"The people who watch it today, they don't refer to MTV as music television. They don't have the same emotional connection that, say, the people who are writing about [the logo change] do,"
-- MTV's head of marketing in 2010, Tina Exarhos
I don't know if Tina is still working at MTV, but she was sure spot-on in her statement back then.
"Music Television" disappeared a long time ago, and in its place and along the way MTV gave us such wonderful gems as "Jersey Shore," "Teen Mom" (and now the sequel "Teen Mom 2"), "The Real World" (as if you could actually have a "real world" environment knowing MTV was taping every obnoxious thing you're doing), and more, as nausea.
MTV's newest program? "Virgin Territory"...""Virgin Territory follows the lives of 15 young adults, all of whom are trying to maneuver the often tricky world of virginity. Messy love lives, awkward parental sex talks, sexually active friends, and the pressure to give in to their temptations -- all can make for a very tumultuous journey for these abstinent adolescents. Each hour-long episode explores four different v-card-carrying cast members from all walks of life. Some of them are hanging on to their virginity and others are desperately trying to lose it." ( Read more about it )
July 11, 2014Streaming Is A Ways Off From Helping The Music Industry
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July 4, 2014The Mid-Year Sales Picture
"While digital streaming revenue growth continues to offset the decline in digital album and track sales, the music industry still has the same problem it has wrestled with for over a decade: physical music's decline is outpacing digital's growth." ...
June 27, 2014The CD Sales Declining Thing
"How much of that decline is due to fewer CDs being sold? It's hard to say, because we don't have detailed historical data for U.S. sales. But in the U.K., where Nielsen does have a more detailed breakdown, it's clear the death of the CD explains a lot of the reason ...
June 20, 2014The Hype Thing
"What is hype? Well, hype is the glittering rhinestone on the jumpsuit of mediocrity that catches our eye and makes us think, 'Hey, maybe the Spice Girls don't suck.' It's the triumph of style over substance, predicated on the sad truth that most of us, if the ...
June 13, 2014More About The Streaming Thing
"Many labels and the musicians and songwriters they work with say streaming outfits risk wiping them out by paying tiny royalties, but the people who make all that yummy music are actually being loved to death by fans who expect it to be free. And it's only going to ...
June 6, 2014To Stream Or Not To Stream ... That Is The Question
In about two months, Amazon will launch its music streaming service, which will be folded into Amazon Prime. "The company will expand its Prime membership offerings by adding a stockpile of old and newish music for subscribers to stream on demand. The Prime music ...
May 30, 2014The Apple & Beats Thing...Now It's Done
"Music is such an important part of all of our lives and holds a special place within our hearts at Apple. That's why we have kept investing in music and are bringing together these extraordinary teams so we can continue to create the most innovative music products and ...
"I think it's wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly." -- Steven Wright I'm not a big fan of corporate mergers and I can't really think of any that actually benefited consumers at large, or the people who worked at the companies ...
May 16, 2014Fine Young Cannibalization
"Who does better? The 'Voice' judges or the 'Voice' contestants? It's quite obvious the judges have sold a ton more records." -- Simon Cowell I wrote about the "Fine Young Cannibalization" of the TV music/talent shows several times in the ...