The music industry has seen a spate of high-profile manager-artist splits during recent weeks. Lady Gaga parted ways with Troy Carter in November mere days before her third album, ARTPOP, was released, followed by John Mayer, who dropped longtime manager Michael McDonald; Trent Reznor, who split from Jim Guerinot of Rebel Waltz to join John Silva‘s SAM, home to Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age; and Melissa Etheridge, who signed with Primary Wave after 30 years with manager Bill Leopold. Country group Lady Antebellum also fired its longtime manager, Gary Borman, two years after nabbing record and song of the year Grammys for the megahit “Need You Now.”
Madonna has topped Forbes’ 2013 list of the top-earning women in music, pulling in a staggering $125 million this year. The bulk of Madonna’s earnings came from the last leg of her MDNA Tour, which grossed $305 million overall; she also sees income from merchandise sales, her Material Girl clothing line and her fragrance, Truth or Dare. (more…)
Early freedom for the two jailed members of punk band Pussy Riot edged closer to reality Thursday after the Russian Supreme Court formally ordered a review of their guilty verdicts.
In detailed comments published on its website ordering a case review on Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova — convicted by a Moscow court in August 2012 for “religiously motivated hooliganism” in an anti-Kremlin stunt in a major cathedral city’s Christ the Savior Cathedral — the Supreme Court detailed legal errors in their cases. (more…)
Is Guitar Center, the music store we all love to hate, going broke? It looks that way, according to a number of news stories in The Nation, Reuters, Huffington Post, and a wonderful post by Eric Garland. As many of you already know, GC was purchased by Bain Capital (formerly owned by Mitt Romney) six years ago, and it’s been downhill ever since.
GC has a number of problems, not all of its making. One is that it carries a huge amount of debt as a result of the Bain deal, currently owing over $1.18 billion (yes, that’s with a b). That’s a lot of interest it’s paying on the debt service (just think of what you (more…)
The Digital Warrior is an open-source compact MIDI controller, with built in step-sequencer and more.
- Built in 16 voice 32-step sequencer. 64 uneque patterns permanently stored on the device
- Traktor Remix decks mapping for on the fly dynamic loops. optimized for ableton live drum racks
- 4 smooth potentiometers, 16 banked RGB button pads and 2 endless tri-color encoders (more…)
Data compiled by live music tracking site Songkick calculates which band puts in the most effort by shows played and miles covered. Having played 188 shows and covered nearly 200,000 miles, LA’s Local Natives top the list.
The top three are: (more…)
The holidays represent a lot of things: time with family, a break from work or school, food, gifts, and some more food. But something that may not be so obvious is that the holidays present great opportunities for musicians. As the holiday buzz is starting to kick in, TuneCore wants to help artists prepare with the ten most important steps to take so that artists music will be front and center when the holiday season is in full swing. (more…)
The documentary features Gary Numan, Carl Craig, James Holden, Legowelt and more.
I Dream of Wires is an independent documentary that details “the history, demise and resurgence of the ultimate electronic music machine, the modular synthesizer.” It features interviews with Throbbing Gristle’s Chris Carter and Skinny Puppy’s cEvin Key along with contemporary synth obsessives like Legowelt, James Holden, and Factory Floor. (more…)
Shaheem Reid sits down with 2 chainz for another installment of his “Take Charge Tuesday” series. 2 chainz talks about, believing in yourself and the value of investing in oneself. Check it out
My good buddy and fantastic engineer/producer Ed Seay has a saying that I’ve used in a number of books about the 3 P’s or “Pitch, Passion and Pocket.” That refers to the 3 things that every great vocal must have, although you can apply it to other musical performances as well. Ed is not only one of the greatest mixers anywhere, but he’s a great teacher and mentor too, having brought along production luminaries such as Dave Pensado and Brendon O’Brian, not to mentioned having worked on tons of hits by Alabama, Martina McBride, Dolly Parton, and many more, so he knows what he’s talking about. (more…)
green-label.com has compiled a list of the Top 3 ways in which social media and technology have changed Hip Hop and popular music.
“Technology has had a tremendous impact on music,” the site says. “We went from 8-track tapes to being able to purchase and download a digital album in just a matter of seconds. However, technology’s effect on music has been far greater than just a new method of delivery to your earbuds. The musical revolution is here, and we’re all in it.”
green-label.com says that cross-branding and distribution have had a major affect on Hip Hop. (more…)
The inimitable Nick Batt takes a deep look at the new Waldorf Pulse 2 analog synthesizer.
The Waldorf Pulse 2 is a three-oscillator analog synth with 8-voice paraphonic operation. Batt says that it’s built like a tank and is a pretty classy synthesizer. Check out the video review and let us know what you think!
The Waldorf Pulse 2 is priced at £399/400 Euro/$799. (more…)
Talib Kweli, son of activist parents, took the time to write his piece on the late great Nelson Mandela. Wise words and a great story from the BKMC.
“…Nelson Mandela is so much more than a man. He is a phenomenon, a force of nature, one whose true brilliance we can’t possibly see without the benefit of hindsight. He used his 95 years on this planet in a way that the world deemed impossible until his existence. He changed the world in a manner reserved for a very selected few—people like Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Dr. Martin Luther King. However, he was also a revolutionary in the spirit of Nat Turner, Assata Shakur and Malcolm X. As every man who lives to reflect on their past eventually does, he came to (more…)
British-based record producer Harmony Samuels has produced for the biggest names in the industry, from Ariana Grande to Fantasia and everyone in between. Watch as he tells his story as one of the most sought-after producers in the game today.
Developer Matt Heins has announced the Hackme Vector – a new way to interact with a modular synthesizer that’s a bit like a theremin on steroids.
Vector is a three dimensional control interface designed for Eurorack modular system. It senses the location of a hand over its face and outputs a signal proportional to position for each axis: x (left and right), y (up and down), and z (in and out). (more…)
Among the notable tracks are a remix of Kanye West’s ‘Black Skinhead’ featuring Thundercat and collaborations with Earl Sweatshirt, Shabazz Palaces and The Underachievers. Download it from Mediafire or Sendspace now.
Yesterday (December 10), FlyLo Tweeted that his new album is set for release in 2014 and is currently “almost ready for mixing”. (more…)
Kanye West’s Yeezus may not have been nominated for Album of the Year at the Grammys, but it was ranked No. 1 by TIME and EW. “Has there ever been another great album this bitter, this entitled, this abrasively unsatisfied—or this self-aware about it?” asked TIME‘s Douglas Wolk. (more…)
Dave Smith introduces the new Dave Smith Instruments’ Mopho SE – a “powerful, portable and professional synthesizer” in this new video.
They’ve “taken it up a notch,” he says, and have added an octave to the Mopho SE keyboard, and have now outfitted it with the custom soft-touch knobs from the Prophet 12. It also has an arpeggiator re-latch feature that is new. (more…)
“1. Your Song Chorus Will Have To Be Catchy
This is probably one of the biggest factors you’ll need to learn when it comes to writing a popular song. If you want to give your song the best chance of climbing up the charts, you’ll need to write a catchy chorus.
The reason for this is simple; you’ll want it to stay in people’s heads. You want people to hear your song through once, and even if they’re not fully paying attention, have that chorus go over in their head for the rest of the day. That is the power of a strong and catch chorus. (more…)
Joan Jett and Heart are among a growing list of artists distancing themselves from SeaWorld over the recent movie Blackfish, which questions the effects of captivity on whales such as the orcas that perform at the marine theme park. Jett wrote a letter asking that SeaWorld stop playing her music in its shows, while Heart joins Willie Nelson and Barenaked Ladies in canceling performances planned for SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida, The Associated Press reports. (more…)
Pharrell’s “Happy” is sure to bring a smile, a foot tap or even a little two-step. The N.E.R.D. frontman takes us behind-the-scenes in the filming of his 24-hour feel good video. Directed by We Are From LA, the visual displays Pharrell shooting the visual with a church choir, celebrity cameos and more. Check out the making of the video above for a little pick-me-up.
Freddie Gibbs spoke about his fallout with Young Jeezy yesterday (December 9). In an exclusive conversation with HipHopDX during the release party for E-40’s Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil 4, 5 & 6, Gibbs said that part of the reason why their business relationship soured was because the CTE frontman is less talented than him.
Anyone trying to export a song from their DAW knows that there are quite a number of audio data compression formats available today, even though only two of them are normally used in the vast majority of cases. Of course I’m talking about MP3 and AAC when it comes to downloads, although we’re seeing an upswing in the use of FLAC files these days. Then when it comes to streaming, Ogg Vorbis is often used (especially by Spotify). This just goes to show that there’s quite a bit of diversity in the online music files that we listen to, even if we don’t realize it. (more…)