In his first column of 2017, our man behind the scenes points out that two oppositional vectors are behind the 2.5% growth of the music business in 2016. He also speculates about Spotify’s expected paid-only tier, and reveals the motive behind Lyor Cohen’s frantic search to find his own replacement at 300 Entertainment.
Sir Paul McCartney has filed suit against Sony/ATV over the rights to the Beatles catalog. The pub rights for Macca's portion of those mighty copyrights will begin running out next year, per the Copyright Act of 1976; 2018 will mark the stipulated 56-year interval since the earliest Beatles songs. Sony/ATV issued the following statement in response...
Inauguration Day is Friday, and as you've probably already heard, folks are gathering in protest the following day (Saturday, 1/21) for The Women's March on Washington. Get the details on the D.C. event, as well as some key satellite marches, right here.
Prophets of Rage will host the Anti-Inaugural Ball Friday at L.A.’s Teragram, with guest performers including Chris Cornell, Vic Mensa, Jackson Browne, Jack Black and the Los Angeles Freedom Choir.
I.B. BAD ON A VIBRANT BUT BIFURCATED MARKETPLACE
What's growth got to do with it? (1/19a)
BRUCE GIVES OBAMA
A SEND-OFF SHOW
How fitting is that? (1/19a)
BBC RADIO 1 HOSTS FUTURE STARS
...including DIY up-and-comer Jorja Smith. (1/19a)
THE PRESIDENT-ELECT ON STREAMING
Political performance battle A companion piece to the SNL cold open. (1/19a)