Archive for the 'Music Business' Category

25 Apr

iTunes Reports Record Sales

Apple’s fiscal second quarter, which ended on March 30th, brought in $43.6 Billion…yes BILLION. This is much better than the $39.2 Billion a year ago. They are reporting that the overall net profit however declined from $11.6 billion to $9.5 billion.

That’s crazy money there!

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28 Dec

Rolling Stones on On Banknote!

Ok this is completely crazy. The Bank of England are looking at choosing a celebrity to appear on the 10 (pound) banknote. Their list, chosen by the public, will replace Charles Darwin who is currently on the Series E token. The list is short and has none other than Mick Jagger at the top along with the Beatles, Churchill, David Beckham and others.

No word on a decision yet.

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22 Nov

Vince Neil Has His Own Vodka!

Well I guess you have to do something during the off times. Vince Neil of Motley Crue has launched his own brand of vodka, expanding his Tatuado, LLC business that already has Tatuado Tequila and his restaurant Tatuado Restaurant & Cantina in Las Vegas. Here’s some more information if you are interested

The LVH

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28 Sep

Tommy Lee Sued Over Drum Set

Well not so much the drum set, but the roller coaster mechanism he’s been using on tour (see below). Apparently back in 1991 the engineer Scott King showed Tommy Lee his roller coaster drum apparatus but Lee didn’t take to it. Now all these years later, Lee has been using the design on his tour with Motley Crue. Scott King is suing Lee for at least $400,000 in damages. Lee of course said Scott King never approached him about his design.

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02 Aug

Top Tours So Far

Billboard came out with some staggering figures on the income from the top tours happening from June to July 2012.  Check out these crazy ass figures:

Madonna
July 14-21
Gross $20,882,753
(So far this tour has grossed $79.6 million from 22 shows)

Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw
July 14-21
$11,493,507

Iron Maiden
June 29 – July 13
$4,829,686

Cirque Du Soleil’s Michael Jackson Tour
July 17-21
$4,173,343

Rascal Flatts
July 6-22
$2,585,292

American Idols Live
June 16-23
$1,998,457

Brad Paisley
July 20-21
$1,372,865

James Taylor
July 17-20
$1,196,660

Flight Of The Conchords
June 29-July 1
$1,058,350

Rod Stewart & Stevie Nicks
July 21
$827,913

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07 Jul

MOG Purchased by Dre/Iovine

Music service MOG was purchased last week by ‘Beats Electronics’, the company founded by Dr. Dre and Interscope/Geffen/A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine.  No changes to the service or issues for current MOG users/subscribers.

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25 Apr

LMFAO Handed Lawsuit

Aww damn … right before LMFAO walked into the American Idol studio they were served with at $7 million lawsuit by their former management company Rpm. Rpm claims that after they signed them and they got huge, they were trying to be cut from their contract. The suit also claims that both of the guys in LMFAO took some of the Rpm employees and paid them to be their managers.

Sounds pretty crazy. Good luck with that!

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06 Apr

Snoop Dogg And Rolling Papers

Snoop is putting out a songbook of his lyrics…..printed entirely on hemp seed paper. Plus the books spine is held together with a match striking surface and of course, the pages are perforated. The book is called ‘Rolling Words: A Smokable Songbook’ and the people who attend Coachella will be the first to try the papers. The book is to promote Snoops Kingsize Slim rolling papers.

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26 Jan

Motley Crue in Kia Commercial

Yep you heard it right. Motley Crue along with Chuck Liddell, bull rider Judd Leffew and Victoria Secret model Adriana Lima all together for a Kia car commercial. It will air first on February 2nd but most will see it during the Superbowl during the 4th quarter on February 5th.

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26 Jan

Motown & Ne-Yo…What A Combo

Motown has named Ne-Yo as the new Senior Vice President of A&R. All this while Ne-Yo continues to work on his fifth studio album.

Motown Exec Ms. Habtemariam said:

“We are honored and humbled to have Ne-Yo as a part of the Motown family, as both a recording artist and in an A&R role. We are committed to discovering, developing and nurturing R&B/Soul superstars here at Motown and in Ne-Yo we have both a global superstar and arguably one of the best songwriters in music. His presence on the executive team only strengthens our commitment to the very best in R&B.”

Ne-Yo had some nice words to say as well:

“I’m a combination of excited, honored and terrified all at once! Excited about a new beginning here at Motown, honored that I’ve been given such a prestigious title and trusted with such responsibility, TERRIFIED because I know that playing this role, in the fashion of one of my idols and career role models Mr. Smokey Robinson, these are big shoes to fill…..but trust, I can handle it.”

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29 Dec

Motorhead Jewelry

Motorhead and The Great Fog jewelers have released The Motorhead Warpig ring.  Lemmy has loved The Great Fog jewelers for years and he gave the final approval of the limited edition and number engraved ring.  It costs about $280 USD. See what it looks like below

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28 Dec

Frampton Suing A&M Records

Similar to Eminem and The Knack’s lawsuits, Peter Frampton is suing Universal Music Group owned A&M Records for unpaid royalties, breach of contract and unfair competition.  The basis is the way royalties are calculated for digital sales against licensed sales.  Frampton is expecting 50% of net receipts which he says is for his licensed sales.  Digital sales have a much lower royalty rate.

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22 Dec

Fake Rap Label Scores Drugs/Guns

Just amazing. The Washington D.C. police force and the ATF set up a fake rap label then put the word out that they were looking for drugs and guns. After a year long investigation, here’s what they got:

70 suspects arrested
161 firearms
80 pounds of METH
21 pounds of cocaine

Unbelievable.

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23 Sep

Santana’s New School

Well it’s not really his school. A Los Angeles school has change their name from Valley Region Elementary School in San Fernando Valley to Carlos Santana Arts Academy. The school board says Santana is a compelling role model for students for his philanthropy and his musical achievements.

Why hasn’t San Francisco done this for him? He did grow up there.

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23 Sep

Megadeth App

Oh boy, here we go. Dave Mustaine and StarGreetz are developing an interactive app that will teach you how to play Megadeth tunes. Mustaine says: “You don’t have to be good; you just need a guitar, and an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. And most importantly, you need to want to shred like Megadeth.”

Check out the video for it

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