This is old news but its worth commenting on. What happened to MTV VMA’s? One word! Boring. What more do you need to realize that the mainstream is absolutely dead. If this doesn’t give an A&R guy motivation to seek new talent then nothing will. The audience was literally falling sleep.Â Christina Augleria was good. The Killers were good. The lil’ Kim entrance “I’m a tough bitch” ain’t working anymore. It’s time to let go. Lastly, The house band Jack White the Raconteurs were awful. Seriously, awful! This guy is done.
MTV. I dont even know where to begin. I agree with Saverio in the sense that e-videos are definetly bigger than TV videos, but I dont even see MTV in the picture. I’m 17 years old. MTV goes for my age group, but I cant remember the last time that I watched a video on MTV or on MTV.com. YouTube and Launch(yahoo) are the only 2 places that I ever watcha music video. In my opinion, I think that if MTV expanded their horizons of music more that they would increase their audience. Pop and Rap are not the only styles of music out there and most of what they show isnt good music anyway. They definetly have some stepping up to do especially if they want to get my crowd into them.
-Civilian has signed with Russ Rieger and Pipeline Management
and are getting love from Kat Corbett at KROQ, who said this about the band -Â Â â€œI can’t believe these guys haven’t been snatched up yet.Â The amount of crap SIGNED music I get sent to me is ridiculous – these guys are a no brainer.Â I handed over tracks directly to Lisa Worden and Rodney on the Roq.Â Now if these fu**s would only get a myspace page I could get my nephew off my back.â€? Legal is Chris Castle
–Universal Music Group has reached a tentative agreement with German media company Bertelsmann AG to acquire BMG Music Publishing for $2.05 billion (Ð‚1.6 billion).
–Robbie Williams has threatened to quit singing for good. The Angels singer says he no longer wants to be part of the “pop machine” because he feels it has turned him into a “monster”. The 32-year-old, who is believed to be worth around Â£100-million, said:Â Â
“I’ve got to take the view over the next 18 months and see if I want to be part of the machine any more, because I don’t see me singing again. “It’s a question of what I want and where I want to be. Can I live without the radio picking my song and putting it on the playlist? Or is this fame thing something I’m addicted to?”
–Major Labels are now embracing mobile technology
Warner Music Group recently introduced its first mobile videogame on T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. Capitol Records is supporting the debut album by Dave Navarro’s new band the Panic Channel with a first-of-its-kind mobile-TV promotion in conjunction with Sprint and GoTV. Warner Music and Sony BMG have developed their own mobile-game publishing divisions, rather than licensing the rights to existing game developers
In 2004, I asked an executive in a major label sales department what the dominant configuration was that fans used to listen to music.Â His reaction was predictable, which was why I phrased the question the way I did.Â The dominant configuration was the compact disc.Â I suggested to him that the dominant configuration that fans used to listen to music was the mp3 fileâ€”the dominant configuration that he used to sell music was the compact disc.Â Â Not the same thing at all.Â My friend looked at me like a dog on a mirror.
Then I asked him if he thought he would be doing a good job if there was a configuration that resulted in hundreds of millions of â€œlistensâ€? a month and he wasnâ€™t selling music in that configuration.Â Again, dog on a mirror.Â But I knew the truth: The lawyers wonâ€™t let him.Â He has to sell digitally in either Microsoftâ€™s or Appleâ€™s DRM.Â
Locks Keep Out the Honest People
In case it hasnâ€™t dawned on anyoneâ€”DRM, like locks, keeps out the honest people, whether itâ€™s Microsoftâ€™s, Appleâ€™s, or whateverâ€™s DRM.Â The DRM for sound recordings on digital files will always be relatively weak if for no other reason than the simple fact that you canâ€™t put a $99 security solution on something that sells for $0.99 and the computer manufacturers refuse to cooperate with developing copyright-respecting protections.Â Plus, copy protections on CDs have not been uniformly successful (to be extraordinarily kind).Â The fact that DRM is hackable is not a reason not to use it.Â The day man invented fire the first arsonist was born, but thankfully that did not stop the use of fire.
-“The music industry these days tends to not take musicians and make stars out of them. They tend to take stars and make musicians out of them. Thatâ€™s just the way it is…For now there is one thing people canâ€™t download, and thatâ€™s us. Now itâ€™s about staying out there on the road. Thatâ€™s how youâ€™re a rock band these days.”- Robby Takac Goo Goo Dolls
Check out some new music from unsigned artist Rides Again who we talked about several months ago. New song is called Apology (mp3). For more information contact Garry Francis c/o Prize Fighter Management at or 416-434-4244. Legal is Chris Taylor
Universal Music is backing a start-up called SpiralFrog that will allow consumers to download songs for free. It will rely on advertising for its revenues, offering a different business model from that of Apple Computerâ€™s popular iTunes music store.
The service, SpiralFrog, represents a departure from Appleâ€™s 99 cents-a-song business model and other legal download services which charge a subscription fee by being completely free. It is due to start up in December.
â€œOffering young consumers an easy-to-use alternative to pirated music sites will be compelling,â€? said Robin Kent, SpiralFrogâ€™s chief executive and the former head of the Universal McCann advertising agency.
Perry Ellis, the fashion company, said it would advertise on SpiralFrog. Leviâ€™s, Aeropostale, Benetton and others have expressed interest. â€œOur audience is into music and can be more easily reached on the web,â€? said Oscar Feldenkreis, president of Perry Ellis International.