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July 24, 2002 | Associated Press
The recording industry came under attack for accounting practices that, according to artists, routinely underreport royalties, cheating them out of millions of dollars. The allegations were made during a state Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Sacramento. Among those addressing the committee was Los Angeles music attorney Don Engel, who estimated that record companies routinely "underpay 10% to 40% on every royalty" and dare artists to challenge it without committing "artistic suicide."
March 8, 2014 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
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.
August 12, 1990
Concerning the record industry's simplistic and rather naive blanket defense of some of the crap it releases under "free speech" and "First Amendment" rights: I wish I could make millions at my job and still be able to claim immunity from liability. Even Kinson now sees his "humor" was dangerous. When will Warners get the message? JIM ROSS Los Angeles
April 19, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn and Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Twitter Inc. says its new music service helps users discover songs and artists. But the music industry isn't sure it's something to sing about just yet. The #Music app recommends songs based on the artists Twitter users follow. It also shows what tracks friends are tweeting about. And it lets users browse songs that are popular or up-and-coming on the service. The user can preview the tracks from iTunes or subscribe to Spotify or Rdio to listen to full-length versions of the suggested songs.
March 28, 1991 | ALAN CITRON
While other retailers were singing the blues last year, the record industry was enjoying its best sales ever, according to a Recording Industry Assn. of America report. Sales volume in 1990 rose 14.6% to $7.5 billion based on the suggested list price, compared to $6.5 billion in 1989. Shipments rose 7.3%, with 865.7 million units shipped, against 806.7 million units the year before, the RIAA reported. Industry sources attributed the growth largely to compact disc sales, which rose 38.
October 23, 2004 | Walter Hamilton and Chuck Philips, Times Staff Writer
New York Atty. Gen. Eliot Spitzer's office is investigating whether the nation's largest record companies are skirting payola laws by hiring middlemen to influence which songs are heard on the public airwaves. Spitzer's office served subpoenas last month on Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, EMI Group and Warner Music Group, seeking copies of all e-mails, letters, contracts and other correspondence between the firms and the industry's leading independent promoters.
June 30, 2002
The Recording Industry Assn. of America never fails to amaze ["Net Radio, Labels at Odds Over Royalties," June 24]. Their actions are like those of tin-pot dictators, destroying their country in a desperate attempt to preserve their empire. The underlying stupidity of their efforts and the unseemly influence and control that they have purchased politically have never been so well evidenced as in the current battle over Internet copyright royalties. They are literally fighting to shut down a phenomenon that allows many artists (a good percentage of whom they manage)
November 5, 1992
Bruce Bird, founder of Camel Management and a former record industry executive, has died. He was 44. Bird died Sunday after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage at his home in Calabasas. He began his career in 1966 as regional sales and promotion manager for Liberty Records Distributing Company of Ohio. In 1974 he moved to Buddah Records as vice president of promotion. At Buddah, he worked with such artists as Curtis Mayfield, Gladys Knight, Charlie Daniels and the Isley Brothers.
January 28, 1990 | MICHAEL ARKUSH
Songwriter John Stewart, author of the Monkees' mega-hit "Daydream Believer," once believed in the record industry. In 1987, he established his own record label, the Ship. Inspired by the success of Tracy Chapman and other singer-songwriters who infiltrated the adult market, Stewart, 50, hoped to record new folk and pop artists "who write because of commitment, not to make money." It was a market to be tapped. It was no market at all.
March 17, 2013 | By Todd Martens, The Times' music and video game writer Todd Martens files his final dispatch from Austin, Texas.
AUSTIN, Texas -- It was the final day of the South by Southwest music festival and conference and Echo Park-based band NO  had just completed its last performance of the week, this one on the rooftop of a grocery store. It was the band's eighth show in five days, or maybe its ninth -- lead singer Bradley Hanan Carter, his voice slightly strained after the performance, had lost count.  NO was just one of about 2,500 bands performing in Austin at this year's festival, hoping to snare the attention of approximately 10,000 registrants who each day had more than 100 stages of music to choose from.
March 9, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
AUSTIN, Texas -- More than a decade ago, Alex Winter saw a revolution brewing. Winter is perhaps best known as Bill, the blond-haired high school slacker from the 1989 comedy “Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.” But he's also a tech head, a music fan and a director. On Sunday, Winter's new Napster documentary, “Downloaded,” will have its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival. Made with the participation of Napster co-founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker, “Downloaded” charts the rise and fall of the music file-sharing service, which had 25 million users before shutting down in 2001, and presaged the explosion of Internet communities and the widespread piracy of media on the Web. “To me, Napster wasn't about music,” Winter said.
January 11, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
Hit the road, Jack. That may well be the take-away for musicians when reading Calendar's annual Ultimate Top 10 list, a ranking that combines income from recordings as well as the concert box office to show who had the most lucrative years according to numbers reported by Nielsen SoundScan and the concert industry-tracking publication Pollstar. Since the Ultimate Top 10 began in 1998, there's often been a sizable split between the acts that make their nut from touring and those earning most of their money at physical and virtual cash registers from recordings.
December 7, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
Meshell Ndegeocello's place in pop culture has shrunk since her mid-'90s days on MTV . But her talent has only grown. In October the New York-based singer-bassist released the stunningly beautiful "Pour Une Âme Souveraine," a collection of songs written or popularized by Nina Simone featuring guest appearances by Sinead O'Connor, Cody Chesnutt, Lizz Wright and others. Pop & Hiss caught up with Ndegeocello ahead of her show Friday night at UCLA's Royce Hall. "Pour Une Âme Souveraine" follows recent tributes you've done to Prince and Fats Waller . What do you get out of these kinds of projects?
September 6, 2012 | Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
Joe South, a versatile singer-songwriter who penned "Games People Play," "Down in the Boondocks" and other pop-rock hits in the 1960s and '70s, has died. He was 72. South died Wednesday at his home in Buford, Ga., northeast of Atlanta, said Butch Lowery, president of the Lowery Group. The company published South's music. Marion Merck of the Hall County coroner's office said South died of natural causes stemming from a heart attack. Beginning in the late 1960s, South rode a wave of success with his combination of melodic songs and compelling lyrics.
January 8, 2012 | Gavin Edwards
Some highlights of a Friday-morning walking tour of Sub Pop's spacious third-floor office in downtown Seattle: A "wood record" award for the Shins, commemorating sales of 100,000 copies of "Chutes Too Narrow. " A soda machine in the lunch room stocked with Rainier beer. A framed chunk of plaster from Sub Pop's first office where Kurt Cobain wrote his name and address on the wall so the record label would always know where to send his checks. Sub Pop was founded 23 years ago by Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman with the goal of documenting the blossoming Seattle rock scene.
May 17, 2011 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
Frustrated for years by rampant piracy, the recording industry is pushing California's lawmakers to approve legislation that would allow warrantless searches of companies that press copies of compact discs and DVDs. The Recording Industry Assn. of America, in effect, wants to give law enforcement officials the power to enter manufacturing plants without notice or court orders to check that discs are legitimate and carry legally required identification marks. The proposal by state Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima)
April 14, 2011 | Valerie J. Nelson
Dot Records founder Randy Wood was looking for a song for a young Pat Boone to record in 1955 and found it in the Fats Domino hit "Ain't That a Shame?" Except Boone, then an English major, wanted to sing "Isn't That a Shame?" After a few run-throughs, Wood insisted, "It's got to be 'ain't'," and Boone soon had his first No. 1 single. Wood's practice of having white singers such as Boone cover rhythm and blues hits by black artists is credited by some with helping black musicians -- and early rock music -- break into the commercial mainstream.
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