Bon Jovi 80′s Rock Star Crosses Over to the Other Side….
According to sources Bon Jovi’s country record Lost Highway could move 230K first week. Bon Jovi successfuly crossed over to country, a true mega star. How did he do it? It was a graceful entrance not a forceful entrance. In fact, pick up his last record ‘Have a Nice Day’, and you will hear the country roots.
Last year, his band became the first rock group to top Billboard magazine’s country singles chart, teaming with Jennifer Nettles of country duo Sugarland for Who Says You Can’t Go Home Universal Music Group Nashville chairman Luke Lewis, whose division is promoting the new Bon Jovi project to country radio, sees the potential for artists coming in from other genres.
Jon has a better shot than most,” he says. “A lot of his fans have gravitated over to country (as they get older). We’re trying to reach those folks, then build some incremental audience for him.” (USA Today)
Linkin Park’s new release Minutes to Midnight went platinum within 4 weeks.
Spank Rock a hip-hop/funk/electro group originally from Baltimore recently completed a four album deal with Downtown Records (Gnarls Barkley)
Music Producer David Bendeth speaks out on
Kerrang and NME, we couldn’t agree more….
These rags kill me. They have been around longer than me and its really funny watching them try to be cool. They enlist all these semi astute writers who have all these lame records in their collection. Their main goal in life is to get every fact wrong and twist the truth into something that might seem plausable for the scenesters.
I mean how can you take a name like KERRANG seriously in 2007? I mean its fucking Iron Maiden trying to be hip, lets call it what it is. And reading Paramore’s review in NME was even a bigger Joke. I read this rag when I was a kid. Looks like they hired a bunch of teenagers from Canvey Island to write the reviews. They called Paramore EMO like 5 times..EMO???? WTF?? EMO?
Not even people from Utah call it EMO anymore! They use words like Angst and Emotional. Spare me please.
Now I know they are not crazy for my “slick” production work..thats ok. I mean it hasnt hurt me one bit on the radio , not even in England next week where the mid chart on Paramore is #30. It is blatantly obvious to me that these longhaired metalheads like shit sounding records. They like vibey records, you know the Strokes, stuff that sounds like it was recorded in your mums bathroom. Kids recording with a computer and keyboard through a 1957 mic. These guys kill me, they wouldnt know a good sounding record if Rod re recorded Every Picture tells a story.
Oh WELL, enough of the rant. Thank god for kids, at least they can sniff this crap out. And dont forget UK press, when the US bands cough, you catch a cold.
KKKKK 5 K’s for this one Dave
David Bendeth is an A list music producer who has produced many acts you hear today including Breaking Benjamin, Red Jump Suit Apparatus, Hawthorne Heights and the most recent Paramore. Bendeth has long history in the music biz. He was also the VP of A&R at RCA where he signed Vertical Horizon, Crash Test Dummies and discovered KD Lang.
KOAR frequently visits Bendeth at his newly owned studio “House of Loud” in NJ and our discussions usually evolve around music shop.
A Problem: Excessive & Non-Refundable Ticket Fees…
Ticketmaster does not refund the $3.75 processing fee when a concert is cancelled, ticketFast charges or UPS delivery costs. These fees sometimes add to as much as 40-50% of the ticket’s face value.
Some ticket sellers and artists are looking at NEW ways to keep hardcore fans happy with the ticket buying process in innovative ways like VIP packages, bundling with downloads or CD’s, and ticket auctions for the best Concertcrowd seats
Verizon Wireless has recently forged a full-track, OTA (over-the-air) download deal with Wind-Up Records, The deal covers the entire Wind-Up catalog, including tracks from Creed, Evanescence, Seether, Finger Eleven, Drowning Pool and Scott Stapp.
Amy Winehouse could be the BREAKOUT artist of the year. She conquered the UK and it seems she is breaking the walls down in America. This Week Sales..77,300.
Check out the Shock Stars performance at the METRO in Chicago tommorow June 21st. Check out the track
Check out the Shock Stars live performance…It’s live and raw..
When the New Pornographers’ fourth album goes on sale in August, fans will have already streamed the songs on their computers and received bonus tracks that won’t be on the album, and will own a live recording from the band’s coming tour in the fall.
Matador Records, hopes that an extra dose of songs — some available now and some later, will help stem the flow of illegal copies of the new album and drum up a bit of extra revenue.
Record labels have stepped up already aggressive campaigns to lure consumers with unique downloads, bonus videos, special vinyl versions and music that hasn’t been recorded yet.
The people who go out to the record stores on the first day of a release deserve something extra,” said Paul Cardillo, who handles sales for North Carolina-based Merge Records, whose top-selling artists include Arcade Fire and Spoon. “And for those people who may be interested in a record, you want to give them a reason not to download it illegally.”
“We are being very aggressive,” said Patrick Amory, Matador’s general manager. “It seems we have to reinvent our business plan every six months, maybe even with every new release.”
In addition to trying to halt piracy, the label is doing the promotion in an effort to take advantage of the publicity a band gets before an album is released.
“At the time we are promoting the record, when the biggest buzz is going on about the record, people can’t buy it,” Amory said. “But they can often download it for free” from an illegal file-sharing site.
Matchbox Twenty Rob Thomas and EMI Evan Lamberg start a label with no Economic Pressure…..
Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty and EMI publishing Exec Evan Lamberg will be starting a label called R Tel Records that will develop, and make long-term commitments to, new songwriter/artists.
Under a deal with Sony BMG’s Epic Records, Thomas and Lamberg will consult with Epic president Charlie Walk and others at the major label. If R Tel and Epic agree they love an act, then the major will fund the project, releasing the record through RED or Epic. The first act funded under this deal is British songwriter/artist Garfield Mayor, whose release is expected this fall.
While Thomas says he hopes to have two to three releases each year, R Tel isn’t under any delivery or time constraints to keep that benchmark.
“If you sell 30,000 records, we don’t blink,” Lamberg says. “We’re making a second record. That’s where patience factors in. We’re not under the rule that we’ve got to ship a bunch of records in the next 90 days or our cash flow won’t be right –there’s no economic pressure.”(Billboard)
Very smart, working out the financials when the artist and the bank can be successful moving 30,000 units instead of 3 million units.
EMI paid ousted Music Chief Alain Levy 4.6 Million who was forced to leave….
Levy was given “compensation” or loss of office of Â£2.5m and a Â£1.1m “incentive remuneration” alongside his basic salary of Â£912,100, nd his benefits have continued beyond him leaving the embattled company on January 11. (Guardian)
UK Buys More CD’s than US……
Music fans in the U.K. are top of the world CD buying charts for the fourth year in a row, despite the nroads being made by downloading songs from the Internet.
Figures produced by the IFPI for international CD sales point to the U.K. population buying an average of 2.7 discs per head, beating the United States and Norway who were joint second with recorded sales of 2.1 discs per head.
The Crue Sues. Motley Crue claims Carl Stubner mismanaged Tommy Lee’s Career, damaged the Motley Crue brand, and diverted revenue…….
Motley Crue filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court charging that one of its managers, Carl Stubner, who also represents the bandâ€™s drummer Tommy Lee, orchestrated a campaign of â€œself dealingâ€ to â€œdivert revenueâ€ from the Band; the suit states that the Defendants â€œpromoted Leeâ€™s solo activities to the detriment of the Band, and at the same time, mismanaged Leeâ€™s career so as to harm the Motley Crue brand
and Leeâ€™s reputation as a musician and Band member.â€
Named as defendants in addition to Stubner are three companies heâ€™s associated with: Carl Stubner Productions, Inc., Sanctuary Group, Inc. and Sanctuary Artist Management, Inc. Neither Tommy Lee nor the Bandâ€™s other managers, Allen Kovac/Tenth Street Entertainment and Bert Stein, are defendants.
The lawsuit states: â€œStubnerâ€™s motivation was greed. He has brazenly said as much. Stubner stated that he received significantly higher commissions on Leeâ€™s solo projects because he did not have to share his take with the other managers. He claimed that it was a â€˜no brainerâ€™ to promote Leeâ€™s projects over those of Motley Crue. Because favoring Leeâ€™s personal interests to the Bandâ€™s was such a â€˜no brainer,â€™ Stubner stated that he would only make Lee available for tour dates if the Band and the other two managers agreed to increase his commission quotient. Stubner also demanded 100 tickets per show for free which he then resold at â€˜scalperâ€™ prices.â€
The lawsuit seeks compensatory damages of more than $20 million for lost earnings, lost profits and diminished brand and goodwill value resulting from the Defendantsâ€™ actions. The lawsuit also requests punitive damages because, as claimed in the lawsuit, the defendantsâ€™ â€œdespicableâ€ actions were undertaken â€œfraudulently, maliciously and oppressively.â€ (Business Wire)
Traditional Media USA Today is now picking up on Rap’s Demise. Although CD sales are obviously down this year, rap sales are down 33% from 2006, twice the decline for the industry overall, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Established rap stars no longer are sure things in sales. During the past nine months, Jay-Z, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Diddy and Nas released albums, but only those by Jay-Z and Ludacris have sold at least 1 million copies in the USA, and only Diddy is still on the charts.
There are signs that many music-buying Americans â€” particularly the young, largely white audience that can make a difference between modest and blockbuster sales â€” are tiring of rappers’ emphasis on “gangsta” attitudes, explicit lyrics and tales of street life and conspicuous consumption.
Rap pioneer KRS-One, who just released Hip Hop Lives with fellow legend Marley Marl, offers a blunt explanation: “The music is garbage,” he says. “What has happened over the past few years is that we have traded art for money, simple and plain, and the public is not stupid.”
In 2006, rap sold 59.1 million albums, down 21% from 2005 and 27% from 2004. Sales are trailing those for country albums (75 million) and heavy metal (61.6 million) â€” genres that rap formerly overshadowed.
Rap is no longer a dominant player in the industry. This year’s top-selling albums thus far are by American Idol rocker Chris Daughtry’s band and jazz chanteuse Norah Jones
Universal has agreed to buy Sanctuary Group for ($88 million). “The Sanctuary business will be a good strategic fit for us,” UMG CEO Doug Morris said in a statement.
Several people in the radio department and promotion have been let go from the Warner Music Group in a restructuring move.
More than 428,000 tickets for the 24 Ozzfest dates have been given away through LiveNation.comâ€”the largest number of free tickets ever given out in the domestic concert business.
Coolfer makes a good obversation. Everybody is moving to Nashville these days. Jon Bon Jovi has crossed over to country. Darius Rucker (Hootie and the Blowfish) signed to Capital Nashville and Jewel is shopping record produced by Big & Rich’s John Rich