October 17, 2014Streaming Now Becomes The TV Thing As Well
"There are 80 million homes that do not have HBO, and we will use all measures to go after them."
-- HBO Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler, during his network's portion of the Time Warner Investor Day in NY.
This week HBO announced in 2015 it will launch a standalone, over-the-top HBO the U.S. without people needing cable subscriptions. Big news indeed, and with Netflix raking in zillions from its streaming service, not a moment too soon.
October 10, 2014So You Think The Free U2 Album Was A Bad Idea? Wrong.
"Eddy Cue, Apple's senior VP of internet software and services, tells Billboard that U2's 'Songs of Innocence' has racked up a staggering 26 million complete downloads since its Sept. 9 release as a free download exclusively to Apple's 500 million global iTunes ...
October 3, 2014The Streaming Thing Again
"The data underscores an ongoing tectonic shift in the music industry, in which decades of doing business based on per-song/per-album transactions (for either digital music or CDs, vinyl or tape) are giving way to a world where music is increasingly sold like a ...
September 26, 2014The SiriusXM Lawsuit "Thing"
"There is more to come in this case, but so far this is a huge victory whose consequences almost impossible to overstate. It definitely may be the beginning of the end of the "Pandora Loophole" and it affects many artists from Miles Davis and Duke Ellington to Bob ...
September 19, 2014Jeff Tweedy "While The Album Still Matters"
"Whenever the so-called experts say the album is dying as a format, I think: "Since when have we listened to so-called experts?" Are video games killing chess as well?" -- Wilco's frontman, Jeff Tweedy My son turned me on to Wilco well over a ...
September 12, 2014Apple & U2 Make A Big Splash Indeed
"One of rock's great touring acts gives away a new surprise album to huge numbers isn't music news?" -- From 'Apple x Music: It's Bigger Than Beats' by Hypebot Senior Contributor Clyde Smith Unless you've been under a rock, you already know all ...
September 5, 2014Hollywood's Summer Bust
"The film industry is about saying 'no' to people, and inherently you cannot take 'no' for an answer." -- James Cameron From The Hollywood Reporter article Box-Office Crash: What Caused Hollywood's Miserable Summer? -- "It's official: North ...
August 29, 2014The Circus Was In Town Again
"MTV still has an awards show for music videos even though they no longer show music videos." -- Seth Meyers, in his monologue for this week's EMMY broadcast. Before we begin with the articles and news this week, it is once again time to ...
August 22, 2014The Yin & Yang This Week
"My psychiatrist told me I was crazy and I said I want a second opinion. He said okay, you're ugly too." -- Rodney Dangerfield You know the age old adage: "Opinions are like assholes, everybody's got one." (In Kanye West's case, I think he has ...
August 15, 2014Where Are All The Vinyl Records Going?
"Well, everybody faces the fact there really aren't many records stores around to just go and browse. Maybe browse online, yet that tactile feel of flipping through a stack of vinyl remains one of life's simple pleasures." -- ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons ...