Elton John wants the internet closed down.
He claims it is destroying good music, saying: â€œThe internet has stopped people from going out and being with each other, creating stuff.
â€œInstead they sit at home and make their own records, which is sometimes OK but it doesnâ€™t bode well for long-term artistic vision.
â€œItâ€™s just a means to an end.
â€œWeâ€™re talking about things that are going to change the world and change the way people listen to music and thatâ€™s not going to happen with people blogging on the internet.
â€œI mean, get out there â€” communicate.
â€œHopefully the next movement in music will tear down the internet.
â€œLetâ€™s get out in the streets and march and protest instead of sitting at home and blogging.
â€œI do think it would be an incredible experiment to shut down the whole internet for five years and see what sort of art is produced over that span.
â€œThereâ€™s too much technology available.
â€œIâ€™m sure, as far as music goes, it would be much more interesting than it is today.â€
He said: â€œIn the early Seventies there were at least ten albums released every week that were fantastic.
â€œNow youâ€™re lucky to find ten albums a year of that quality.
â€œAnd there are more albums released each week now than there were then.â€
Bottom Line: Elton John is known for his off the wall rants, but this time he madeÂ some sense. KOAR talked about the creative drought and its main contributer–the internet. Creativity holds third place. The drought will continue unless artists make some drastic changes…
Terra Firma said a takeover bid for EMI has won necessary shareholder support, paving the way for the troubled recorded music company EMI to be acquired in a deal valued at 2.4 billion pounds ($4.8 billion).
We hear Paramore is the highest grossing band on Warped Tour as of right now. KROQ LA just added Misery Business.
ASCAP has filed 26 infrigement actions against nightclubs, bars, and restaurants in 17 states who are playing songs without permission. Without a special license owners of these clubs could be sued for playing any one of 8 million recorded songs, even from their own CD’s. Legal action is becoming quite calming.
Apple iTunes has sold more than 3 billion songs. When will iTunes become the biggest retailer for music? could be sooner than most people think…..
This Week Sales…..
Minutes to Midnight
Plain White T’s
Every Second Counts
Our Love to Admire
Boys Like Girls
Epic Records signs Alkaline Trio who has been a band together for 10 Years. Years ago, these indie bands remained indie on smaller labels, but these types of artists are looking more attractive to major labels who are willing to partner with bands who have built a touring business for themselves.Â Andy Gershon, Epicâ€™s Executive Vice President, shared his enthusiasm about the signing, saying, â€œMy personal and professional appreciation for Alkaline Trio is immense. Theyâ€™re the type of band any label would be lucky to partner with: Theyâ€™re passionate, important, fiercely conscious, and we look forward to expanding the bandâ€™s boundaries.â€
Rap gets another bad Rap: Sales continue to Plummet:
CNN recently linked the Hip Hop and Rap culture to dog fighting. The recent NFL Star Michael Vick who is charged for a brutal dog fighting ring brought these cruel disgusting acts to light. Hip-hop culture put Vick in this bind,” declared the headline on a recent column in The Kansas City Star. The Humane Society of the United States points to a number of CD’s from rappers and to videos which features a pit bull lunging at the camera. Russel Simmons says the Vick case “is a blessing in the fact that he’s brought this to light, that this is happening in our society.” The question now is “how we handle it now that it’s on the front page.”
EMI Still on the Market: Terra Firma was Forced To Extend EMI Deadline Again and new sources claim that China Mobile is expected to acquire EMI for 3.2 bln stg through Terra Firma. But China Mobile denies the claim. We haven’t heard of any such deal,’ a spokeswoman for the Hong Kong-listed firm said.
Just imagine that you could purchase a song everytime and everywhere you saw, streamed and listened to a song on the net. That is the goal here.
Record labels big and small are working toward the goal of turning every social network profile, blog and fan site into a digital music storefront. Their ultimate objective is to post a “buy” button next to each track. For instance, More than 9 million fans have posted Fall Out Boy’s “A Little Less ‘Sixteen Candles,’ a Little More ‘Touch Me'” to their respective sites.
We don’t know if social networks can translate promotion into sales, but who cares. Its about impressions..right?
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Madonna is pondering hanging up on Warner Music Group in favor of life without a traditional record contract.
Madonna is considering an all-inclusive music deal with touring giant Live Nation that could be worth more than $100 million.
The agreement would create an entity that would manage all Madonna-related businesses, including albums, touring, merchandise and sponsorships over a multi-year period. Live Nation would acquire an equity stake in the pop diva’s overall business.
The joint venture company would then look to enter into an agreement with a label to handle distribution and marketing support of any Madonna album releases.
Sources say her camp has also been shopping to other labels the joint venture concept, which follows in the vein of deals inked by EMI with Korn and Robbie Williams.