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  • Yahoo Seeks to Bring the Concert to Your Couch (streaming live content)

    07/16/2014 11:19:53 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 8 replies
    NY Times ^ | JULY 14, 2014 | BEN SISARIO
    The Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla., where the Dave Matthews Band is playing Tuesday night, can hold up to 15,000 people. But as Yahoo and Live Nation see it, the potential audience is limitless. Tuesday’s show is the first in an ambitious partnership to supply free live video streams of a different concert each day for an entire year; more shows are planned by Kiss, Justin Timberlake, Usher and the Neighbourhood. If successful, the program will help establish Screen, Yahoo’s video site and competitor to YouTube. And for Live Nation, the world’s biggest concert promoter, and the rest...
  • Tony Bennett Slams Modern Music: Today’s Songs Are ‘Terrible’

    03/22/2014 2:13:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 181 replies
    Parade ^ | MARCH 21, 2014 | Lindsay Lowe
    Tony Bennett doesn’t have much patience for most modern music. The legendary singer, 87, told the BBC Radio 4’s Today program that most modern songs lack a “lasting quality.” “The songs that are written today, most of them are terrible,” he said. “It’s a very bad period, musically, throughout the world for popular music.” He added that today’s music industry leaders are more concerned with making money than making quality music. “The corporations took it over and they want to make so much money and they don’t care whether the public likes it or not,” he said. “They think the...
  • How Apple's CarPlay Can Tip The Balance In Music And Radio

    03/09/2014 8:29:43 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | 3/06/2014 | Bobby Owsinski is still the number one place where music consumers discover new music... It may be old technology, but it’s one that we still gladly live with. With a vehicle that’s constantly tethered to the Internet, that balance of power changes. More people can leave radio in favor of their personalized playlists and channels on Pandora, Spotify and other online services, which means that the total dynamic of “drive-time” can and will transform. Sure, many will still listen to local talk or sports radio, but others will choose to listen to stations that they can’t get through terrestrial radio via...
  • Songcoin Wants To Be Music’s Alternative Currency

    03/05/2014 2:52:42 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 15 replies ^ | February 25, 2014 at 4:56 pm | by Eliot Van Buskirk
    he music business is about to get its own alternative currency, called Songcoin. The alternative currency phenomenon is real, as weird as that might feel to those of us who would never consider shelling out cash for points to buy special pixels for that Farmville game we never really got around to playing. Bitcoin, despite the issues mentioned below, shows that alternative currencies can become quite real to certain people, which can then make them real enough in general, causing them to take on a value of their own outside the traditional financial system.As Forbes reports, we still donÂ’t know...
  • What is wrong with this picture ?

    01/23/2014 11:48:32 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 53 replies
    Sword and Shield of Hawaii ^ | Jan, 23 , 2014 | Sword and Shield of Hawaii
    What is wrong with this picture? What kind of people are we when we celebrate sleaze and ignore honor and valor ?
  • What's Wrong With Music Today

    11/03/2012 1:38:09 PM PDT · by OddLane · 92 replies
    NYC Talking ^ | November 3, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    It’s often said that art appreciation is wholly subjective. Aesthetic tastes naturally differ, de gustibus non est disputandem, etc… And if art is a matter of taste, and not subject to critical scrutiny, then so it is with music, which is simply a subset of art. In one sense, the people who posit this argument are correct. There’s no objective, non-arbitrary measure by which you can judge the quality of a musical composition, artist, or genre. In another sense, these people are completely wrong. I hew to the Adam Carolla theory of musical appreciation. That is, there is a distinct,...
  • Court won't reduce student's music download fine

    05/21/2012 9:03:35 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 50 replies
    Yahoo News/AP ^ | May 21st 2012 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has refused to take up a Boston University student's constitutional challenge to a $675,000 penalty for illegally downloading 30 songs and sharing them on the Internet. The high court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from Joel Tenenbaum, of Providence, R.I., who was successfully sued by the Recording Industry Association of America for illegally sharing music on peer-to-peer networks. In 2009, a jury ordered Tenenbaum to pay $675,000, or $22,500 for each song he illegally downloaded and shared.
  • Hey . . . what happened to Deezer?

    09/03/2011 6:24:25 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 8 replies
    Self | 9/3/'11 | Zionist Conspirator
    I've enjoyed Deezer for two or three years now. It was a site where, for a simple free registration, one could listen to unlimited music. It was a gold mind of old classic country blues. Now, having settled down in a new place (and having used it not long ago) I go back to it and find that now all you can listen to for a subscription is thirty seconds. To get what we used to have now requires the "premium" service which isn't even available in the USA yet! Any other Deezer users out there? Anyone know what happened?
  • Record Industry Braces for Artists’ Battles Over Song Rights

    08/15/2011 10:46:58 AM PDT · by Borges · 46 replies
    NYT ^ | 8/15/11 | LARRY ROHTER
    Since their release in 1978, hit albums like Bruce Springsteen’s “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” Billy Joel’s “52nd Street,” the Doobie Brothers’ “Minute by Minute,” Kenny Rogers’s “Gambler” and Funkadelic’s “One Nation Under a Groove” have generated tens of millions of dollars for record companies. But thanks to a little-noted provision in United States copyright law, those artists — and thousands more — now have the right to reclaim ownership of their recordings, potentially leaving the labels out in the cold. When copyright law was revised in the mid-1970s, musicians, like creators of other works of art, were granted...
  • 2 Men Arrested In Plot To Murder Singer Joss Stone

    06/15/2011 2:22:33 PM PDT · by OUTKAST · 23 replies
    Police have arrested two men in connection with a plot to rob and murder British soul singer Joss Stone. BBC confirms the men, ages 30 and 33, were arrested after police received a report of a suspicious vehicle in the area near the singer’s home in Cullompton, England. The two were found with swords, maps of the singer’s home, ropes. forensic-style overalls and a body bag in their possession. “Police attended an address in Cullompton after alert residents notified officers about a suspicious-looking vehicle. Officers attended the area at around 1000 BST and subsequently arrested the occupants of a red...
  • RIAA: U.S. copyright law 'isn't working'

    08/25/2010 12:03:18 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 80 replies
    CNET ^ | August 23, 2010 2:48 PM PDT | Declan McCullagh
    ASPEN, Colo.--The Recording Industry Association of America said on Monday that current U.S. copyright law is so broken that it "isn't working" for content creators any longer. RIAA President Cary Sherman said the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act contains loopholes that allow broadband providers and Web companies to turn a blind eye to customers' unlawful activities without suffering any legal consequences. "The DMCA isn't working for content people at all," he said at the Technology Policy Institute's Aspen Forum here. "You cannot monitor all the infringements on the Internet. It's simply not possible. We don't have the ability to search...
  • Radio Stations Propose Paying to Play Music (the dreaded radio tax, another bailout)

    08/23/2010 2:17:42 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 26 replies
    NY Times ^ | August 23, 2010 | JOSEPH PLAMBECK
    ...a framework of a deal in which stations would pay a total of about $100 million a year in performance fees. ...The association’s outline suggests that the largest stations pay a performance fee of 1 percent of net revenue, and smaller stations a lower rate or none at all. While labels and musicians have long sought performance fees, broadcasters have argued that the stations provide important promotion for artists, and that a fee might put small stations out of business. would still need Congressional approval. ...Last year, after the both the House and Senate judiciary committees approved bills that...
  • Deal Would Mandate FM Radios In Cell Phones - agreement between NAB/RIAA headed to Congress

    08/23/2010 2:08:49 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 69 replies
    Information Week ^ | August 23, 2010 02:13 PM | W. David Gardner
    There may be an FM radio in your next cell phone whether you want it or not. The National Association of Broadcasters is lobbying Congress to stipulate that FM radio technology be included in future cell phones. In exchange, the NAB has agreed that member stations would pay about $100 million in so-called performance fees to music labels and artists. Radio stations would be required to pay performance royalties on a tiered schedule with larger commercial stations paying more than smaller and non-profit stations. The agreement is part of a compromise between the NAB and the Recording Industry Association of...
  • A kinder, friendlier Live Nation Entertainment? Cheaper tickets come with a cost

    07/16/2010 11:16:51 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 22 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 16, 2010 | Todd Martens
    ...ticket sales for the top 100 touring bands are down 12% this year, Live Nation Entertainment's major executives went on the defensive Thursday, blaming the press for "scaring" artists from touring and arguing that acts need to alter their pricing strategies. ..."The press," (CEO Michael) Rapino said, has "scared about every artist" out of touring in the fourth quarter. A number of major tours have struggled in 2010, including the refurbished Lilith Tour, and once-can't-miss artists such as the Jonas Brothers have been canceling dates... Yet the company's top brass did more than point fingers at the media, and promised...
  • RIAA Accounting: Why Even Major Label Musicians Rarely Make Money From Album Sales

    07/14/2010 11:38:18 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 60 replies
    tech dirt ^ | Jul 13th 2010 | Mike Masnick
    from the going-behind-the-veil dept We recently had a fun post about Hollywood accounting, about how the movie industry makes sure even big hit movies "lose money" on paper. So how about the recording industry? Well, they're pretty famous for doing something quite similar. Reader Jay pointed out in the comments an article from The Root that goes through who gets paid what for music sales, and the basic answer is not the musician. That report suggests that for every $1,000 sold, the average musician gets $23.40. Here's the chart that the article shows, though you should read the whole article...
  • (Music) Labels Try to Catch Porn Industry With Pants Down (copyright pursuit over soundtracks)

    07/13/2010 12:57:14 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 19 replies
    Hollywood Reporter via ABC-Disney News ^ | July 13, 2010 | Eriq Gardner
    The struggling music industry may be aroused at the prospect of winning money from the porn industry. Warner Bros. and a number of other record labels filed a lawsuit last week alleging copyright infringement on the part of an adult entertainment company whose porn videos allegedly featured such spectacles as actors lip-synching to Justin Timberlake's "Sexyback" while engaging in sexual acts on camera. The defendant in the legal action is a Florida-based company... Damages claimed on the alleged nasty use of copyrighted music could run in the tens of millions of dollars. ...The defendant specializes in a particular brand of...
  • The End of the Road?

    07/09/2010 9:23:52 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 41 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 07/09/10 | JOHN JURGENSEN
    The concert business is supposed to be the music industry's one sure thing. But not this summer. The Eagles, Rihanna and Maxwell have canceled tour dates. A wobbling "American Idol" tour has flooded the market with discounted tickets, and the resurrected Lilith Fair tour has called off concerts from Dallas to Salt Lake City. Even teen idols the Jonas Brothers announced this week that they're scrapping some shows. * * * With the continued evaporation of recorded music sales, acts at all levels of the talent pool must lean heavily on their live-performance earnings. That's forcing artists to tour more,...
  • Men at Work to Pay for Borrowed Flute Riff

    07/08/2010 12:36:49 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    UPI ^ | July 6, 2010
    The pop band Men at Work has been ordered to pay a music publishing company 5 percent of the royalties it earned in Australia for its song "Down Under." A judge said Tuesday the group must pay Larrikin Publishing because it borrowed without permission a flute riff from the popular Australian nursery rhyme "Kookaburra," penned by the late Marion Sinclair in 1932, CNN said. Sinclair died in 1988. Larrikin holds the copyright to the "Kookaburra" but did not became aware of the similarities between it and 1981's "Down Under" until they were compared on a game show in 2007, the...
  • Prince To Release '20Ten' For Free In Europe

    06/29/2010 11:44:10 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 7 replies
    Billboard ^ | June 29, 2010 | Andre Paine
    Prince will release his new album, "20Ten," as a free giveaway with various European newspapers and magazines. In the U.K., Prince has signed up with tabloid newspaper the Daily Mirror and its associated Scottish title the Daily Record for the CD giveaway. More than 2.5 million copies will be distributed on July 10 with the newspapers. The deal will also include Prince's first British newspaper interview in more than a decade and competitions for European concert tickets. The German edition of Rolling Stone has announced that its August issue, to be published July 22, will include a new Prince album,...
  • Older acts wax as CD sales wane (babyboomers are still a large demographic, industry in chaos)

    06/23/2010 12:53:54 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 64 replies · 2+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | Monday, June 21, 2010 | Sarah Rodman singer Sarah McLachlan - will almost certainly land near the top of the Billboard album chart. Sade had a No. 1 hit in February with her first album in 10 years. ...Susan Boyle, Michael Buble and Barbra Streisand - singers who reach the older-than-40 crowd - enjoyed top-five debuts on the chart. An interesting phenomenon is occurring as fewer and fewer CDs are being purchased: Artists who appeal to older listeners are showing up surprisingly high on the list of best-sellers. Why? These days, adults buy most of the CDs. Younger people, on the other hand, tend to download...
  • Behind the music: Is there any point in 'buying' your fans? (450,000+ bands compete for followers)

    06/10/2010 11:09:28 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 10 replies · 133+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | Thursday 10 June 2010 | Helienne Lindvall
    Companies are preying on desperate musicians by selling them Twitter followers, Facebook fans and even download sales. But only a fool would think this is real success One of the most staggering statistics I took from this year's The Great Escape was that analytics company MusicMetric is currently tracking 450,000 artists. As it's not following every artist out there, we can safely say there are more than half a million competing for your attention. So how are they supposed to get heard? Unsurprisingly, new companies have emerged that are intent on profiting from the increasing desperation of artists and start-up...
  • DEVO returns with fan-driven album ("88 percent focus group approved")

    06/10/2010 10:55:04 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 17 replies · 195+ views
    Al Reuters via Yahoo ^ | June 10, 2010 | Andrew Potter Andrew Potter
    The alternative music act Devo, best known for its 1980 hit "Whip It," is pioneering a new method to help win fan approval. It is asking them what they want to hear. Singer and co-founder Mark Mothersbaugh told Reuters Television that the U.S. band's first album for 20 years -- "Something for Everybody" -- was shaped through an online campaign which asked fans for their opinions. "We thought people understood us enough to make observations which could be really important," he said. The resulting disc bears a promotional sticker that reads "88 percent focus group approved." Fans helped whittle a...
  • The Freeloaders - How a generation of file-sharers is ruining the future of entertainment

    05/07/2010 2:01:58 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 49 replies · 1,035+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | May 2010 | Megan McArdle
    ...computational neuroscientist Anders Sandberg recently noted that although we have strong instinctive feelings about ownership, intellectual property doesn’t always fit into that framework.... ..Optimists argue that the music industry has coped before with disruptive new technology. Until recordings came along, songs, not singers, were Big Business. So while copyright law allocated royalties for performances, it said nothing about what happened when you recorded those performances and sold thousands of copies of the recording. Only after protracted legal maneuvering did we work out an arrangement that allowed both businesses to thrive. ...collectors switching from cassette and vinyl to CD swelled the...
  • Tax music, movie downloads, (Illinois) Gov. Quinn says

    04/21/2010 1:47:48 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 19 replies · 421+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | April 21, 2010 | DAVE McKINNEY AND STEVE CONTORNO
    Even a trip to iTunes for a new song or movie might soon be within the grasp of Illinois’ tax collectors. Imposing the state’s sales tax on downloaded songs and movies surfaced as a new money-making idea Tuesday from Gov. Quinn’s administration to help bail out the state, which has a $13 billion deficit. Quinn also proposed selling off a portion of tobacco settlement proceeds to raise $1 billion; requiring banks to divulge the accounts of tax scofflaws to arm the state with a potent new tool to collect unpaid taxes, and extending for four months deeper into the next...
  • (Paul) McCartney Moves His Music Catalog (from EMI to Concord)

    04/21/2010 12:51:49 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 22 replies · 542+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 21, 2010 | BEN SISARIO
    Three years ago, Paul McCartney was one of the most outspoken of the disgruntled acts at EMI, the record label that had been his home since the earliest days of the Beatles. He complained in an interview with The Times of London that he and other artists at the label, which had recently been bought by the British private equity firm Terra Firma, were treated as “part of the furniture.” He signed a deal with the Concord Music Group, an independent label in California, for his new releases. Now, in another blow to EMI, Mr. McCartney has pulled his full...
  • Leaked documents reveal draft text of top-secret global copyright deal

    04/08/2010 12:34:11 PM PDT · by day21221 · 59 replies · 1,576+ views ^ | April 7, 2010Comments | Vito Pilieci
    Leaked documents reveal draft text of secret global copyright deal ) OTTAWA — As negotiators from 37 countries prepare to meet in New Zealand on Monday to discuss a top-secret trade agreement, a draft text of the document has found its way onto the Internet. While bits and pieces of the agreement, called the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), have been leaked in the past, this is the first time a full draft is available to the public. The agreement, negotiated privately for the better part of two years, aims to create a global organization to oversee worldwide copyright and intellectual...
  • Squeeze rue ruthless music labels

    03/25/2010 1:06:16 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 23 replies · 407+ views
    BBC News ^ | 24 March 2010 | Ian Youngs
    Pop group Squeeze have said hits like Cool for Cats and Up the Junction would not have happened if the band were starting out in today's music industry. Singer Glenn Tilbrook... "If we'd been placed under the same commercial criteria, I think we'd have been gone after our first album." Their second album, which came out in 1979, contained their biggest hits. He was speaking as the group were honoured with a plaque at the site of one of their first gigs in south-east London. Tilbrook and Chris Difford returned to the Greenwich Borough Hall - where they played in...
  • Top 40 rejects: Why are none of these people in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

    03/16/2010 12:16:29 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 140 replies · 2,415+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | March 15, 2010 | Jim Farber
    Another year, another reason to raise bloody hell over who didn't get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — and who did. Tonight, a fresh class of five historic names will march into the coveted main hall: ABBA, Jimmy Cliff, Genesis, the Hollies and the Stooges.
  • ABBA, Jimmy Cliff among Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees

    03/15/2010 8:57:21 AM PDT · by Borges · 134 replies · 1,509+ views
    CNN ^ | 03/15/10
    ABBA, Jimmy Cliff, Genesis, The Hollies and the Stooges will become the latest inductees in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday, officials said. Other inductees this year include individual recipients of the Ahmet Ertegun Award -- record executive David Geffen and songwriters Jeff Barry, Otis Blackwell, Ellie Greenwich, Barry Mann, Mort Shuman, Jesse Stone and Cynthia Weil. An induction ceremony is set for Monday night at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.
  • Music stars 'still need labels' (Pravda Media pimping for Big Media)

    03/10/2010 10:38:15 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 7 replies · 237+ views
    BBC News ^ | Tuesday, 9 March 2010 | Ian Youngs
    Global music industry body the IFPI said it wanted to counter the "myth" that artists can make it on their own. In a report, it said virtually no new artists had broken through without the backing of a record label. Major labels invest $1m (£670,000) in each new act, who could not afford to make records and videos and go on tour without that backing, the IFPI said. Record labels around the world spend a total of $5bn (£3.3bn) a year on developing and promoting new and established artists. IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) chief executive John Kennedy...
  • Blog rock lacks a political edge ("raging against the machine is out" - DUH, Obama is president now)

    02/10/2010 11:22:30 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 2 replies · 176+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | Tuesday 9 February 2010 10.20 GMT | Ben Beaumont-Thomas
    The US music blogosphere seems to have been turfed of late. The general terrain has returned to nature: gone are the tacky, post-Justice mirrored surfaces of two years ago and in their place are lo-fidelity hillocks and dream-pop pastures. Just take a look at the names of the buzzy bands of the past few months: from the mountains (Mountain Man, Mount McKinley, Speck Mountain), through to the woods (Tall Firs, Woods), and then down to the sea (Beach House, Wavves, Surfer Blood, Best Coast, Beach Fossils, Coasting). There's a Rainbow Bridge to a Summer Camp, and Silk Flowers and Blue...
  • Online music piracy 'destroys local music'(oh noze! government help needed combat "cultural desert")

    01/27/2010 10:51:52 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 25 replies · 515+ views
    BBC News ^ | Page last updated at 13:16 GMT, Thursday, 21 January 2010 | no byline
    ...The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) says that global government legislation is essential to the sector's survival. It cited Spain as an example of a country which does not have laws in place to prevent illegal downloads. The sales of albums by local artists there have fallen by 65% in five years. Federation chairman John Kennedy said the situation in Spain is now "almost irreversible". "Spain runs the risk of turning into a cultural desert," commented Rob Wells, Senior Vice President, Digital, at Universal Music Group.... "Drastic action needs to be taken in order to save the Spanish...
  • Downtown's Grammy Museum grows up

    12/16/2009 11:41:14 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 3 replies · 181+ views
    LA Times ^ | December 14, 2009 | Todd Martens its first year of operation the museum hosted approximately 85,000 guests... The word "museum" may not even be the most apt descriptor for the complex. The Grammy Museum uses the annual awards as a jumping-off point, allowing visitors to digitally explore genres, regions and the recording studio. It takes a hands-on approach to education, giving the guests the opportunity to record vocals, mix a track and learn the basics of traditional rock 'n' roll instrumentation. ...on Jan. 8 the museum will open "Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer," pairing the intimate looks at the star with rare footage...
  • Stooges, Genesis, ABBA Get Rock Hall Of Fame Nods

    12/15/2009 11:44:44 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 133 replies · 1,863+ views
    Billboard ^ | December 15, 2009 10:01 EST | Gary Graff,
    The Stooges, Genesis, ABBA, the Hollies and Jimmy Cliff will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the shrine's 25th annual ceremony on March 15 at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City. They'll be joined by David Geffen and a cadre of songwriters -- Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry, Jesse Stone, Mort Shuman and Otis Blackwell -- who will receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers. The ceremony will be broadcast live on Fuse TV. Surprisingly not making the cut were KISS and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who...
  • Add to favorites The cattiness begins: Wynonna Judd thinks Swift victory 'too soon'

    11/12/2009 2:47:55 PM PST · by Justaham · 28 replies · 1,066+ views ^ | 11-12-09 | Sabrina Brody
    Seems there's a little Bitter Betty in the air following Taylor Swift's CMA victory. Wynonna Judd is doing the slow clap to Swift's win. Judd was quoted saying "You want my honest comment? It's too much too soon." She goes on to berate the way success is a corporate decision now, instead of the result of hard work, putting in the time, and relentless energy. "There was a making of a star, there was a rising up and the fans went with it's over coffee breaks."
  • Apology for Singing Shop Worker (Was to be fined for singing without a license)

    10/21/2009 5:21:49 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 13 replies · 710+ views
    BBC ^ | 10/21/2009 | BBC
    A shop assistant who was told she could not sing while she stacked shelves without a performance licence has been given an apology. Sandra Burt, 56, who works at A&T Food store in Clackmannanshire, was warned she could be fined for her singing by the Performing Right Society (PRS). However the organisation that collects royalties on behalf of the music industry has now reversed its stance. They have sent Mrs Burt a bouquet of flowers and letter of apology.
  • How music became an industry: on 'Selling Sounds'(Book Review)

    09/15/2009 2:19:48 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 6 replies · 311+ views
    LA Times ^ | September 15, 2009 | Franklin Bruno
    ...Subtitled "The Commercial Revolution in American Music," Suisman's book (Harvard University Press) focuses on the 1880s through the mid-1920, a period that saw the growth of sheet-music publishing from a printer's sideline to a wildly profitable New York-based industry... These innovations made professionally composed and performed music available to a wider range of Americans than ever before. At the same time, music increasingly became something to be passively appreciated rather than actively made. (This story could have been different, if Edison's wax cylinders, which allowed convenient home recording as well as playback, had won out over Emile Berliner’s disc technology.)...
  • Bloodshot Records celebrates 15 years: An interview with co-owners...

    09/11/2009 3:00:33 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 6 replies · 609+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 09, 2009 | Greg Kot
    Rob Miller and Nan Warshaw are a couple of punk rock drummers who started Bloodshot Records... released 170 albums by artists such as Neko Case, Ryan Adams, Alejandro Escovedo and the Waco Brothers. ...pushing a style of grassroots music once dubbed “insurgent country,” but which now can be more aptly categorized as a straight-no-chaser combination of rock, blues, soul, folk and country... Miller: I suppose one of the reasons we stuck around is that we had no intention of being an ongoing concern... If we had set it all up in a conference room instead of a bar like we...
  • Record companies sue 'Ellen' show over copyrights (The Ellen DeGeneres Show)

    09/11/2009 2:23:31 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 65 replies · 1,600+ views
    Some of the world's largest recording companies are suing "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," claiming producers violated their copyrights by playing more than 1,000 songs without permission. Many of the songs were played during the "dance over" segment of the show, when DeGeneres dances from the stage to the interview area, often through the audience. According to the suit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Nashville, when representatives of the recording companies asked defendants why they hadn't obtained licenses to use the songs, defendants said they didn't "roll that way." "As sophisticated consumers of music, Defendants knew full well that,...
  • Biggest Beatles shocker: Never won top Grammy for best record

    09/08/2009 9:10:09 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 41 replies · 1,361+ views
    latimes ^ | September 8, 2009 | Tom O'Neil
    Introduction this week of the new video game "The Beatles: Rock Band" reminds us of an odd fact about these music artists who were once widely considered to be the definition of avant garde: the Beatles have often been, really, one beat behind. Believe it or not, up until now music by the Beatles has not been available for sale on the Internet. With "The Beatles: Rock Band," players will be able to download up to 45 songs that they can perform with the Fab Four in such reproduced settings as "The Ed Sullivan Show," Shea Stadium and the Abbey...
  • Rift over royalties - A bill to make radio stations pay singers divides black artists, leaders

    08/28/2009 12:14:04 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 24 replies · 920+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 26, 2009 | Dahleen Glanton
    "...The artists deserve it, ...With things the way they are today, everybody needs every little penny they can get." ...Radio personalities such as Tom Joyner, whose "Tom Joyner Morning Show" is owned by Radio One Inc., a black-owned conglomerate, oppose the bill, generating support from their vast listening audiences.... There is also a division within the civil rights community. The NAACP recently passed a resolution supporting the bill, while activists Al Sharpton, whose radio show is syndicated by Radio One, and Jesse Jackson, whose show is syndicated by a subsidiary of Clear Channel Corp., oppose it... The bill's sponsor, Rep....
  • Jay-Z disses Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh in 'Off That' featuring Drake

    08/24/2009 12:47:09 PM PDT · by pissant · 44 replies · 1,275+ views
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | 8/24/09 | Simian Levinson
    So you think you’re all cool and hip, huh? Well, you are not as cool as famous rappers Jay-Z or Drake — and you are certainly not as cool as Jay-Z and Drake together. This is the central thesis of “Off That,” the newly leaked Drake collab from Jay’s upcoming The Blueprint 3, and it’s hard to argue with. Just accept it: Whatever cutting-edge trends you think you’re inventing, Jigga and Drizzy already discarded as played-out years ago. Facts are facts. The fizzy beat behind “Off That” comes from Timbaland; while he and Jay-Z have done more ground-breaking work in...
  • George Strait Dethrones Michael Jackson, Tops Billboard 200

    08/19/2009 6:46:25 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 29 replies · 1,104+ views ^ | August 19, 2009 | Monica Herrera
    As expected, the King of Pop steps aside for the King of Country as George Strait's "Twang" replaces Michael Jackson's enduring "Number Ones" as the best selling album in the country. Strait's new set sold 155,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan, earning the country legend his fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. "Twang" follows in the footsteps of Strait's 1997 album "Carrying Your Love With Me," 2004's "50 Number Ones," 2005's "Somewhere Down In Texas" and 2008's "Troubadour." The last time one of Strait's studio albums opened with less than 100,000 was in 1994, when "Lead On" started...
  • The Music Festival Grows Up (bands put out records to TOUR rather than tour to SELL records)

    08/12/2009 11:32:07 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 14 replies · 830+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | AUGUST 11, 2009 | JIM FUSILLI
    One lesson of this year's Lollapalooza, held this past weekend at Grant Park here, is a confirmation rather than something new: ­Recorded music drives fans to live shows. Thus, it can seem like the recording industry exists to support the concert business. "The music business is upside down," said alt-country singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen. "You don't tour to support your record. You put out a record to support a tour." "Do you see people going ­record shopping? No," said Perry Farrell of Jane's ­Addiction. "Downloading free music. Yes. Going out for live music. Yes. I love recorded music, but the...
  • Spinning in the Grave - The three biggest reasons music magazines are dying (dinosaur Big Media)

    07/30/2009 11:04:29 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 64 replies · 1,530+ views
    Slate ^ | July 28, 2009 | Jonah Weiner
    ...Some of the problems that have beset music magazines are familiar from discussions about the publishing industry's woes in general: Readership's down, advertising's down, the old guard has been slow in adapting to the Internet. But like newspapers and shelter titles, music magazines have proven especially vulnerable. ...leave aside the question of whether Blender and Vibe somehow deserved their undoing... and whether Rolling Stone and Spin deserve their present difficulties.... 1. There are fewer superstars, and the same musicians show up on every magazine cover. Say Beyoncé—or Kanye, or Kelly Clarkson, or any of the few musical acts that still...
  • "Farewell Tribute" set for WBCN Boston

    07/22/2009 11:29:39 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 5 replies · 987+ views ^ | 07/22/09 |
    Boston’s WBCN is throwing itself a “Farewell” event on the air—it’s a four day Tribute to the station and its legacy as “The Rock of Boston.” The on air event kicks off Saturday, August 8 at 10 AM. WBCN is going away on August 13, when CBS moves the Hot AC WBMX “Mix 98.5” to the 104.1 frequency, to make room for a new FM Sports Talk at 98.5. WBCN has been on the air as a Rock station for over 40 years, and was the home for such legendary radio personalities as Charles Laquidara, Howard Stern, PD Oedipus, and...
  • 'How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'N' Roll' by Elijah Wald (book review)

    06/12/2009 12:28:41 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 55 replies · 1,562+ views
    LA Times ^ | June 11, 2009 | Erik Himmelsbach
    "This history of American popular music culminates with the splintering of music culture by the Fab Four." ...Critiquing critics "It is often said that history is written by the victors, but in the case of pop music, that is rarely true," Wald writes. "The victors tend to be out dancing, while the historians sit at their desks, assiduously chronicling music they cannot hear on mainstream radio." It's a valid conceit, yet it's hardly revolutionary. In fact, it was much more clearly articulated 30 years ago, when the sage philosopher David Lee Roth noted: "Rock critics like Elvis Costello because rock...
  • NAB: House majority opposes new performers royalty

    06/04/2009 11:58:43 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 7 replies · 344+ views
    AP via Google ^ | 6-4-2009 | RYAN NAKASHIMA
    <p>The National Association of Broadcasters said Wednesday that a majority of U.S. House members are now opposed to imposing new fees on radio stations to pay performance artists.</p> <p>Such a bill passed the House Judiciary Committee last month, but the NAB hopes the show of opposition will prevent it from being brought to the House floor for a debate and vote. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office is monitoring support for the issue but officials there said the speaker has no immediate plan to take action.</p>
  • Cher, Bono heirs sue Universal Music over royalties

    06/03/2009 11:39:13 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 9 replies · 568+ views
    Hollywood Reporter via Reuters ^ | Tue Jun 2, 2009 11:23pm EDT | Matthew Belloni
    Cher has sued Universal Music Group, claiming that the label's creative accounting has shortchanged her and the heirs of her late ex-husband, Sonny Bono, to the tune of $5 million. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, claims an audit of UMG's accounting to the singer-actress from 2000 to 2003 showed that UMG executives "engaged in wrongful tactics" designed to hide revenue from two hit compilation albums. The five-count, 22-page complaint claims breach of two recording contracts Cher had with UMG predecessors, one with MCA division Kapp Records in 1972 and a 1987 deal with the David Geffen...
  • Live Nation's 'no service fee' tickets do carry fees

    06/03/2009 11:33:09 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 6 replies · 267+ views
    CNN ^ | updated 11:02 p.m. EDT, Tue June 2, 2009 | By Alan Duke
    Music fans who buy concert tickets during Live Nation's "No Service Fee Wednesday" may be surprised when they check their receipt and see some service fees were charged. Live Nation's announcement for the promotion -- and stories based on their news release -- did not mention the concert promoter's narrow definition of a "service fee." "Fans will still be asked to pay parking fees (usually $6) as well as in some cases facility fees and/or charity fees," Live Nation spokesman John Vlautin wrote in a reply to CNN's request for clarification. Still, the promotion will save consumers several dollars on...