XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. said on Wednesday it added some 285,000 new net subscribers in the third quarter, fewer than that of rival Sirius Satellite Radio.
Sirius said it added about 441,100 net new subscribers in the third quarter, a 23 percent rise from the same quarter a year ago. XM Satellite said its total number of subscribers rose to about 7.19 million in the third quarter. One year ago, XM added 617,00 subscribers in the third quarter.
Both XM and Sirius are growing rapidly in a pay-radio market, but both are losing money as they spend heavily on technology and entertainment including celebrity hosts — to win new subscribers. XM and Oprah recently negotiated a 55 million three year agreement.
Both are expected to make significant marketing pushes for the holiday shopping season, typically the strongest quarter for adding net new subscribers
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“I watch ‘Ghetto Brawls’ when I’m driving,” Method Man told GQ Magazine last summer when asked about his favorite viewing while in the car.Â “It’s a DVD of people just having fights in the hood.”
Scenes include A shoeless, elderly drunk who is tormented by a group of thugs who laugh hysterically as they douse his head with antifreeze, drop his personal belongings into a storm sewer and knock him to his knees with a milk crate. In another scene, a young man is dragged from his parked car and beaten repeatedly outside a liquor store; his head stomped into the pavement until he loses consciousness. One of his attackers steals cash from his pocket as he lies lifeless in a parking lot.
Valerie Smith, a Toronto-based anti-violence crusader “For someone like Universal to be peddling this, that’s outrageous,” she said. “If you take the footage of the homeless person, that’s a crime. That’s assault. And this is most definitely going to encourage kids to videotape stuff like this and submit it.” “It’s like we’ve gone back to the gladiator age and we’re at the coliseum. We’re supposed to be becoming more civilized. Instead we’re kind of rocketing backward.”
Universal Music Canada and its partner, Navarre Canada, distribute Ghetto Fights and Wildest Street Brawls in this country.
Rob Stringer who is the younger brother of Sir Howard Stringer, the chief executive officer of SonyÂ officially took the lead of the Sony U.S. label group -Â replacing Ienner, the longtime executive. Stringer, who had headed the company’s U.K. division, is said to be scrupulously going over the company’s personnel rolls looking for cuts.
Despite nearly 2,000 layoffs worldwide following the 2004 merger between Sony Music and Bertelsmann’s BMG, “The cost structure is still bloated,” said one source.
Another source said Stringer’s tinkering is about “undoing Don nie’s legacy and the structure he put in place.”
One area that is sure to be altered is Sony’s urban music division, which right now sits outside the division’s two main labels – Epic Records and Columbia Records – andÂ has hit artists as Beyonce, Shakira, AC/DC and Jessica Simpson.Â