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Elton John wants the internet closed down.

He claims it is destroying good music, saying: “The internet has stopped people from going out and being with each other, creating stuff.

“Instead they sit at home and make their own records, which is sometimes OK but it doesn’t bode well for long-term artistic vision.

“It’s just a means to an end.

“We’re talking about things that are going to change the world and change the way people listen to music and that’s not going to happen with people blogging on the internet.

“I mean, get out there — communicate.

“Hopefully the next movement in music will tear down the internet.

“Let’s get out in the streets and march and protest instead of sitting at home and blogging.

“I 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.

“There’s too much technology available.

“I’m sure, as far as music goes, it would be much more interesting than it is today.”

He said: “In the early Seventies there were at least ten albums released every week that were fantastic.

“Now you’re lucky to find ten albums a year of that quality.

“And there are more albums released each week now than there were then.”

Bottom Line: Elton John is known for his off the wall rants, but this time he made 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…


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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…..

Planet Earth
TW 95,508

Hannah Montana
TW 92,372
Total 847,313

Sum 41
Underclass Hero
TW 44,601

Linkin Park
Minutes to Midnight
TW 41,785
Total 1,444,710

Plain White T’s
Every Second Counts
TW 39,190
Total 368,441

Kelly Clarkson
My December
TW 30,675
Total 535,847

Carrie Underwood
Some Hearts
TW 21,314
Total 5,813,436
Our Love to Admire
TW 13,853
Total 109,619

TW 13,241
Total 129,212

Boys Like Girls
TW 12,366
Total 198,850

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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.  Andy Gershon, Epic’s Executive Vice President, shared his enthusiasm about the signing, saying, “My personal and professional appreciation for Alkaline Trio is immense. They’re the type of band any label would be lucky to partner with: They’re passionate, important, fiercely conscious, and we look forward to expanding the band’s boundaries.”

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.

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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?

Read the full details here.

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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.


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