Satellite Party, which features ex-Janes Addiction frontman Perry Farrell and ex-Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt,Â recentlyÂ signed a deal with Columbia Records.Â
Despite strong album sales, the Dixie Chicks tour is struggling in several markets. Pre-ticket sales are below expectations and several dates will be postponed or cancelled. Initial ticket salesÂ are averaging 5,000k in 15,000 capacity venues. I doubt it is the political stance that is contributing to poor ticket sales and more or less blame the struggling economy.
Study: Web is the No. 1 media
Web media is the dominant at-work media and No. 2 in the home, according to a new report from the Online Publishers Association. 50 million Americans per day in 2005 used the Web as their primary news source.
Radio Advertising Continues to Shrink
According to Media Week the radio industryâ€™s advertising slump continued with revenue dipping 5% compared to last year.Â National ad sales fell 7%, while local sales decreased 4%. Agency buyersÂ point to the increasing number of alternative and new media options available. While radio isnâ€™t the only medium losing dollars to the new media, itâ€™s probably being hit the hardest.
Red Hot Chili Pepper’s “Dani California” isÂ number oneÂ on both the active rock chart and the alternative chart. They had another great week on the charts selling 87k TW.
Breaking Benjamin’s new single “Diary of Jane“ went for adds and will no doubt hitÂ number one the active rock charts in given time. After listening to the record the band will take homeÂ a gold record if not platinum.
The new AFI record “decemberunderground“Â that dropped yesterday is expected to sell 200k+ first week. Thirty year old frontman Davey Havok is intriguing and mysterious. He is a cut above the rest and knows how to work the stage and the camera. If you haven’t seen the Miss Murder videoÂ check it out hereÂ which was directed by Mark Webb.
Speaking about Mark Webb, this director is a wanted man by every major and indie. He changed the platform for MTV. He is responsible for the best directed videos including My Chemical Romance “Ghost of You“, All American Rejects “Move Along” etc.
ThreeÂ alternative acts have been creating an industry buzz within the last several weeks. If you have been reading KOAR daily youÂ know exactly who they are; Liam and Me, My Favorite Highway, and Ludo. Ludo, as well as Liam And Me have several offers on the table and are currently entertaining more. My Favorite Highway continues to garner attention with sold out hometown shows and a sold out pre-release.
Nathan Asher and The Infantry are making their impact at radio, picking up spins on Alternative and Triple A stations across the country with their album Sex Without Love. The band is conversing with multiple booking agencies while on their way to the NXNE festival in Toronto, kicking off their northeast tour of the US, with a couple dates in NYC. Keep checking KOAR for more information. Check out the tracks Sex Without Love and Storms.
Australian-born female singer songwriter Vassy who just signed with CAA booking is in Los Angeles this week meeting with major labels and publishers. Vassy is signed to Fly/ABC in Australia which is owned by the Australia Broadcasting Corporation. Vassyâ€™s track â€œWanna Flyâ€? is a licensing magnet which was recently featured on a national Diet Sprite radio campaign, and appeared in the hit ABC television series â€œGrayâ€™s Anatomyâ€?, while being prominently featured in the year-long 2006 national TV campaign for Hilton Hotels. For more information get in contact with Alan WolmarkÂ or
Nick Ferrera. Â
Big news last week in the music industryÂ Chairman Donnie Ienner and President Michele Anthony exiting Sony Music Group. Its also heavily rumored that President Steve Greenberg has exitedÂ Columbia Records. Same news all over again, nothing changes with the constant executive shuffle; the old proverb says it best, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” According to sources the fact is “The Sony labels’ acts are not selling records at the moment. “The company is pretty cold, and the BMG side isn’t,”(HR 2/13). Don’t forget to mix some politics into the equation, and with that said…welcome to Disney World ladies!
The market is still talking about XM Satellite and its recent troubles. It appears that Sirius Satellite Radio is making some right decisions as XM is making all the wrong moves. During the month of May, Sirius’ stock price declined only 5 percent to $4.41 while XM’s dropped a more precipitous 21.5 percent to $14.69. Quoting from the NY Post “We think the market has lost faith, and unfortunately, what used to be XM’s premium over Sirius (confidence in its management) has been eroded,” adds Peck. If the divergent path of Sirius stock continues, XM’s share price premium may soon be eroded as well.
Believe it or not, there is a Russian web site that allows visitors download albums for less than $1 US. Supposedly it’s a smash with music buyers — but not with U.S. trade and music industry officials.
Viral video sharing is the new nemesis for the music biz. YouTube, MySpace, Google Video and iFilm have sparked a new revolution. The distribution taking place is happening without the approval of record companies. According to reports the Recording Industry Association of America has been stepping up its efforts to stop sharing of popular videos on such sites, particularly on the rapidly expanding YouTube, which now claims more than 6 million visitors and 40 million streams daily. “The RIAA recently issued cease-and-desist letters to YouTube users sharing videos from the likes of Nelly Furtado, Beyonce and Rihanna.” “The RIAA estimates that sales of music videos topped $3.7 million in three months, after being introduced in October. Meanwhile, the major labels also are sharing in the profits of ad-supported video-on-demand offerings from AOL, Yahoo, Music Choice and others”
Unsigned 80’s influenced Los Angeles based A Kiss Could Be Deadly that consist of 4 bored punk kids recently completed a 5 song EP titled the Point Noise Sessions. Think Berlin meets early No Doubt. This 4 piece is fronted by young new comer Lauren Baird that had only sung karaoke in front of a few people and supposedly completed all of her vocal parts in only a few takes. Recently picked up my All American Rejects Management. For more information email
Ryan Kuper. Check out the tracks Only in Darkness, The Exit, and
And So it Ends.
June 2nd Huntington Beach, CA – The Marlin
June 9th Riverside, CA – Babylon
June 10th Riverside, CA – Under The Grind
June 14th Long Beach, CA – Que Sera
June 18th Los Angeles, CA – the Knitting Factory
Dixie ChicksÂ – 525,629
Tool – 65,292
Pearl Jam – 41,614
James Blunt – 33,246
Godsmack – 26,715
Kelly Clarkson – 25,573
Buckcherry – 17,787
Wolfmother – 12,983
Hawthorne Heights – 7,058
Thursday – 6,804
Staind – 6,666
The Dixie Chicks have become the first female group in chart history to have three albums debut at #1. The Dixie Chick’s Taking The Long Way has just debuted at #2 in Australia. The Dixie Chicks will sit down for an in-depth interview on “Larry King Live” tonight, Wednesday, May 31. The Dixie Chicks are one of the most popular live acts in history
having sold more than $100 million worth of concert tickets during their career. Buckcherry continues to blow away expectations with another solid week of sales of 17,787k. Illegal downloading hasn’t stopped former Idol Kelly Clarkson from selling more than 5 million records. Did Staind make a deal with the devil? this week sales 6,666k.