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The 2008 Coachella lineup can be found here.

The Wall Street Journal interviews Terra Firma Guy Hands

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The Filter: Who wants to weed through 100,000 new record releases and 200 million videos on Youtube? You don’t, but we will. Check out The Urgency who hails from Brooklyn, New York. The Urgency performed the east coast leg of the Warped Tour ’07 and toured the northwest with Alien Ant Farm. They played Saratoga Performing Arts Center with 311 and Matisyahu and have a strong Vermont following, bringing 400+ headlining the Higher Ground venue. The Urgency is the 2006 winner of John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the “Rock” category and has steady radio play with WEQX 92.7 Albany, NY. Their track “Move You” was featured on CBS series “Close To Home” and they are currently recording at The House of Loud with producer David Bendeth (Paramore, RJS, and Breaking Benjamin). Listen to the track Fingertips. Email here for more information.

Rock act Kill The Alarm will headline NYC’s Bowery Ballroom Thursday January 24th. KTA had already been featured on “Real World/Road Rules”, “Whittaker Bay”, “Keeping up with the Kardashians”, “America’s Psychic Challenge”, “Dr. Steve-O”, and “CW11’s Morning Show”. For guest list or information email here.

Canadian rock act Veer has signed with Universal/Motown Records. Veer is in the same vein as Daughtry, Hinder, and Nickelback.  The band will enter the studio with producer Greg Archilla next month and will begin recording for a summer release. Listen to the track Youth of Yesterday.

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Don’t Bite the ‘Hand’ That Feeds You: Hits Daily Double is claiming that sources are reporting that EMI ruler Guy Hands (pictured – center) is contemplating a libel suit against Robbie Williams manager Tim Clark for statements made to the press about his new regime.

The comments made by Robbie Williams manager Tim Clark to the Times of London that have EMI lawyers reportedly demanding a retraction are his accusing Guy Hands of acting like a “plantation owner” who stumbled into the record industry via a “vanity purchase.”

Also, the forced resignation of Tony Wadsworth, who was chairman and chief executive of EMI Music UK & Ireland for 25 years is still creating after shocks. Tony Wadsworth signed the world’s biggest stars including Coldplay, Radiohead, Robbie Williams, Corinne Bailey Rae, and KT Tunstall. Because of the firing of Wadsworth, Coldplay is in “no hurry” to deliver a new album.

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Face Off: Facebook is pulling in more new users than Myspace. The New York Times has an article titled ‘From Myspace to Yourspace‘ that talks about the challenges of Myspace and the growth of Facebook. ” MySpace has challenges, especially from Facebook, which has leapt ahead of MySpace in technology and has been accumulating users at a faster rate. Facebook, with its cleaner interface and higher demographic profile, is also seen by some advertisers as a better bet. By comparison, the reputation of MySpace — with its cluttered and often sexually tinged personal pages and lingering privacy concerns — has suffered.”

“The site suffers, at least in some circles, from an image problem. The prevalence of unwanted friend requests, spam and sexually suggestive material has driven some users away, even giving rise to the term “Myspace refugee.” It still has more page views than any other Web site in the world — more than 1.3 billion a day”.

New Music and Artist and Updates: If you haven’t already heard of The Hint, then check out the new track entitled Where Are You Now. The Maryland based pop new wave act could hang in the same crowd as Jimmy Eat World and Weezer and will release a new EP in February. The first single Tell Me How was released January 14th. The upcoming Baltimore show marks the 9th sold out hometown show in a row (850+). The Hint who is repped by Freeze Management has offers from some major music labels as well as independents. For more information contact Will McCrory c/o 24-7 Entertainment.

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Chrysalis: Both Warner Music Group, Sony/ATV and EMI have a bid on Chrysalis. Chrysalis is one of the few remaining independent publishers in Britain and has Blondie, David Bowie, David Gray and Gnarls Barkley on its roster. (Reuters)

Guitar Hero Shows It’s Teeth: Music based video game Guitar Hero III has sold more than 5 million songs and MTV who is responsible for “Rock Band,” reports that 2.5 million songs have been downloaded.

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The Motley Crue Beatdown: I always loved Motley Crue for their sleazy glam rockers, huge live show, and of course their ability to create drama in every city they visited. The drama continues 2 decades later. Gerald Schneeman is suing promoter Live Nation for damages after he was beaten up by an unidentified member of Motley Crue during a concert at the Ford Amphitheater on November 22. According to legal papers Schneeman was standing in front of the stage when he was struck in the head with a guitar by the Motley Crue member – who was not named in the suit. The musician is then said to have jumped down from the stage and knocked Schneeman to the ground, at which point security intervened and began assaulting the fan, before dragging him out of the venue.

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New Music and Artist Updates: KOAR featured Coleen Mcmahon last year tagging her the next big something. She has her own voice, sense of style, and a personality that has no boundaries. Since then her myspace and youtube videos have been blowing up and she was just asked to perform on The Maury Povich show this Tuesday. Check out her Youtube Channel and don’t forget to watch her cover of Colbie Caillet’s Bubbly. For more information email Jason Davis.

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EMI facing a mass exodus? Radiohead and Paul McCartney both severed their EMI ties in the past year. EMI’s biggest artists Robbie Williams and Coldplay are voicing their unhappiness with the label. The Verve threatened to delay their record and now mega group Rolling Stones and their management decided to move the new album ‘Shine A Light to Universal’ through rival Universal in part because of their concerns about EMI’s new management. Sources noted that if the Stones walk away from EMI, they will leave behind the rights to songs produced after 1971. EMI will cut up to a third of their workforce and cull its roster of 14,000 artists.

EMI is also considering its artists, to be sponsored by corporate companies, according to reports. The proposals, which could see Coldplay’s new album ‘Prospekt’ released with corporate branding, are expected to feature as part of an extensive shake-up of the company.

Market Trends:

Overall physical and digital sales were down (-20.0%) for W/E 1/13/08 vs. W/E 1/6/08.
Sales were down (-10.6%) from the same week last year.
2008 Industry business trend starts off down (-7.0%).

Sales trends (from week prior) across all strata:
Chains were down (-27.7%) from LW
Independents were down (-9.9%)
Mass Merchants were down (-21.3%)
and Non-Traditional was down (-8.5%)

New Artist Updates: Since being featured on KOAR, Aerodrone has since been featured as “Artist Of The Week” on MTVu as well as being mentioned on MTVu’s show The Freshmen. Listen to Sceneboy and email Gary Zon for more information.

Midwest rock act One Less Reason who falls between Daughtry and Matchbox Twenty have been getting 30,000 to 50,000 daily plays on myspace. Yep, thats amazing for a relatively unknown band, but the reaction on myspace and from their live show may put them with bigger boys towards the end of the year. Listen to the track A Day To Be Alone. Email here for more information.

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Hands Cuts Bands: Is the new CEO Guy Hands (pictured) cutting off his right hand by trimming its roster of 14,000 artists? The Thrills has been dropped from EMI due to the new structuring of the record label.

The Thrills fall into the 85% of EMI artists who don’t make money from the label. The NY Post says the Dublin band’s three studio albums and one live release have sold just 182k copies, its latest, ‘Teenager’ has sold 6,400 copies to date despite great reviews in Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.

Of course this may be case of a critically acclaimed indie band not connecting with a larger audience. Although managers complain that even when artists do show signs of connecting with the public, there is a lack of funding for marketing and touring support to help power a breakthrough.

Some say Hands restructuring plan has some near term financial merit but could end up hurting EMI when it comes to cutting artists. EMI has focused on gaining market share in the U.S. but after 7 years has failed to gain any ground on its rivals. The good news is that Guy Hands realizes he needs people to find artists, therefore he wants to stress greater focus on A&R and shrink middle manage. New artists and A&R is the lifeblood for any record label.

Here Comes The Rain Again: Former Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox has been released from her record label Sony BMG. She says: They totally ignored me,” says a jilted Lennox. “It was bizarre. It was a kick in the teeth. They didn’t return my phone calls or emails for three weeks. I’m trying to find out what’s behind it. Probably a good thing I’m no longer with them – mild understatement.” She said that she feels like she’s spent, like she’s run out of energy. C’mon Annie, you have to be ‘in it to win it’.

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Do Not Bow Down To Any Idol Or Worship It: As Odd as it seems the seventh-season premiere of Fox’s American Idol” was its lowest-rated in four years says TV Week. “Idol” received a 13.8 rating among adults 18 to 49, according to preliminary Nielsen data. Both the demographic and the total viewer figures are the lowest Tuesday night “Idol” premiere standings since 2004. Regardless of the ratings, American Idol is a good watch and most people that KOAR talked to love the show last night.

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New Music and Recommended Listening: Check out experimental rock act
Man On Earth. This band is no stranger to KOAR and we have turned many of our readers onto their music. All Music Guide describes Man On Earth’s sound as “melodic, post-Britpop sensibility with sharper-edged American guitar muscle, then tops it off with thoughtful lyrics. The band is currenlty finishing their new album “Mass Produced Popular Opinion” with a big producer and mixer Ken Lewis whose credits include 6 Grammy’s, 38 Gold and Platinum albums. Listen to the tracks Here We Are and It Feels Good. For more information email Nathan

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