Unsigned John Vesely who adopted the name Secondhand Serenade is a singer songwriter that hails from Menlo Park, California. He is in the similar realm of Dashboard Confessional – American acoustic/electric guitar driven indie rock. His online following and numbers have surpassed most unknown artists on majors and indies. You can thank the self promotion tool Myspace. He is the #1 unsigned artist on myspace for months now, with over 9 million plays and he’s been in the top 100 alternative albums on itunes for months as well. Plus, he’s the number 1 selling artist on Tunecore, the digital distribution service and has a top 10 song on the Yahoo Launch’s adult alternative station. You can also find his song “Vulnerable” on the current itunes compilation “Back To School” on the Sk8ters list, along with AFI, New Found Glory and Simple Plan. Yes, he has accomplished more than manyÂ artists that signed 400k record contracts. What does this mean? It means someÂ artists are better self promoters these days. For more information contact manager Chris Maltese.Â
McBride says, “Generating revenue, especially in the artist-run model, is about selling music in various mediums, selling concert tickets, licensing music to TV, ring tones, packed USB drives, etc. That is how success is measured, not by the physical album sales.”
Howard Stern sounds more like a politician than a shock rocker nowadays as he is trying to rebound from his floundering career.Â Ad Age reports that Sternâ€™s price tag for commercials on his Sirius Satellite Radio show has fallen to between $5-6,000. Oprah has no such problem. Oprah pointed out that now that she’s Oprah, she has “all these white people” working for her, and that in fact there’s only one black person on the staff. In fact the $55 million, three-year agreement with Oprah is being billed as the most successful channel launch in XM’s five-year history in terms of ad sales.
Ah, the Kingdom of Sweden. I have always heard how wonderful it is to spend the summer in Sweden, but apparently things have changed. It is now the “fantastically cool freculture country of Sweden” according to Professor Lessig, with what the professor describes as the “very interesting” “Piracy Party”.
This is as much a tale of Professor Lessig as it is the Pirate Party.Â If you cut through the Nutty Professorâ€™s thinking, writing and blogging about his obsessed opposition to copyright laws, at least one core idea is constant throughout:Â Itâ€™s not only morally acceptable to steal, there is a moral mandate to steal.Â However, since Professor Lessig appears to enjoy his status as a law professor in his madrasah at the Googleâ€¦sorryâ€¦Stanford Law School, he doesnâ€™t quite come out and say that.Â
Law professors areâ€”at least on some levelâ€”not supposed to advocate theft.Â And of course if one is not only a law professor but also a member of the bar, one has taken an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States.Â (By the way, if anyone knows where Professor Lessig is admitted to practice law, please tell me because Iâ€™ve never seen him list a bar umber on any of the pleadings heâ€™s filed and I canâ€™t find him listed in the lawyer directories of the California, District of Columbia or New York bar associations.) CONTINUE READING
DC based Hotspur were named one of the top 4 unsigned bands at this yearâ€™s SXSW. After extensive touring up and down the east coast, radio play on over 300 college and commercial stations, selling nearly 3k copies of their EP and landing multiple licenses with MTV, Hotspur have released their first full-length album â€˜Beta.â€™ Produced by Chris Grainger and Russ Long (Switchfoot, Wilco, Dropping Daylight), â€˜Betaâ€™ comes across as a collection of hits as opposed to a typical album, each track a radio-ready dance rock single. Tales of their guerilla marketing techniques have been making their way into the press, as well as their Snakes on a Plane spoof video circulating on the internet. Currently playing regional dates with further touring plans for later this year. Hotspur will be playing at The Underscore in NY on October 8th. No legal attached. For more information contact Joe Mach