2. Replacing old music with re-records will still be tough Let’s say Taylor’s re-records of classic hits like “Shake It Off,” “Bad Blood,” and “I Knew You Were Trouble” go as swimmingly as they possibly can. Considering the vastness of her talent, I’m going to go ahead and suggest they’ll be of tip-top quality. Let’s also suppose she gets good support from the likes of Spotify and YouTube to promote the re-recorded albums, and that Taylor’s army of Swifties do their duty, rinsing plays of her new masters in place of her Shamrock-owned originals. Let’s also suppose Swift’s recorded music partner, Universal Music Group, throws everything and the kitchen sink at marketing her new re-records. … [Read more...] about Why Did Shamrock Capital Spend $300 Million on Old Taylor Swift Albums?
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The filmmaker is not only coping with the visa issue, but with worries back in his native Syria. In a Facebook post on Christmas Eve, Fayyad revealed his parents and younger sisters were “forcibly displaced” from their home outside Idlib, amid a brutal campaign by Syrian government and Russian forces to squelch the last pocket of resistance to the regime. … [Read more...] about ‘The Cave’ Director Feras Fayyad Gains Support From IDA, Sundance After State Department Denies Visa
The thrust of American Idol was always to showcase the best undiscovered American singing talent, but part of the reason you tuned in was to watch someone stumble. In the early episodes, that was a constructed reality, the handpicking of the very best to juxtapose the very worst of who showed up hoping for stardom. The first audition ever seen on American Idol is someone who Simon Cowell calls “terrible.” It continues with a montage of bad and more bad as they fast-forward through the early stages of auditions that, in later seasons, stretched for weeks and weeks. Idol was mean to its contestants, but when people showed up and made a scene – like a cheese seller named Stephanie Sugarman who knew to ham it up for the TV cameras and get her 15 minutes – the judges seemed unprepared for the talentless fame-seekers. Of course, we only saw an hour worth of footage for 10,000 auditions, and Idol‘s version of out-there in 2002 seems laughable in 2016. In … [Read more...] about Why LGBT Performers Never Won ‘American Idol’
One of the most famous moments in the history of the sport, the “Hand of God” goal, came when the diminutive Maradona punched the ball into England’s net during the 1986 World Cup quarterfinals. England said the ball went in off of Maradona’s hand, not his head. Maradona himself gave conflicting accounts of what had happened over the years, at one point attributing the goal to divine intervention, to “the hand of God.” … [Read more...] about Diego Maradona, Argentine Soccer Legend, Dies at 60
That doesn’t mean the company is shutting down — a common misconception when people hear the word “bankruptcy.” The voluntary filing was “part of a process that will strengthen our company and allow us to serve or customers even better for the long term,” Guitar Center President and CEO Ron Japinga tells Rolling Stone. “We expect this to be a quick process and plan to emerge before the end of 2020.” … [Read more...] about What Does the Guitar Center Bankruptcy Mean?