3, 2013 11:06 PM | People attend the official opening of the Music City Center convention center in May 2013. / John Partipilo / File / The Tennessean Written by A media tour of the newly constructed Music City Center was held May 15, 2013. / Dipti Vaidya / File / The Tennessean More Music City Center coverage ADVERTISEMENT The new downtown convention center has generated 18,751 hotel room nights and a $26 million economic impact, according to numbers released Thursday by the Convention Center Authority. Those numbers put the new center well below the original 2010 projections by HVS, the citys consultant, which said at the time that Music City Center would generate 49 conventions and trade shows for 332,333 room nights in 2013. The study, however, predicted the center and its headquarters hotel would be open earlier in the year than what ended up happening, so the projections dont align perfectly. The Omni Hotel had its grand opening on Monday and Music City Center opened in May. Music City Center has hosted 100 events with 62,125 attendees during the first quarter of this fiscal year, the Convention Center Authority said. Weve been very fortunate to have the opportunity to host events for numerous groups in the community, most recently the NAACPs 40th annual Freedom Fund Gala and the Nashville Downtown Partnerships annual meeting and awards luncheon, said Charles Starks, President/CEO of the Music City Center. We have been very busy, but our team has done a great job adjusting to the high demand that this building has created, and things are running very smoothly. Collections for the tourism-related taxes and fees that pay back the debt used to finance the center are up 12.7 percent year over year for July 2013. However, those tourism tax collections had been on the upswing before the convention center opened, and the city uses taxes generated by all tourists, not just business tourists. Contact Nate Rau at 615-259-8094 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Follow him on Twitter @tnnaterau.
Google Play Music has been around in some form since November 2011, when it was essentially launched as Google’s answer to iTunes – with the additional ability to upload 20,000 of your own songs to the cloud for free. Perhaps fittingly, only Android owners received a native app at the time. Now, according to Engadget’ s sources, a Google Play Music app could finally be on its way to iOS. The search giant is apparently testing the application internally (there are still a few bugs), and will launch it to the public by the end of October. That will still have been two years on from the launch of the Google Play Music service, of course, during which time iPhone and iPad owners have only been able to access the service through a web app. There have been a couple of mitigating factors. For one thing, Flash was listed as a necessary DRM measure when Google Play Music All Access was launched back in May. Apple’s iOS devices, of course, don’t do Flash, so Google has had to find a work-around. Then there’s that Google Play Music All Access element itself. Put simply, Google Play Music has only really existed as a finished, complete app for a relatively short time with the addition of the aforementioned feature. Google Play Music All Access adds a Spotify-like music subscription service that enables unlimited music streaming for 9.99 per month. iOS owners may be late to the Google Play Music party, but at least they’re arriving when it’s in full swing.
(Robert Galbraith) Silicon Valley is poised to upend the music industry — again. From Napster to Pandora, from the iPod to the iPhone, technology innovation has made music easier to find and cheaper to buy than ever before. At the same time, it has destabilized the music business and left artists — at least those not named Justin Bieber or Taylor Swift — fearing for their livelihoods. In this latest music revolution, companies like Google (GOOG), Apple (AAPL) and Facebook are eyeing the streaming and on-demand music business now dominated by smaller niche companies such as Pandora and Spotify. When they do — and most analysts agree it’s really just a matter of time — they could give nearly everyone the ability to listen to whatever they want, whenever they want — and mostly for free. “There is no doubt that when companies this large enter into the field, it will be disruptive,” said Jonathan Handel, a media and entertainment attorney with the Southern California firm TroyGould. The stakes are especially high for Apple, which transformed the music industry 10 years ago when it introduced iTunes. The digital store is still lucrative, owning 63 percent of the digital music market, but it is up against a new crop of music services that don’t require a credit card. The reluctance of consumers to pay 99 cents to download a music file could threaten iTunes’ dominance. Apple could be close to striking a deal with major music labels to create “iRadio,” a streaming music service that Apple followers speculate will be similar to Pandora but with a larger selection and more on-demand features, such as the option to download songs as they play and unlimited song skipping. Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr declined to comment on “rumor and speculation.” The company filed for a streaming music patent last year. Google is also said to be working on a music-streaming service that would work on YouTube and could launch in the summer.
Photo: Vadim Ghirda This Sept. 24, 2013 photo shows the main concert hall at the… FILE – This Oct. 26, 2011, file photo shows a general view shows the Romanian National opera hall, one of the venues of the George Enescu Classical music festival. The 2013 edition of the classical music George Enescu International Festival that takes place in the Romanian capital between Sept. 1 and Sept 28, 2013, enjoyed unprecedented levels of audience with 80 percent of the tickets sold out in the first few days they went on sale . Photo: Octav Ganea/Mediafax FILE – This Oct. 26, 2011, file photo shows a general view shows… FILE – This April 10, 2013 file photo shows people walking by the National Bank of Romania in the old part of Bucharest, the Romanian capital. Photo: Vadim Ghirda FILE – This April 10, 2013 file photo shows people walking by the… FILE – This April 10, 2013 file photo shows a boy on a bicycle next to the memorial for those killed in the 1989 anti communist uprising in the Revolution Square in Bucharest, Romania.
and that includes you yourself. Yes, Im suggesting you dont care for yourself. That has to change. You ought be protected as a precious young lady by anyone in your employ and anyone around you, including you. This is a dangerous world. We dont encourage our daughters to walk around naked in it because it makes them prey for animals and less than animals, a distressing majority of whom work in the music industry and its associated media. You are worth more than your body or your sexual appeal. The world of showbiz doesnt see things that way, they like things to be seen the other way, whether they are magazines who want you on their cover, or whatever.. Dont be under any illusions.. ALL of them want you because theyre making money off your youth and your beauty.. which they could not do except for the fact your youth makes you blind to the evils of show business. If you have an innocent heart you cant recognise those who do not. I repeat, you have enough talent that you dont need to let the music business make a prostitute of you. You shouldnt let them make a fool of you either. Dont think for a moment that any of them give a flying f about you.