“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser men so full of doubts.”
11:33 PM PT — Katherine Jackson‘s attorney tells TMZ … “Paris is physically fine and is getting appropriate medical attention.”
The lawyer, Perry Sanders, adds, “Being a sensitive 15 year old is difficult no matter who you are. It is especially difficult when you lose the person closest to you.”
10:28 AM PST: TMZ has found several photos of Paris in which it appears Paris’ arm has possible cutting scars. We don’t know when the other was taken.
10:14 AM PST: A source connected to the family tells TMZ … Paris “threw a fit” last night after she was told she couldn’t go to a Marilyn Manson concert. We’re told she ran into her room screaming and slammed the door.
10:14 AM PST: Debbie Rowe‘s lawyer, Eric George, tells TMZ: “We appreciate everyone’s thoughts for Paris at this time and their respect for the family’s privacy.”
9:51 AM PST: A source closely connected to Paris tells TMZ … she has “tried this [a possible suicide attempt] in the past” but “this was far more serious. It was not a cry for help.”
Paris Jackson was rushed to the hospital early Wednesday morning, and sources tell us it was a suicide attempt.
Paris was taken out of her Calabasas family house on a stretcher at around 2 AM and taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.
The 911 call came in at 1:27 AM. We’re told the caller reported a possible overdose, although a source connected to the emergency response said there were multiple cuts on one of her wrists.
On Tuesday night … Paris posted some cryptic tweets, including, “I wonder why tears are salty?” … and “yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away now it looks as though they’re here to stay.”
We’re told she’s doing ok.
Soundcloud: Beyoncé – Rise Up
Beyonce has released another new joint called Rise Up written by Beyoncé and Sia and is produced by Hit-Boy and Chase N. Cashe. This track will be featured on the Epic movie soundtrack.
The recorded music market is suddenly looking tired. Poor numbers out of France follow declining digital sales in the U.S. and weak first-quarter numbers in Japan.
French recorded music industry group SNEP has revealed that total revenues were down 6.7% in the first four months of the year. A 7.3% decline in physical revenue combined with a 5.2% decline in digital revenue. This period marks the first time the French market has seen a decline in digital revenues, according to SNEP.
SNEP attributes nearly all the digital revenue decline to “a special operation” by a major label that was not renewed in 2013 and a temporary cessation of YouTube payments following a deal with SACEM. In the absence of these two factors, the year-over-year decline in digital revenues would have been 100,000 Euros, or 0.3% of digital revenue, according to SNEP.
The adjusted digital revenue figure is still troubling, however. A 0.3% decline in digital revenue means the French market would not have grown in the first four months even without the two extraordinary items. Digital revenue needs to grow at a healthy, steady rate if physical losses are to be counterbalanced. (It should be noted that SNEP’s numbers leave out synchronization revenue, which grew 32.9% in 2012, according to the IFPI.)
The lack of growth in subscription revenues is also troubling. Audio subscription revenue rose only 2.1%, a frightening low number given the popularity of subscription services (France is the home country of Deezer and also has Spotify, Rdio, Music Unlimited and Xbox Music) and the industry’s reliance on subscription revenue for growth.
Not all countries are in the same situation. Take developing markets like India and Brazil. Their combinations of relatively small physical markets and nascent digital markets will result in digital-lead growth in coming years. Many countries received iTunes just within the last two years. But France and other major markets, with their larger physical markets and slow or negative digital growth, shouldn’t take past growth for granted.
The United States is stumbling a bit in the first five months of the year. AsBillboard noted last week, U.S. digital download purchases have weakened throughout the year. Track sales are down 2.7% year-over-year through May 26. Digital album sales are up 7.9% but the rate of growth has slowed considerably since the first few months of 2013. CD sales are down a routine 14% through May 26. Performance royalties and subscription-related revenues are likely to be higher.
The Japanese market has also seen declines. In the first quarter, Japan’sphysical music market declined 8% in value (after rising 9% in 2012) and itsdigital market dropped 30% in value. Because Japan’s physical market is 5.5 times the size of its digital market, the physical decline easily overshadows the digital decline.
Japan is a unique market because ringtones and other mobile content account for a large share of digital revenue. Ringtones and ringback tones dropped 55% and 31% in the first quarter, respectively. Internet downloads and subscriptions, relatively new to the market, are growing. Track downloads rose 36% while digital albums increased 59%. Subscription revenue grew from nothing to $4.1 million.
Driven by growth in digital sales and performance royalties, the global recorded music market rose 0.2% in 2012. These three examples do not mean the global market is headed downward in 2013. But they do show digital-led growth may not be possible everywhere.
Tank has finally unleashed his latest video for Shots Fired featuring Chris Brown directed by Mike Ho.
Jadakiss makes his return to The Breakfast Club to sit down with DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God. Jadakiss talks about growing his hair, his new single Big Boy Dialogue, J.Cole pushing his album up to compete with Kanye West, new artists, The Lox album, Heat Vs. Spurs, his upcoming solo album Top 5 Dead Or Alive, and a possible Jay-Z collaboration.