January 23, 1999 |
It's as hard to argue against the business logic of Seagram Co.'s traumatic downsizing of two prized record labels this week as it is to feel good about it. One thing is certain as we effectively say farewell to A&M and Geffen Records, which between them introduced such acts as the Police, the Carpenters, Guns N' Roses and Nirvana: It's almost impossible to think of labels as anything more than pieces in a conglomerate puzzle.
April 14, 2002 |
The beginning of the end of life as we know it occurred here, on a beaten patch of asphalt out in the vast, flat no man's land of greater Los Angeles. The beginning of the end came unannounced. There was no salute, no blast of trumpets or heavenly choir. It came in the sunken heat of summer at an abandoned drive-in movie theater called the Roadium. The Roadium was graced by a grand arched gate that, in its day, promised entry to whatever secret kingdom Hollywood could conjure.
March 26, 1987 |
The music industry Wednesday won an early round in its fight to require anti-taping devices on digital audio tape recorders, a new music technology with the ability to reproduce high-quality recordings. The House Energy and Commerce Committee, as part of its proposed trade legislation, voted 24 to 18 to place a one-year ban on the sale of DAT recorders unless the devices include a computer chip that would block the recording of certain copyrighted music.
March 25, 1987 |
Trade legislation affecting new music technology that some say may produce "perfect sound" faces its first congressional hurdle today as a House panel is expected to vote on whether to restrict the sale of digital audio tape recorders. The technology, also known as DAT, is the focus of a long-simmering dispute between Japanese audio equipment manufacturers and the U.S. music industry.
April 25, 2001 |
With federal lawmakers divided over how to police entertainment, a new report issued Tuesday forced record executives to defend their failure to revise marketing practices as promised. The report by the Federal Trade Commission, which gives the movie and video game industries faint praise, refocuses attention on an issue that had lost steam on Capitol Hill after last fall's highly publicized hearings.
January 24, 2000 |
For those who want to get their music sooner, easier and perhaps even cheaper, this may be your year. After running scared from the Internet for several years, the music industry is now rushing headlong into the technology-driven future. Time Warner Inc.'s back-to-back deals with America Online Inc. and music giant EMI Group--an accord expected to be announced today--signal the rising conviction in the music industry that its future hinges on a medium that so far has mainly threatened it.
July 11, 1991 |
In a landmark accord that should open the floodgates to a wave of new music-recording technologies, electronics manufacturers have agreed to pay royalties to the music industry on the sale of all digital home-recording equipment. The agreement, which will be formally announced today and requires congressional approval, will end a battle that began four years ago with the advent of digital audiotape (DAT) technology.
April 24, 2001 |
Trying to blunt harsh criticism expected to be lodged in a federal report today, music industry officials released a vigorous defense of their rating and marketing policies Monday. "For the same reason that there is no rating system for books, the works of musical artists are not rated by age or content specificity--as it is virtually impossible to categorize words," said Recording Industry Assn. of America President Hilary Rosen. She called music "unique."
July 23, 1993 |
Wherehouse Entertainment's name is hardly music to the ears of major music company executives this week. The Torrance chain of 339 music and video stores has become the talk of the music industry for engaging four powerful record conglomerates in an unprecedented legal fight over its right to buy and sell used compact discs. Retailers and music companies often have their differences, but rarely does this level of ill will surface publicly.
December 30, 1994 |
Among the rules established in 1994 in the music industry: The Eagles can still sell a lot of records and concert seats, monks with good voices can break into the Top 10, and it's important to differentiate whether rap refers to rap music or a rap sheet. Mostly, 1994 in music was the year of executive suite turmoil, played out publicly for weeks. Although things have calmed down at Time Warner's music group for now, there remain some hot spots to watch in 1995.