I have genuinely lost count of the number of high-ranking Sony Music executives over the past decade who have sold me the “One Sony” dream. If that phrase is news to you, allow me to enlighten: In a bid to differentiate itself from its key competition (Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group), Sony’s recorded music division has long tried to spin the idea that it is uniquely connected to Sony Corp’s other powerful owned-media divisions – most particularly Sony Pictures (movies and TV) and Sony Game & Network Services (including PlayStation). By and large, however, “One Sony” has wound up as a nice idea on paper – and a glitzy prospect to dangle in front of artists who might sign to Sony labels like Columbia, RCA or Epic – but has never meaningfully pushed the envelope. It’s been a particularly cheery tale for Sony to tell following the painful hangover of Apple’s iPod usurping and ultimately cannibalizing … [Read more...] about Is Sony Finally Realizing Its Global Cross-Media Potential?
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When Bernie Taupin auctioned off his extensive archive of original lyric manuscripts last year, many crucial Elton John songs were missing, including “Candle In The Wind,” “Border Song,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Bennie and the Jets” and “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting.” It turns out they’d been in the possession of his ex-wife Maxine Taupin ever since they split 43 years ago. And on December 9th, she’s auctioning them off at at Bonham’s in Los Angeles. “I thought after 40 years of having these fabulous treasures and enjoying them that it was time to have somebody else enjoy them,” Maxine Taupin tells Rolling Stone. “And with the fever-pitch interest in Elton, it’s really the year of Elton John with the movie Rocketman and with his autobiography Me. I figured this was a good time.” It’s hard to predict how high bids will go, but the auction house has set … [Read more...] about Elton John Lyrics Head to Auction via Bernie Taupin’s Ex-Wife
Jason Pye has never told anyone this story, not on the record. It’s about Justin Amash, the Michigan congressman. Earlier this year, Amash was the first Republican to call for President Trump’s impeachment. After his colleagues branded him a loser and a traitor, Amash quit the GOP and switched his party affiliation to independent, gambling his political future on the quixotic notion that there is room in conservative politics for anything other than Donald Trump. Sitting at a coffee shop in the basement of the U.S. Capitol, Pye drops a snuff pouch in his lower lip (“Can’t get rid of all the redneck, right?”). A Georgia native who likes punk rock and soups up guitars in his spare time, Pye is the top lobbyist for FreedomWorks, the anti-tax, pro-free-market libertarian group that scores members of Congress based on how sufficiently conservative their voting records are. Amash is one of the few lawmakers with a 100 percent lifetime score and one of … [Read more...] about Justin Amash: The Last Republican in America
Early on the morning of January 11th — at roughly 2 a.m. in San Juan, Puerto Rico — an unusual broadcast aired live from Bad Bunny’s Instagram account. Instead of their beloved Benito, fans of the Latin trap singer were greeted by his friend and mentor René Pérez Joglar, AKA Residente, the rapper of Calle 13 fame. “This is Benito,” said Pérez in the video. “But, uh, much older. We want to talk to the governor about crime in Puerto Rico.” Two of the biggest stars in Latin urban music spent the next hour circling La Fortaleza in San Juan, where Governor Ricardo Rosselló resides. While Pérez and Bad Bunny managed to placate security guards by posing for fan photos, they would not be allowed inside without the governor’s authorization. “Around 5 a.m. I sent Rosselló a message on Twitter,” Pérez tells Rolling Stone over the phone. “I asked if me and Benito [could] go there and drink a … [Read more...] about Inside Residente and Bad Bunny’s Meeting with Puerto Rico Governor Rosselló
“I think that after we die, we become something else,” Zal Batmanglij says. “The question is, ‘What is that?'” “I cannot possibly know what happens after you die,” Brit Marling says. “And I feel really OK to sit in that space of deep unknowingness.” The director and his partner-in-crime/star let their imaginations run wild on the subject when they began work on The OA, a fascinating new science-fiction series they created together that is ostensibly about near-death experiences. It stars Marling, who co-wrote most of the episodes, as Prairie Johnson, a bizarre woman who had gone missing for nearly a decade only to come home after surviving jumping off a bridge. Diagnosed psychotic, she wants to return to another realm and turns to a misfit group from a local high school for help. Every night, she tells four students and a teacher the fantastical story – which includes being held in captivity, repeatedly thwarting death, … [Read more...] about ‘The OA’: Behind the Scenes of Netflix’s Mysterious New Hit Series