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'FREE SPOTIFY!' RIAA TELLS U.S. HOUSE OF REPS

January 31, 2013

WASHINGTON D.C. – Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman today requested that the United States House of Representatives lift its reported block on music streaming service Spotify for users of the House network. In a brief letter to Dan Strodel, the House’s Chief Administrative Officer, Sherman said Spotify is a “licensed, secure online music streaming service” while pointing the Office to www.whymusicmatters.com, a digital guide to authorized services developed by RIAA with music business association NARM and online retailer partners.

Below is the text of the letter.

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Daniel J. Strodel

Chief Administrative Officer

U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, DC  20515

 

Dear Mr. Strodel:

We learned today from media reports that the music service Spotify has been blocked from access by users of the U.S. House of Representatives’ network.  We certainly can appreciate and understand why the policy was implemented that prevents access to unauthorized peer-to-peer services for security reasons as well as to prevent use of the House network for illegal activity.

Spotify is a licensed, secure online music streaming service.  In fact, it is one of the dozens of authorized digital services that the music community is partnering with to offer a catalogue of millions of songs to fans, however they want it, whenever they want it – including members of Congress and their aides.  Additional details about Spotify and these other services can be found at www.whymusicmatters.com, a comprehensive one-stop shopping guide of authorized music services that we developed with music business association NARM and our online retailer partners.  These services are safe and secure, and assuring access to them not only respects the contractual relationship users may have with these services, but also achieves an important public policy goal of promoting legal, safe digital providers. 

We appreciate your need to ensure that the House network is secure, and we would welcome the opportunity to work with you to develop a new policy that ensures that users of the House network will be able to gain access to these new legal services. 

All members of the music community who create, invest in, promote, market and distribute music appreciate your efforts to fix this problem.  Please let us know if we can be of assistance.

Sincerely,

Cary Sherman

Chairman and CEO

Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)

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The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is the trade organization that supports and promotes the creative and financial vitality of the major music companies. Its members comprise the most vibrant record industry in the world. RIAA® members create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legitimate recorded music produced and sold in the United States.

In support of this mission, the RIAA works to protect the intellectual property and First Amendment rights of artists and music labels; conduct consumer, industry and technical research; and monitor and review state and federal laws, regulations and policies. The RIAA® also certifies Gold®, Platinum®, Multi-Platinum™ and Diamond sales awards as well as Los Premios De Oro y Platino™, an award celebrating Latin music sales.

Contact:
Jonathan Lamy
Cara Duckworth
Liz Kennedy
202/775-0101


Musicians On Call Announces Multi-Platinum Global Superstar Ke$ha As Headline Act For Its 2013 Presidential Inaugural Charity Benefit

January 08, 2013
Legendary Multi-Platinum R&B/Hip-Hop Star DJ Jazzy Jeff To Serve As Evening's Official DJ
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RIAA To Produce & Sponsor January 21st Invitation-Only Event At the 9:30 Club


Washington, D.C. – Musicians On Call today announced that internationally-famed recording artist Ke$ha will be the headline performing act at the organization’s Presidential Inaugural Charity Benefit in Washington, D.C.  The benefit is produced and sponsored by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Based in New York with branches in Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Nashville and Washington, D.C., Musicians On Call is a charity that brings the healing power of music to the bedsides of patients throughout the country.  Through its Bedside Performance Program, Musicians On Call’s volunteer musicians have played for more than 350,000 individuals to date, including for wounded soldiers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Veterans Administration Hospitals, and other healthcare facilities.  The event will help raise money for Musicians On Call to expand its Bedside Performance Program to other cities and facilities and encourage others to give back by getting involved at www.musiciansoncall.org

Global superstar Ke$ha has taken the world by storm since the release of her debut album Animal in 2010.  That year she was declared Billboard's Hot 100 Artist of the Year.  Her smash debut single "TiK ToK" was named Billboard's #1 Hot 100 Song, was the most played song of 2010, and also was the biggest-selling digital track in the world.  Her debut album Animal on Kemosabe/RCA Records has sold more than 2.5 million units worldwide.  Ke$ha has had 7 consecutive Top 10 hits, including four #1 singles: "TiK ToK", "Your Love Is My Drug," "We R Who We R" and her latest “Die Young” which has sold more than 2 million tracks.  Ke$ha has toured the world, playing over 200 live shows in support of Animal and its companion album Cannibal.  She took home the MTV Europe Music Award for Best New Act in November 2010 and has been nominated for 2 American Music Awards, 3 MTV Video Music Awards and 6 Billboard Awards.  She has performed on dozens of television programs all over the world including MTV Europe Music Awards, Much Music Awards (Canada), Echo Awards (Germany), X Factor (Australia), American Music Awards, Billboard Awards, American Idol, Saturday Night Live and The Today Show Summer Concert Series.  She has more than 22 million Facebook likes, over 3 million Twitter followers and more than 330 million views on VEVO.  She has sold over 27 million combined tracks and ringtones in the United States alone and more than 34.5 million worldwide to date.  Ke$ha is an international powerhouse: Animal has been certified Gold, Platinum or multi-Platinum in 15 markets (including Platinum in the United States) and was the biggest-selling debut album from an international female in 2010 in the United Kingdom.  In November 2012, Ke$ha released her first book through Touchstone Publishing.  The full-color photo journal/scrapbook entitled My Crazy Beautiful Life sheds light on Ke$ha’s hectic, non-stop life on tour and provides an exclusive look into the creative process of her latest album, Warrior.  Also in late 2012, Ke$ha announced Kesha Rose by Charles Albert®, a new jewelry line that reflects the singer’s distinctive personality throughout the collection.  Ke$ha was also recently named the first global ambassador for Humane Society International.  More information about Ke$ha is available here:  http://www.keshasparty.com/us/home.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with our friends at the RIAA and other sponsors for our charity benefit to help showcase the work we do to bring to life the healing power of music, and we’re so excited to have Ke$ha as the headlining performer at this year’s event,” said Dr. Leslie Faerstein, Executive Director of Musicians On Call.  “Ke$ha is a queen hit-maker who will no doubt help shine a strong spotlight on our great charity. We’re looking forward to an exciting and fun-filled event.”

The invitation-only event will also feature legendary multi-Platinum hip-hop/R&B DJ, record producer and actor DJ Jazzy Jeff as the evening’s official DJ.  Since 1985, DJ Jazzy Jeff has wowed fans with his flawless turntable skills, innovative production and musical versatility.  From the success of “DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince” with partner Will Smith, to the critical acclaim of his production company “A Touch of Jazz”, Jeff proved time and time again that he would always be a force to be reckoned with.  And he continues to shine with his solo projects, collaborations, mixtapes and live shows.  Over the course of his career, DJ Jazzy Jeff has achieved many accomplishments including a Disco Mix Club DJ Championship and multiple GRAMMY and American Music Awards and nominations.  But he is a humble man who is still doing it as his 2002 hit said: “For Da Love of Da Game.”  More information about DJ Jazzy Jeff can be found here: http://www.djjazzyjeff.com/.

The event will take place the evening of January 21st (Monday) at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.  If you are a member of the news media and would like to request media credentials to attend the pre-show red carpet, please contact Cara Duckworth Weiblinger at cduckworth@riaa.com.   Please note:  there will be absolutely no photography allowed inside the venue during the benefit.  This is an invitation-only event; coverage of the red carpet does not include entry into event.

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CONTACT:
Katherine Hinchliffe
Musicians On Call
212-741-2709

Cara Duckworth Weiblinger
Recording Industry Association of America
202-775-0101

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The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is the trade organization that supports and promotes the creative and financial vitality of the major music companies. Its members comprise the most vibrant record industry in the world. RIAA® members create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legitimate recorded music produced and sold in the United States.

In support of this mission, the RIAA works to protect the intellectual property and First Amendment rights of artists and music labels; conduct consumer, industry and technical research; and monitor and review state and federal laws, regulations and policies. The RIAA® also certifies Gold®, Platinum®, Multi-Platinum™ and Diamond sales awards as well as Los Premios De Oro y Platino™, an award celebrating Latin music sales.

Contact:
Jonathan Lamy
Cara Duckworth
Liz Kennedy
202/775-0101