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Vol 13 - #47- 11/21/14 - Commentary - News - And More
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COMMENTARY AND ONE MAN'S OPINION
STEVE ALBINI TALKS ABOUT THE STATE OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY
"The internet has made it much easier to conduct the day-to-day business of being in a band and has increased the efficiency. Everything from scheduling rehearsals using online calendars, to booking tours by email, to selling merchandise and records from online stores, down to raising the funds to make a record is a new simplicity that bands of the pre-internet era would salivate over. The old system was built by the industry to serve the players inside the industry. The new system where music is shared informally and the bands have a direct relationship to the fans was built by the bands and the fans in the manner of the old underground. It skips all the intermediary steps."-- Steve Albini
If you have HBO and are watching Dave Grohl's weekly documentaries 'Sonic Highways,' then you saw Steve Albini in the episode they taped in Chicago.
Albini is a well-respected music producer, he was the Shellac frontman, and author of seminal 1993 essay, 'The Problem with Music.' He recently spoke in Melbourne about the advantages of the internet, the death of the major label system, copyright law and that ‘purple dwarf in assless chaps.’
My thanks to Portland's best DJ, Clarence Duffy, for sending me this truly great read.
I've read the article twice now…and it rings loud and clear.Steve Albini says so much, I encourage all to read what he has to say.
THE 'A-SIDE' - TRACK 2
Sony's Chief financial officer says that Sony, owner of one of the world's three major labels, needs to evaluate what kind of value it's getting in allowing catalog music to be streamed for free. Sony to take another look at ad-supported music streaming
So Taylor Swift has pulled her latest album from Spotify and made a lot of money from record sales as a result.
But is her vision of the future a little myopic? Streaming audio almost overtook CDs this year as the second-largest outlet for recorded music after digital downloads and it is only growing. Yes, streaming companies need to sort out royalties, as they currently stink, but what the public wants, the public gets, so artists will need to adapt as a result. READ MORE
THE 'A-SIDE' - TRACK 3
Earlier this year Bruce Springsteen was asked about releasing live concert recordings. "That's not off the drawing board," he replied.
Now he's launching a live download site with a complete 'Born to Run' performance and his 2012 Apollo Theater show. Bruce Springsteen Launches Concert Download Service
THE 'A-SIDE' - TRACK 4
"There's a real reason why there's a vinyl renaissance," John Vanderslice said. "There's a lot of people who are having an amazing listening experience. It's not false."
"Vanderslice, the musician and producer behind the devoutly analog Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco, wasn't kidding. In an age of declining album sales and squabbles over Spotify and the other streaming services swallowing up the industry pie, U.S. vinyl record sales have quietly grown from less than a million in 2007 to more than 6 million in 2013, a number this year's soaring sales surpassed back in September. While vinyl numbers remain a drop in the overall bucket, just 2 percent of sales in 2013, they’ve become a pretty big drop — and the product of a global industry straining to deal with overflowing demand." Read the article
THE 'A-SIDE' - TRACK 5
The year stands in stark contrast to 2013, which set a record as the highest-grossing ever but saw several very pricey bombs
Full story at TheWrap
THE 'A-SIDE' - TRACK 6
"In the retrospective innocence of the summer of 2001, the band Wilco had its fourth album, "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot," rejected by its label, Reprise, which deemed the gorgeous pop record too experimental for mainstream listening. That astoundingly bad decision set off a fortuitous chain reaction: Wilco left Reprise with the masters of the record; when the songs started to leak, the band responded by streaming free of charge on its website. By the end of the year, playing this oddly prophetic collection in the shadows of 9/11, frontman Jeff Tweedy listened in wonder as audiences in packed clubs and theaters sang every word of songs they hadn’t paid for.
None of this sounds all that remarkable today; at the time, though, it was astonishingly foresighted, and the success the band attained and has retained owed a lot, at least initially, to the David and Goliath story that "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" came to symbolize — the triumph of artistic integrity over commercial know-nothingness, taste over mediocrity."Read the article about one of the best bands in the country.
BETWEEN THE GROOVES
ITEM: Neil Young has always been a socially conscious artist, but his latest issue is boycotting Starbucks. Good luck with that Neil, too many Americans need their "morning joe" to get started. Neil Young Urges Starbucks Boycott
ITEM: Apparently the zombies are killing more than just people. They are killing Sunday NFL ratings. 'WALKING DEAD' Ratings Thrash 'SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL' Third Week In Row
ITEM: If ever there was a WTF? interview, it has to be this one with Jaden and Willow Smith. For a good laugh read the excerpts.
ITEM: Nielsen will begin measuring premium streaming video TV programming from Netflix and Amazon starting next month, according to a report. Nielsen will analyze audio from digital over-the-top platforms -- without the cooperation of streaming services. The story was first reported in "The Wall Street Journal." Nielsen says the programming that is measured will come from existing Nielsen clients, and the data will be available to current Nielsen clients. Read the whole story
THE 'A-SIDE' - THE BONUS TRACKS
THE 'A-SIDE' - SOME NEWS IN SHORT
AC/DC NEWS NOT SO GOOD: The first bad sign came before AC/DC started recording their new album: Phil Rudd was 10 days late. "Our thing was we were going forward," Angus Young tells Rolling Stone, with the drummer facing serious charges and Malcolm Young lost to dementia. Read More
BEACH BOY BIO: Mike Love, a founding member of the Beach Boys and lead singer on such hits as "Surfin' U.S.A." and "Little Deuce Coupe," has a book deal. Love has an agreement with Blue Rider Press for 'Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy.' Blue Rider, an imprint of Penguin Random House, told The Associated Press on Wednesday (Nov. 19) that the memoir is scheduled for a 2016 release. It will come out, appropriately, during the summer.
BONO AND BIKING DO NOT GO TOGETHER WELL: "We're one man down," wrote U2 on their website this week after Bono suffered an injury while cycling in Central Park. That led to the postponement of the band's weeklong residency on 'The Tonight Show.' The singer will need surgery. Read More
'MIDNIGHT RIDER' LAWSUIT DEAL: The parents of Sarah Jones, the camera assistant who was struck and killed by a train on the Midnight Rider film set, have reached a confidential settlement agreement with several of the defendants in their civil lawsuit, family attorney Jeff Harris announced Wednesday.
LOST DOORS MOVIE: Jim Morrison met Ray Manzarek in film school. To document the Doors' 1968 tour, they reached out to old classmates. Surviving band members John Densmore and Robby Krieger say the long-lost project shows Morrison "as he really was." Read More
SWIFT HISTORY: Taylor Swift makes history on the Billboard Hot 100, where her single "Blank Space" blasts from No. 13 to No. 1. As the song dethrones her prior smash, "Shake It Off," after four weeks atop the chart, Swift becomes the first woman in the Hot 100's 56-year history to succeed herself at the top spot.
MACCA VIRTUAL REALITY: Paul McCartney can now be seen in virtual reality, new app from Jaunt, which will allow fans to watch the musician's performance of "Live and Let Die" from any angle imaginable. The footage was filmed during the last-ever concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, which McCartney played in August, almost 48 years to the day since the Beatles played their final live gig at the same venue.
Mike Nichols, the entertainment icon and husband of ABC News Anchor Diane Sawyer, died suddenly Wednesday at the age of 83. Nichols' death was announced in a statement by ABC News President James Goldston. Nichols forged his legacy as a director, helming hits on Broadway and the silver screen – from "Barefoot in the Park" and "The Odd Couple" to "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "The Graduate." He earned the Oscar for best director for "The Graduate." Rolling Stone's Peter Travers thought Mike Nichols might live forever. Read More
Jimmy Ruffin, the Motown singer whose hits include "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" and "Hold on to My Love," died Monday in a Las Vegas hospital. He was 78. Philicia Ruffin and Jimmy Lee Ruffin Jr., the late singer's children, confirmed Wednesday (Nov. 19) that Ruffin had died. There were no details about the cause of death.
--------------------------THE TOP 20 ALBUMS FROM THE BILLBOARD CHART
1. Taylor Swift, 1989
NEW - 2. Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways
NEW - 3. Pink Floyd, The Endless River
NEW - 4. Garth Brooks, Man Against Machine
NEW - 5. Big K.R.I.T., Cadillactica
NEW - 6. Nick Jonas
7. Various Artists, Now 52
8. Pentatonix, That's Christmas To Me
9. Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour
10. George Strait, The Cowboy Rides Away
11. Jason Aldean, Old Boots, New Dirt
12. Bette Midler, It's The Girls
13. Michael Buble, Christmas
14. Barbra Streisand, Partners
NEW - 15. Damien Rice, My Favorite Faded Fantasy
16. Idina Menzel, Holiday Wishes
17. Florida Georgia Line, Anything Goes
18. Soundtrack, Frozen
NEW - 19. Whitney Houston, Live: Her Greatest Performances
NEW - 20. Zac Brown Band, Greatest Hits So Far...
FALLING OUT OF THE TOP 20
NEW - 5. Calvin Harris, Motion
9. Brantley Gilbert, Just As I Am
10. Sam Hunt, Montevallo
11. Blake Shelton, Bring Back The Sunshine
12. Slipknot, 5: The Gray Chapter
14. Barry Manilow, My Dream Duets
15. Miranda Lambert, Platinum
NEW - 16. The Doobie Brothers, Southbound
17. Hozier, Hozier
18. Tony Bennett & Lady GaGa, Cheek To Cheek
NEW - 19. Teyana Taylor, VII
20. T.I., Paperwork
------------------------------TV WASTELAND, IT'S ONLY TV WASTELAND
Here's last week's top 25 rated shows: TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: 'Sunday Night Football' Tops Week 8 With Adults 18-49
You can check the top 25 cable rated shows here: Cable Top 25: 'The Walking Dead' Tops Cable Viewership for the Week Ending November 16, 2014
------------------------------LET'S ALL GO TO THE MOVIES
Film title, estimated weekend gross, total box office to date
NEW - 1. Dumb and Dumber To, $38,053,000
2. Big Hero 6, $36,010,000, $111,653,000
3. Interstellar, $29,190,000, $97,810,000
NEW - 4. Beyond the Lights, $6,500,000
5. Gone Girl, $4,625,000, $152,699,000
6. St. Vincent, $4,025,000, $33,258,000
7. Fury, $3,810,000, $75,941,000
8. Nightcrawler , $3,038,000, $25,000,000
9. Ouija, $3,025,000, $48,105,000
10. Birdman, $2,450,000, $11,575,000
Want to know what the top 500 grossing movies of all time are? You can see the list here
Band Dreams Of One Day Becoming Popular Enough To Alienate Early Fans
AUSTIN, TX—Hoping to eventually reach a worldwide audience, members of the alt-rock band Few Are Silent told reporters Friday that they dream of one day becoming popular enough to completely alienate their early fans. "Right now, we’re just paying our dues by playing gigs around town, but it’d be pretty cool if someday we have a huge disaffected fan base that insists only our first two albums are worth listening to," said lead singer and rhythm guitarist Jack Lewis. Read the rest and laugh
The Music Industry Past, Present & Future, And The Internet
I answer questions on EconTalk
I did an interview about the industry and the Internet at EconTalk with host Russ Roberts some time ago. Russ is also a professor of economics at George Mason University, blogs at Cafe Hayek, and has written three novels that teach economics.
In the interview we talk about the evolution of the music industry, the impact of the digital revolution, and I give my reasons for believing in the virtues and potential of the Internet in enhancing the music industry. I point out, as I have many times here in the newsletter, that the internet allows numerous artists to make money from their music and it can enhance revenues from live performances by expanding an artist's base. We also discuss the challenges facing record companies and I suggest that the full potential of the Internet as a distribution channel has yet to be fully exploited. There's a lot of ground covered, but based on the comments already posted of those who have tuned in, they've enjoyed it.
You can listen to the interview (it runs a tad over an hour) or download it here: http://tinyurl.com/y9f3tld
"When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpertual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people becomes an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk: culture-death is a clear possibility." -- Neil Postman
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Steve Meyer is a 38 year music industry veteran, having served in executive capacities at both Capitol and MCA Records before starting his own company, Smart Marketing, to consult clients in the entertainment, media, and broadcast industries. Steve was a recipient of many awards during his industry tenure, including Sr. VP/Promotion, and Record Executive Of The Year awards, as well as Billboard Magazine's Award for Excellence in National Promotion.
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