ reports (and, of course, kicks off a media frenzy in so reporting) that Madonna is close to signing a 10-year, $120M deal with Live Nation that would cover concerts, merch, her next three albums, and a bunch of other stuff. The latest “seismic shift” for the industry.
*The Brooklyn Rail on “Gauging the Pitchfork Effect.” A pull: “Pitchfork now averages 160,000 visitors each day. It’s a safe bet, however, that of those 160,000, zero would admit to actually liking Pitchfork.”
*MarketWatch interviews Rob Glaser, CEO of RealNetworks. I don’t think “the jukebox in the sky” is that great a tagline. Just saying.
*Language: Read this if you love swearing as much as I do. MFer. (Unfortunately, it mentions Bono. But still.) Also: Words change faster the less they are used. Hence the never-changing eff word. [the latter via ]
*Local: Minneapolites between 5’7″ and 5’10” should read this.