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According to sources, Warner Music may aquire Front Line Management which is owned by Irving Azoff who manages Christina Aguileria, Van Halen, and Aerosmith.
Some skeptics claim that this move is contoversial and that management companies should be seperate from record labels. KOAR disagrees.

One industry executive commented,””The manager’s job is to work for the artist. If you’re an artist, do you want your manager working for your record company?”

Well, if the manager is a professional controling manipulator, then probably not good for artist. If the manager is smart and honest, then it would be to the artist’s advantage.

As the music industry crashes and burns we are faced with two options. Roll over and die or change course of action. Better yet..Desperate times call for desperate measures, perhaps a complete revamping of the economic model is in order.

Soundscan

Daughtry
TW 54,258
Total 2,258,477

Hell Yeah
TW 44,878
Total 45,146

Amy Whinehouse
TW 37,750
Total 228,348

Carrie Underwood
TW 36,005
Total 5,245,153

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J Lo
COMO AMA UNA MUJER
TW 23,798
Total 97,867
**J Lo recently performed on American Idol, it didn’t spike sales. Now you know its over.

Chevelle
Vena Sera
TW 23,315
Total 85,326

Good Charlotte
GOOD MORNING REVIVAL
TW 12,654
Total 105,788
* Uh Oh!

Three Days Grace
ONE-X
TW 10,586
Total 679,387

Shadows Fall
Threads of Life
TW 9,074
Total 33,559
** Uh Oh!

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Hip Hop continues to take sharp criticism as sales continue to tank…..

According to the NY POST Snoop Dogg demands $150,000 fee to play at an event and you have to accommodate his unusual tastes and enormous entourage. Organizers of Tuesday night’s Pussycat Dolls concert at Cipriani Wall Street to benefit UNICEF, which also featured the rapper, had to fly in more than 10 members of his posse, first-class. Then, at the last minute, Snoop almost didn’t go on because, “he insisted on having an Xbox in his dressing room,” an insider said. Pussycat Dolls were paid $300,000 to perform.

Recently..

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Russell Simmons held a ‘closed door’ meeting with artists and executives from the Hip-Hop/urban community to discuss the future of Hip-Hop and how the genre can be moved forward in a positive direction. Sources told AllHipHop.com. Attendees included Atlantic’s Craig Kallman and Julie Greenwald, Sony Urban’s Lisa Ellis, Universal Motown’s Sylvia Rhone, MTV’s Judy McGrath, etc.

And today…..

The rapper Cam’ron tells ‘60 MINUTES‘: He wouldn’t help police catch even a serial killer because it would hurt his business and code of ethics.

If Urban is tanking, then you know it’s the end of the line. Read more of KOAR’s continued coverage of this sinking ship. Country is in a bad way, too, but as of now is the last major label stronghold.

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Six Chicago musicians with very different backgrounds got together to experiment with electronic rock. When the music started to gain momentum and it’s own identity, they decided to make it their full time project called
Shock Stars. The name is as fun as their well crafted pop songs. Who do they sound like? Our best guess is The Killers meets Panic at the Disco meets Maroon 5. They recently just played their first show, where they headlined and sold out the Double Door a 600 capacity club in Chicago. Shock Stars recently had their song “Strawberry Lake” chosen by 103.7 KISS FM in Milwaukee, WI, as one of 10 songs to compete in their KISS SUPERSTAR competition. For more information email HERE.

Next Shows:

April 28th – Sokol Underground – Omaha, Nebraska
June 2nd – Lady Bug Club – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Jun 21st – Metro – Chicago, Illinois

Check out the tracks…

Baby Baby

Butterfly (People are Afraid)

Biggest Mistake

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Rick Rubin Finalizing Columbia Position, Staffing Changes Ahead….
More staffing changes are about to happen at Sony BMG, but this time, people will be entering, not exiting, the building. Why the heck would Rick Rubin take this job? Who knows, but they wanted him off the market.

Universal Music Group is close to winning European Union approval to buy Bertelsmann AG’s BMG Music Publishing after EU antitrust officials backed the deal, three people with knowledge of the proposal said. The recommendation by the team reviewing the acquisition follows offers by Universal to sell publishing rights, said the people, who declined to be identified before the decision is made public.

A rift delays Alicia Keys Album. According to the New York Daily News, the Smokin’ Aces star is upset with bosses at Clive Davis’ J Records over the recent departure of promotions director and her loyal friend Ken Wilson.

Is the music industry cracking down on MP3 blogs???
Music label publicists regularly feed tracks to MP3 blogs. Online press from bloggers with quirky tastes and loyal followings can be as useful as college radio spins in breaking new artists or bolstering an established act’s latest release. BUT, The RIAA has been directing hosting providers to remove the infringing blogs because posting mp3’s is technically illegal. Copyright holders can avoid killing off these indie marketing channels by simply asking bloggers to pull disputed tracks. But it seems the RIAA wants to kill the blogosphere by taking them down with no options.

MP3 blogs Country Pinball Machine, Shameless Complacency and Side One, Track One recently had their file-hosting services or entire sites suspended by providers responding to allegations of illegal song posts, Idolator.com reported. (The music gossip site has itself pulled songs at the request of the RIAA.)

“My site got suspended because my host was scared by a standard cease-and-desist e-mail from the RIAA concerning a post on Kings of Leon, who … just had their highest first week of sales ever,” Laird wrote.

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The four major radio broadcasters including CBS Radio, Citadel Broadcasting, Clear Channel and Entercom Communications will collectively pay $12.5 million to settle the allegations of payola. Broadcasters also agreed to a guarantee of 8,400 half-hour segments of free airtime for indie record labels and local artists.
Do you believe it? or will business operate as usual……

Clear Channel has an advertising deal with Google…
They have a long-term agreement that will allow the Internet search leader to place advertising for its online customers on more than 675 Clear Channel radio stations.

Razor & Tie will team up with Starbucks Entertainment to co-release Monterey International Pop Festival

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The recent firing of Don Imus has created an uproar as KOAR predicted. Russell Simmons will be holding a ‘closed door’ meeting with artists and executives from the Hip-Hop/urban community to discuss the future of Hip-Hop and how the genre can be moved forward in a positive direction. Sources told AllHipHop.com that the invitation only meeting takes place on Wednesday (Apr.18) at Lyor Cohen’s Manhattan residence.
*Rap Concert at S Carolina State University [home of first Dem Debate]: N-word used more than 100 times in a song!

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