March 10, 2014 |
After the coffee. Before seeing how "Cosmos" did in the ratings. The Skinny: Man there was a lot of good TV last night. We had the "True Detective" finale, the return of "The Good Wife," the debuts of "Cosmos" and "Resurrection," and, of course, "Girls" and "The Walking Dead. " Alas, my Time Warner Cable DVR didn't record "The Good Wife" so I missed the first 20 minutes. Hope Comcast does better (see below). Today's headlines include the weekend box office recap and a look at the future of music.
March 8, 2014 |
Lucian Grainge has a vision for the future of the music business that bears scant resemblance to the traditional record company playbook. He is putting songs on smartphones in Africa, reviving moribund American record labels and making Lorde into a Grammy-winning global sensation. Above all, he wants to forge new partnerships with his industry's erstwhile adversaries - the technology firms that have upended the way people get their music. Skeptics question whether anyone can reverse the decline of an industry that has seen global sales plummet from $28 billion in 1999 to $16.5 billion in 2012.
March 6, 2014 |
The Grammys are conflicted about electronic dance music, and Beatport sees an opening. In 2012, the Recording Academy nominated dubstep producer Skrillex for new artist, but its Grammy "Tribute to EDM" was a strange melange of DJs performing mash-ups with rap and rock stars. In 2013, the academy was roundly mocked after a dance recording nomination went to Al Walser, a keytar-toting unknown (the Grammys later tweaked rules to prevent such flukes). Dance music legends Daft Punk won album of the year in 2014, but for an album that sounds more like classic disco than today's EDM. Pop Bites: Lea Michele, Robin Thicke and more In contrast, Beatport - the pacesetting EDM download site for DJs and dance-music fans - will announce the winners of its sixth annual Beatport Awards on Friday.
January 24, 2014 |
Clive Davis typically has many irons in many fires. So even though he's holed up in an elegant Beverly Hills Hotel bungalow he's had at his disposal "forever" - fielding phone calls, e-mails and, yes, even faxes while organizing the annual pre-Grammy Awards bash he's again hosting at the Beverly Hilton Hotel - the veteran producer and record executive makes a point of talking about a project especially close to his heart: a Whitney Houston live album....
January 15, 2014 |
In the last few years, Morrissey has penned an autobiography and has even briefly alluded to a retirement , but the artist, activist and quite possibly rock 'n' roll's most-adored grouch has more music in his system. Morrissey on Wednesday unveiled his intention to release a new album in 2014, his first since 2009's "Years of Refusal. " Recording for the as-yet-untitled album is slated to begin later this month with noted producer Joseph Chiccarelli, whose accolades include a Grammy for his work with the White Stripes on the act's "Icky Thump.
January 1, 2014 |
A budding folk singer's struggle to connect with fans is at the heart of Joel and Ethan Coen's latest film, "Inside Llewyn Davis," their historically informed story of a musician trying to find his way in the Greenwich Village folk music scene circa 1961. Off the screen, however, Davis has already won some big fans in the music business who are delighted in those rare instances when music and musicians take the center stage on screen. "From our standpoint at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we love movies like that because they really make people take a look at where the current music they listen to comes from," said Rock Hall of Fame Foundation President Joel Peresman.