Editors Live Tweeting That AOL Music Is Shutting Down And Laying Everyone Off

April 26, 2013  |  

News today is that AOL Music is shutting down and the entire editorial staff is being laid off. And we’re getting this information on Twitter from the workers as it’s happening. Pretty incredible stuff.

Dan Reilly, the editor of rock music site Spinner.com (it’s still up and live), sent the tweet below about an hour ago:


Five minutes later, he tweeted that he was sitting with HR, and 25 minutes ago he said he was sitting at his desk drinking whiskey.

Fishbowl NY has been in contact with AOL Music for more details but reports that it hasn’t heard back. AOL is part of Huffington Post Media.

Hip hop editor Paul Cantor also tweeted from his layoff.


TechCrunch notes that there hasn’t been an official announcement from AOL, but other sites are taking Cantor up on his inquiry and reaching out to offer the editorial staff work.

Fishbowl notes that in 2008, AOL Music was praised as the top online destination for music news. Moreover, we never want to hear that anyone has lost their job. But it’s incredible that these are the times we live in… people are live tweeting from their layoffs.

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