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    Friday, January 24, 2003

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    Wednesday, January 22, 2003

    • Singer R. Kelly Arrested (Again)
      The old charges were in Chicago. These new charges come courtsey of the Polk County, Florida Sheriff's Office after they found 12 images featuring an underage girl during a search of R. Kelly's home in Davenport, Fla conducted last June. The truly optimistic among you can pre-order R. Kelly's The Chocolate Factory by clicking here, but me thinks it might be a good long while before it actually hits store shelves-- if ever. It currently is slated for release on February 18, 2003-- but I wouldn't bet my life on that.

    • Wherehouse Files for Ch. 11 Protection
      They're gonna close 120 of their 370 stores and come back as a more interactive environment, including listening stations and interactive kiosks. Seeing as one of the reasons they cited for going into bankruptcy is the fact that folks get all the listening and interactive-stuff they need at home, it will be intersting to see how they pull this off. IBy the way, in its bankruptcy filing, Wherehouse listed $227.9 million in assets and $222.5 million in debt. If I was in charge, I'd sell off all the assets and consider myself lucky to have escaped the record retailing industry with a few mil in my pocket.

    • Hip-Hop 'Woodstock' Planned For April
      In Atlanta, which is a good choice because it is pretty neutral territory considering the other options (NY or L.A., basically). Hip-hop entrepeneur Russell Simmons is putting it together, but han't announced any confirmed acts yet. The selection of acts will be of huge imprtance as to if it can be done without a huge riot breaking out. If goes a route featuirng many popular rappers of the day, it will be a two day concert celebrating loose women and material possessions-- not really the "Woodstock" vibe. If he goes the all DefJam route (DMX & The Ruff Ryders Family, Jay-Z & The Roc-A-Fella Family, Ja Rule & The Murder Inc. Family, Redman, Method Man, Foxy Brown, Ghostface Killah, Cam'ron, et. al.) people would charge favoritism and (in my opinion) there'd be a much bigger chance for violance.. An all "peaceful" line-up (OutKast, The Roots, Jurassic 5, Common, et. al.) wouldn't sell enough tickets to make it worth it. Putting together a line-up that won't result in violence or low ricket sales is going to be difficult. Plus, getting insurance for the event will be a fun adventure. Good luck, Russell. Seriously. I have my reservations, but I'd love to see it happen.

    • Miami Professor Files Suit Against Popular TV Show
      Drew Cummings, a 50-year-old visiting professor of film and television at Miami-Dade Community College, has filed complaints with the state and federal agencies that enforce anti-discrimination laws, claiming that "American Idol" is breaking the law by limiting the age of its contestants. Rules for "American Idol" say you can't be older than 24 (though I could've sworn I saw a few 30-year-olds last night) and Cummings claims that is illegal. The agencies have six months to review the charges. After that, Cummings could file lawsuits.

    • Band: 'Bee Gees' Name Died With Gibb
      Robin Gibb said he and older brother Barry would no longer use the name The Bee Gees, under which they and their brother Maurice performed for more than 30 years. Really, it is the right thing to do, methinks. Perhaps The Who and The Rolling Stones (among others) should've done the same thing when they had the chance.

    posted by Randy on 12:49 PM | permanent link to this entry

    Tuesday, January 21, 2003

    • My Best Of 2002
      Check it out! Posted at I'll spoil the suprise-- Missy Elliott's Under Construction got my album of the year nod.

    • Verizon Must Reveal Internet Song-Swapper - Judge
      U.S. Judge John Bates ordered Verizon Communications on Tuesday to turn over the name of a customer suspected of downloading songs over the Internet, handing a victory to recording companies in their fight against online piracy. Now it's gonna get personal-- the R.I.A.A. and friends seeming have all access to an ISP's customer records-- unless Verizon appeals to The Supreme Court. The entire decision can be read here.

    • Aerosmith, Kiss Set To Rock'N'Roll All Night
      It's official-- Aerosmith and Kiss will play on a co-headlining North American tour beginning in August and running through October. The tour of approximately 40 dates is expected to play 90% amphitheaters, with arenas and possibly a couple of stadiums also in the mix. Kiss will perform in full makeup and Aerosmith will be touring in support of a forthcoming album of all new blues material.

    • Microsoft Introduces CD Copy-Protection 'Fix'
      The Windows Media Data Session Toolkit enables music labels to lay songs onto a copy-controlled CD in multiple layers, one that would permit normal playback on a stereo and a PC but would allow the labels to control the kind of copies, if any, a user is allowed to make.

    • Missy Elliott, Jay-Z Go 'Back In The Day' For New Video
      MTV News drives me crazy with the way they bury the leads deep inside the story. Who the hell cares about her next video with this little nugget buried at the bottom of the story?: Once the clip is shot, Miss E hopes to finalize a summer tour with other women in hip-hop and R&B, to be co-headlined by Mary J. Blige. "We just trying to get it together," Elliott said of the outing, which she described as an "urban Lilith Fair." "Our schedules have kind of clashed, 'cause she was in the studio working on her album when I just had finished mine. I love Mary. She's an icon and I would love to be on a tour with her." Hello? A Mary J. Blige/Missy Elliott tour?!?!? And an "urban Lilith Fair," at that?!?! Where do I sign up for tickets?

    • Doubts on Diva's Airplay Numbers
      The L.A. Times reports that Island Def Jam Music Group bought radio spots containing 53 seconds of Mariah Carey's new single, "Through the Rain," which fooled the computers that monitor and measure airplay, or "spins," for the recording industry. As a result, the ballad seemed to be building momentum in markets across the country when in fact it was losing steam. In a tricky move to get major market stations to play the song, the commercial was aired only in smaller markets. DefJam, unsurprisingly, denies that is the case-- saying they simply aired the commercials to get folks into stores.

      Semi-related trivia-- links to Carey's Charmbracelet on were the most clicked upon on this site last year. Of those 74 folks who clicked over to it, not a single one bought it.

    • Dismemberment Plan Announces Split
      Following some farewell dates in Feb. and March, emo-rock quartet Dismemberment Planwill call it a day. Although they had written seven or eight songs intended for its fifth studio album, frontman Travis Morrison will instead utilize that material for his first solo set, on which he plans to collaborate with Death Cab For Cutie guitarist Chris Walla.

    • Music Official: Online Piracy Costs Jobs
      Missing from this story, of course, is any mention that the record industry is a corrupt, bloated, inefficent dinosaur that isn't needed any more aside from its function as a mega-marketing machine for musicians with expensive tastes, big egos and dubious talent. With that kind of pedagree, they're gonna lose jobs by the ton, digital piracy or not.

    • Can XM Put Radio Back Together Again?
      Very interesting article by Frank Ahrens in The Washington Post XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc and how their head of programming, Lee Abrams, is basically the man who set in motion the events which caused FM radio to suck in the first place. Long, but highly reccommended reading.

    • A Chance to Carry on for 130 Million
      Alana Davis covers Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's "Carry On" in an upcoming commercial for Sony camcorders that will debut during the Super Bowl. The closing frames will credit her and give a Web address where viewers can download the song for 99 cents and song will also be available in stores. The reason this has made a big enough stink to land in the pages of The New York Times is that Davis did not just liscence the song to Sony and then make a hit single out of it (see Dirty Vegas's "Days Gone By" for example) but rather the cover was created especially for Sony with the hit single angle already built in.

    • Production Issues Kill Mandela's AIDS Benefit
      An all-star South African AIDS awareness concert packed that Nelson Mandela had planned to host next month has been canceled because of problems over broadcast rights and sponsorship. U2 lead singer Bono, Macy Gray, Shaggy, Coldplay, Ludacris, Jimmy Cliff, Femi Kuti, Queen and Nelly Furtado were among the artists who were scheduled to appear.

    • New Album on Way for Former Spice Girl Halliwell
      Apparently, she still sells albums in the U.K. Before you even ask, I'll tell you what else she's been up to: she played the Paula Abdul role in the latest edition of "Popstars"-- U.K. version of "American Idol."

    • Where'd The Cheese Go?
      Given that this is coming from those stoner-jokers in Ween, I'd take the story with a grain of salt. The songs are funny, though:
      "Earlier in 2002 we were hired by the largest advertising firm in the country to write music for a Pizza Hut commercial. Pizza Hut had hired them to come up with a whole new image to promote their new Pizza, "The Insider" which had all the cheese inside the crust. In keeping in line with their new cutting edge image, the agency hired Ween to do the music, and we delivered in a big way. Unfortunately, they didn't like a single piece of the 6 tunes we submitted and they had us rewriting the song every day for a couple of weeks before they hired someone else. In my opinion, it is one of the best tunes we wrote all last year."

    posted by Randy on 3:08 PM | permanent link to this entry

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