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Friday, March 21, 2003

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Thursday, March 20, 2003

Believe it or not, there is still music news to report!

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Wednesday, March 19, 2003

  • Diller resigns from Vivendi Universal Entertainment
    Barry Diller, Chairman and Chief Executive of Vivendi Universal Entertainment, resigned both posts Wednesday ahead of a likely sale of the company's media assets. He will remain as Chairman and Chief Executive of USA Interactive. to me, this means that the Vivendi Universal Entertainemnt assets are going to be sold piecemeal instead of as one company, thus eliminating Diller's position anyway. I could be wrong, I'm no expert-- just a fascinated observer.

  • Stewart Readying Second Standards Set
    Proving once again that in the music industry money talks and common sense/artistic integrity walks, Rod Stewart is preparing a sequel to his widely panned but commercially successful It Had to Be You ... The Great American Songbook. This is how file trading effects culture-- kids download while boomers actually buy albums, so we get another Rod Stewart covers album and mid-level artists pushing the boundraies get dropped or can't get signed in the first place becuase they don't bring in enough money to the labels.

  • Radio Reaction To Chicks' Comments Diminishing
    For all the hype, it turns out that the Dixie Chicks only experienced a small hit at radio after member Natalie Maines said that the group was embarassed that President Bush was from Texas. Data from Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems shows that 15 of Billboard's 148 reporting country stations did not play any songs by the Dixie Chicks on Saturday and Sunday, but as of March 17 four of those stations had shown subsequent airplay of Dixie Chicks songs. On the scary media consolidation front, Cumulus Broadcastin instituted a ban of Dixie Chicks music across its 42 stations

  • Media Giant's Rally Sponsorship Raises Questions
    Clear Channel stations in Atlanta, Cleveland, San Antonio, Cincinnati and other cities have sponsored "patriotic" rallies attended by up to 20,000 people. They are inspired by talk-radio host Glenn Beck, whose program is syndicated by Premier Radio Networks, a Clear Channel subsidiary. This is the kind of thing that would've been prevented by the Fairness Doctrine, which required broadcasters to cover controversial issues in their community and to do so by offering balancing views. The FCC repealed it in 1987, and this is now what we get: major media corporations sponsoring rallies, which their news outlets then report as news.

  • Backstreet's Back: Group Plotting Follow-Up To Black & Blue
    So, the Backstreet Boys are just getting started on working on a new album, which means it will be at least a year before it comes out-- maybe less if they can work with the quickness. If I were them, I'd just hang it up and go solo for like 10 years until it is time to cash in on the retro-fueled reunion album and tour.

  • Cooder fears Cuban ban
    Did you know that Ry Cooder was fined $100,000 under America's Trading With The Enemy Act for his work with the Bunea Vista Social Club project and that President Clitnon stepped in on his behalf during the last week of his presidency? I did not. Cooder went back to Cuba and worked on two projects - an album with BVSC guitarist Manuel Galban and another one with singer Ibrahim Fererthat came out yesterday. Given the current political situation, Cooder says he is unsure if he'll be able to continue.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2003

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Monday, March 17, 2003

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.......................................I found a bunch of stories and linekd 'em all and everything and then Blogger ate the post.

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