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When Kanye West opened up with 957k while 50 Cent topped 691k, Island Def Jam Music Group Chairman Antonio “L.A.” Reid said the sales are proof that music fans will still buy albums as long as the quality is good.

“Market conditions certainly have changed in the last few years, but the
decay we are seeing has more to do with the lack of quality in music,” he said.

The Bottom Line:

L.A. Reid is one of the few executives in the music business other
than Rick Rubin who acknowledges or at least speaks out that the decay in the music business is due to quality, in what KOAR calls the CREATIVE DROUGHT. Unfortunately, many other executives have fell to the idea that the lack of sales is mainly due to technology.

Many execs and music labels spend their long days in meetings thinking about selling music. This is a BAD OMEN. We can be rest assured with this mentality that the quality of music will continue to suffer. Instead execs in music labels need to focus on CREATING quality music with potential artists. Many execs will argue, it’s not that easy – ok fine, lets continue..

The Music business consists of ART and COMMERCE.

There is a lot of mediocrity out there that consumers will bypass. We have so many more releases, more genres, more artists, more competition. To many releases clogging up the arteries. Music labels do not set up a record for a year, its all about the first week. Music Labels cannot focus on 10 releases for the full year. When companies work more than three records they are overwhelmed.

You would think that with more competition we would have better music. The long tail is wrong, its just the opposite. With more competition we have less heroes because it gets watered down.

We know there is no such thing as artist development, instead we have priorities now.

Music Labels want FACTS. If there is not a story, a label won’t work a record. If you are that type of artist that is radio driven and you have lukewarm radio, you will get lukewarm attention – unless you are a multi-dimensional band. A multi dimensional band does not rely on radio for success – radio is icing on the cake. A multi-dimensional act has great songs, great players, great live performance, and has a true unique vision. Multi-dimensional artists are AFI, Slipknot, and Foo Fighters in the rock world, 50 Cent and Kanye in the Hip Hop World.

Our best guess that the creative drought may in fact have resulted from technology. We can make people sing in tune that cannot sing. What does this mean? It tells me that we have lead singers that should not be singers.  Developing………………

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Apple and music companies fight claim that iTunes pricing hurts British Consumers, while Apple accuses the music companies of preventing
it from operating a pan-European, one-price service. (WSJ)

Myspace has created a new ad-system that will display ads
based on what’s in your profile. MySpace says the new system increased the
chances of a user clicking on a banner ad by 80%.

This Week Sales…..

Kanye West 956k
50 Cent 691k
Kenny Chesney 386k
Fergie 40k
Nickelback 34k

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Barry Manilow says he has backed out of his scheduled appearance on the morning talk show – The View, after the show refused to pull Hasselbeck from the interview, Access Hollywood has learned.

He Says on his Web Site

“I wanted to let you know that I will no longer be on The View tomorrow as scheduled.
I had made a request that I be interviewed by Joy, Barbara or Whoopi,
but not Elisabeth Hasselback . Unfortunately, the show was not willing to
accommodate this simple request so I bowed out. It’s really too bad because
I’ve always been a big supporter of the show, but I cannot compromise my beliefs.
The good news is that I will be on a whole slew of other shows promoting
the new album so I hope you can catch me on those.”

Sources close to “The View” claim Manilow is lying.

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KOARs new pick is Shannon Nicole who hails from St Louis, Missouri.
Her music roots stem from the time she spent in Texas which are evident
in her country/southern rock/pop crossover style.
We are finding out that other industry execs are as impressed as we are.
Check out the track Mama Raised You Right. For more info contact
Dan Friedman.

Britney Spears lawyer and manager Jeff Kwatinetz split from the camp.
Who wouldn’t bail from this media circus? We live in a time when media and
people are more interested in personal lives than anything else.
No wonder creativity is suffering, so lame….

Here is a statement from the FIRM:
“We have represented Britney for the past month.
We believe Britney is enormously talented, and has made a terrific record.
But current circumstances have prevented us from properly doing our job.
We wish Britney the best.

It looks like Kanye West’s album Graduation could top 850k and
50 Cent’s Shady/Aftermath/ Interscope album Curtis could end up with 625k.
Country star Kenny Chesneys first week could land 425k.

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The free, ad-supported music download site SpiralFrog has launched today.
The songs can’t be played on iPods or burned onto CDs.

The Hint has entered the studio with Zack Odom and
Kenneth Mount (Cartel, Mayday Parade) to record a new six-song EP. (AP)

Los Angeles based pop rock band Billy Boy On Poison have signed to
Kiefer Sutherland and Jude Cole’s record label Ironworks Music.
Legal rep is Ben McLane.

Hinder sound a-like Jet Black Stare who comes from Vancouver, Canada has signed to Island Records.

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