Carrie Prejean, whose support of traditional marriage stirred the ire of pageant officials and gay rights activists, has been stripped of her title, the org announced. Prejean apparently had failed to make appearances on behalf of the organization. Miss USA owner Donald Trump said: “I told Carrie she needed to get back to work and honor her contract with the Miss California USA Organization and I gave her the opportunity to do so,” Trump said in a statement. “Unfortunately it just doesn’t look like it is going to happen and I offered Keith my full support in making this decision. Carrie is a beautiful young woman and I wish her well as she pursues other interests.”
Music Madness: The musicFIRST Coalition, which is pushing for passage of the Performance Rights Act, called on the FCC to “investigate and take action against radio stations for abusing their license to use the airwaves.” Their complaint claims that stations have refused to air ads in aupport of the legislation, which would require broadcasters to pay royalities to performers whose songs are played on the air. They also charge that broadcasters have threatened “artists who support the effort to create a fair performance right on radio,” and that the National Assn. of Broadcasters has been running misleading ads. Among their complaints: That broadcasters are calling the proposed royalty a tax, and that it was raising the spectre of racism by saying it will “murder black radio.”
According to the filing, one major radio group dropped a top selling artist’s record after he spoke in support of performance rights. The artist was unidentified, but the AP is suggesting that it was U2, who spoke in support of the effort in April.
NAB spokesman Dennis Wharton said, “This allegation is nothing more than an act of desperation by a record label lobby losing on Capitol Hill and in the court of public opinion. On one hand, it highlights the unparalled promotional value of free radio airplay, which has propelled countless artists to stardom. We would also note that Will.i.am, a vocal proponent of the performance tax, and his group Black Eyed Peas are currently Number 1 on Billboard’s Pop 100 Airplay Chart with the song ‘Boom Boom Pow.'”
“If there’s an FCC probe involving the music business, it ought to focus on claims from numerous artists — from The Beatles to Prince to Cher — that they were cheated out of royalties by their record labels.”
In its press release, the NAB also included a quote from Bono praising the value of radio as a promotional platform.
“Convention” Screening: The AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary festival will screen the world premiere of “Convention” as its Centerpiece Screening. “Convention” director AJ Schnack assembled a crew of documentary filmmakers to capture the planning and execution of the Democratic National Convention in Denver last year. The June 17 screening at the AFI Silver Theater will be followed by a town hall discussion with many of the filmmakers and subjects. NPR’s Michel Martin moderates.
Newsom’s Event: Gavin Newsom raises money on Thursday at the Hancock Park home of Tim Corrigan. Tickets are $100, and $500 for a VIP reception and $50 for young professionals.