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has been called a game changer for the music world. The music industry
who has arrived late for dinner is hopeful. You open an account.
You download a program. And you can listen to any one of 15 million
tracks. Spotify Premium starts at $4.99/month or you get Unlimited
for $9.99/month. Drag and drop to create your playlists, search
and share. All sounds good. Still, are the kids buying it? They
like and use the service, they say. "We use Spotify to find
music. Then we go download it somewhere else for free."
Spotify offers FREE music only if you have an invitation from advertisers
(partners include: Coca-Cola, Sprite, Chevrolet, Motorola, Reebok,
Sonos and The Daily). Spotify's computer program lets people choose
from any songs for free -- up to 10 hours worth of music per month
-- with each track listenable up to five times. Users who want to
listen more must buy songs individually or pay a monthly fee. Subscribers
also can store their music on their devices and listen when they're
offline. "What Spotify is saying is, ownership (of music) is
great, but access is the future," says founder Daniel Ek. Worldwide
revenue for the recording industry peaked in 1999 at $27 billion,
according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.
By 2008 it had plummeted to $14 billion. According to IFPI, Americas
labels havent seen more than 2 percent growth in digital revenue
since 2008. So the labels jumped on board -Universal Music, EMI
Group Ltd., Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and Merlin,
which represents independent labels, each agreed to an experiment:
They would give their entire catalogs to a Swedish startup run by
Daniel Ek, who was then 25 years old and had no experience in the
music industry. "The main reason people want to pay for Spotify
is really portability. People are saying, 'I want to have my music
with me.' The London-based company has 380 employees and recently
opened a New York office. With 1.6 million paying subscribers. Ek
has an ambitious goal: He wants to give people instant access to
all the recorded music in the world -- not just popular tunes from
Western countries. He also wants to reduce continually the time
between click and sound. Its
refreshing to finally see emerging companies get a chance to change
a broken playing field, says Irving Azoff, executive chairman
of Beverly Hills, California-based Live Nation Entertainment Inc.
(LYV) who also manages Christina Aguilera.
At Davos this year, British Prime Minister David Cameron, describing
how big ideas flourish in free societies, offered two examples:
Facebook and Spotify. Spotify plays music from a large catalog on
demand; in this respect, its no different from the Rhapsody
music service or the relaunched Napster.. ITunes organizes what
you already own and lets you buy more. Cloud services from Apple,
Google Inc. (GOOG), and Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) make it easier to
take what you own with you. If Spotify gets what it wants, your
records will no longer define you. Your playlists will. Think of
your collection as your honeymoon playlists or your friends
wedding playlist. How to keep track of tracks? Ek wants every song
to have a universal resource indicator, or URI, a way for any site
or app to call up a unique item on the Internet. The URI becomes
the new MP3. Or the URL. Still, will Mr Ek be able to change a culture
of free music consumers? Read the entire story by Brendan Greeley
in Bloomberg here
BROS Artist Lounge
Jr, Ximena Sariñana, Jill Scott photo: Gomillion +
Hometown: Austin, TX
Touring East Coast and Canada summer 2011
The buzz is
Clark Jr is the young gun of blues. 27-year old singer, songwriter,
and guitarist whose tweets are all about the road gigs --earlier
this year shows at SXSW and at the first annual Bonnaroo Buzz Tour
followed by more dates in NY and Ontario. His style has at times
been compared to Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. New EP, Bright
Lights, is produced by Rob Cavallo (due out this summer). The
Austin High graduate is getting plenty of attention from new management
and label. Clark won the Austin Music Award for Best Blues and Electric
Guitarist, on three different occasions.
Hometown: Guadalajara, Mexico
Must Hear at Lollapalooza 2011
(hi-MEN-a sa-rin-YAH-na) English-language debut is proof that not
all child actresses who segue into music turn out like Miley Cyrus
or Selena Gomez. Working with producers Greg Kurstin (who's written
for Lily Allen and plays with the Bird & the Bee) and TV on
the Radio's Dave Sitek, her self-titled LP is smart, sophisticated,
and surprising pop. Omar Rodríguez-Lopéz (Mars Volta
and At the Drive-In), plays bass on the record
After over 4
million records sold and numerous awards across music and film over
the past decade, three-time Grammy Award winning singer/actress,
New York Times Best-selling poet
Jill Scott has a distribution deal with Warner Bros. Records.
Jill's eagerly awaited fourth studio album, The Light Of The
Sun Congrats entered #1 album debut on Billboard 200. Jill headlined
at the Essence Music Festival alongside Kanye West and Mary J. Blige
on July 4th. "I've
always looked to empower my fans through my message of love, independence
and strength," comments Jill.
For The Performing Arts has purchased a new building adjacent
to their current Beverly Hills location in order to expand their
available office space for the agency's 166 employees, including
several new agents. The new building will provide enough space to
house 15 additional offices for the agency. According to Variety,
Sheva Cohen, David Meese, A.J Paul and John Seitzer have been been
promoted from coordinator to agents at the firm's L.A. offices.
Cohen was on Todd Eisner's desk and is now in the talent department.
Paul was an assistant to Keith Naisbitt and will remain in the international
concerts department as an agent. Meese is headed to the TV Lit department
and Seitzer is now an agent in the alternative and international
TEC LA Open
In the Golf mobile l-r: Rose Mann (Record Plant),
Karen Dunn, studioexpresso's Claris Dodge
More than 100 audio professionals came out to play at the 16th Annual
TEC LA Open Golf Tournament, held on June 27, at the completely
revamped Malibu Golf Club, Presented by the TEC Foundation for Excellence
in Audio and dynamic duoHonorary Chair Al
Schmitt and Master of Ceremonies Ed Cherney hosted the event.
The winning team, with a score of 58, was Harman (Michael MacDonald,
Paul Sandweiss, Paul Bauman and Richard Ruse). Along with their
first place trophies, the team was also awarded four Sterling Audio
ST55 large diaphragm condenser microphones, donated by Sterling
Audio. Second place went to Warner Brothers (Kim Waugh, Bill Angarola,
Jerry Ross and Walt Newman) with a score of 60. Third place went
to Iron Mountain (Guy Abrahams, Herb Dow, Jeff Beaulieu and Bruce
Golan) coming in at 62. Contest winners included Robert Scovill
(Longest Drive), Robert Vosgien (Closest to the Pin), and Rick Mabery
(Longest Putt). The day concluded with a dinner and awards presentation,
along with a raffle and silent auction. The event was organized
by KMD Productions. Proceeds from the tournament support programs
of the TEC Foundation that recognize and promote excellence in the
audio arts and sciences. Refreshments were served at hole 10 sponosred
by Studio Suite
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Domingo at IFPI Plácido
Domingo has been named as chairman of IFPI, the organisation
that represents the recording industry worldwide. Though while Fergal
Sharkey is the full-time CEO of the cross-sector British music industry
group, opera star Plácido Domingo will take the more hands-off
role of Chairman at the record industrys global trade body,
supporting existing CEO Frances Moore at The International
Federation Of The Phonographic Industry. "I have always
passionately believed in the importance of respecting talent and
in the rights of all those who perform, create, produce and invest
in music. Today, the world of music and in fact most of the arts
is undergoing enormous changes and challenges. Technology, which
on one hand allows artists to reach many more than ever before,
has led to a debate about how to find a way to protect the intellectual
property rights of artists, creators and all those living and working
in the world of music. I look forward to being a part of those discussions,"
MySpace Sold & Timberlake On Board for a mere $35 million
to an advertising network called Specific
Media this month. According to SM CEO, Tim Vanderhook, singer
Timberlake (nominated for three Emmies) will take an ownership
stake in MySpace and play a role in its future. Look for more in
few weeks to come. Theres a need for a place where fans
can go to interact with their favorite entertainers, listen to music,
watch videos, share and discover cool stuff and just connect. MySpace
has the potential to be that place, Timberlake said in a statement.
Art is inspired by people and vice versa, so theres
a natural social component to entertainment. Timberlake and
Specific Media plan on focusing the site on entertainment, aiming
to make it the place to go for original shows, videos and music.
They also plan on launching socially-activated advertising
campaigns, according to the statement, which would let users
share their favorite ads with friends. The troubled News Corp. bought
the site for $580 million from its original owners in 2005 and was
hoping to get $100 million for the dying social network MySpaces
traffic has plummeted in recent years. It's said that News Corp.
will still hold a 5% to 10% stake in the company.
and Rhone at Sony Renowned record executive and Grammy Award-winning
producer Antonio LA Reid has been named Chairman & CEO of Epic
Records, it was announced today by Doug Morris, Chief Executive
Music Entertainment. In addition to leading Epic, Reid, as previously
announced, will sit alongside Simon Cowell as a judge on THE X FACTOR,
the highly anticipated singing competition television series debuting
this fall on FOX. The Epic roster will feature select artists developed
from THE X FACTOR franchise, as well as other new signings, including
the pop duo Karmin. Reid most recently was Chairman of Island Def
Jam Music Group, where he played a role in numerous hits from superstars
including Mariah Carey, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, The Killers,
Bon Jovi, Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna. Previously he served as president
and CEO of Arista Records, and before that was Co-Founder and Co-President,
LaFace Records, scoring critical and commercial successes with artists
such as Avril Lavigne, Dido, P!nk, Usher, OutKast, and Sarah McLachlan
among many others. In this role, Reid will report to Morris and
oversee the day-to-day operations of the New York-based label. Former
Universal Motown chief Sylvia Rhone is heading for Sony Music Entertainment.
The NY Post reports that Rhone will work closely with newly-announced
Sony CEO Antonio "LA" Reid
CEO Lyor Cohen Incoming Warner Music Group owner Len Blavatnik
is now naming Lyor Cohen chairman and CEO of WMG.
Cohen was responsible for the restructuring of WMGs Recorded
Music division in 2004 and for leading the companys transition
from a physical to a digital music company. Between 2004 and 2008,
under his leadership, WMG has consistently outperformed its music
industry peers in Current and Overall Album share improvement and
has had the No.1 label in the U.S. in three of the past four years.
In 2007, WMGs Recorded Music business grew from the fourth-
to the third-largest in the world and, in both fiscal 2007 and fiscal
2008, achieved its highest album share in a decade. Prior to joining
WMG, Cohen was head of Island Def Jam, where he led the growth and
cultivation of its world-class roster of artists and record labels,
including Def Jam, Island Records, Roc-A-Fella, Lost Highway, The
Inc, American, Def Soul, Def Soul Classics to Roadrunner records
which produced the multi-platinum Nickelback. Known for developing
and guiding the careers of many early pioneers of rap music, including
LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Run DMC, Kurtis Blow and the Beastie Boys,
Cohen is widely credited with expanding Island Def Jam beyond its
hip-hop roots to include a wider range of musical genres. These
top artists include Melissa Etheridge, Elvis Costello, Bon Jovi,
Mariah Carey, Shania Twain, Ashanti, Everlast, Ryan Adams, Nickelback,
Slipknot, Hoobastank, Sum 41 and Slayer. After becoming President
of Def Jam records in 1988, a label founded by Russell Simmons and
producer Rick Rubin, Cohen signed acts such as DJ Jazzy Jeff and
the Fresh Prince, Eric B and Rakim, EPMD, Slick Rick and 3rd Bass
to the label. Prior to Def Jam, Cohen led the day-to-day operations
at Rush Management, one of the most innovative and powerful rap
and hip-hop management companies, which he founded with partner
Russell Simmons. Cohen joined Rush Entertainment as the road manager
for Run DMC and eventually began managing all of the Rush acts on
the first national rap tours, including the "Raising Hell"
tour of 1986 featuring Run DMC and the Beastie Boys. Cohen and Simmons
were also partners in clothing enterprise Phat Farm. Cohen
first became involved in the music business nearly two decades ago
as a rap pioneer and concert promoter in Los Angeles, where he was
one of the first to book and promote such acts as Social Distortion,
Fear, Fishbone, Circle Jerks, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Run DMC.
A Heart 4 MusiCares:
Donate Today With Your Photo & Message
The fundraising campaign is aimed at the public to create the world's
largest photo mosaic comprised of 1 million photo tiles. According
to president/CEO, Neil Portnow, Bon Jovi, Melissa Etheridge, Martina
McBride, Rascal Flatts, Pete Stump, and Taylor Swift are among celebs
who have already uploaded their photos. MusiCares continue to provide
a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of
need. Established by The Recording Academy in 1989, MusiCares' services
and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal
emergencies. Participants can visit
www.beapartoftheheart.com and make a contribution of $1 or more
to receive an online tile, upload a photo and include their stories
and links to websites and social media platforms. When you donate
and upload your photo to the MusiCares mosaic, youll be giving
to a good cause and you can share how music has given back to you.
news and in celebration of MusiCares' 20th anniversary, artists
including Doobie Brothers, Earth, Wind & Fire, "Glee"
Live! In Concert!, Josh Groban, Ray LaMontagne, Tim McGraw, Rascal
Flatts, Darius Rucker, Taylor Swift, and James Taylor are teaming
up with Tickets-for-Charity while on tour to offer fans access to
great concert seats to benefit MusiCares. Fans will have access
to some of the best seats in the house, including sold-out dates
nationwide, by purchasing tickets at www.ticketsforcharity.com/MusiCares20.
stay tuned for the next studioexpresso MusiCares fund raiser coming
to a studio near you!
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14, 1983- July 23, 2011
tragic death at the age of 27 puts her in a pantheon of famous musicians
who have all died at the same age - Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis
Joplin and Jim Morrison. During her career, Winehouse won awards
including five Grammy Awards, a
Q Music Award for Best Album for Back To Black and a World Music
Award in 2008 for World's Best Selling Pop/Rock Female Artist. Watch
to Black Amy's father, Mitch Winehouse, spoke at her funeral,
telling congregates that his daughter had almost beaten her alcohol
problems and had already beaten her drug addiction three years ago.
In his eulogy at the Edgwarebury Cemetery in north London, he also
revealed plans to set up a foundation in his daughter's name, which
will help others battle drink and drug addictions.Winehouse's distinctive
style made her a muse for fashion designers such as Karl Lagerfeld.
Our prayers go
out to Amy's family, friends and fans around the world.
April 8, 1918 July 8, 2011
In 1975, she
famously told CBS' 60 Minutes that if she were younger she'd probably
try marijuana. Protesters picketed the White House and editorials
criticized her for being too liberal, especially given the upcoming
presidential election of 1976. Ford said her husband later quipped,
"Well, honey, there goes about 20 million votes, but we'll
make it." Above all, she was open about her alcohol addiction
and she make it OK to discuss breast cancer warning signs and how
to perform self-examinations. The former fashion model who studied
modern dance with the legendary Martha Graham is known as the founder
of the Betty Ford Centers. Elizabeth Ann Bloomer Warren Ford, better
known as Betty Ford, was First Lady of the United States from 1974
to 1977 during the presidency of her husband Gerald Ford. TIME magazine
called her the "Fighting First Lady" due to her outspoken
support of the women's rights movement, as well as her controversial
pro-choice stance. Watch LIFE remembering Betty Ford here
the whole idea that you do work because work is there. I've got
to be really into something to do it, otherwise I would find myself
in the position I was in five years ago where I worked for a studio
and I felt 'this is a job.'
(Radiohead, Paul McCartney)
Radiohead perform "Staircase," from their upcoming
'From The Basement' session
difference between me and you, aside from the fact you probably
play Lacrosse, is that we see our community as two entirely different
things. Where you see statistics and graph charts and a divide between
music creator and consumer, I see a group of like minded people
with jobs and bills and families. A group of people drawn together
by music. Music written by and for people who had a hard time finding
a place to belong. Whether its Antioch Arrow or Lady Gaga,
it must speak to that part of us. That part that longs to be a part
of something bigger. And now that I have found that thing, I will
fight tooth and nail, day by day to preserve those people and these
feelings. Whether its championing the radness of live music
or the idea that music can be free and musicians still make money.
I fight every day to keep that spirit alive."
to Me Lucy! Work of the 24-year-old synthetic biologist, Marguerite
Humeau is a current exhibit at MOMA.
She learned about the work of Japanese researcher Hideyuki Sawada:
a creepy, dismembered mouth "singing" a Japanese lullaby.
That mouth has been called the most mechanically accurate talking
robot, with real moving lips, a windpipe that flexes and expands,
and even lungs a pressurized air tank. Humeau was inspired
to do the same thing with animals. "I realized there was no
area of science that specialized in extinct sound," she says.So,
she built voice box of Lucy, a famous Australopithecus afarensisan
early hominid whose fossilized remains were discovered in Ethiopia
co-produced the new Randy Newman Album Harps and Angels"
and A Few Words in Defense of Our Country, which was
named the #2 song of 2007 by Rolling Stone.
Japan Environmental disaster can hit anywhere in the world.
How people react to it differs from culture to culture. Japanese
have demonstrated incredible unity, order & dignity amidst disaster.
A model human behavior. The recent devastation in Japan is mind
boggling. As most are aware, the country experienced a record-breaking
9.0 earthquake off its North Eastern coastline, triggering a major
tsunami measuring nearly 80 feet high and traveling up to 10 miles
inland. On top of all this, nuclear power plants in the Fukushima
prefecture have gone into full scale meltdown, creating fears of
contamination. We realize how vulnerable we are as human beings.
How fragile the systems are around us. It reminds me of a prayer:
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference.
Send your love and prayers to our friends in Japan. Sometimes all
we can do is smile and let music speak and heal.
We want to leave you with a big smile..A two-year old Japanese girl
holding on to his new friend, Teddy from US.