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has uploaded a video series featuring Grammy-winning producer, Greg
Ladanyi providing advice on mixing, producing, recording vocals,
and more. Greg has been recording, mixing, and producing the biggest
names in music for the past twenty years including Jackson Browne,
Don Henley, and Toto. Greg also founded the record label, Maple
American Boys In Billy Elliot
Musical is funny, heartwarming tale of a young boy with a dream,
and a celebration of his triumph against the odds. Set against the
historic British miners' strike of the 1980s, the story follows
Billy's journey as a boy in a small mining town who, after stumbling
across a ballet class while on his way to a boxing lesson, realizes
that his future lay not in the boxing ring but on stage as a dancer.
Billy Elliot the Musical has now played to over 2 million people
worldwide. Three American boys, David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik and
Kiril Kulish, will create the title role in the multi-award winning
Billy Elliot the Musical, opening at Broadway's Imperial Theatre
(240 W 45th St) in New York on Thursday, November 13, 2008. Featuring
music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall and directed by
Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot the Musical begins previews Wednesday,
October 1st. The general public on-sale is Sunday, June 15th. For
tickets and information visit www.billyelliotbroadway.com
A Captive American Boy Lou Pearlman, who launched Backstreet
Boys and 'N Sync, was sentenced to 25 years in prison on on May
21 for swindling investors and major U.S. banks out of more than
$300 million. The 53-year-old impresario lived a jet-set life of
mansions and luxury cars before the fraud scheme collapsed. In an
audacious two-decade scam, Pearlman admitted in his plea agreement
to enticing individuals and banks to invest millions of dollars
in two companies which existed only on paper -- Transcontinental
Airlines Travel Services Inc and Transcontinental Airlines Inc.
won investors' confidence with fake financial statements created
by a fictitious accounting firm. When Pearlman comes out of prison,
"he should be turned over to us," said investor James
Taylor. Pearlman unsuccessfully sought a delay in his sentencing
to allow time to launch his latest creation, European pop band US
5, in the United States and Asia. A real-estate investor agreed
at an auction last month to buy Pearlman 's waterfront mansion in
Windermere for $3.75 million and backed out. The 2.77-acre property
on 12488 Park Avenue, Windermere, FL 34786 in the Chaine du Lac
subdivision measures 16,000 square feet; has a large screened pool
with a nearby wet bar and adjoining sauna, a theater, six bedrooms
and 11 bathrooms in the house and guest house, and garage space
for 10 cars. Like his initials, LP, Lou Pearlman is a thing of the
The New American Idol Cooks But
Is It A Mom Show? According
to Nielsen Media research, the median age of American Idol viewers
is aging like a '70s act. With a record 97.5 million audience votes
cast by phone and text, the split between the two American Idol
contestants was 56 percent for David
Cook and 44 percent for David Archuleta. The scruffy bearded,
raspy-voiced 25-year-old from Blue Springs, Missouri, was crowned
the latest American Idol with a margin of 12 million votes on May
21 at the year-old, 7,000-seat Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.
Hosted by Ryan Seacrest the two hour live broadcast on Fox featured
runners-up including Syesha Mercado, who dueted with Seal on his
song "Waiting for You," and a solo on "Hallelujah"
by dreadlocked Jason Castro. Special appearances by Donna Summers,
Graham Nash, George Michael and Brian Adams followed. The line up
of stars at the show looked more like the Grammys with a much bigger
audience! Cook is not entirely new to the music scene. He formed
a garage band, Axium, in 1999, and was its for six years. One of
the band's songs was picked up by the AMC Theatres movie chain in
the US and played on more than 20,000 screens during trailer previews.
On his official bio on AmericanIdol.com, Cook said his toughest
obstacle in life is "being confident enough in myself to chase
this whole music thing. Meantime, ratings have slipped -- and some
wonder if all that product placement is turning off younger viewers.
Even with viewers aging, industry watchers say Fox gets $700,000
for a 30 second spot on Idol.
Promotion Universal Music Group, the worlds leading music
company, has promoted Tom Bennett to Chief Executive Officer of
Bravado, its global merchandising division. The appointment, effective
immediately, was announced today by Lucian Grainge, Chairman &
CEO of Universal Music Group International, to whom Bennett reports.
Formerly, Mr. Bennett served as Bravados North American CEO.
He will continue to be based in New York.
In this expanded role, Mr. Bennett will oversee the development,
marketing and manufacturing of licensed products through all channels
of merchandise distribution in 77 countries. Universal Music Group
announced earnings results for the first quarter of 2008. The company
has grown revenues significantly in the first quarter of 2008 thanks
to the integration of BMG Publishing and Sanctuary, as well as an
increase in digital income. Revenue of the company grew 0.6% year-on-year
(6.8% constant currency) to €1.03 billion (£0.82 billion).
The company's adjusted earnings before interest and income taxes
surged during the same period, up 94.7% (111.1% at constant currency)
to €111 million (£88.4 million), despite the impact of
City Records was recently recognized by their peers for their industry
achievement at the 50th Annual NARM Convention, as the 2008 Entertainment
Software Supplier of the Year, Small Division. The award, which
is voted for by trading partners in the industry, was presented
at the convention in San Francisco on May 7th. "This NARM recognition
is not just an honor for our label and artists but a tribute to
all those who have supported us over the past 15 years, says
company founder and President Louis Posen. Hopeless/Sub City Records
was nominated alongside five other great companies, including ATO
Records, Big Machine Records, Octone Records, Putumayo World Music
and Universal Records South. National Association of Recording Merchandisers
(NARM) is a not-for-profit trade association, established in 1958
that serves the music retailing community in the areas of networking,
advocacy, information, education and promotion.
And Behaviour Around Digital Music Research among 800 UK respondents
- The percentage of music fans regularly buying music downloads
has gone down from 16% in 2006 to 14% by the end of 2007
- More than half of music fans digital collections (51%) still
come from their own CDs
- Music fans pay for an average of 3.32 single track music downloads
- As many music fans (28%) have paid to download music from a licensed
service at least once as have tried downloading from a filesharing
source BUT more will then continue to fileshare rather than pay
for downloads on a regular basis (22% for file sharers compared
with 14% for paying downloaders).
Business models need to change radically if the music business
is to stand any chance of halting the current decline in sales.
It doesnt have to be all doom and gloom, says Paul Brindley,
MD of Music Ally.
1. Music bundled with other products and entertainment packages:
Music as service vs a product. ie: pre-loaded into devices, bundled
with mobile tariffs, offered as part of TV/Entertainment/ISP packages.
2. Labels needs to experiment with new release schedules and formats:
The old model of single and album releases has run its course. More
innovative strategies adopted by Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails and
Prince and experimenting with new and varied formats, new pricing
models and release schedules, digital only releases and promotional
partnerships with brands suggested.
3. Free doesnt mean no money: The music industry should embrace
it. The culture of the net is free or at least feeling free. But
money can still be made from other sources: everything from advertising
supported services, to brands paying for an association with the
artists to newspapers paying for giveaway CDs.
4. Change the charts: The Charts need to reflect other ways that
people are consuming music.
5. Trust the DJ: The new layers of value will come from the social
connections that come about through music as much as from the music
Desperate Housewife Or A Desperate Music Industry? Jason
Flom (Virgin Records America), Tom Whalley (Warner Bros Records),
Bob Cavallo (Buena Vista Music) , Glen Barros (Concord Records),
Mike Curb (Curb Records) and Tom Silverman (Tommy Boy Entertainment)
are household record industry executive names who sit on the board
of Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Since
2003 the RIAA
has been using its Settlement Support Center (now dissolved) to
crack down piracy by collecting settlements from everyday people
-- parents, students, doctors, and general consumers of music. Their
argument: Piracy is costing the US record industry at least $3.7
billion annually in sales.
But, wait! Of the 40,000 people the RIAA has targeted for legal
action, at most 100 have decided to defend themselves in court,
says Fred von Lohmann, a lawyer at the Electronic Frontier Foundation,
a civil liberties group. Few want to pay the legal costs of fighting
the music industry, so most settle ($4,000 to $5,000) cases quickly,
even if they believe they're innocent. Case for extortion? In
a recent Businessweek article, a single mom, Tanay Andersen thought
so and she fought back.
was accused of piracy while looking after her eight-year-old daughter
living on $1,400/month disability check in
a suburban Portland, Ore. apartment.
She's now represented by Lory R. Lybeck, a Seattle lawyer who will
recieve an estimated $300,000 in fees by RIAA, per a recent court
order won. The RIAA was eventually forced to drop the suit and she
is now countersuing for $5 million. The RIAA's law firm, Holme Roberts
& Owen, is representing the organization in court. "I dislike
arrogant bullies," Lybeck says. Lybeck figures that with all
the potential errors in IP addresses collected by MediaSentry (the
investigative firm the record industry employs to track pirates),
the RIAA has gone after thousands of innocent people. He thinks
the addresses could be erroneous as often as 20% of the time, which
would mean 8,000 people wrongly accused. He believes that many innocent
people have been coerced into paying because they can't afford to
fight the RIAA in court. (Although the SSC has stopped operating,
an organization called Settlement Information Line Call Center now
plays a similar role for the music industry). Lybeck says the record
labels accused people of downloading songs worth hundreds of thousands
of dollars in damages, but they set the settlement price at a few
thousand. "Paying was cheaper than hiring a lawyer. To me,
that says this isn't about lawsuits, it's about an extortion campaign,"
says Lybeck. What
about The Settlement Support Center? Its name may suggest a neutral
organization set up to resolve disputes with evenhanded objectivity.
In fact, it was financed by the record industry and operated like
a cross between a call center and a debt collection firm. The SSC
made its collections by hiring people such as Mark Eilers, an ex-police
officer who called Andersen repeatedly demanding pay. Eilers told
Andersen she had shared 1,288 songs on May 20, 2004, at 4:24 a.m.
under the screen name Gotenkito. She maintained they had the wrong
person and offered to let them look at her computer. She says Eilers
told her Verizon had already verified that the illegal activity
had come from her home, specified by what's known as an IP (for
Internet Protocol) address. When MediaSentry sees people swapping
music on file-sharing services such as KaZaA,
it records their IP addresses and user names. Then it goes to Verizon
Communications or another Internet service provider to find out
who was using that IP address at the time of the piracy. But errors
can arise in a number of ways. One IP address may be assigned to
a device such as a Wi-Fi router that can be used by several people
at the same time to access the Net wirelessly. So if a visitor or
a neighbor decides to steal music over the Wi-Fi network, the homeowner
would still be fingered. In addition, some people have IP addresses
that change every time they log onto the Net, so the IP address
you use in the morning could be assigned to your neighbor that afternoon.
Verizon and other Web service providers try to track who has which
IP address at what time, but their records can be faulty. Then there's
the practice of hacking into another person's computer to assume
its Internet Protocol address when illegally downloading music.
Andersen argues the RIAA, the industry's trade group, and its affiliates
worked together on a broad campaign to intimidate people into making
financial payoffs. Now she and her attorney, Lybeck filed their
own suit against the RIAA, the SSC, MediaSentry,
Warner Music Group, EMI Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, and
Universal Music Group last year and updated it with an amended complaint
this month. "The
RIAA is fighting very hard to make sure that Andersen's case never
reaches a jury," says Heidi Li Feldman, a professor at Georgetown
University's law school. "The minute this reaches a jury, they
will have to think about settling." Back
in 2005, RIAA filed a complaint against David Greubel for alleged
600 music file sharing on the family computer. The RIAA demanded
Greubel pay a $9,000 stipulated judgment as a penalty, though it
said it will accept $4,500 should Greubel pay the amount within
a specific period of time. The RIAA targeted nine specific songs,
including "Sk8er Boi" by Arista artist Avril Lavigne,
a Nettwerk management client. "Suing music fans is not the
solution, it's the problem," stated Terry McBride, C.E.O of
Nettwerk Music Group. studioexpresso agrees with Mr McBride. So
much for customer service. If you can't have them, sue them. Sound
like a desperate industry?!
On The whole
degrees) As CD sales plunge, an array of players including
record labels, promoters, and advertisers are racing to secure
deals that cut them in on a larger share of an artists overall
Nation has already struck less comprehensive pacts with Madonna,
U2 and more recently JayZ.
But the arrangement would also position Live Nation to participate
in a range of new deals with Jay-Z, one of musics most entrepreneurial
stars, whose past ventures have included the Rocawear clothing line,
which he sold last year for $204 million, and the chain of 40/40
nightclubs. Jay-Z, 38, whose real name is Shawn Carter, owes one
more studio album to Def Jam (due for delivery later this year),
where he was president for three years before stepping down in December
after he and the labels corporate parent, Universal Music
Group, could not agree on a more lucrative contract. His first undertaking
with Live Nation is his current 28-date tour with Mary J. Blige,
his biggest live outing in more than three years. After that, Live
Nation envisions integrating the marketing of all Jay-Zs entertainment
endeavors, including recordings, tours and endorsements. As part
of the arrangement, Live Nation would finance the start-up of a
venture that would be an umbrella for his outside projects, which
are expected to include his own label, music publishing, and talent
consulting and managing. Live Nation is expected to contribute $5
million a year in overhead for five years, with another $25 million
available to finance Jay-Zs acquisitions or investments, according
to people in the music industry briefed on the agreement. The venture,
to be called Roc Nation, will split profits with Live Nation. The
overall package for Jay-Z also includes an upfront payment of $25
million, a general advance of $25 million that includes fees for
his current tour, and advance payment of $10 million an album for
a minimum of three albums during the deals 10-year term. In
a way I want to operate like an indie band, JayZ says. Play
the music on tour instead of relying on radio. Hopefully well
get some hits out of there and radio will pick it up, but we wont
make it with that in mind.
He could be doing more tours and doing great...There could
be endorsements and sponsorships. The whole is whats important,
says Michael Cohl, Live Nations chairman, who thinks an increase
in record sales is not necessarily required to be profitable. Some
executives at major record labels have privately portrayed Live
Nations artist deals as overly expensive retirement packages
for stars past their prime. Others disagree. Id much
rather be in the business of marketing a superstar who cost me a
lot of money than taking the 1-in-10, demonstrably failing crapshoot
of signing unknown talents, said Jeffrey Light, a Los Angeles entertainment
attorney, referring to the traditional record company model. Blige
and Jay-Z have been close collaborators since 1996, when she appeared
on his early hit "Can't Knock the Hustle." They're co-headlined
the Heart of the City tour ending at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles
in April. So, studioexpresso wants to know...Do producers get similar
us know what you think?
Artist rendering and architects at the historic groundbreaking ceremony
at Northridge University, California Dreams
The $125-million Valley Performing Arts Center on the campus of
California State University, Northridge is scheduled for completed
in 2010. Robert Bucker is dean of the Mike Curb College of Arts,
Media and Communication, which will be housed in the new facility.
The centers centerpiece will be a 1,700-seat performance hall
for theater, dance and music presentations --- including full-scale
Broadway shows and operas, movie showings and public lectures. And
with skyrocketing fuel prices, this should be good news for the
art loving communities in the valley.
Last Show - Warfield And The Dead
The historic Warfield Theater in San Francisco closed down with
a grand finale on Sunday at the end of a week-long celebration revolving
around the band that made it historic in the first place: the Grateful
Dead and family. The sold-out shows were simply advertised as an
unusual five-night stand by Phil
Lesh and Friends but ended up being a goodbye run to the venue
that hosted 88 Jerry Garcia Band shows, 30 Phil Lesh and Friends
shows, and 21 proper Grateful Dead shows. The theater's hallways
and lobbies had permanent displays of Grateful Dead memorabilia
as well as a giant framed picture of Bill Graham -- the venue's
legendary original promoter -- and pictures or posters from all
the many other artists who appeared there during its 29 years as
the Warfield (including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Phish and Ween).
It was originally opened in 1922 by Marcus Loew as a silent film
and vaudevillian revue house. Rip Warfield!
Daily through June 8, 2008 Getty
The first comprehensive survey of California video art from 1968
to the present, this exhibition includes important examples of single-channel
video, video sculpture, and video installation. Featuring the work
of 58 artists, duos, and collectives, California Video locates a
distinctively West Coast aesthetic within the broader history of
video art while highlighting the Getty's major commitment to the
preservation and exhibition of a young but vital artistic medium.
This exhibition is co-organized by the Getty Research Institute
and the J. Paul Getty Museum.
To Watch....COME TOGETHER!
Julianne Hough's self-titled debut album hit the
stores May 20th. 2-time Dancing With The Stars champion stopped
Top 20 Countdown. The show premieref May 16th Enter to win an acoustic
guitar by Julianne here http://www.lulus.com/
. The lead single That Song in My Head is now playing
on your local country station!
Check out her video at http://www.umgnashville.com/artist/media/mediaplayer.aspx?mid=1069&aid=208.
Hough was on Good Morning America and The View on May 22 The
record, produced by David Malloy, is also receiving praise
Toronto-born, New York City-based musician, a finalist in MUNY's
He performs throughout the United States at several colleges
and universities, festivals, and night clubs. He has expanded into
such major cities as Chicago, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Las
Vegas, San Francisco, Boston, Houston, and Philadelphia. Los Angeles
Gross and engineer Matty Spindel first met with Joe in December
of 2006 to work on a demo CD for their label, Red Road Music. "2
years later the project is now spreading wings. With the help of
Bernstein (Sony Music) the songs are currently being pitched to
movie and television networks. We produced Save Me, Here and Gone
and Sweetest Tune with some more in the pipeline. It
also looks like we got a placement on days of our lives in Early
June," says Gross. Electronic Press Kit : www.sonicbids.com/joetaylor
Websites : www.myspace.com/joetaylorsongs
stress enough how important this sort of hands-on real-world application
is for all of these up-and-coming engineering talents. It is vital
that they experience living with a project from start to finish,
as well as how we can converge the best of digital and analog technologies.
We all have a personal stake in the future of the industry, and
I am proud to pass on my experience and guidance."
Kramer (The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zepplin)
May 8-10, 2008, SAE
Institute, the world leader in pro audio and multimedia education,
hosted an intensive three-day event with legendary producer/engineer
Eddie Kramer at its Los Angeles campus
Last night (May
28) The Police
came to the Hollywood Bowl with special guest, Elvis
Costello & The Impostors -tix were going for $300+ ....then
Costello at the El Rey theater hosted a free jam party at midnight
joined by Jonathan Rice, Jonathan Wilson , and Pete Thomas, daughter
Tennessee ...until next month!
Green To Fancy Your
A California company, Amyris
is breeding the oil bug and thinks it can turn sugar into gasoline!
Its assembly line? Millions of genetically engineered bacteria (specialized
E.coli) who will digest glucose found in plant matter such as sugarcane
and excrete hydrocarbons as waste! Of course, we hope the good folks
at Amyris have secure measures to protect accidental leak of bacteria
(scary thought). Amyris and Crystalsev (Brazil's largest ethanol distributors
and marketers) have joined to launch innovative renewable Diesel from
sugarcane by 2010. Sweet!....until, next month, grin and be.
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