â€œIn the old days, i.e., two months ago, it was about signing up those clients and immediately figuring out how to flip them into traditional media,â€? Mr. Weinstein said. â€œNow we can look at an artist and say, that might be a goal, but in the interim, or while weâ€™re doing that, or instead of that, how can we monetize their interests online?â€?
â€œRadio promotion executives are still under enormous pressure to use tools that maximize radio airplay because airplay still sells recordings,â€? said Rachel Stilwell, a Los Angeles lawyer who has written about payola and who worked several years ago as the national director of promotion for the Verve Music Group, a Universal subsidiary label. â€œOld habits die hard.â€?
A spokeswoman for Mr. Spitzer, Juanita Scarlett, said yesterday that the attorney generalâ€™s office was â€œaware of the possible violation of the terms of our agreement with Universal and we are looking into the matter.â€?
Once “Nerdy” hit outlets like YouTube, there was no stopping it. “We knew with ‘Nerdy’ that he’d hit on something incredibly relevant to different generations,” Dan Mackta, senior director of marketing for Zomba Label Group, says. “Kids were discovering him like a new artist.”
“I’d kind of written off the chance of ever having another hit single, since record labels weren’t really releasing commercial ones,” Yankovic says. “As much as people are griping about the Internet taking sales away from artists, it’s been a huge promotional tool for me.”
The singer added he felt the DVD was a bit of a a stunt. “I just thought it was really cheap,” he explained. “To go to a place like England or Germany and sing that song – those kids aren’t taking it the same way that he meant it. And he [Billie Joe Armstrong] knew it.”
Bottom Line: This is great press for bothÂ the Killers and Green Day. Brandon Flowers understands show business and knows how to utlilize the press. Nevertheless, it is oddÂ performing American Idiot to foreign kids. Brandon built a sound argument as Green DayÂ are preparing for a ‘spin’.
The film industry obsesses over first week numbers and if the film isn’t an instant cash cow, they will bury it. Sound familiar?
The double Oscar-winner Dustin Hoffman has made an angry attack on the â€œeuthanasiaâ€? of the film industry, which he complains tries to â€œburyâ€? any film that is not an instant cash cow.
â€œIf the film doesnâ€™t make money over that first weekend of its release, they will bury it,â€? said Hoffman
â€œEuthanasia is legal in Hollywood. They just kill the film if it doesnâ€™t succeed immediately.â€?
Hoffman criticised the film industry for being obsessed with looking almost hourly at the box-office takings of a film in its first few days of release, meaning poor quality but populist films could push out higher-quality productions
â€œIf the movie doesnâ€™t make money it must therefore be a bad work,â€? said Hoffman, who won best actor Oscars for Kramer vs Kramer and Rain Man. â€œI donâ€™t remember a time when there was so much respect for bad work.â€?
Hoffman was encouraged by the more recent success of some American films. â€œYou cannot stop the artists.â€?
For Hoffman, â€œthe most exciting film Iâ€™ve seen this yearâ€? is the small-budget Little Miss Sunshine, which tells the story of a dysfunctional family driving across America
Key Quote:Â â€œI donâ€™t remember a time when there was so much respect for bad work.â€? So it’s not only in the music industry that bad art is respected and rewarded. Has it always been this way? no way. The problem isn’t with the old films it’s with the “new” films. The problem isn’t with the old music, it’s with the ‘new’ music. Both the film and the music industry is struggling to re-invent itself. It’s not the technology, its the lack of inspiration. As Sting said, “Today’s rock music is a bore”.
Janet Jackson’s boyfriend, producer Jermaine Dupri, is out at Virgin Records. Dupri was head of urban music at Virgin. According to sources, Dupri quitâ€”i.e. was forced outâ€”after disappointing sales of Jackson’s comeback album called “20 YO.” Three weeks into its release, the album is a dud with less than 500,000 copies sold. The CD had dropped an astonishing 77 percent in sales in its second week. Also, ’20 YO’ was the last album on her Virgin contract and now faces the task of negotiating a new deal with little leverage.
KOAR Higher Learning artist Fermata has been picking up airplay with their single ‘Frustrated‘ on stations like WDYL, WKGB, WRIF and many more. In support of their recently released EP ‘Vessel,’ Fermata have been touring across the US.Â Check out the new demos Four Letter Words and When The Hero Dies.