Some older news as in 36 hours, but still big news that we all knew was about to happen.
EMI GroupÂ ended a third effort to buy Warner Music Group and form the world’s second-biggest music company following a European Union court decision that
damped prospects for regulatory approval. EMI shares fell. EMI has decided not to pursue a combination with Warner Music for the time being, the London-based company said today in a PR Newswire statement. “The board will review this
position in the light of future developments.”
When it rains, it pours. XM reported an even wider loss for the second quarter on Thursday. In the past 3 months (ending June 30), the company reportedly lost $231.7 million, a significant drop compared to this time last year where they lost $148.8 million. Although XM pulled in nearly double the revenue of last year ($227.9 million), they have yet again lowered their estimates for full-year subscriber accounts.
The company blames “current marketplace dynamics” as the culprit, however the charges absorbed for restructuring their massive debt certainly played a part. Last year it was an issue with product availability and soft retail sales. It’s anyone’s guess what the finger will be pointed at next year when the losses are even greater. Hey! Maybe they’ll blame KOAR.
Â Â When we go to the post office to mail a letter, we can choose how we want the post office to rank our mail compared to other mail in the queue.Â We can buy a first class mail stamp, but if it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight, we would turn to Federal Express or its competitors.Â We would expect to pay a premium in exchange for the carrier ranking our mail above someone who didnâ€™t pay that premium.Â
Â Â For example, when we purchase a book from Amazon.com, we are given several options for how we want our book shipped to us.Â If Amazon were to offer us the option to buy a book at a few percentage points off of the retail price we might pay if we went to a bookstore without the convenience of near immediate delivery, Amazon would be at a competitive disadvantage to, say, Barnes & Noble, Book People, or your local independent bookseller.Â If all the books had to be shipped at the lowest rate, e.g., the book rate (remember that?) there probably would be no Amazon.com.
Â Â The Internet, on the other hand, ranks every piece of traffic at the same priority and that priority is the â€œgoingâ€? rate, which often is the slowest rate unless youâ€™re on a virtual private network (one of the several examples of violations of â€œnet neutralityâ€? that demand in the marketplace has already created).Â This is one of the definitions of â€œnet neutralityâ€?, meaning that ISPs treat each piece of traffic in a â€œneutralâ€? manner, meaning ISPs do not let anyone jump the queue and wouldnâ€™t let you if you wanted toâ€”even if you were willing to pay more for the benefit. CONTINUE READING
“I feel that it makes everyone look smaller, not bigger. Take for example, when you see some joe schmo artist who has a well known band in his
top 8. If you are a complete unknown and you have U2 in your top 8 it makes them look smaller.”
Throughout the entertainment industry it is getting harder and harder for acts to define their market. On paper, one would think that with so many available resources and new avenues to get heard, record companies should be able to really up the ante, however it is becoming apparent that much of the problem is indeed stemming from the â€œartistsâ€? themselves.
(You can find Phaze 9 promoting themselves daily drowning out commentsÂ on mainstreamÂ bands myspace pages including SOAD, Flyleaf and 10 Years. Â Phaze 9 consist of a family including mother, father, and seven year old son. They purchased a Friendbot)
There is more than one issue to address, the first being that there simply seems to be a lack of quality acts in general, but why is that?Â Maybe kids are too quick to pick up the Playstation controller over the axe. But beyond a lack of inspiration there is a major shift in this country that is happening right before our eyes: the insatiable lust for fame. Now, even my 40yr. old balding next door neighbor thinks he is going to be famous. The two biggest contributing factors of this in my opinion are Myspace.com and American Idol. American Idol has paved the way for thousands of fairly talentless people to take the mainstream airwaves. At best, the majority of these people are closet singers that ordinarily couldnâ€™t draw their best friends out to come see them perform at a karaoke bar,
and now they really have a â€œvoiceâ€? with this Myspace craze. Myspace.com is really interesting because it takes all the allure and mystique away from the artist. Back not too long ago you would only have a few outlets to get your â€œfixâ€? on the band in which you craved. You invested your time to see them perform, to see the video on MTV, or you went to the store to buy the magazine they were featured inâ€¦there was an investment. These days you can know what band ate what for breakfast this morning, what brand of toilet paper they use, and what their favorite TV show is- there is no mystery. Everything about our culture and where it is headed is the antithesis of Rock-n-Roll. What rock band back in the day would post a journal on their daily lifeâ€¦are you kidding me? CONTINUE READING
Over 8 American Idol contestants will be releasing records from September to mid November with 3 contestants releasing CD’s on the same day November 14th. Fantasia Barrino’s sophomore effort is due Oct. 17.Â Ruben Studdard’s will release his third CD on September 26th. Clay Aiken’s street date is October 14th.
Take a Look at these sales figures below.
Kelly Clarkson is the only true megastar American Idol broke. Auditioning 10,000 artists and finding one legitimate gem? This sounds about right.
Tooth and Nail has signed Mississippi based Jonezetta. Its a new wave act a cross between The Killers and Franz Ferdinand.
Victory Records has signed Florida’s hardcore emo screamo act A Day to Remember.
Virgin Records has signed singer/songwriter folk artistÂ A Fine Frenzy (pictured) out of Los Angeles.Â
San Diego based Dynamite Walls are beginning to make a mark selling 1,000 EP’s in the 1st month of the release online. The band has been compared as everything from Coldplay to John Mayer, but I also hear radio contempories such as the Fray. For more information contact Jason Burkhart or legal Nick Ferrera.
Aug 7 Los Angeles, CA – BMI
Aug 10 Santa Barbara, CA – Club Soho
Aug 17 Tempe, AZ – The Sugi Tap
Aug 26 San Diego, CA – Epicentre
Sep 8Â San Diego, CA – The Beauty
Sep 29 San Diego, CA – Pi Beta Phi Sorority
She has a platinum record and a sold out tour that may end up being the top-grossing tour ever by a female artist. She is controversial and always createsÂ a national buzz and is one of the best selling music artists of all time. What’s odd about this is that I rarely heard her new singles on the radio. Radio barely spun first three singles from her latest album.
Hung Up” got middling airplay on mainstream top 40 outlets, “Sorry” was barely played, and “Get Together” has been all but ignored by pop stations. (Her album, “Confessions on a Dance Floor,” has sold a healthy 1.5 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.)
Why did radio shun legitimate MadonnaÂ singles that J Lo could never get her hands on? Because she isn’t hip hop enough. I know many at this point haven’t tuned into radio for the last year but your not missing anything. Hip Hop owns radio.
Warner Bros. was aware that the songs on “Confessions” could present challenges at mainstream top 40 radio, acknowledges Tom Biery, the label’s senior VP of promotions. “Top 40 radio is so hip-hop-driven,” he says. “We were coming in with a global pop star who made a dance record.”
If you want to earn your position at top 40 I suggest youÂ lose your artistic vision and write hip hop songs. Nelly Furtado and Mariah Carey took no chances and quickly hopped on the hip hop wagon. Even so called punk rockers Good CharlotteÂ are going to trade in the axe for a rap and has recorded a track with the Game for their upcoming album.
According to Dom Theodore, regional VP of programming for Clear Channel and program director of top 40 WKQI Detroit, today’s programmers consider each Madonna song on a case-by-case basis to determine if it fits mainstream top 40, adult top 40 or both. Or neither. For Theodore, the sound of “Confessions on a Dance Floor” skews more retro-adult top 40 than mainstream top 40, while recent club tracks like Rihanna’s “SOS” have “more hip-hop credibility.” The Rihanna jam may reference an early-’80s dance hit (Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love”) but Theodore believes it does not have the same “retro ’70s feel” as the Madonna tracks.
Are your ears bleeding from theÂ beats ofÂ Hip Hop? Then pack your bags and move out of the US (The Home of Hip Hop)
Madonna has had no such problems internationally. Since its release last November, “Confessions on a Dance Floor” has topped the charts in 29 countries and sold more than 8 million copies worldwide, according to Warner Bros. Except for dance radio outlets like KNGY San Francisco, KNRJ Phoenix and KNHC Seattle, Madonna is missing from the terrestrial radio landscape in the United States.
To shun legitimate singles because they are not hip enough is exactly why music is in its lowest life form. But to avoid singles from a career artist like Madonna is even more frightening. This is why terrestrial radio is chopping its own head off and people are tuning out.Â (Reuters)