-Metal act Ill Nino has been dropped from RoadRunner.
-Due to security threats some Canadian businesses are beginning to ban iPods and other mp3 players from the workplace to their ability to act as high-capacity portable storage. Who would ever think that songs would be looked at as files and data..(Globe and Mail)
-The EMI/Warner drama continues as the NY Post ran an article Music Deal’s On Ice (EMI-Warner Unlikely). As KOAR mentioned, the European court decision to overturn the 2004 SonyBMG merger has put heat or (ice) on the potential EMI/Warner Merger.
I don’t want my MTV. I don’t want my VH1. I don’t want my Daily Download or TRL. I want my YouTube.
Video site YouTube has said its users are now watching more than 100 million videos per day.
*YouTube has 29% of the country’s multimedia market (Hitwise)
*Last month 2.5 billion videos were watched on YouTube
*60% of all videos watched online in the US are on Youtube while Yahoo, Microsoft’s MSN,Â Google and AOL each have 3 to 5% of the video search market.
*It has almost 20 million visitors to the site each month, according to Nielsen/NetRatings. (BBC)
With 30,000 releases a year its hard to find new music, especially new music worth buying. We urge you to check out Los Angeles based , Mighty Six Ninety who we featured last year in KOAR’s Higher Learning. They will be releasing their second single in the UK/Japan on Aug 14 entitled ‘Keeping You In Mind’ on Kids (www.kidsthelabel.co.uk). This is the follow up to the critically acclaimed sold out single ‘Believable.’ Regular airplay on XFM, BBC and many more as well as stations throughout Japan and the US. Recently picked up Agent In Confidential Talent Agency in the US and will be heading back to the UK in November for a tour. For more information, contact Jon Goldwater firstname.lastname@example.org 917.576.8871.
**send your demos and new music to KOAR. We want to hear your new music.
Alain Levy was once struggling to save a firm that was so badly run it was nicknamed â€œEvery Mistake Imaginableâ€?.Â Now the head of recorded music of EMI is claiming that the company will survive even if the deal with Warner fails to close, EMI is now strong enough to thrive on its own.
According to Levy EMIâ€™s bid to take over Warner Music is designed to create a company with the best new artists and the best back catalogue.
â€œItâ€™s a fantastic way to build a future . . . and become the best music company in the world,â€? he said.
The EUROPEAN COMMISSION IS A THREAT TO THE DEAL
Levy conceded that the European ruling could make it nearly impossible to convince the European Commission to approve a deal although he refuses to give up.
WOULD LEVI BE FORCED TO QUIT?
Rumours began to spread that WarnerÂ head Edgar Bronfman had offered EMIâ€™s chairman, Eric Nicoli, a job in any combined company but had frozen out Levy. According to LeviÂ
â€œThere has been no discussion like that,â€? he said. When he first heard the rumours he thought they were so funny that he e-mailed Nicoli to tell him heâ€™d heard that he, Nicoli, had got a job as Bronfmanâ€™s chauffeur.
â€œWould I like to be here for the next five years continuing to build what I have built out of something that was in pretty bad shape? I have a total passion for my job.
LEVI WOULD SUPPORT THE WARNER TAKEOVER GIVEN THE RIGHT PRICE.
Levy also said that if a Warner takeover of EMI created greater shareholder value than an EMI takeover of Warner, he would support it. â€œI am paid to create shareholder value, but the price has to be right. What Warner canâ€™t do is try to buy us on the cheap.â€?
EMI ONCED FACED A GRIM FUTURE
EMI was once struggling to cope with illegal digital downloads, CD piracy and falling CD and singles sales. It was overstaffed, and budgets were, by Levyâ€™s own admission, bloated. Between January 2000 and September 2001 the company lost 65% of its market value. After firing 1,800 staff and 400 artists, slashing Â£150m off the companyâ€™s annualised fixed costs and cracking down on illegal downloading while embracing new legal digital distribution systems â€” notably Itunes and Napster, ringtones for mobile phones and soundtracks for computer games â€” EMIâ€™s revenues returned to growth last year for the first time since 2000.
EMI IS NOW IN THE CLEAR AND IS ABLE TO SURVIVE
Like the music industry in general, EMI is now, Levy said, out of the woods.
â€œWe have taken the lesson that you cannot ignore the consumer. There is a business model. People want more music. But they want the music in different ways. We have to find ways to monetise it.â€?
Even if the deal with its new dance partner does fall through, Levy insists that EMI will still thrive. â€œA deal would create value but, if it doesnâ€™t happen, weâ€™ll create value in a different way to become the best music company in the world. Thereâ€™s nothing structurally wrong. We have a 14% market share, so we are sitting at the top table.â€?Â (Timesonline)
Not too many unsigned bands have the opportunity to perform in front mid sized crowds on a consistent basis. This isn’t the case for Matchmaker who have been playing to about 250+ crowds in Jersey and were on the main stage at Bamboozle and they recently performed the punk rock campout with MXPX. Matchmaker released their first album Lights, Camera, Re-Action, that consists of melodic choruses and punkish anthemic sing-a-longs. Several labels recently have been poking their nose around this 4 piece NJ native act. For more information contact Roy LamannaÂ (908)-601-8260. Check out the track Victory For A Smile.