So, with everything that’s been happening the past few months, like a lot of people, I’ve taken it as a call to be introspective and listen and examine what my role in it is. On one hand, I feel like I could pat myself on the back and say, “Well, this is stuff I’ve been aware of and have tried to be on the right side of and be an ally,” and I think that is mostly true. But I was still left with an uncomfortable feeling of, “This thing that seems like it’s never been made right is still not addressed in our business.” In my statement, I want artists to take responsibility, but I think there’s a bigger burden to be shouldered, going forward, by the industry at large. Columbia Records bragged at some point [in the 1950s] that they never paid black artists royalties. I’m not a historian. I’m not going to be the person you turn to to catalog all of the problems as they were perpetrated. But it’s well documented, and … [Read more...] about Why Jeff Tweedy Is Calling for Reparations in the Music Industry
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Stadium rock concerts may not be feasible in 2021, but 2022 is a different story and that’s the 30th anniversary of the tour. What better way to celebrate the return of live music than by bringing back Zoo TV? And then when 2027 rolls around, they can do PopMart 30. That one probably won’t happen for several reasons, but in some alternate universe where Pop was a massive success, it would be incredible. … [Read more...] about Flashback: U2 Perform ‘Love Is Blindness’ on 1993 Zoo TV Tour
Talking about the collaboration she said, "When I met Gabe, I immediately just vibed and started making music. I feel like we're the same level of damaged. Gabe understands the pain I've gone through in my life and he's helped me realise this is what I was born to do." … [Read more...] about Michael Jackson’s Daughter Paris Debuts New Music, Shares Unseen Footage Of The King Of Pop
Trump was spotted at several New York City Neil Young concerts in the 2000s and he quoted him (“As you go through life, you’ve got to see the valleys as well as the peaks”) in a 2014 tweet. They met up at Trump’s office the year when Young was looking for investors for his digital audio company, Pono. The next year, however, Trump announced his campaign for the presidency and their relationship soured. … [Read more...] about Neil Young Says Donald Trump Plays His Music ‘With No Regard for My Rights’
Owning the IP is a big issue. In the UK, there is a very favorable rights regime for original productions where content makers can retain a hold in both format and tape. One exec calls the UK “rights heaven,” noting, “You sell a show and you get to own it.” Things are drastically different in the U.S. where reality series rights, owned by independent producers in the early days of the unscripted invasion, are now being retained by the networks across the board. (U.S. scripted series are predominantly backed by studios.) However, execs are somewhat less concerned because the license fees paid by networks are much higher so the margins are more attractive. Also, as one exec says, “If you do manage to create something in the States that gains ratings, the world will sit up.” Another adds, the U.S. is “the scale play. Nothing matches it.” … [Read more...] about The Indie TV Production Company Buying Spree: What’s Behind It? When Will It End?