Hot Oscar Video: The Sound Of ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

By | Sunday December 29, 2013 @ 2:22pm PST
Mike Fleming

In this video, directors Joel and Ethan Coen explain how their collaboration with T Bone Burnett created a musical sound that was as important as dialogue in capturing the early ’60s folk music scene in Inside Llewyn Davis. Here, they explain how they and … Read More »

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Young Music Fans Listen To Streaming Services As Much As Radio: Report

By | Tuesday April 2, 2013 @ 9:07am PDT

The report this morning from The NPD Group surprises me, although perhaps it shouldn’t considering how quickly the music business is changing. The research firm says that in Q4 online services including Pandora, iHeartRadio, and Spotify accounted for … Read More »

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ASCAP Reaches Deal On Local TV Licenses

By | Wednesday June 6, 2012 @ 2:20pm PDT

The music performing rights organization and local TV station rep the Television Music License Committee have agreed in principle to a plan regarding fees local U.S. stations pay to use ASCAP-protected songs on their broadcasts. The proposed seven-year deal is … Read More »

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Can Spotify Become The iTunes Of Streaming Media?

By | Tuesday March 20, 2012 @ 4:31pm PDT

Even if you don’t have Spotify on your computer or smartphone screen, you should put it on your radar. Music execs tell me that the streaming service, introduced in the U.S. last July, is beginning to break from the pack of digital music providers which includes Pandora, Rdio, Rhapsody, MOG, and Slacker. ”The big question is whether it will become the iTunes of the streaming media market,” one tells me. Credit Suisse’s John Blackledge took note of Spotify yesterday in a 63-page report initiating coverage of Pandora Media, which offers a radio-like streamed service. “There is a lot of discussion and buzz around Spotify,” he says noting that it is “looking to siphon market share” from some of the giant sellers of downloaded music including iTunes and Amazon. Spotify has about 10M active users worldwide. (The company won’t break out the figures by country.) The vast majority use its ad-supported, free service which — in the U.S. – offers unlimited access to its library of more than 16M songs including tunes from all four major recorded music companies: Universal, Sony, Warner, and EMI. (No Beatles, though; iTunes has exclusive online rights to the group’s catalog.) The company’s goal, though, is to nudge users into paying for a subscription. About 3M people pay either $4.99 a month (for unlimited, ad-free streams to computers) or $9.99 (for unlimited, ad-free streams to mobile and digital devices as well as computers, and the ability to download songs for off-line listening). Users can listen to specific songs on demand, or let the service create playlists based on a particular performer or other criteria. While other companies offer similar services, execs say that Spotfy one of the easiest to use — and integrates well with Facebook, where users can share songs, playlists and recommendations. Indeed, only Facebook members now can sign up for Spotify. Read More »

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Apple And Google Prepare To Take Digital Music War To The Cloud

By | Tuesday November 15, 2011 @ 8:04am PST

Apple made a major improvement to its digital music service today as it introduced iTunes Match. For $24.99 a year, iTunes will scan a user’s mobile gadget or hard drive, identify its recordings — including those copied from a … Read More »

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Bill Maher & Seth MacFarlane Croon Sinatra

By | Sunday October 30, 2011 @ 1:56pm PDT

At a party tossed by Family Guy creator/runner Seth MacFarlane this week, MacFarlane was joined onstage by Bill Maher to belt out the Frank Sinatra tune Star. It turns out both guys have decent chops, even after a cocktail or two. Of course, that shouldn’t be a huge surprise in the … Read More »

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By | Sunday February 13, 2011 @ 8:10pm PST

As I often say, I have enough trouble dealing with the scoundrels in Hollywood movie and television industry (and those awards) that I can’t possible take on the crooks in the music biz as well. But feel free to comment … Read More »

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Behind-The-Scenes Video Of Letterman’s Top 10 List For 2011 Grammy Awards

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Barry Diller Sells All His Live Nation Stock

By | Thursday November 4, 2010 @ 2:31pm PDT

Sources tell me that Barry Diller dumped. This, of course, after the IAC/InterActiveCorp chairman resigned as chairman of the Live Nation Entertainment board last month. The $4 billion music powerhouse formed in January with the merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation.

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UPDATE: ‘Conan’ Polls Fans For First Guest, Show’s Band Gets Name, New Bandleader

By | Tuesday October 19, 2010 @ 9:46am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: In a pre-launch stunt, Conan O’Brien’s team has started a poll to determine who the first guest on O’Brien’s TBS show will be. Fans can chose among 12 potential guests ranging from Pope Benedict XVI and Russian Prime … Read More »

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Steve Carell Taps Scribes For Rock Star Pic

By | Tuesday September 28, 2010 @ 5:25pm PDT
Mike Fleming

The writing team of Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley just closed a deal at Warner Bros to script a feature vehicle for Steve Carell based on the 2008 documentary Of All The Things. That film told the story of … Read More »

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Universal Music & ‘Idol’ Enter Long Pact

Los Angeles, CA — 19 Entertainment and Simon Fuller, creator of ‘American Idol,’ television’s biggest entertainment program for the last nine seasons and one of the most globally recognized entertainment brands, and Universal Music Group (UMG), the

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Paramount Making Justin Bieber 3D Movie

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has made a deal to turn Justin Bieber’s life story into a 3D feature biopic. Davis Guggenheim, the Oscar-winning director of An Inconvenient Truth, is negotiating to direct. The film doesn’t have a title, but Bieber will … Read More »

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Matt Blank Channels His Inner Rock Star

By | Thursday July 29, 2010 @ 4:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

I came across this story about Bon Jovi in the Daily Mail. It is accompanied by 2 photos illustrating the longevity of the New Jersey rock band. The caption on the first photo reads: Rock Gods: Bon Jovi at the Monsters of Rock Festival in Castle Donington in 1987. The … Read More »

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Elton John Hatching ‘Animal Farm’ Musical

By | Friday July 23, 2010 @ 2:03am PDT

The songwriter is reteaming with screenwriter Lee Hall on a stage version of George Orwell’s classic Stalinist allegory, reports the Daily Mail. John and Hall worked together on the stage adaptation of Billy Elliot. It’s taken the pair two years … Read More »

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Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger & Terence Winter To Develop HBO Rock ‘N’ Roll Drama

Nellie Andreeva

Martin-Scorsese-Mick-JaggerEXCLUSIVE: I hear the Boardwalk Empire duo of director Martin Scorsese and writer Terence Winter is re-teaming with HBO for another sweeping period drama series project, and this time, they have rock legend Mick Jagger as a partner. The project, referred … Read More »

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‘Glee’ Co-Creator Ryan Murphy Signs Giant New Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

By | Monday July 19, 2010 @ 10:37am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Ryan_MurphyEXCLUSIVE: He is behind the hottest show on television. Now Emmy nominated Ryan Murphy has landed one of the biggest deals ever for a TV writer-producer that spans television, music and theater. I hear he is closing a new 4-year $24-million … Read More »

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Beatles License ‘Norwegian Wood’ For Pic

By | Wednesday July 14, 2010 @ 2:16am PDT

BeatlesThe Fab Four – or their lawyers at EMI Japan to be precise – are letting Vietnamese director Tran Anh Hung use the original recording in his latest film Norwegian Wood. Anh Hung, who was nominated for an Oscar aged 31 … Read More »

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‘American Idol’ Lowers Eligibility Age Limit

By | Monday June 21, 2010 @ 6:50am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

american idol logoFor a second time in its run, Fox’s American Idol is expanding its eligibility age range. After stretching the upper age limit from 24 to 28 after the first 3 seasons, the Fox talent competition is now … Read More »

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