EMINEM DOES WHAT COMES NATURALLY ... A NEW REPORT SAYS "FILE-SHARING IS A SLIVER OF ITS FORMER SELF"... AND IF YOU BELIEVE THAT I HAVE A BRIDGE IN BROOKLYN FOR SALE
November 15, 2013
"I say what I want to say, and I do what I want to do. There's no in between. People will either love you for it, or hate you for it."
Eminem released 'The Marshall Mather's LP 2' this week debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart, racking up 792,000 in sales.
From Billboard this statistic,"To put "MMLP2's" sales figure in perspective: It sold more than the combined sales of the Nos. 2-32 albums on the Billboard 200 this week. Further, "MMLP2" accounted for 14% of all album sales."
And he did it without swinging naked on a wrecking ball, without twerking, without an outlandish publicity stunt.
He just did what he does best and what comes naturally. He made more Eminem music for his audience, and they reacted BIG-time at retail.
When an artist impacts retail this way, and they debut at #1 with huge sales, it puts the other albums that have debuted at #1 in perspective when they have sales that are not even close.
Or maybe, it puts all sales in perspective period.
From CNET comes an article that sates: "In North America, Netflix and YouTube are the main traffic culprits, according to its twice yearly Global Internet Phenomena Report. Combined, they account for 50.31% of the downstream traffic during the peak part of the day."
From the same article, "Meanwhile, file sharing continued emaciating on many fixed-access networks as streaming video options like Netflix, YouTube, and others proliferate. File sharing now accounts for less than 10% of total daily traffic in North America, down from the more than 60% it netted in Sandvine's first Global Internet Phenomena Report released more than 10 years ago. Five years ago, it accounted for more than 31%. "
CNET is a great resource for all things related to technology, but I had to laugh after reading that file-sharing is "emaciating." Really?
I don't think it's "emaciating" in college dorms across the country. If you have teenagers, ask them about it.
Once again, "darknets" -- now used all over the globe by P2P users -- fly under the radar of what's detectable.
In the October 25th issue of the newsletter in my commentary titled 'REMEMBER THE RIAA FAIRY TALE ABOUT PIRACY DECREASING? LOL,' I ran this quote,""So in November of 2011, we saw 297 million infringing users. By January 2013, that figure has grown to 327 million unique Internet users, who are accessing infringing content at least once a month." -- Envisional Director of Piracy Analysis David Price.
And from that same article, "From a new report titled 'Sizing The Piracy Universe' comes this news," The practice of infringement is tenacious and persistent. Despite some discrete instances of success in limiting infringement, the piracy universe not only persists in attracting more users year on year but hungrily consumes increasing amounts of bandwidth."
Those that want to believe that file-sharing has dwindled to insignificance are simply deluding themselves.
Online P2P usage proliferates all over the world and it will never go away.
As I said in the same article in October, "but based on the sales numbers I see every week on the Top 200 albums chart, it's more than apparent that piracy has never decreased in any significant manner."
I repeat the statistic from Billboard above on this week's album sales of Eminem's new release: "To put "MMLP2's" sales figure in perspective: It sold more than the combined sales of the Nos. 2-32 albums on the Billboard 200 this week. Further, "MMLP2" accounted for 14% of all album sales."
So, either albums 2-32 just don't add up to a hill of beans at retail, or a whole lot of people are still file-sharing.
And when albums in the top 10 can sell 20,000-30,000 copies a week in some cases, I'd gamble that there's still a whole lot-a-shakin'' goin' on in the file-sharing universe.
THE 'A-SIDE' - TRACK 2
MANAGERS GET TOGETHER TO FORM NEW VENTURE FUND
Hypebot reports that Scooter Braun, the manager of music stars Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen and Psy, is meeting with the managers of several music artists with the goal to raise $120 to $200 million for a new venture fund.
"This new venture would pool the resources of its members to invest in technology companies, publishing and other assets that are normally far outside the realm of managers."
The New York Times reports that Braun is discussing with Drake and his managers, Shania Twain and Little Big Town Representative Jason Owen; and former Gaga manager Troy Carter. Up to now, he has been able to raise $120 million from the funds managed by Waddell & Reed Financial. Read more
THE 'A-SIDE' - TRACK 3
WATCH THE JIMI HENDRIX DOCUMENTARY 'HEAR MY TRAIN A COMIN' ON PBS SITE
"Hear My Train A Comin'" unveils previously unseen performance footage and home movies taken by Hendrix and drummer Mitch Mitchell while sourcing an extensive archive of photographs, drawings, family letters and more to provide new insight into the musician's personality and genius.
The two-hour film uses Hendrix's own words to tell his story, illustrated through archival interviews and illuminated with commentary from family, well-known friends and musicians including Paul McCartney, band members Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox, long-time sound engineer Eddie Kramer; Steve Winwood, Vernon Reid, Billy Gibbons, Dweezil Zappa and Dave Mason.
Among the previously unseen treasures in 'Hear My Train A Comin'' is recently uncovered film footage of Hendrix at the 1968 Miami Pop Festival. Watch the film
THE 'A-SIDE' - TRACK 4
RAP GENIUS SAYS THEY ARE NOT GUILTY OF COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT
A songwriters group called out 50 websites Monday that it claims are stealing from them by posting their lyrics – and RapGenius had a response you'll probably hear from lots of sites:
We do a lot more than post lyrics. RapGenius founder Ilan Zechory told TheWrap that his site, which transcribes and analyzes lyrics, isn't violating others' copyrights. Rather, it's using the lyrics to spark an online conversation about the songs and the themes behind them. Read the story at TheWrap
THE 'A-SIDE' - TRACK 5
I'LL TAKE 'THE BOSS' FOR 2 CREDITS PLEASE
"Hey dude, let's take this class! Radical!"
Anyone who has listened to much Bruce Springsteen has surely noticed the singer's fondness for Biblical allusions in his lyrics, now Rutgers University is making a study of them.
The college in New Brunswick, New Jersey, will be offering a freshman seminar examining the theology of Springsteen, according to a Q&A on the Rutgers Today PR site with Azzan Yadin-Israel, the course professor. The class will cover Springsteen's entire discography, from 1973's "Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J" to last year's 'Wrecking Ball.'
THE 'A-SIDE' - TRACK 6
TWO-HOUR BEATLE GRAMMY SALUTE SPECIAL TO AIR IN FEBRUARY
The Grammy Awards will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' landmark performance on The Ed Sullivan Show with a two-hour special that will air on CBS.
The program, titled 'The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles,' will be broadcast at 8 p.m. ET on February 9th, 50 years to the day, date and time that John, Paul, George and Ringo made their U.S. TV debut on Sullivan's show. More than 70 million viewers tuned in to that broadcast to watch the band play five songs, including "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "She Loves You." The band won seven Grammys in their career. Read more
THE 'A-SIDE' - THE BONUS TRACKS
* Tupac Biopic Set to Roll Film in Spring 2014
* Pop Shop Podcast: Lady Gaga, A Great Big World Interview & More
* Lost Grateful Dead Show: 'Collectors Are Going to Flip Out'
* Cracker Frontman Spearheads Takedown of Lyric Sites
* YouTube's Music Video Subscription Is Real: 5 Things To Expect
* Rockers Who Joined the '27 Club'
* Four Ways to Bring 'The Howard Stern Show' Back to TV
* 5 Movies That Cause Gaping Plot Holes in Their Own Sequels
* Netflix, YouTube gobble up half of Internet traffic
* Netflix's TV look gets a face-lift two years in the making
* SVS Ultra Tower speaker: A force to be reckoned with
* Get an Adapt Bluetooth Headphone Adapter for $24.95 shipped
* Apple developing large, curved-screen iPhones, says report
* The 5 worst tech gifts you could give
Short News Items ...
LOU REED'S LAST INTERVIEW:
"You do what you love, or you get arrested," Lou Reed said in his final interview, shot in September as part of his work with a headphones company. About remastering his catalog after the "horrifying" sound of early CDs, he said, "It was so beautiful it made me cry." Read More
AND THE CIRCUS GOES ON AND ON:
Miley Cyrus smoked a joint on stage and twerked with a dwarf during the MTV European Music Awards on Sunday.
To promote her new album ART POP, Lady Gaga hosted an "artRave" in Brooklyn last weekend. Part concert, part museum after-hours, the performance featured several works by artist Jeff Koons, including the one on the album cover. It was the singer at her outlandish peak. Read More
STEVIE TO CAMEO ON 'AMERICAN HORROR'
In the second episode of this season's 'American Horror Story: Coven,' Misty Day (played by Lily Rabe) details her love of all things Stevie Nicks. Specifically, she cites Fleetwood Mac's classic tune "Rhiannon" as inspiration for her witchy ways. Now Coven fans will get Nicks in the flesh, as creator Ryan Murphy tweeted this week that she's set for a cameo.
MUSIC AND FASHION, ALWAYS THE PASSION:
Taylor Swift and Fall Out Boy will take the stage at this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, airing December 10th on CBS, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
DYLAN GETS FRENCH LEGION OF HONOR:
Well, they gave Jerry Lewis one, and now Bob Dylan has one. Bob Dylan received France's highest cultural award this week in Paris, where the culture minister awarded him the Legion of Honor while praising the singer for serving as an inspiration to young people, the BBC reports.
Hypebot reports that Live Nation is on the verge of taking over two artist management companies, Principle Management and Maverick, for $30 Million. Principle Management is managed by U2s longtime manager Paul McGuinness while Guy Oseary, the manager of Madonna, manages Maverick. Live Nation has a history of long-term concert promotion agreements with both artists. Read More
YES, IT'S HARD TO STAY WEIRD THESE DAYS:
Lady Gaga is at her peak playing the queen of the world's outcasts. But in the five years since her arrival, weird has become the currency that fuels pop culture. To stay on top, she has to keep cranking up the crazy; for better and worse, Artpop meets the mandate. Read More
Bonnaroo and YouTube network Indmusic have collaborated on a new documentary series that follows a "Soopergroop" of musicians who performed at the popular musical festival this year. The series debuts on Bonnaroo's YouTube channel Tuesday with all eight episodes going online at the same time.
U2 NEXT SPRING:
U2 are planning an April release for their new album, which they will announce with a commercial during the Super Bowl, according to Billboard. The group is reportedly looking for "brand partners" for the football ad now.
Alec Baldwin's MSNBC show "Up Late With Alec Baldwin" hit a milestone that the famously ill-tempered "30 Rock" actor likely wasn't celebrating on Friday. The Nov. 8th episode hit a series low in the 25-54 demographic, eking out 101,000 viewers in the demo — a 41$ decline since the show premiered five weeks ago.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN:
For a moment, Elton John was worried about his voice. "I'm freaking out up here," he told the audience at his tour opener in Connecticut. But he recovered enough to thrill the crowd with a long night of big hits and showcase songs from his new album, The Diving Board. Read More
Justin Timberlake will take the stage at the 2013 American Music Awards on November 24th. It'll mark the first time he will perform at the award show as a solo artist. He joins a slew of A-listers that evening, including Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, J-Lo, TLC, Miley Cyrus, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Ke$ha, Imagine Dragons and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
A biopic telling the story of Keith Moon, The Who's notoriously misbehaved drummer who died of an overdose in 1978, is now under production. The group's frontman, Roger Daltrey, has given the project his support, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
NO MORE HUNGER:
Suzanne Collins has no plans to write a fourth book for 'The Hunger Games' series regardless of how popular the series has become. "Another one? No, the books are done," Collins' agent, Jason Dravis of The Monteiro Rose Agency in Studio City, Calif.
STRANGE DUET COUPLE, BUT WHAT THE HELL:
Norah Jones and Billie Joe Armstrong may seem like an odd couple, but they've bonded over their mutual love of the Everly Brothers. "They're such dark lyrics," says Jones. "We thought we'd play that up." Hear an exclusive track from their upcoming tribute, 'Foreverly.' Read More
Britney Spears is getting up close and personal in her new TV documentary, 'I Am Britney Jean,' which focuses on the singer's personal and creative challenges as she prepares for her two-year residency in Las Vegas. The 90-minute special, which features intimate interviews with Spears, will air on E! on December 22nd at 8 p.m. EST.
GOOGLE GLASS WITH MUSIC:
The Verge reports that Google is planning to expand the capabilities of its flagship product -- Google Glass -- by integrating music capabilities. The new Google Glass will now feature the Play Music service for streaming music as well as stereo playback headphones, which can be plugged into the USB port. You can now store music on the device, and listen to it on the run. Read More
MILES MOVIE COMING:
Don Cheadle will portray Miles Davis and make his directorial debut in a long in-the-works biopic about the famed, groundbreaking jazz musician, the Associated Press reports.
Quotes of the week
"There's a lot of pressure for me to deliver," she says. "I'm not manufactured. I take it very seriously. I have to live and die by my own work. I'm at the age where you see blond hair and (breasts) and a (butt) and hear me singing about sex or fighting for gay rights, people start to roll their eyes. But no matter what happens, I'm prepared to go down with the ship,"
-- Lady GaGa
"She is always in a good mood when it comes to creating and writing. It is her favorite thing in the world, so of course she is always upbeat and fun when we are in the studio. It's amazing to watch, actually. She has been a glittery mermaid all the way through making this record."
-- DJ White Shadow, in Rolling Stone, talking about his production and working with Lady GaGa on her new album 'ArtPop'
"He is present, man. He's on that stage every single night. He has not left the stage. There's a connection as far as our sound is concerned. Even when I was playing as Jake Christian, people would tell me that I sounded like Clarence Clemons. I'm also playing his horn."
-- Clarence Clemons nephew, Jake Clemons, who now plays his parts with the E-Street Band
"Honestly, I hated it. It was like going to work everyday in hell with Satan."
-- Mariah Carey, who put in a year as an "American Idol" judge for the Fox show's 12th season, on Hot 97′s Angie Martinez, to discuss her run on the show. (Gee, as if we all didn't know. Yes, Mariah, Nicki Minaj sitting there must not have been fun at all. And the ratings prove the audience tuned out big time)
The B-Side - 'Blips'
THE ONION (www.theonion.com) STORY OF THE WEEK:
A report shows that Americans lead the world in compressing big sandwiches so they're biteable, Paul Hogan admits he's still searching for that one career-defining role, and a giant burrito is going to solve all of an area man's problems.
It's all part of a video of this week's news on The Onion ... watch it and laugh: Woman Unaware She's Only Person On Acid At James Taylor Concert
The Music Industry Past, Present & Future, And The Internet I answer questions on EconTalk
I did an interview about the industry and the Internet at EconTalk with host Russ Roberts. Russ is also a professor of economics at George Mason University, blogs at Cafe Hayek, and has written three novels that teach economics. He's also the co-creator of the Keynes-Hayek rap video. (And if your understanding of the economic meltdown that occurred needs to be enlightened, this video will do it)
In the interview we talk about the evolution of the music industry, the impact of the digital revolution, and I give my reasons for believing in the virtues and potential of the Internet in enhancing the music industry. I point out, as I have many times here in the newsletter, that the internet allows numerous artists to make money from their music and it can enhance revenues from live performances by expanding an artist's base. We also discuss the challenges facing record companies and I suggest that the full potential of the Internet as a distribution channel has yet to be fully exploited. There's a lot of ground covered, but based on the comments already posted of those who have tuned in, they've enjoyed it.
Read more about it by clicking here.
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