Taylor Swift promises to get political on her new album. Even though politics has done little to bolster her career, Swift told Elle Mag, “I definitely think there are political undertones in the new music I made,” “I’m not planning to stop encouraging young people to vote and to try to get them to talk about what’s going on in our country. I think that’s one of the most important things I could do.”
While some artists-turned- activists, have used their platform to influence people, many stay away from such controversy. Dolly Parton says, “I learned a long time ago to keep your damn mouth shut if you want to stay in show business.” Parton told Nightline, “I don’t do politics. I’m not getting into any of that. I have a lot of fans out there and I don’t want to offend anybody. Besides, I just don’t get into that. If you are deciding you may want to ask me something more serious, don’t, because I’m not going to answer it.”
After 60 years, Warner Bros. Records has rebrands itself and even acquires a new a logo. Its new name is Warner Records.
“For the first time in the label’s history, we’ve had the opportunity to create a distinct, modern identity entirely of our own,” U.S. Co-Chairman & COO Tom Corson and as U.S. Co-Chairman & CEO Aaron Bay-Schuck said in a joint statement. “The timing couldn’t be better, since we all feel the label is at a moment of reinvention that builds on our legacy, while moving into a future driven by fearlessness and creativity.”
After Time Warner sold off Warner Bros. it was agreed that the company would continue to use its name and logo for 15 years.
“We wanted the Warner Records brand to have the power and freedom to mean different things to different people around the world,” said Christie. “A new logo isn’t meaningful on its own, and our label will always be defined by the originality of our artists, our music, and our people.”
The music industry is turning to Hollywood for a new stream of revenue. Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody which became the biggest biopic ever generated $903 million worldwide on a $50 million budget. Even though the success of Bohemian Rhapsody was once-in-lifetime, it’s still worth for music labels to invest in documentaries because of the massive exposure. Even a biopic that bombs can still impact artist streams and downloads. With the success of Bohemian Rhapsody, Hollywood is on a biopic craze hoping to make the most out of the momentum. As the Hollywood Reported stated, “singers become as bankable as superheroes at the box office?”
Here are some upcoming biopics:
Elton John – ‘Rocketman’
David Bowie – ‘Stardust’
Dusty Springfield – ‘So Much Love’
Celine Dion – ‘The Power of Love’
Aretha Franklin – ‘Respect’
Wrangler Jeans faced criticism over using Lil Nas X ‘Old Town Road’. Fans have threatened to boycott the company in what they deem to be “cultural appropriation.” Wrangler responded, “We have a long history of using the platform of popular music to embrace a new generation of fans, while staying true to our Western heritage.”
The world’s oldest record shop, Spiller Records has banned Morrissey albums over his political views. Morrissey released a covers album today ‘California Son’ – which features collaborations with the likes of Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste.
A new study claims the smartest people listen to instrumental music. Researcher at Oxford Brookes University claim those who like jazz and classical are smarter than those who prefer lyrics. I personally like jazz, but I prefer music with lyrics.
Critics have been wanting to write Madonna off but she could have the last laugh. Her net worth by Forbes is approx. $590 million. She’s one of America’s wealthiest self-made women. Check out her performance at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
Whitney Houston estate is launching a touring hologram and album of unreleased music. Primary Wave Music Publishing acquired 50 percent of Whitney’s assets that included song & film royalties and merchandise. Some critics have said Houstons have figured out a way to cash in on Whitney and debase her at the same time.
Ciara is heading to Harvard Business School. On Instagram she said: “I always dreamt of going to college, but by God’s grace, my music career took me on a path that I’m so thankful for,” she said. “This week I got accepted into Harvard! Words cannot describe my excitement!”
Taylor Swift and Panics! Brendon Urie perform their track ME! on The Voice. Anyone else still taking it in that the EMO frontman went full blown pop?