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The White Stripes are close to inking a multi-million dollar deal with Warner Bros. A million dollar Deal for the White Stripes? Definitely a leap of faith here.

MTV is set to cut 250 jobs. They are facing the challenges of society and the digital age.

David Goldberg and Robert Roback who lead Yahoo’s music division, are leaving the company. The resignations are due to personal reasons.

Grammy Sweep by Dixie Chicks Is Seen as a Vindication? Country Broadcasters call the Recording Academy ‘Out-of-Touch’.

The Dixie Chicks’ big win at the Grammy Awards exposed ideological tensions between the music industry’s Nashville establishment and the members of the Recording Academy.

Although we don’t know, many insiders have some serious doubts about this years Grammys. Even though the Dixie Chicks album “Taking the Long Way Home” sold 1.9 million copies, it still fell short compared with albums by Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts which were supported by country radio.

As for as the Grammy voters were concerned, the Dixie Chicks “made a great album this year, and their music and their commentary resonated with our membership, as it did with the entire nation,� said Neil Portnow, president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

But……

Mr. Ayeroff, who founded the voter-registration group Rock the Vote, said a man sitting behind him in the Grammy audience snickered each time the Dixie Chicks received another trophy.

And………

Even though the Dixie Chicks owned the Grammys, it still wont convince Nashville. Country radio still won’t make nice with the chicks.

“Most country stations aren’t playing the Chicks, and they aren’t going to start now,” said Jim Jacobs, owner of WTDR-FM, a country radio station in Talladega, Ala.

Country broadcasters said that the group’s five Grammys show how out of touch the Recording Academy is from the average country fan.
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Val Emmich begged to walk away from his multiple album deal and the begging paid off……….

After two years on Epic Records and nothing to show for his efforts but a re-released version of his debut album Slow Down Kid, New Jerseyan Val Emmich begged successfully for the privilege to walk away from a multiple album deal and returned to the exact place where he started – writing music by himself for himself. The result is Sunlight Searchparty a loose and fearlessly raw album recorded almost entirely live to tape, complete with mistakes, chatter, party noise, and slightly out-of-tune instruments.

Val Emmich will be playing at The Mercury Lounge on Thursday February 22 at 8:30 pm. Contact Ralph Hanan at Pi Artist Management for more information: Ralph@piartistmanagement.com or 908-433-6624. Legal: Rosemary Carroll at Carroll Guido & Groffman.

Check out the track The Ships Going Down, check out the video here.

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  • The winner of British TV talent contest The X Factor Leona Lewis has landed a $9.7 million record deal in the US after impressing Clive Davis. Leona Lewis is managed by Simon Cowell and has signed a five-album contract with Clive Davis.
  • College indie act Dispatch who never had major label backing or a hit single sells out Madison Square Garden.
  • MTV videos will be available to all Internet users.
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Steve Jobs Comments Cause Uproar: Steve Jobs comments yesterday that record companies should do away with copyright protection angered music industry executives. CEO of Apple Steve Jobs published an open letter on Tuesday arguing that selling music online without such protections – known as digital rights management – would make it easier for consumers to listen to music on different devices, boosting the overall market. Critics suggested that Mr Jobs’s true motive was to defuse legal problems in Europe, where Apple is being asked to make iTunes compatible with other devices. Several record executives said they would take a tougher line on variable pricing when their iTunes contracts come up for renewal from this May, and may also push for some share of iPod revenues.

Canned at Capitol: According to R&R seven promo staffers were axed at Capitol. The pink slip in Capitol and Virgin has not even reached the pinnacle yet.

Jermain Dupri is Back in Business: Record executive Jermain Dupri was axed or forced out from Virgin Records for lackluster sales from Janet Jackson. Jermain Dupri accepted the position as the president of its newly formed Island Urban Music

We Need ‘Hits’: Many insiders feel that there could not be a better time for management companies developing artists. The word is that the executives at majors are so consumed trying to figure out how to market dead weight and have ignored prospecting new talent. Management companies with developing artists will win this year because labels desperately need ‘Hits’. After a year of head scratching, labels now realize that radio and not the internet alone is still largely responsible for selling records for the next years to come. Some say that labels can no longer afford to sign artists without smashes.

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs Shifts Blame On Music Industry

The Story
Steve Jobs is getting anxious. He knows that a host of European countries are concerned about iTunes music downloads and how they only play on the iPod. Apple is now officially in violation of consumer protection laws in Norway. Apple has refused to license Fairplay DRM to other parties (thus locking the user into the iPod.

Major record labels, online music stores embed software code into the digital song files they sell to restrict the ability to copy them. Apple uses its own system, the songs it sells can be played only on the iPod.

Rather than Apple engaging in Fairplay, Steve Jobs suggest that labels could shed digital rights management altogether.

Music industry executives said that if the music industry moved away from copy protection, it could potentially make it easier for competing music players. Mr. Jobs seems to be betting that anything that stimulates the sale of digital music can only help his company.

Others claim that Steve Jobs is calculated freak and loves his name in the press. These statement drew criticism from some competitors, who argued that he was simply trying to get in front of a shift in industry strategy and claim credit for it.

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