The MTV VMA’s just saw it’s ratings plunge and The X Factor has joined the party. “The singing show on Fox premiered its second season on Wednesday to shockingly low numbers compared with last year — which was itself considered a ratings disappointment. The two-hour extravaganza averaged 8.5-million total viewers, swooning 32% compared with last fall’s series premiere.” (LA Times)
Bob Dylan has responded to charges he plagiarized some of his lyrics, calling critics “wussies” and saying musical appropriation is “part of the folk tradition.”
The singer-songwriter made his first public comments on the accusations, saying that in folk and jazz music “quotation is a rich and enriching tradition.”
“Everyone else can do it but not me,” he complained. “There are different rules for me.”
“I’m working within my art form,” the 71 year-old singer told Rolling Stone. “It’s that simple. … It’s called songwriting. It has to do with melody and rhythm, and then after that, anything goes. You make everything yours. We all do it.”
“These are the same people that tried to pin the name Judas on me,” Dylan added, referring to bitter 1960s folk fans who decried his move into electric guitar blues and famously compared the singer to the Biblical apostle who betrayed Jesus.
“Judas – the most hated name in human history!” he exclaimed. “If you think you’ve been called a bad name, try to work your way out from under that. Yeah, and for what? For playing an electric guitar? As if that is in some kind of way equitable to betraying our Lord and delivering him up to be crucified. All those evil … can rot in hell,” he said. (Reuters)
Buzz Track: Mind My Halo
Irontom emerged in early 2012 on the Los Angeles music scene. The band features Zach the son of Jack Irons (former drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, currently drumming for The Wall Flowers). Zack was taught to play guitar by guitar virtuoso John Frusciante. Their sound ranges from The Arctic Monkeys to Led Zeppelin. The band recently finished a full length album with producer Alain Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age, Chris Cornell) and release date and touring news will be posted soon.
This could be the end of Music Television and a new beginning for YouTube. Although MTV abandoned music years ago the backlash is clear as day.
“What a difference a year makes for MTV’s “Video Music Awards,” and not in a good way.
MTV’s annual big event last week was seen by 6.1 million viewers, less than half of the 12.4 million who watched in 2011, when the show was believed to be MTV’s most-watched program ever, according to Nielson” (AP)
The show wasn’t lacking star power either. Taylor Swift, Frank Ocean, Green Day, Pink and Alicia Keys with Nicki Minaj all performed.
Buzz Track: What Your Mother Taught You
Kingsfoil has been on the Kings list for a while now and we love them even more now. Check out the new release as well as the video for the track What Your Mother Taught You. The new track was produced by Dustin Burnett (Newsboys, Augustana). The band has performed with Passion Pit, Dev, as well as Cobra Starship. The band will release their new record on September 29th that will coincide with a performance at the Chameleon Club in PA.