At the time of his death, in May 1981, Bob Marley was 36 years old, reggae's biggest star, and the father of at least eleven children. He was not, however, a big seller. For Dave Robinson, this presented an opportunity.
Ever since the announcement of his game-changing arrangement with Samsung Electronics, most of the conversation about Jay-Z's forthcoming studio album, Magna Carta Holy Grail has revolved around the nature of the deal, not the coming music. Even as the project (out officially tomorrow) is being roll ... More >>
Fresh Out the Box
For nearly two decades, drug lord James Rosemond, a/k/a "Jimmy Henchman," denied accusations of his involvement in the near-fatal 1994 ambush of rap star Tupac Shakur at New York's Quad Recording Studios that marked a pivotal moment in American pop history. The attack on Tupac triggered a bicoastal ... More >>
Not too long ago, there was talk that the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry and the Recording Industry Association of America might sue Google, claiming that the web behemoth has used its search engine service to shape the online music market in a way trade groups do not like. T ... More >>
A few weeks ago, Forbes published The Forbes Five, which estimated the net worth of hip hop's wealthiest moguls, and put Cash Money Records boss Bryan "Birdman" Williams in fourth place with $125 million. Just two weeks later, Williams announced that his label's most successful artist, Lil Wayne, ha ... More >>
Last night at midnightjust like the old days!the new single from Bruce Springsteen, "We Take Care Of Our Own," premiered on the radiojust like the, oh, you know. The song, taken from Springsteen's forthcoming Wrecking Ball (out March 6), is a slow-build, string-spangled anthem t ... More >>
This is my confession
"Otis" fever is in full effect, thanks to the Otis Redding-sampling song from Jay-Z and Kanye West's much-ballyhooed Watch The Throne project leaking Wednesday night. The track's production, based around a slick chop of Redding's "Try A Little Tenderness," might be the most impressive thing a ... More >>
Don't worry, Universal Music Groupshe's not really betraying you. Much is being made of Lady Gaga's admission to the Wall Street Journal that her album Born This Wayat least, the digital version of it without the bonus tracksisn't worth more than the 99 cents Amazon charg ... More >>
Late Friday night Lady Gaga released the cover for her forthcoming big deal of an album Born This Way, and reaction to it was fairly swift, and mostly "huh?" The cover, as you can see at left, features Gaga as a half-woman, half-motorcycle, and the more vocal Gaga fans out there tried to spin ... More >>
Myspace, the long-floundering social networking site acquired by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation for $580 million in 2005, has been planning a mid-2011 sale for some time, though interest has been decidedly low. Last year alone, ad spending dropped 37%, while they lost 15% of total users, a ... More >>
Better go get this now.If you want a one-URL "major" vs. "indie" battleground -- what defines and/or divides them, which lifestyle brand the discerning-legal-downloader demographic really prefers -- you could do far worse than eMusic, the excellent monthly-subscription MP3 service (which empl ... More >>
As spotted and carried away from the intersection of 4th and Bowery this morning. Could this flyer possibility be legitimate? Interscope, Young Money, and Universal are in fact all the same company (if three very disparate wings of it); those are indeed their logos. But is this really how bad ... More >>
Recently Forbes staged an event a long time coming, bringing Jay-Z and the billionaire Warren Buffett to the same table as part of something they're calling the Forbes 400 Summit. People have been speculating about this meeting for years now--some quite prophetically--and as interlocutor, the ... More >>
Rapper Remy Ma's shooting victim is borrowing legal strategies from suits against pedophile priests to press her multimillion-dollar claim against the femcee's label, Universal Music Group. It's the label's fault, so the argument goes. Remy Ma is currently serving an eight-year jail sentence at Rik ... More >>
"Billboard's 'Tastemakers' chart is the one we should all paying attention to, don't you think?"This week's Billboard 200 is headed once again by Lady Antebellum, the milquetoast country trio whose second album Need You Now moved 481,000 copies in its debut week, and 209,000 copies in the sal ... More >>
F2K is a countdown of the 50 worst songs of the decade. Track our progress here. In which the lead Pussycat Doll does her best Georgia O'Keefe impersonation, and nobody notices.
F2K is a countdown of the 50 worst songs of the decade. Track our progress here. Get your motor runnin'...head out on the fast track to synergyville.
--The onetime musician Ryan Adams, whose next new book of poetry, Hello Sunshine, just landed on top of his last one, Infinity Blues, at SOTC HQ, is taking his act to the Awl, where he'll be reviewing video games. Ahem: "Playing Gorf is like getting wasted, or what I remember about getting wa ... More >>
Another payola settlement promises us better, braver radio. Let's not get too excited just yet.
Biz bites the kids that feed it as radio battles everybody
Light-skinned acts ride hip-hops changing tide with dark-skinned Svengalis
Corporations vainly scheme to the beat of a different DRM
Real record stores open, close, move, struggle, and thrive
Bill O'Reilly, we salute you, now please give us all our frankincense and myrrh back
Merger mania picks back up; a smaller Warner gives up
Driving independent retailers, and you, out of business
Universal Reversals, Webcast Battles, RIAA-Safe Tuneage
New Boots and Panties
Hip-Hop and R&B Artists MIA in Music Industry Struggle
Latin Alternative Rock Sets Its Sights on New York
At the Interactive Music XPO, mp3 everywhere but no SDMI