Dusk and Summer
**Wait and see………..
**Strong video, great live show and a solid record full of melodic hooks. This record will prove itself over the course of time.
All The Right Reason
**Obviously not one hit wonders and yes..rock is alive and well.
**Contrived, generic hooks and not believable, this band won’t take off.
Taking Back Sunday
**Warner coughed up millions for this Victory band, and they need to do Panic At! The Disco numbers.
30 Seconds To Mars
**My oh my! What happened here? model actor/musician Jared Leto came back with a new single “The Kill” and made a good video which is reminiscence of Panic! At The Disco’s IÂ Write Sins Not TragediesÂ and My Chemical Romance “Helena”.Â Both singers coincedently wear the “white gloves” and you get to watch the goth girls dancing simultaneously. Videos like these cost about 150k to 250k. If you want your video on MTV you need to cough up the bucks, find a good director, take acting classesÂ and don’t forget to wear the white gloves. Rock has become a black-tie-affair.
Every Man For Himself
Today, what we call the modern world, records and songs are treated like files. The only songs that should be treated like files are ear bleeding contrivedÂ singles. Â Even though it takes more physical effort, I would rather throw a mediocre CD in the trashcan than pressing a delete button. We want to touch, smell, and stare at CD’s that are created by our favorite bands. Fans of career bands like Tool and Pearl Jam respect the artistic vision of these bands including CD packaging. Universal has a new idea and it may work. Universal Music Group is experimenting in Europe to try to boost CD sales.
Universal Music is testing different levels of packaging and pricing for CDs. With cheaper digital music now available, it makes perfect sense for the recording industry to recognize that CDs lend themselves more toward a truly collectible experience than a costly, cookie-cutter product destined to collect dust.
Will this bright idea save the CD? Who knows, but it will certainly appeal to people who have appreciation for the arts. It may not appeal to the “mooches” who want everything for “free” and who are entrenched with digital music files.
TLC member Chili has signed a deal with Konvict Records, the imprint owned by rapper Akon. Expect a summer release. (Coolfer)
The British Phonographic Institute (BPI), an organization that represents the major record labels, has gained approval from the High Court in London to proceed with its action against the Russian pirate music download site AllOfMP3.com. AllOfMP3 which is known as the new “Napster” in the music industry is a digital music download service that offers music downloads worldwide for as little as Â£1 for an entire album.Â AllOfMP3 is not paying any royalties to artists or labels which calls for a criminal investigation. (The Observer)
Major Record labelsÂ are preparing toÂ sue Yahoo China for infringing copyright laws. About 90% of all recordings in China are illegal, with sales of pirated music estimated about $400 million annually, according to record industry officials. EMI, Universal Music Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group Corp., Go East Entertainment Co., Gold Label Entertainment Ltd. and Cinepoly Records Co. last year filed a civil suit against Baidu.com Inc., which is the most-used Internet search engine in China. (LA Times)
French lawmakers gave approval to legislation that could force Apple Computer Inc. to make its iPod and iTunes Music Store compatible with competitor music players and online services. (Associated Press)
Handleman the music distributor will begin cutting costsÂ includingÂ employeesÂ due to the lack of blockbusters coming out of the music business. (Detriot Free Press)
Virgin Group Chairman Richard Branson who has created an empire of about 200 companies in over 30 countries in sectors including air travel, mobile phones, financial, retail, music, Internet, drinks, rail, hotels, etc. announced a rock festival for Canada. The festival will hope to accomodate 50,000 fans, will feature more than 40 acts, including Massive Attack, Flaming Lips and Gnarls Barkley, and the Raconteurs. (Reuters)
U2’s outspoken Bono who has been a leading figure in encouraging the media companies to distribute music online will join the DRM fight. iTunes music is distributed with DRM locks, and DRM restricts the traditional rights of users of copyrighted works. DRM protects major record labels from competition.”