Catalog sales contribute a great deal to the bottom line of most labels, and online commerce provide a unique opportunity to leverage the long tale of fan interest well after mainstream media stops caring. Sony Legacy is a prime example. Now, Universal Music is mining its massive vaults and selling...
The Australian National University’s much-troubled School of Music has named a new interim head. (Again.) Professor Malcolm Gillies will take charge for six months while a permanent head is sought. (Again.) His predecessor, acting head Royston Gustavson ‘left the position unexpectedly earlier this month’. The Canberra Times adds: ‘An ANU spokesman said it would not comment […]
Google may not be interested in desktop clients for their apps or Windows phone apps, but that hasn’t stopped enterprising third-party developers from putting together bevy of universal apps for Windows users3. GMusic is a third-party Windows app for Google Play Music that started life in the WP8/W8 era of Windows as two separate apps. […]
Music video platform Vevo, which was founded as a joint venture by two of the recording industry’s biggest labels, Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group, is reportedly nearing a deal to host content from the industry’s third...Show More Summary
INXS label Universal Music Group is teaming with Searching For Sugar Man producer Passion Pictures on a feature-length documentary about the band’s lead singer Michael Hutchence. Richard Lowenstein (Say A Little Prayer), a close friend of the singer who directed many of the Aussie band’s music videos, is directing. Show More Summary
Back in 2013, I heard about a young guitar player out of Wisconsin named Jared James Nichols. He had released a live EP in 2012 and his follow-up, Old Glory & The Wild Revival, was just starting to enter into music fans’ universes all across the nation. Show More Summary
Live from Comic-Con 2016: Marvel turns focus away from the Avengers, 'Game of Thrones' cosplay proposals, and more July 24, 2016, 11 a.m. It's the final day of San Diego Comic-Con so you don't want to miss a thing. On Saturday Marvel battled DC in the great Hall H panel presentation. And we've...
After years of legal disputes, leading Russian social networking site vKontakte has struck a deal with Universal Music to license content uploaded to the platform by its users. TorrentFreak caught up with vKontakte CEO Boris Dobrodeyev...Show More Summary
Godfather of the Music Business: Morris Levy Richard Carlin 294 Pages ISBN: # 978-1496805706 University Press of Mississippi 2016 Well, I don't suppose it is an understatement to say that club owner and mid-20th Century music entrepreneur Morris Levi was a Son-of-a-bitch. That has been very well do... [ read more ]
(Video Link) Explicit bragging and self-congratulation used to be a phenomenon of rap music. Now, according to a study conducted by University of Michigan-Dearborn psychology professors Pamela McAuslan and Marie, Waung it's pervasive in all popular genres. Show More Summary
Russians came first and second at the Sydney International Piano Competition. Andrey Gugnin came first. But it was Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev, in second place, who came away with a Universal Music record contract. Gerard Willems commentating for the ABC at the competition said: ‘When I see [Arseny] play I see the whole history of piano playing […]
“Songs that deal with social topics seem to have an impact on our cognition and behavior,” the University of Wuerzburg’s Nicolas Ruth writes in the journal Psychology of Music. “Musicians espousing such messages would be pleased to know that their music has a real?—?if small?—?effect on people’s behavior.”
A new Steven Universe game has just hit the App Store, just in time for the 20 episodes in 4 weeks that the show is about to air on Cartoon Network. No kidding, Gravity Falls fans. Soundtrack Attack [Free] is pretty much designed for the Steven Universe super-fan. I mean, it starts off with you
Michael “Suke” Cerulo is a phenomenal musician who, when not shredding awesome licks, scores music for film, television and videos, including the really popular “The Known Universe by AMNH“, shares his 32-years of guitar knowledge as the Director of the Lead Guitar program at New York City Guitar School (note: he is my teacher there), […]
Following the launch of MSN Weather on the Xbox One, the next Universal App we get to see from Microsoft could well be the long-awaited update to Groove Music. We know it's coming, we know it's going to support background audio, but as yet we've not seen anything from it. ...
High above the busy streets of Hollywood, Universal head Lew Wasserman is puzzled. His research team has come back to him with data telling the sad truth about the current movie business. Young people no longer want the flashy musicals, Westerns, and gangster movies that ruled the 1950s and early '60s, and they especially don’t want movie stars. Show More Summary
The full Steven Universe musical is here, and it is delightful. Joe Johnston and Jeff Liu turn out a great series of set pieces, including homages to classic Fred Astaire-style dance numbers, some Greg-inflected rock, an emotional, angsty Pearl number, and a lush (if slightly cheesy) Steven ballad to close things out. Show More Summary
The Musical Philosopher Takes On Life, The Universe, And, Well, Everything.
Pitchfork Music Festival went down in Chicago over the weekend, bringing an assortment of acts from across the musical spectrum to Union Park. The festival’s universe of sound continues to expand, now encompassing the likes of jazz master Kamasi Washington, cult favorite pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen, and funk powerhouse Anderson.Paak alongside old indie […]
A Mexican norteño singer who depicted graphic violence against a woman in a controversial music video has been arrested because of it. According to El Universal, Gerardo Ortiz, who was arrested Saturday night by Mexican federal police at the Guadalajara Airport just days after an arrest warrant was issued. Show More Summary