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Great Book: Top Ten Lies of the Music Industry

February 21st, 2012 | by Jon Bunnies

Jeffrey Weber, a guy who has worked with everyone from Ronnie James Dio to Luther Vandross and the winner of two Grammys, has a new book called . Given his experience as an insider, you'd expect that he knows of what he speaks.

The book contains what he says are the ten worst lies about the music industry. 

Why Huge Licensing Fees Are Bad for the Music Industry and Fans

February 20th, 2012 | by Jon Bunnies

Having discussed the issue of licensing fees at length with many people inside the industry, I can tell you that (a) those who have the rights to the music want to be paid at a rate that they consider fair; and (b) those who want the rights to the music think that the rightsholders are on crack.  (And vice-versa, I might add.)

Here's an interesting point of view from Jakimi Mathews at The Music Void.   He believe that there's gotta be some kind of middle ground.

It is no secret that if you are launching a new digital music service and you want the major label music catalogues on board, your business is going to require a very large bank account. Sadly most of your bank account will probably go to the major labels, leaving you little for independent music, infrastructure and marketing your service. However, is demanding such high ransoms upfront beneficial to the music business overall or does it in fact limit the choice of services available and hence innovation in the sale of music through digital channels?

More Music from the Inbox

February 20th, 2012 | by Jon Bunnies

Even though this Monday is a holiday through most of the country and across the US, it's still a Monday. Why not start the week with some new tunes?

Many people submit music to this site for evaluation.  Only a few make it through the two-stage filter process.  It's a redundant system that makes sure we listen to all the bad music so you don't have to. The final filter this time is . 

There's some really good stuff here.  Scroll down for my favourite, which is from Powersolo.  They sing about love and staple guns.  Really. 

Win Your Own Theme Song

February 20th, 2012 | by Jon Bunnies

Bill Ryder-Jones was the guitarist with The Coral, a British group of some renown.  Having grown bored with just writing

First the Grammys, Now the Brit Awards

February 20th, 2012 | by Jon Bunnies

The Brit Awards, the UK's answer to the Grammys and the Junos, is set for tomorrow night.  Here's a fast preview with some predictions and opinions.  (And props for MuchMusic for running the show on a same-day tape delay.)


British Male Solo Artist
  • Ed Sheeran
  • James Blake
  • James Morrison
  • Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
  • Professor Green

Tough category, but I'll go with Ed Sheeran.


British Female Solo Artist 

  • Adele
  • Florence & the Machine
  • Jessie J
  • Kate Bush
  • Laura Marling

 Well, duh.  Adele.

Sleigh Bells Is Hot. So Why Is Rock Radio Ignoring Them?

February 19th, 2012 | by Jon Bunnies

Here's another example where traditional radio may not be doing their job in area of music discovery.

One of the most anticipated indie releases of the young year is Reign of Terror by, the two-piece noise pop band based out of Brooklyn.  

They were an immediate hit in some corners of the music world after they of the release of their Treats album in the spring of 2010, which sold 149,000 copies in its first week.  

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