Vol 22 Now That’s What I call Music
**The industry hit a new low, when the nation’s No. 1 album, Johnny Cash’s American V: A Hundred Highways, recorded the lowest single-week sales (88,000 copies) of any chart-topper since Soundscan began keeping track in 1991. Now 22 which is a collection of radio hits has sold more copies in its first week than any record in months, has topped 550,000 units sold, andÂ held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts for two straight weeksâ€”the closest thing we’ve seen to a legitimate hit album all summer. People love hits and are willing to pay for it.
All The Right Reasons
**My lord, outselling the RHCP. A hit machine, enough said.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
**Dani California got seven nominations at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.
Fever You Can’t Sweat Out
Panic! At The Disco
**Riding on a trend. This proves that a faceless band with an ‘ok’ record can still sell albums by teaming up with the right band (Fallout Boy)Â at the right time.
Under The Iron Sea
**This could be their sophomore slump. Keane came out with a buzz thatÂ could make one deaf. Now, it’s all changed. Critics seemed to have abandoned the band calling ‘Under The Iron Sea’ sappy and dull. The new record is weak, first record is solid.
YouTube is no doubt the new generation of community websites by becoming even more popular than MySpace, according to research. The video sharing site has taken a 3.9% share of global internet visits a day compared with 3.35% for MySpace, according to internet analysis company Alexa. YouTube’s popularity has grown rapidly over the first six months of the year. In May its reach outgrew that of the BBC’s websites. In contrast, MySpace’s growth appears to have slowed, increasing by just 9% in the same period.
“YouTube has a far more universal appeal, being pure entertainment with a global appeal,” said Dan Calladine, the research director at digital agency network Isobar. “MySpace’s levels have been moving within the same range since April, but YouTube seems to be climbing more steeply than ever.”
Inventing a new style of music is the same thing as trying to re-write history. There are obvious established events that have affected everything that has happened after them. The only thing that can be done is to shape the future with the things we have seen, heard, and learned. According to vocalist Dustin Burnett, “I’m not scared to take on any band at this point. Our songs are critical to the heart…like a starving man needing a meal to survive. I won’t take that responsibility lightly.”
These are bold words and The October who hails from the depths of Kentucky is ready for the challenge. The October combines their influence from Brit Rock and 80’s new wave creating a sound that can only be traced back to them. Thanks to the internet and online social communities, The October has created a solid internet fan base that includes fans stretching from the UK to America. The new self produced LP Bye Bye Beautiful is filled with danceable rhythms, bright guitars, and melodic chorus’s as displayed in the track ‘Kings and Queens’ (Everyone is the King of the Crowd, Dancing Around the Room).Â For more information contact Dustin Burnett. No legal or mgmt. attached.
Aug 11Â Indianapolis, IN – Midwest Music Summit
Aug 12Â Auditorium @ WKCTCollege (PCC)
Aug 17Â Champaign, IL -Â Canopy Club
Aug 18Â DeKalb, IL – The House CafÃ©
Bedroom Girls (mp3)
Kings and Queens (mp3)
Sending Echoes (mp3)
Geffen Records and DIC Entertainment Partner to Launch Major New Force in Entertainment – SPG- The Slumber Party Girls
Geffen Records and DIC Entertainment (DIC), have partnered to create an entertainment brand for teens called “Slumber Party Girls”. It was announced today by Andy Heyward, CEO, DIC Entertainment and Ron Fair, Chairman, Geffen Records, & President, A&M/Interscope Records. The cornerstone of the SPG brand is a multi-ethnic entertainment group, featuringÂ five teens who sing, dance and act, and were chosen from more than 1,000 who auditioned. The Slumber Party Girls will serve as the “house band” for the highly-anticipated dance competition series, “Dance Revolution!,” which is inspired by the hit video game franchise from Konami.
“I believe we are creating a model for a unique form of entertainment that raises the bar aesthetically for smart and savvy tweens growing up in the digital age. Its all driven by a collection of hit songs, great choreography and a superbly assembled group of multi-talented girls who can grow to become world-class artists in their own right,” says Ron Fair.
I can’t wait to tune in……….
Kazaa To Pay 100 Million in Settlement
The music industry has reached a legal settlement with its longtime enememy Kazaa, one of the world`s best known file-sharing networks and a longtime source of illicit music and movie downloads, Reuters reported. Under terms of the deal, Kazaa`s owner Sharman Networks will pay the world`s four major music companies — Universal Music, Sony BMG, EMI and Warner Music — more than $100 million and commit to immediately going legit, the music industry trade group International Federation of the Phonographic Industry said.
Edgar Bronfman Jr., CEO of Warner Music Group, announced a new “e-label” his company is planning to launch that would sign new and niche artists and release their music only online. Artists who don’t have mass market appeal could release small groups of songs every few months and Warner Music Group will avoid the large cost of producing an album-length CD, he said.
Artists signing with the e-label will retain ownership of recording masters and the copyright to their music. “An artist is not required to have enough material for an album, only just enough to excite our ears,” Bronfman said, during a speech at the Progress and Freedom Foundation’s Aspen Summit. The conservative think-tank focuses on promoting free-market solutions for technology and other industries.
Warner’s e-label is one of the ways the technology and entertainment industries can work together on new business models following several years of disagreements, Bronfman added. He offered this olive branch to the technology industry following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in June that P-to-P vendors Grokster Ltd. and StreamCast Networks Inc. can be sued by the entertainment industry for encouraging their users to violate copyright law.
Bronfman urged technology companies and the entertainment industry to resurrect a relationship that goes back to the earliest days of recorded music. Recorded music has long shaped itself to the distribution technologies available; for many years, pop songs clocked in around 3 minutes because that’s as much music as a 45 rpm record could hold, he said.
“Technology shapes music,” he added. “Music drives technology adoption.”