The RIAA announces streaming numbers will now factor into Gold and Platinum certifications for digital songs. Plus, a U.K. college offers what is believed to be the world's first Heavy Metal degree and the Catholic League snarkily attacks David Bowie over new video, alleged bisexuality and oldness.
Americans download more music illegally than any other country (and we steal Drake's music the most), Passion Pit defends Taco Bell ad and the RIAA won't be bilking you for hundreds of thousands of dollars anymore (but others just might)
The nearly $2 million file-sharing fine leveled by a judge on behalf of the recording industry against a Minnesotan mother of four has been reduced 97 percent (to a still hefty $54,000) by a U.S. District Court judge who called the original fine "monstrous and shocking." (The woman reportedly "stole" 24 songs.)
Put down the morphine: A recent study from Glasgow's Caledonian University says that music can make you feel less pain and stand pain for longer periods of time. Researchers say there is no particular genre that is most soothing; the music is generally that which the subjects claim as their favorite.