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Clonkified 18th February 2009 04:34 PM


I was wondering if anybody had used these professional song critiquing services such as Songwriting with Jason Blume - You CAN Write Hit Songs by Jason Blume or John Braheny (

If so, are they worth it? Do they provide insightful feedback?

Are there similar services for production and mixing?

drumzealot 11th February 2009 07:51 PM

Here's an interesting article about a local band that solicited donations from their fans to fund their latest recording. >> Yeas & Nays - Local band goes guerrilla, raises $35k

More movement to the direct-to-fan model.
skopje 6th February 2009 08:44 PM
Keep 120 Minutes on MTV2 Petition

Petition: We, the undersigned, call on MTV to urgently reconsider the cancelling of 120 Minutes from the MTV2...
MTVs 120 minutes taken off air!!!
MTVs 120 minutes taken off air!!!

I have been watching 120 minutes on and off for 20 years. I have found over 50% of my record collection directly or indirectly from watching it.

I can remember seeing the first portishead video when it was first shown. Sonic youth, dead can dance, cocteaus, the knife, jenny wilson,feist, f** buttons, pixies, throwing muses, kristin hersh, crystal castles, gus gus, aphex twin,mazzy star beirut,my bloody valentine and skylarkin.

I could go on but you get the point. This program took huge creative chances and was bever mundane.

It has been the most consistant music programme i have ever discovered. Also totally eclectic, a rap track next to a folk track. 120 minutes sometimes dished me up artists that i felt indifferent towards and slowly revealed their brilliance. In a way the program has shaped my musical pallette

I have never got into radio, i just can't handle the amount of poor tracks you have to listen to to get to one okay song, and also the banality of DJ bantar.

Where do i go to find new music now? I find a lot at gigs, and off peoples blogs, but i need to replace 120 minutes with something. But what?

Also what happens to alternative artists and lables tring to get their videos shown? Where are they going to get their music heard?

What is the impact going to be on alternative music as whole?

When i heard that the show had gone under, my heart sunk. I know its a TV show and not a person, but it had a physical effect on me. Kind of like when one of your favourite musicians passes away.

I've signed up to this petition, but god knows if it will do any good..

Keep 120 Minutes on MTV2 Petition


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Micgiver 24th January 2009 05:23 AM
David Abshire | Free Music, Tour Dates, Photos, Videos

David Abshire's official profile including the latest music, albums, songs, music videos and more updates.
Just came across this myspace page.. Im a huge floyd fan and a friend told me to check it out... It so happens that Bill Schnee mixed it and doug sax mastered.

They just dont make music like this anymore :(

the production is amazing and it sounds fantastic. major props to these guys for coming up with a great album....

has anyone else heard this? or know any info about it? where it was tracked and such...

here is the link

David Abshire on MySpace Music - Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Videos

and his main page where you can listen to the whole album free all th way through
Andrew_Chart 19th January 2009 04:15 PM
Sounding the wrong note?

Music in the workplace may make the day pass quicker but it's a benefit that can come with a hefty price tag, as some small business owners are starting to find out.
BBC NEWS | Magazine | Sounding the wrong note?

Just thought this may be worthy of some discussion.

On the one hand, the tone of the article seems to me to reinforce the view that consumers of music don't place value on it like they do other similar commodities (TV licence for example?). It also paints the PRS as the big bad evil corporation.

On the other it's never been obvious to me the rules regarding this. I've heard things to the effect of "anywhere that plays live or recorded music to the public requires a PRS licence to do so". I suspect that this is not made clear to many businesses - especially those who are not providing a service centrally based on playing music.

Is there a way the requirements could be made clearer, or would that be seen as overly bureaucratic and pernickety and work against the PRS?

Perhaps there is another way to fund the PRS without concerning the businesses to take action directly? (Tax? shoot me down! )

I would have thought most people involved in creating music commercially would be in support of the PRS? Is the article likely to damage the income of PRS members? Even improve it? Or is it just another trivial pagefiller?

Would appreciate your thoughts
MotifStudios 7th January 2009 03:00 PM
Motif Studios | Free Music, Tour Dates, Photos, Videos

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Hi, I had a search on the forum and couldn't find an answer to this question. I want to no how I can get my music to the bigger artists in the States.

I am living in London at the moment, and have produced in the Indian Bhangra Industry with my own album, but this is a very small niche and has no opportunity to excel into greater industries.

I have a link here to my music: - Motif Studios - Slough, UK - Hip Hop / R&B / Electro -

What can I do? Is there only the networking portion of being able to get to the top, or can a producer do something else? Right now I don't have any contacts what so ever, so I am literally just a walking producer. There must be millions of producers in the world that are not being recognized that could be better than the big time producers.

Any help is appreciated, thanks everyone.

Motif Studios - Motif Studios - Slough, UK - Hip Hop / R&B / Electro -
Cellotron 2nd January 2009 06:44 PM
Music album sales tumble further in 2008 | Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. album sales slid for a seventh time in eight years in 2008 as growth in the digital arena, one of the few bright spots in the ailing music industry, slowed, according to data
From 7O20090101 ->

Music album sales tumble further in 2008
Wed Dec 31, 2008 8:02pm EST

By Dean Goodman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. album sales slid for a seventh time in eight years in 2008 as growth in the digital arena, one of the few bright spots in the ailing music industry, slowed, according to data issued on Wednesday.

Total album sales fell 14 percent to 428.4 million units during the 52-week period ended December 28, according to retail data collected by tracking firm Nielsen SoundScan.

This follows a 15 percent drop in 2007, and sets a new low since the firm began monitoring sales in 1991. Sales have plummeted 45 percent from the industry's high-water mark of 785.1 million units in 2000, due largely to Internet piracy and competition from other forms of entertainment such as video games.

This year, the industry also faced an economic recession.

Digital downloads, through online retailers such as Apple Inc's iTunes store, have taken on greater importance to the industry, but the impressive growth of recent years is waning. Digital track sales rose 27 percent to a record 1.07 billion units, but the growth was slower than the 45 percent jump in 2007. Digital album sales rose 32 percent to 65.8 million units, after a 53 percent jump in 2007.

Ringtones are also a major new focus. But purchases of the top 100 mastertone ringers slid 33 percent to 43.8 million units. Only one mastertone broke the 2 million mark -- rapper Lil Wayne's "Lollipop." Last year, three did.

Lil Wayne also took honors for this year's top-selling album, moving 2.9 million copies of "Tha Carter III." Last year's No. 1 album was pop vocalist Josh Groban's "Noel" with 3.7 million copies.

Only three other albums sold more than 2 million copies this year: English rock band Coldplay's "Viva la Vida" and country singer Taylor Swift's "Fearless" each with about 2.1 million, and rocker Kid Rock's 2007 release "Rock'N'Roll Jesus" with 2 million. Last year, eight albums sold more than 2 million copies.

Swift, 19, was the biggest artist of 2008, selling 4 million copies, mostly of "Fearless" and her 2006 self-titled debut. Anglo-Australian rock band AC/DC followed with 3.4 million copies, selling almost as many of their old albums as they did of their first release in more than eight years, "Black Ice," which was No. 5 with 1.9 million copies.

Overall music sales, including albums, singles, music video and digital tracks, rose 10.5 percent to 1.5 billion units, after 14 percent growth in 2007 and a 19 percent jump in 2006.

(Editing by Mohammad Zargham)
Was expecting numbers like this - but if 15% decline rate continues then that means sales will be half of the current levels in only 5 years!

Best regards,
Steve Berson
CDS 10th December 2008 01:35 PM
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This is a great story I ran across while reading my morning web:

Old college buddies offered record contract after viral video
Good Morning Yahoo!
Eddie T. Ellis 3rd December 2008 11:18 PM

Hey everyone!

The Official Eddie T. Ellis myspace is launched! Let me know what you think and any changes needed.

Eddie - Eddie T. Ellis - Detroit, Michigan - Rock / Pop / Blues -
General Forum 22nd November 2008 03:09 PM
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DreamSound 29th September 2008 11:34 PM
Hi guys,

I've been producing a few artists lately and I think our projects are coming along very well. I started a website to promote them and while working on it I've been visiting other websites alike that promote independent artists. On this other sites (like I've only found lots and lots of low quality music and now I'm afraid my artists won't be able to breakthrough that cloud.

If you have a chance go to our new website: Independent Era and give us some comments on what we could do to set ourselves apart from the rest.

Also, let me know if there are any websites out there with quality independent music that we can go visit. Maybe I'm just looking at the wrong sites.
Clueless 13th September 2008 01:36 PM
Peter Gabriel | Gabriel Considers Studio Show For Fans | Contactmusic

Gabriel Considers Studio Show For Fans | Peter Gabriel Is Considering Turning An Upcoming Recording Session At His Real World Studios Into An Intimate Gig After The Incredible String Band Did Just That To Cover The Costs Of A Recent | Contactmusic
According to this source, Peter Gabriel said:
“The Incredible String Band wrote to their fans on their website and sold admission to their recordings… and that gave them the budget to purchase the studio time. They created a mini-economy based on 120 people.”
I have been writing about this very economic model as the one I plan to use in my studio, so am happy to see the likes of Peter Gabriel trying it out. More on my blog...

How many of you think this is a practical model for your work? Are you most constrained by:
  • Lack of bands that can actually play?
  • Lack of space for both bands and fans at the same time?
  • Lack of fans that can afford $100-$500 each for an experience?
  • Lack of reputation as strong as PG/Real World?
  • Other?
  • None of the above--I'm doing it now, or gonna do it soon!

audiovisceral 28th August 2008 02:01 AM
More Artists Steer Clear of iTunes -

A growing number of record companies are starting to think Apple's iTunes service is crimping overall sales.
WSJ just put out a potentially very interesting article. Apparently, among other things, a lot of the companies want Apple to charge more than 99 cents per song. Unfortunately, WSJ doesn't sell individual articles so you need an $85 annual subscription to see it. Anyone?

Free Preview -

Record Labels Skip Apple's iTunes

By Ethan Smith and Nick Wingfield

Word Count: 1,527 | Companies Featured in This Article: Apple, Warner Music Group, Wal-Mart Stores, Yahoo,

ITunes has been the runaway hit of the music business, selling more than five billion song downloads since it started five years ago. But a growing number of record companies are trying to steer clear of Apple Inc.'s behemoth music store, because they think that in some cases it's crimping overall music sales.

Kid Rock's "Rock 'n Roll Jesus" album was kept off iTunes' virtual shelves. It has nonetheless sold 1.6 million copies in the U.S. since its release last year -- a sizable number for the depressed music industry. Sales of the album have increased in 19 of the ...
Just found the story's being picked up elsewhere:

Music Labels Rethink iTunes, Again; Same Old Gripe of Album vs Singles

By Rafat Ali - Wed 27 Aug 2008 05:07 PM PST

This has become the equivalent of first snowfall stories that local TV news stations do every year: this gripe against Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) iTunes has been trotted out every year for the last five years or so, and now WSJ spends tons of words to rehash it again, though with some new twists. This time, like before, the argument is that labels would like to sell the albums as a unit instead of singles, and the new part is that some of them are beginning to bypass the iTunes behemoth distribution machine. Apple insists that labels can’t sell the whole album as a unit, and has also stuck, for the most part, to its 99 cent-per-song philosophy, which labels have fought against. Another gripe: Apple often asks for exclusive sales rights for songs in exchange for prominent placement on its home page.

Now, a new example has emerged that runs counter to the Apple monopoly: Kid Rock’s Rock ‘n Roll Jesus album was kept off iTunes, but managed to sell 1.6 million copies in the U.S. since its release last year, a sizable number in these times for the record industry. Seeing that example, his label Atlantic Records (owned by Warner Music) last week yanked an album by R&B singer Estelle from the iTunes Store, four months after it went on sale there. Warner’s rationale? It called the removal part of a broad range of digital-release strategies “uniquely tailored to each artist and their fan base in an effort to optimize revenues and promote long-term artist development,” the WSJ story quotes.

But this is risky—first, by dissing Apple, and secondly by keeping songs off the biggest music service, users may go off looking for illegal downloads instead. Then there’s the little matter of consumer preference: the majority have shown preference for buying singles than albums.

In any case, trying to develop alternatives to monopoly distribution is always admirable, and indeed, desirable in the long run, but the more pertinent question is: if not iTunes, then what? Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) is not feasible for every artist or label, and retail sales is on a declining curve. Amazon+Rhapsody+Napster can maybe have the reach, someday, but not the awareness or promotional value. On the mobile side, operators and Nokia (NYSE: NOK) can put up their hands, but the reality is it is not happening on any scale in U.S., yet. The only other alternative left is working through scaled social networks like MySpace. Maybe MySpace Music, when it launches next month, will be able to become that other big alternative the music industry wants…
Music Labels Rethink iTunes, Again; Same Old Gripe of Album vs Singles |
willerichey 8th August 2008 06:57 PM
Warner Music: Music Video Games Must Pay More | News @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com

Warner Music Group Corp said that video game makers will need to pay more to license songs for music-based video games.
Warner Music: Music Video Games Must Pay More | News @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com

Not sure if I took this comment the right way, but it kind of annoyed me.

Isn't the bottomline mentality what got the music industry into this mess?
Deleted bd1be4f 2nd August 2008 01:23 AM
Oh, What a Mangled Web We Leave | Cover Story | Nashville Scene

After flirting with fame and fortune, Nashville's most decadent local rockers The Pink Spiders lost a major-label deal and two of the three founding members—so now what?
Read and enjoy the music industry clichés...

Oh, What a Mangled Web We Leave, page 1 - News - Nashville Scene
travisbrown 29th July 2008 06:05 PM
Lyle Lovett sells millions, earns nothing | Reuters

DETROIT (Billboard) - Lyle Lovett says he has never made a dime from album sales during his two-decade career, and hopes to rectify that situation when his contract expires.The eclectic country singer
I've always wondered how Lyle Lovett made money off his albums since I figured his roster and production costs must be astronomical.

I saw him the other night here in Vancouver. 22 people on stage (23 when Shawn Colvin came out to do a couple duets). Few really heavy hitters like Russ Kunkel on drums, Viktor Krauss on bass, and Sweet Pea Atkinson/Harry Bowens/Willie Greene Jr. on BGs (oh, and the 8 piece gospel ensemble). The pianist's name slips my mind (not Matt Rolling), but was a world-class player. Makes me wonder how he makes money on tour either. Payroll must be huge.

For all those complaining about not making enough money off album sales:

Lyle Lovett sells millions, earns nothing | Entertainment | Reuters

Lyle Lovett: My Label Must Embrace Technology | Listening Post from

But, I'm glad there is someone with talent out there who puts his love for making great music and playing with musicians and friends he obviously admires beyond merely making money. He did infer a couple times during the show that touring is when he gets to reconnect with friends and that he's glad that he's able to do what he loves most. A most humble but exacting artist.
moi 9th July 2008 11:22 PM

I recorded an instrumental cover on famous LZ song. I’d like to distribute it as digital download only in the US (I live in Russia). Publisher (Warner/Chapel) said ok on getting license through Harry Fox agency. But as contacted them a problem occurred since I’m not the US resident. Check below the reply from HFA:

HFA can only issue licenses for recordings made and distributed in the U.S., or for recordings imported into the U.S. If you are manufacturing your CDs in another country, we suggest you contact the mechanical rights society in that country: [insert correct society and email here].
If you are importing recordings into the U.S., and you have a U.S. address, you will need to obtain an Import Mechanical License. Applications are available on our website at Licensee Digital Import. If you do not live in the U.S., you cannot obtain the import license from HFA. Again, you may wish to affiliate with a U.S. distributor who can license on your behalf.

Note: You can find out the country's mechanical rights association and website at Mechanical Rights Organizations.

Does mentioned above concern only actual CDs, cassettes, etc or mp3 downloads as well? Or I’m considered in my situation as “mp3 importer”?

I have a friend in the US, what if I apply his address for HFA. What problems can that cause? US taxes? Anything else?

Any other advise? Should I emphasize to HFA that I’m not importing anything “physical”, but mp3 downloads?
gsilbers 27th June 2008 06:01 AM
i hope the bill passes fast!

Senate Committee Approving AM-FM Royalty Bill | Threat Level from

and finally the RIAA is doing something...

their next move should be charge the tech companies for the money thier getting by
using our content (via piracy or else) for thier hardware products.
ClaySchmitt 17th June 2008 10:41 PM

I am looking to move to NYC(sound familiar) and pick up a good assistant job. I have one commercial pop rock album under my belt that I am quite proud of. I acted as producer, recording engineer, mixer and mastering engineer. I also have experience with commercial work, including writing, performing, recording, mixing, mastering, sound design, for a 2 week long, international spot for Mountain Dew.

I figured I would throw up a thread here asking two questions:

1.) Do you work at top studio in NYC that would be able to utilize a very motivated guy holding a degree in sound design?


2.) What studios should I be checking out for pop and rock music in the NYC area?

I am very confident in the training and developement of my ears thus far and think that I have a lot to offer. I would love the opportunity to work under master engineers, and I am willing to brew up a mean cup of coffee if I have to. Though I am concerned with being able to earn enough money for a 1 bedroom studio, I am more interested in the experience I would gain at this point.

One thing I will offer is: Because I am not currently in NYC, if you are interested and would like to send me a list of questions I will answer them in a short video and place in on youtube. Ask anything from why do you want this job? to if you were an animal. I don't mind.

Here is a link to my resume. Please ask if you would like to hear the album I just finished or any other samples of my work. I have excellent references as well.

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Crandak 24th May 2008 09:40 PM
Encryption Chip Will End Piracy, Says Atari F - Video Game News, Videos and File Downloads for PC and Console Games at

At yesterday's Wedbush Morgan Securities conference, Atari founder Nolan Bushnell claimed that a stealth encryption chip will "absolutely stop...
This looks promising although he said that music and movie piracy will continue unabated. Hopefully it's a first step to an integrated chip that will stop music and movie piracy.
theGeek 19th May 2008 02:53 AM
so i've been recording with a Line 6 TonePort UX8 since it came out and I've really been pleased. But now I'm interested in a control surface and i've stumbles across the following:
TASCAM FW1884 FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface and DAW Control Surface and more Sound and Recording Cards / Audio Interfaces at

or the:
M-AUDIO - ProjectMix I/O - Control Surface with Motorized Faders and 18 x 14 Audio Interface

I'm not hell-bent on making the switch. I'm just curious if anyone has used this product or one like it.

Also, do you recommend keeping my recording interface and controller separate or is an "all in one" system like this good idea.
noiseflaw 15th May 2008 01:19 PM
Piracy growing as fewer fans buy downloads | Technology | The Guardian

Record labels are losing the battle against digital piracy as the number of people who download songs legally falls back. By Owen Gibson
Piracy growing as fewer fans buy downloads | Technology | The Guardian


Originally Posted by The Byre View Post
I suggest some of you read this report, before commenting -

Apple, Tesco 'most to blame' for music biz crisis | The Register

Sui_City 5th May 2008 10:12 AM
Here we go again. [download]- the slip
Gatorgabe 18th April 2008 04:20 PM
Rick Rubin’s Favorite Albums of All-Time

Official Gibson site: The favorite albums of Rick Rubin. The Beatles White Album, Neil Young: After the Gold Rush, Black Sabbath: Black Sabbath, AC/DC: Highway to Hell, Run-D.M.C: Run-D.M.C., Gang of Four: Entertainment, The Ramones: Ramones
If you've ever wondered what production God Rick Rubin like album wise, then wonder no more ... I was surfing the net and found this article where he talks about his 10 favorite albums of all time ... I think people will be surprised at his favorites ... check it out ...

Rick Rubin’s Favorite Albums of All-Time
TheRealRoach 28th March 2008 11:47 PM
Radiohead | Free Music, Tour Dates, Photos, Videos

Radiohead's official profile including the latest music, albums, songs, music videos and more updates.
Radiohead's newest single "Bodysnatchers" is all over the local alternative rock station in Toronto. After listening to it a few times I noticed a wild similarity between that tune and Pearl Jam's similar offerings such as "Do the Evolution".

Eddie could easily be heard singing Bodysnatchers, and likewise, Tom could pull off Do the Evolution.

I'm a fan of both bands but I never thought i'd find myself comparing the two.
SeanBlack 6th March 2008 05:48 AM
Canadian Music Week 2013

Celebrating 31 years, Canadian Music Week is Canada’s leading annual entertainment event dedicated to the expression and growth of the country’s music, media and entertainment industries. Combining four information-intensive conferences; a trade exposition; a film festival; a comedy festival; four awards shows and the nation’s largest New Music Festival – Canadian Music Fest – CMW spans a five-day period from March 20 to March 24, 2013 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel and over 60 various downtown Toronto venues, attracting participants from across the globe.
Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008
Executives at Canadian Music Week discuss new business landscape

Cassandra Szklarski, THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO - The CD is on death's door. New bands are doomed. So say some industry insiders as the country's new music festival, Canadian Music Week, launches Wednesday with some 500 bands in search of stardom, or at least a steady paycheque.

With record sales declining and unauthorized downloads the norm, making it big isn't what it used to be, says uber-manager Bruce Allen, whose superstar roster includes Michael Buble, Anne Murray and Bryan Adams.
"I would hate to be a young band today, battling," says Allen, who admits he measures success by securing arena-selling tours. "They'll make a living. If that's your goal, to make a living, then good for you. But that ain't my goal."

The days of monster tours could well be over in a couple of decades, he suggests, struggling to come up with a list of contemporary acts that could one day match the ticket sales of the Police, Elton John, the Eagles or Bruce Springsteen.

Allen, who will be presented with an achievement award Wednesday by the Music Managers Forum of Canada, says his biggest struggle has been to wrap his head around the technological changes that have overhauled the music business.

"If somebody had a video camera (at a concert) we used to go out there, take the video camera off him and smash it," he notes.

"Now you can sit there and everybody's got a mobile phone and they're taping the show and this and that and we just let it go now. The biggest thing I think now is content, content, content. It used to be: 'No mystique, big mistake.' I have to try to embrace these carriers and get to a point where I'm not going to freak anymore if the music's out there and I didn't get paid for it."

That means things like getting a professionally shot video to post on the Web, participating in online-only concerts, or releasing special remixes online.

"The record side's tough now," he says.

"Michael Buble's selling five million records in this era. He probably would have been selling 15 million if it was in the '70s and '80s, in the heyday. My style hasn't changed much but my ability to adjust to the new technology and understand it is difficult and I'm really learning all the time."

Nettwerk honcho Terry McBride is often regarded as one of the few music executives at the forefront of the digital wave, most notably by opposing the major label battle to litigate unauthorized music downloads.

The secret to coping with declining CD sales is a little imagination, says McBride, boasting that 60 per cent of Nettwerk's record sales came from digital revenue last year.

"Most of the business is focused upon protecting, to the best of their abilities, old ways of doing things," says McBride, who will be inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame on Thursday as part of the CMW festivities.

"(For us), it sometimes means that we release an album digitally three or four months ahead of releasing it physically and let the music grow enough that when we do release it physically, it actually has a standing chance."
McBride, whose management roster includes such heavyweights as Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlan and Barenaked Ladies, says he "absolutely" sees the possibility of one day not even releasing a physical CD at all.

Nettwerk's folk-pop band the Weepies saw 80 per cent of their music sales come through digital sales, he says. The CD sold roughly 25,000 copies.
"At one point don't you release a CD to the statistical regional market and just have it be a sort of mail-order or a sort of print-on-demand situation?" he says.

"We're going to see a major shift within inside the video business where you're not going to have Blockbuster having 50,000 titles. They're going to have a million titles and as you want to buy it or rent it, it'll be custom-burnt right at the front desk."

Little labels are struggling with the changing landscape too, says Sloan guitarist Jay Ferguson, who runs the murderecords with his three bandmates.

The rock band, whose poppy hits "Underwhelmed," "The Good in Everyone," "Money City Maniacs," earned them both college and mainstream followings, started the label in the '90s with releases by acts including the Inbreds, Local Rabbits, Superfriendz and Thrush Hermit.

"Back in the '90s we would send the records to college radio, make some posters and they would go on tour. And back then we would make videos as well, too, which was when MuchMusic still played a lot more videos in rotation," says Ferguson.

Today, one of their main promotional outlets has been small, indie music blogs.

"I literally would just write them and say, 'Hey man, I like your blog.' And sometimes they would write back and say, 'Hey are you Sloan?"' he says laughing. "And I would go, 'Yeah, do you want to hear....?"

But despite all the new avenues for breaking an act, it still comes down to the music, says Ferguson, who hosts a murderecords showcase with his bandmates on Thursday.

"There's still nothing better than seeing a band play live. I think that's the best promotion you can do."

Big-name guests set to take part in CMW shows and seminars this weekend include Bob Lefsetz, Alanis Morissette, Moby, Lowest of the Low, RZA and KRS-One.
On the Net: Rogers MusicStore CMW 2008
Joram 3rd March 2008 11:05 PM

I'm not really fond of the idols-formula but nevertheless, this finalist deserves a little attention. She is singing a song which will be released sang by the winner, (which she isn't by the way)
YouTube - Nathalie - Hello World - Idols 2008 Finale
Sui_City 3rd March 2008 10:54 PM
I'm suprised there's no thread on this yet.

Ghosts - Splash

So, another new album. Instrumental. 36 Tracks. 4 Parts. First nine songs are officially available through torrents.

So, what now?

I kind of feel like: "Who cares?"

It's like Trent is devaluing his music by releasing so much of it so often. It feels like the rest of the market with just so much stuff available, and the question for me is: How much of it is any good?

Obviously the answer to that is personal.

I don't know. Whatever.

Jules, move this if it needs to be moved.
duvalle 29th February 2008 05:58 PM
With a simple fiddle you can top the charts - Technology -

Former music industry insider reveals how simple it is for Australian record companies to manipulate digital music download charts. - The Sydney Morning Herald
A former music industry insider and academic has shown how simple it is for Australian record companies to manipulate charts of top-selling digital music downloads without being caught.

With a simple fiddle you can top the charts - Technology -

Joerogers1970 18th February 2008 03:11 PM
The classic get's a video makeover:

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Now, that's how you get shows. I wonder why they never called?
MJ Heck 14th February 2008 11:13 PM
Auto-Tune Abuse

Auto-Tune Abuse: Auto-tune is the reason why the vocals on pop songs sound so fake.
In light of some recent debates around here, I found it fascinating that my wife sent me a link to one of her favorite news/culture sites that had a listing of auto-tune abuses - complete with an audio file and what words to look for.

I'm in the camp that tools are tools that can be used or abused, but I still find it surprising to have this link appear at a non-slutty site. I am also suprised that it was sent to me by my wife - clearly I need to vary my subject matter around the house a little more.

Here is the link if anyone is interested.

Auto-Tune Abuse - Featured on BuzzFeed

obtainknowledge 9th February 2008 08:27 AM

There's a girl rocker by the name of Lennon. That's her actual birth name. She's been doing her thing for about 8 years now, and now Yoko is suing her. That stupid old bag is going to bankrupt this poor girl. Interesting read. Read here:

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dj_who 5th February 2008 10:36 PM
Artists’ best interests? RIAA presses for lower royalties | Ars Technica

The RIAA argues that songwriters deserve even less cash for digital downloads …
Artists' best interests? RIAA presses for lower royalties

BevvyB 1st February 2008 12:46 AM
McGuinness Speech In Full |

The full script of the speech everyone is talking about in Cannes, as made by U2 manager Paul McGuinness at Midem.
The full script of the speech everyone is talking about in Cannes, as made by U2 manager Paul McGuinness at Midem.

McGuinness Speech In Full
pootkao 29th January 2008 09:33 PM
Lefsetz Letter

Lefsetz addresses the issues that are at the core of the music business: downloading, copy protection, pricing and the music itself.
A couple weeks ago I signed up for Bob Lefsetz' email-list diatribes about the state of the music industry. I can't get enough! They're cutting, purposeful, informative and hilarious. Figured I'd share one.

Lefsetz Letter



And you wonder why music is in **** shape.

When the problems of the world are blamed on west coast "hippy values" and money is king, you know we've strayed too far from the garden.

Last time I checked, it was these "hippy values" that blew up the music business, 400,000 people went to Woodstock, to get closer to the music. Loggins & Messina even did stadium shows. U2's last stadium tour in the U.S. STIFFED!

Who writes this ****? Could it be that John Kennedy of IFPI has Paul McGuinness' ear? It's like Karl Rove's in charge, let's all get on message, the demon is the ISP!

While debate on net neutrality comes to a standstill in the U.S. Congress, Paul McGuiness and a bunch of MUSIC PEOPLE are going to effect change, get the ISPs to filter content. Well, what about when I e-mail my own composition? Or do I get a tracking number for that too?

Isn't it amazing that an industry based on **** tha police (and the fuzz was hated long before Ice-T freaked out Warner Brothers) now wants MORE policing, would like to BE THE POLICE?

That's what happens when it's more about money than music.

****, U2 moves its business to a tax haven, Bono goes VC and the band hasn't released a great album in fifteen years, since "Achtung Baby". If this is the future, I want NO PART OF IT!

It's got to be about the music. Money always flows from the music. And the more money you make, the more you try to protect it, like a ****ing government, the more you turn off the people giving their hard earned income to you. Can't you at least pay LIP SERVICE TO THE MUSIC?

Haven't you listened to the "thieves"? They thought music was overpriced, that there was too much filler on a CD. Were they wrong and just making excuses for slicing and dicing, taking what they wanted? I don't think so.

But Jay-Z isn't listening to the consumer. He wants to keep the ALBUM alive. The album died with Napster. Cry in your beer about it, protest.... The equation is good music. If you make good music, people will want ALL OF IT! Don't try to make them buy it YOUR way, let them purchase it all, for a reasonable price.

And what is that price? The labels want it to be more than iTunes' 99 cents. ****, it should be lower. Or, we could use the cell phone model. A bucket of tracks for a monthly fee. eMusic is a better business proposition than iTunes, but you won't find major label content on it.

It's been almost nine years, and Paul McGuinness and the old wave ******s STILL want to go back to the past. McGuinness lamenting record company workers losing their jobs... Where was he when U.S. automakers produced ****ty cars and the business went Japanese? I don't see Bono trying to save Chrysler jobs.

Maybe those people DESERVED to lose their jobs. Because they just weren't innovative enough, they were just COASTING!

Music is desirable. People will pay for it if there's a reasonable business model. It's not about policing people back to the past, but enticing them with something easy, that eliminates the DESIRE to steal.

Instead of looking for another person to blame, the music industry has to face reality. That more people want more music, and they don't want to pay 1990s prices for it. Come up with a new business model, sans restrictions. But the ****ers can't even authorize Qtrax, a half-assed walled garden that's incompatible with iPods.

Stop PROTECTING music and figure out a way to make it EASIER FOR PEOPLE TO GET IT!

You didn't hear Osborne complaining that Gates stole his thunder. And the reason that Gates and Jobs were so successful is because they looked to the future, not to the past. How come Macs get cheaper and they do more, yet music gets worse and the people making it want more money? If only U2 put out something as good as OS X every couple of years. That's software. Apple doesn't sell it with DRM. Are the Silicon Valleyites the enemy or the BEACON?

For McGuinness to stand up at MIDEM and spew this invective is laughable, it makes him look like a blowhard. As for those applauding him, now you know why your business is in trouble.

Under the best of circumstances, how long would it take to bring the ISPs to their knees? Eight or ten years? Like they're going to instantly capitulate. Like their users aren't going to jump ship. Like they're not in business themselves. And what is the legal basis for liability? Is it that rock solid? In every country? Hell, it's a worldwide business.

You want to know why the music business is ****ed? Because the iPod is cooler than almost all of the new music sold. It's simple, like "Satisfaction", and it delivers the enjoyment of "Sgt. Pepper", day after day. Look at its VALUES instead of castigating it.


Don't shed tears. The broke newbies who are reinventing this business aren't. They're accepting reality. Why is it that when people get rich they forget where they came from and are only interested in protecting what they've got?

I see nothing in McGuinness' speech that reflects the concerns of listeners, of music consumers. Except for a desire for more lossless downloads. But ****, they can buy CDs and rip them. And NOTHING IS PREVENTING THE LABELS FROM SELLING IN THIS FORMAT!

When I listen to a record, I don't think how ****ing rich the artist is. I don't think about the insurance on his ten automobiles, the food for his eleven kids. My mind is stimulated, I think about the good times in life, sometimes even the bad ones. Bittersweet memories indeed.

Music is the most powerful artistic medium. Why do these bozos always have to concentrate on the bread instead of the tunes? Why don't they get in bed with their fans instead of blaming everyone but themselves for the **** shape they're in?

Paul McGuinness just pulled a Metallica here. Another uninformed rich music industryite with no idea how the Internet and technology truly work is only going to end up a sideshow, with egg on his face. Metallica has spent almost a decade trying to come back from the brink. Will it take McGuinness that long? It will take the music business at least that long if they listen to him.

The future is in licensing new ideas. Not complaining. Those technologists are your friends. And the sooner you realize it, the sooner your business will revive.
cardinal 28th January 2008 02:57 PM
Major Labels Allow P2P Music Sharing on Qtrax | Listening Post from

After years of fighting peer-to-peer file-sharing companies, the major record labels have decided that if they can't beat them, they might as well join them -- in one case, anyway. At the Midem conference in Cannes, France, Qtrax announced deals with all the major music labels and publishers to offer the first free and legal ad-supported P2P service to include major label music.

"You can't change the attitudes and habits of what is now probably amounting to two generations who believe that music ought to be free on the internet," said Qtrax CEO Allan Klepfisz. "Those people are not going to be discouraged by Supreme Court decisions, they're not going to be discouraged by technological interference. Ultimately, what will discourage them is a demonstratively better service."

Klepfisz pegs the service's catalog at more than 25 million songs, which would dwarf those of iTunes and other online music stores. The songs will be wrapped in Microsoft's Windows Media subscription DRM. This means that unlike the free, ad-supported services offered by imeem and, Qtrax's songs can be downloaded onto compatible players. The application is based on the Songbird engine, so sharing and downloading occurs within a Firefox browser -- no separate application required.

As of now, the tracks are not compatible with the Apple iPod, but Klepfisz said that the service would be compatible with iPods before too long -- an indication that Apple could apply the subscription technology developed for iTunes movie rentals to the music market.

To get the industry on board with P2P, Qtrax signed over "the lion's share of revenue" to labels and publishers, paying out on per-download and per-play bases. The site also categorized the music of the world into three lists. One list includes artists who do not permit their music to be made available online in any capacity. "The blacklist is fast disappearing -- my prediction is that in a year, the blacklist won't be in existence," said Klepfisz. The white list consists of the standard digital catalogs from major and indie labels -- the same 5-million-plus songs that are on iTunes.

The gray list constitutes the difference between what's available on iTunes and what's available on BitTorrent. "Then you have the gray list, which is that vast body of stuff that's out there on P2P, where there are rights holders, but the rights holders themselves may not even know that a song is being downloaded frequently.... To the best of our ability, we identify the rights holder and pay them a percentage of the advertising revenue. In the minority of cases where we can't identify a rights holder, we will actually put up the song for claiming, and will reserve the portion of the ad pie until that song is appropriately claimed." As with other free, ad-supported services, revenue comes from advertisers who want to target ads to specific types of listeners.

Advertisers have long understood the power of music to move product, and some have developed specific music strategies for working with new services such as Qtrax, according to Klepfisz. But without the labels' sign-off on this service, a sanctioned P2P service of this size never would have been possible.

With these deals, the labels have demonstrated openness toward revenue streams that deviate from the record-store model.

"This is a tacit acknowledgment that 'bulletproof' wasn't working," said IDC consumer audio analyst Susan Kevorkian. "And it hasn't been working. But it was an experiment the music industry needed to undertake in order to figure out how to address digital distribution. It was a very long learning process, but fortunately there's still the possibility of finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow."
initialsBB 25th January 2008 04:31 AM
Simon Napier-Bell on the music industry | Music | The Observer

The record industry is careering towards meltdown. A good thing too, says Simon Napier-Bell, after 40 years of working with its most notorious moguls
The life and crimes of the music biz
TheRealRoach 24th January 2008 07:04 PM

Music Sales Fall Despite Digital Growth

Hot off the presses... Some quotes about 2007 figures:

"Global digital music sales were estimated to be approximately $2.9 billion in 2007, a roughly 40 percent increase on 2006, and single track downloads, the most popular digital music format, grew by 53 percent." ... confirming more and more that it's a singles market.

"The IFPI said tens of billions of illegal files were swapped in 2007, with the ratio of unlicensed tracks downloaded to legal tracks sold at about 20 to 1." ... 20 to 1!

"The industry has also been boosted by a landmark ruling in Belgium which ordered a service provider to block illegal file-sharing -- although the company is appealing -- while in Britain, the government has said it could impose legislation if an agreed settlement between both sides cannot be found." ... Seems like the problem is now falling into the ISP's (internet service provider) lap as well.
The Press Desk 23rd January 2008 02:33 PM
The South By Southwest (SXSW) Music Conference - Lou Reed will be the keynote speaker for 2008.

Reed's keynote will be held in conjunction with a screening of Julian Schnabel's film "Lou Reed's 'Berlin,'" which documents a recent performance of the landmark 1973 album. Reed will speak at the Austin Convention Center on Thursday, March 13, as the kickoff of the 22nd annual conference, which takes place from March 12 – 16th. SXSW will also present a number of featured speakers, including artists Daryl Hall, Steve Reich and Thurston Moore, and Seymour Stein, President of Sire Records. For more information on SXSW or to register for the conference, access the website at south by southwest festivals + conferences or e-mail [email protected].
No4PCs 21st January 2008 08:47 PM
Michael Jackson | Free Music, Tour Dates, Photos, Videos

Michael Jackson's official profile including the latest music, albums, songs, music videos and more updates.
Sony have launched the official myspace site for Michael Jackson - Michael Jackson - Pop / Rock / Soul -

Comments please.
fadeproof 18th January 2008 07:20 PM

What is everyone's thought's on this:
Holiday Hangover Continues, CD Sales Drop Another 10 — Digital Music News

Does anyone have any comments for EMI's recent news that they'll be laying off 1,500-2,000 employees?
Hands Crafts Slimmer, Smarter EMI; Industry Reacts — Digital Music News
laughton 18th January 2008 01:36 AM
United Record Pressing - Pressing nothing but vinyl records for over 60 years.

United Record Pressing, your one stop record making shop since 1949.
Hi, so I'm going to be releasing a couple 7"s in the next couple months and wanted to offer digital downloads with them. As if they were reading my mind, United Recording Press recently announced a vinyl+MP3option package.

United Record Pressing URPressing - vinyl record lacquer mastering, vinyl pressing it is on their home page.

Now before I jump on this, I was wondering if anyone knew any other ways of doing this in a realistic and convenient way? Two main criteria are:
1) Individual download coupons with unique codes
2) Secure hosting of music files and EASY access for the customer. I don't want to have to deal with a bunch of "my download coupon isn't working" emails.

Anyone with experience in this who is willing to share their advice/experience, I would be very grateful.
u b k 10th January 2008 09:18 AM
Larry Lessig: Laws that choke creativity | Video on

TED Talks Larry Lessig, the Net’s most celebrated lawyer, cites John Philip Sousa, celestial copyrights and the "ASCAP cartel" in his argument for reviving our creative culture.
given all the recent debates over piracy, copying, free-art commerce-art, etc., i offer up what i believe is an EXTRAORDINARY perspective.

it never occurred to me how much more is at stake than simple protection of copyrights (which is, imo, a good thing). our culture has changed in ways i haven't fully processed, but that our children have assumed as a baseline, and this fact is significant.

the law is equally oblivious to the greater cultural implications of imposing old notions of content on the new generation of technology and its users.

maybe you'll agree, maybe not. but you'll probably see things a little differently. it's an excellent presentation regardless.

TED | Talks | Larry Lessig: How creativity is being strangled by the law (video)

Solar 7th January 2008 06:17 AM

Hello fellas Gearslutz!!

I don't know if this approach has reached the USA but here what The Songwriters Assn. of Canada "SAC" is suggesting to help or get the money to be redistributed to the artist etc.. by legitimizing FILE-Sharing download, read this out and what do you guys think about this idea?

Canada's labels slam proposed digital 'tax' - Yahoo! Canada News

Cheers! 16th October 2007 10:31 PM
Madonna signs radical record deal

Madonna signs a ground-breaking recording and touring contract with concert promoter Live Nation.
BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Madonna signs radical record deal

Madonna has signed a ground-breaking recording and touring contract with concert promoter Live Nation.

She is the first major star to choose an all-in-one agreement with a tour company over a traditional record deal.
It gives Live Nation rights to all her music-related projects - including new albums, tours, merchandise, websites, DVDs, sponsorship, TV shows and films.
The deal, reported to be worth $120m (£59m) over 10 years, ends her 25-year relationship with Warner Music.
The pop star, 49, has been with Warner for her entire career, during which time she has sold 200 million records and CDs.
For the first time in my career, the way that my music can reach my fans is unlimited... with this new partnership, the possibilities are endless


Madonna, the first performer in Live Nation's new Artist Nation division, said the deal offered her the chance to take advantage of new models of music distribution.
"The paradigm in the music business has shifted and as an artist and a businesswoman, I have to move with that shift," the singer said.
"For the first time in my career, the way that my music can reach my fans is unlimited. I've never wanted to think in a limited way and with this new partnership, the possibilities are endless."
Radiohead - Released their new album as a download from their website and told fans to choose how much to pay
Prince - Gave his latest CD away with the UK's Mail on Sunday newspaper and at gigs
Sir Paul McCartney - Signed a deal with record label owned by Starbucks, which sold his new album in its coffee shops

Live Nation chief executive Michael Rapino said they had created a "new business model for our industry".
"Madonna is a true icon and maverick as an artist and in business," he said. "Our partnership is a defining moment in music history."
Madonna has become a shareholder in the company, the statement said, but further financial details were not provided.
She must still make one more album for Warner, due next year.
Warner will also retain the rights to sell and license her back catalogue of hits such as Like a Virgin, Vogue and Music.
Traditionally, companies like Warner Music Group have focused on recorded music, while other firms have arranged tours, managed artists and sold merchandise.
It shows the music industry is being less record-centric

Jean-Bernard Levy
Chief executive, Vivendi

But shrinking CD sales have led artists and entertainment companies to consider wide-ranging deals that bring all activities under one roof, helping cross-promotion and boosting profit margins.

Jean-Bernard Levy, chief executive of Universal Music Group's parent company Vivendi, said the music industry was at a turning point.
"It shows indeed the music industry is being less record-centric," he told the Reuters news agency.
"It used to be just focused on the record and everybody thought all the rest was just promotions in order to sell records.
"Now it's a more balanced business where you have records, TV shows, merchandise, touring revenues and so on."
Madonna is the latest big name to eschew a major label deal and find a different way to distribute music.
Last week, Radiohead made their new album available to download from their website and asked fans to choose how much to pay for it.
Prince recently gave away his latest CD with a newspaper, while Sir Paul McCartney signed up with the Starbucks cafe chain.
Sounds Great 14th October 2007 01:23 AM

Music business hits jackpot at casinos

The music industry is striking it rich at casinos. As casino venues target concertgoers from all walks of life through creative artist bookings, the effort hasn't gone unnoticed by those in the business.

"If you're an agent, you love casinos," says Greg Oswald, a William Morris agent for such acts as Big & Rich, Hank Williams Jr. and Lynyrd Skynyrd. As new casinos boomed in the past 15 years, "it's found money," he adds.

Most casinos are proactive in booking top-selling rock and pop acts, with the specific intent of drawing younger gamblers. But, as Oswald says, casinos appeal to a broad base of fans, therefore allowing booking opportunities for multiple genres.
TheRealRoach 5th October 2007 06:01 AM

Records Labels successfully bankrupt a single mother for downloading tunes.

Universal Music Group, Sony Corp. and Bertelsmann AG's Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Terra Firma Capital Partners Ltd.'s EMI Group Plc, and Warner Music Group Corp.

So, a single mom is sued $220,000 US (approx 9 grand per song). And so it continues. Could this be this be another sign of the majors clawing their nails into the cliff they keep sliding down? I'm curious about how they decided to go after her as opposed to any of the other hundreds of thousands, if not millions, who download music without purchasing it.

Update, June 19, 2009: | entertainment | 24 copied songs, $1.92 million U.S.
So the case went back to court since Fall 2007 when I originally posted this. THIS time, the court ordered Jammie Thomas-Rasset to pay $1.92 million. That's nearly 9 (nine!) times the amount originally awarded to the record companies.

$80,000 per song.
drakewire 27th July 2007 11:32 AM

Lets Talk Music Business Politics....

Last week, I got off the phone with a developer at Myspace who I have known for quite some time. During our discussion, I brought up the idea in a joking manner, "Hey You know Myspace should offer - Ad Supported Downloads" where users can get music for free and artist get paid for their plays. He Chuckled, and said "can you imagine talk about what a monopoly that would be". I went to work in the studio that night and all I could think about was, "Jesus that would be huge!"

Some of you already know about which allows artist to come an upload their music, of course the long and the short answer is that they dont know how much they will be paid, when they will be paid, and instead we have to rely on Peter Gabriel the business guru to come to the aid of saving the music business. Genesis didn't save the business, how the heck is he! Sorry, media grafting is an idiotic business model, every savvy mixing engineer knows that if you graft the beginning of the song with some five second piece of ad, it wouldn't be long until the song was purchased legitimately and then sewn back together with Wavelab and then shared.

So I called my buddy at Myspace back, after doing some research and sure I found out that there are a handful of other companies I found in my quest, but none of them have mostly gotten out of the park yet. However, Myspace has the largest listening audience in the world, 190 million users and growing. Most of which are kids and young adults who have nothing better to do than to sit on their computers and write comments on user profiles. The Myspace flash player is badly in need of a makeover, and this time I believe that it should include a little media window to the left, where normally pictures go, but instead the artist can choose an option to allow the song to be downloaded from myspace by using that little picture window to the left on the player for a video advertisement.

That one little picture could be worth billions of dollars to not only myspace, but in turn to the artist themselves. Plus, Wah La Music is a free business model where everyone wins. His Response,"Sounds Good, Myspace would never go for it. Could you imagine the spam wars! Its a cool idea in concept, but implementing it. Thats another accounting nightmare."

WHY NOT! Myspace in one fell swoop of programmatic genius could save the music business. He said it wasn't that simple.

I am a dreamer, a pragmatist, but by golly I am determined to get Myspace to do this. If they did this, it would put Itunes out of Business in well about ten seconds. I figured it would take about ten seconds once the code was fixed on the player to do this and the advertisers were ready to do business, but every download company on the web would be dead in the water same with the P2P Market, why share something when you can get it free while checking your messages, stalking people, it sounds brilliant!

Whats in it for the Advertiser? 190 Million people viewing your ad, in fact, in some cases on huge bands websites like Avril Lavigne, one second could mean millions of dollars in revenue. So instead of having one big banner at the top, they would have one in that cute little window

I have developed an idea of what Im talking about and you can either visit my myspace profile or follow this link and it will show you, while this is very much a beta version to demonstrate the business model, it allows you to see what I am talking about.... Its in the bottom left column on my myspace or
this link

Tell me your thoughts...
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