HMV on song amid music industry discord (The Guardian)
MS: "Our view is that when there is good material and good releases, the music industry will prosper. We felt there was a good line-up this Christmas, we think the line-up is actually going to get better," he said. "We are pretty confident."
As for the prospects for CD sales, which have been falling for years, Fox was equally upbeat.
"I think there is life in the CD yet; 138m were sold last year," he said.
Amy Winehouse Heads to Rehab After Allegedly Being Caught Smoking Crack (Fox News)
MS: Watching the video, it is not clear what Winehouse is smoking, but The Sun says she was "sucking in crack fumes from a glass pipe." The paper says the singer took "hit after hit of the drug after a 19-minute binge in which she snorted powdered ecstasy and cocaine."
'Enchanted' Dominates Oscar Song Category (Billboard)
MS: Songs from the film "Enchanted" dominated the best original song category nominees for the 2008 Academy Awards, which were announced this morning (Jan. 22). Three of the five nods, all with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, went to the film in the form of "Happy Working Song," "So Close" and "That's How You Know."
The other nominees are "Raise It Up" from "August Rush," the music and lyric credits for which are "to be determined," according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and "Falling Slowly" from "Once," with music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.
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