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Label reps said the split between Radiohead and old label EMI was a result of them asking for deal valued at 10 million dollars.

Radiohead responds with…

we did not ask for a load of cash from our old record label EMI to re- sign.
that is a L I E.
The Times in the UK should check its facts before it prints such dirt.

whAT we WANTED WAS some control over OUR WOrK and how it was used in the future by them-
that seemed REASONAblE to us,
as we cared about it a great deal.

Mr Hands was not interested.
So neither were we.

To bedigging up such bullshit, or more politely airing yer dirty laundry in public,
seems a very strange way for the head of an international record label to be proceeding. (full response here)

Lastly, the band defends high ticket prices.

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The Future of Hip Hip: A recent column ‘The Shrinking Market Is Changing the Face of Hip-Hop‘ that appeared in The New York Times discusses the future of Hip Hop.

“Because hip-hop is so intensely self-aware, and self-reflexive, it came to be known as big-money music, a genre obsessed with its own success. Newcomers arrived with big singles and bigger hopes, only to fall off the charts after selling a few hundred thousand copies, if that.

The 1990’s brought a series of breakout stars including Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur, the Notorious B.I.G but rappers today seem like underground figures, for the first time in nearly two decades. For instance the genres biggest star 50 Cent recent album “Curtis” (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope), has only sold 1.2 million copies while his 2005 album, “The Massacre,” sold more than five million. If we are now entering an age of diminished commercial expectations, that will inevitably change how hip-hop sounds too.”

EMI Culture Changes: A person close to Terra Firma said it had made three significant culture changes at EMI. EMI is now demanding that employees submit business plans and secure senior executives’ approval before signing new artists, asking for detailed marketing plans before any promotional activity and changing bonus plans to encourage executives to focus on EMI artists’ global potential rather than local markets alone. Also, Terra Firma has instructed executives to shift their focus from television advertising to promotions that emphasise digital music. (EMI Faces Tigher Budgets)

Why Did Radiohead Really Leave EMI? Radiohead left label EMI because they refused to agree to a deal worth 10 Million dollars. According to The Times, Radiohead was offered £3m to resign with the label which they found unacceptable. A spokesperson for the label said “Radiohead were demanding an extraordinary amount of money and we did not believe that our other artists should have to subsidise their gains.”

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Music sales during the Christmas shopping season were down an astounding 21% from last year.

From the week of Thanksgiving up through the day before Christmas Eve, 83.9 million albums were sold, a decrease of 21.38 million from 2006’s 105.28 million.

Still, plenty of people love celebrating Christmas and Josh Groban was immune from the slump. Groban’s “Noel” has crossed 3.5 million in sales to become the top-selling disc of the year and claimed its fifth straight week at No. 1. (Variety)

Warner Ends Struggle and Partners With Amazon: Warner Music who held out on selling music online without copy protection, caved in and began selling music on Amazon in the MP3 format without the digital rights management. (Wired)

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empty.jpg2007 was a troubling year for the US concert industry. According to Pollstar The top 20 tours generated $996 million, down 15.6 percent from the year before. The previous low was $951.1 million in 2004.

The concert industry is beginning to feel the shockwaves of the record industry. Its hard to sell tickets with the lack of NEW acts. How many times can promoters re-package high priced reunion tours with the same ol’ bands that haven’t delivered new music in years? It may work for today, but it won’t work for tomorrow.

Even high-priced reunion tours by the Police, Van Halen and Genesis didn’t fill seats. Consumers eventually want something new and exciting. These are the future problems what will plaque the music biz and the concert business. Its back to ground zero which is a good thing.

Apple Trades for $200: The Apple stores continue to be jammed pack while the shares of Apple hit the $200 mark for the first time on Wednesday. Apple released new lines of iPods that can play videos and the iPod Touch which has the touch screen like the iPhone. The iPod along with Guitar Hero was the top seller during the Christmas season. The iPod occupied 5 of the top 10 spots on Amazons best selling electronic list.

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Times are changing and the chairs are rotating. Jay-Z said Monday that he will leave his post as president of Universal Music Group’s Def Jam Records label after his contract expires this year.

The rapper, who was named Def Jam president three years ago, said in a statement that it is “time for me to take on new challenges.

He will continue to release his own music through his record label, Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam after his contract expires Dec. 31.

Jay Z took over Def Jam in December 2004 in an incentive deal that was reportedly valued at up to $10 million. (AP)

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