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“Times” Discovers Shocking Music/Exercise Connection

Haile%20Gebrselassie.jpgThe New York Times takes a mildly interesting topic–what people listen to when they work out–and gives it the academic treatment today. It has contributions from several professors (one likes to ice skate to the Buena Vista Social Club! another suggests that “Push It” might be the perfect workout track!), the confusing revelation that Oliver Sacks likes to swim to Wagner, and the assertion that people find music from Rocky encouraging. But there was one sentence that caught my attention.

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Haile%20Gebrselassie.jpgThe New York Times takes a mildly interesting topic–what people listen to when they work out–and gives it the academic treatment today. It has contributions from several professors (one likes to ice skate to the Buena Vista Social Club! another suggests that “Push It” might be the perfect workout track!), the confusing revelation that Oliver Sacks likes to swim to Wagner, and the assertion that people find music from Rocky encouraging. But there was one sentence that caught my attention.

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Verizon’s Top Music: What Yooooouuuu Enjoyed Hearing Out Of Tiny Speakers In 2007

cellphone.jpgSure, we’re ten days into the new year, and the music year just passed has been covered in every imaginable manner, but have we heard the contributions of the true driving force in the music industry? The consumers who are keeping the leaky ship afloat? The voice of those people has been heard… through the announcement of Verizon’s top ten ringtones for 2007. The list (which is, curiously, arranged in alphabetical order) after the jump, but for now a few thoughts.

THE GOOD: I suppose the good news depends on your opinion of one-hit-wonder rap hits of the past year (Hurricane Chris, Sean Kingston, Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em). Maybe the good news is that there’s only one Fergie song on there, and it isn’t “Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal).”
THE BAD: “The Way I Live” by Baby Boy Da Prince, and of course, Fergie.
THE WHAAAA? With Interscope announcing that Soulja Boy hit the three-million mark in ringtones, yet had only just reached gold status as far as actual album sales, it nearly makes my head hurt to think of where the music business is going from here, or if anyone will actually be releasing songs that last more than 30 seconds by this time next year.

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cellphone.jpgSure, we’re ten days into the new year, and the music year just passed has been covered in every imaginable manner, but have we heard the contributions of the true driving force in the music industry? The consumers who are keeping the leaky ship afloat? The voice of those people has been heard… through the announcement of Verizon’s top ten ringtones for 2007. The list (which is, curiously, arranged in alphabetical order) after the jump, but for now a few thoughts.

THE GOOD: I suppose the good news depends on your opinion of one-hit-wonder rap hits of the past year (Hurricane Chris, Sean Kingston, Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em). Maybe the good news is that there’s only one Fergie song on there, and it isn’t “Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal).”
THE BAD: “The Way I Live” by Baby Boy Da Prince, and of course, Fergie.
THE WHAAAA? With Interscope announcing that Soulja Boy hit the three-million mark in ringtones, yet had only just reached gold status as far as actual album sales, it nearly makes my head hurt to think of where the music business is going from here, or if anyone will actually be releasing songs that last more than 30 seconds by this time next year.

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Today Is The Day Music Retailers Complain About Poor Sales

FYE_logo_clr.jpgThere’s an wonderful chicken and waffles restaurant in Phoenix that features a sign on the wall which (more-or-less) reads “If we don’t meet your expectations, please lower your expectations.” It might be a good idea for a similar sign to be placed in the office of everyone who makes economic forecasts for a music retailer in America, what with both Barnes and Noble and Trans World Entertainment releasing their sales information for the holiday season.

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FYE_logo_clr.jpgThere’s an wonderful chicken and waffles restaurant in Phoenix that features a sign on the wall which (more-or-less) reads “If we don’t meet your expectations, please lower your expectations.” It might be a good idea for a similar sign to be placed in the office of everyone who makes economic forecasts for a music retailer in America, what with both Barnes and Noble and Trans World Entertainment releasing their sales information for the holiday season.

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Missy Re-Appears For A Moment

newmissy.jpgARTIST: Missy Elliott
TITLE: “Ching-A-Ling”
RELEASE DATE: Feb. 8, 2008
WEB DEBUT: Jan. 10, 2008

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newmissy.jpgARTIST: Missy Elliott
TITLE: “Ching-A-Ling”
RELEASE DATE: Feb. 8, 2008
WEB DEBUT: Jan. 10, 2008

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The Rich, Frothy Dream Is Over: XM & Starbucks Break Up

XM-Logo.jpgIt seemed like a marriage made in corporate heaven. The deal that had Starbucks and satellite-radio company XM Radio working together to blend overpriced premium coffee with stylish adult alternative tunes has fallen apart, with XM giving $22 million of its stock to the coffee conglomerate in order to flee with a remnant of its dignity. So, what happened?

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XM-Logo.jpgIt seemed like a marriage made in corporate heaven. The deal that had Starbucks and satellite-radio company XM Radio working together to blend overpriced premium coffee with stylish adult alternative tunes has fallen apart, with XM giving $22 million of its stock to the coffee conglomerate in order to flee with a remnant of its dignity. So, what happened?

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Happy Birthday, Rod Stewart (Maybe You’re Not As Awful As We Thought)

lockupyourdaughtersitsrodstewart.jpgHappy 63rd birthday, Rod Stewart. You’re going through an odd era as far as your status among critics goes, with appreciation for the Faces on the rise, while nearly everything that followed only seeming to chase trends and, in the words of Rolling Stone, “become a bilious self-parody.” While one would be justified in questioning a tribute to you, considering your later work–including the seemingly endless tribute to the “American Songbook,” which was wildly popular with my mother-in-law and sold incredibly well for being a sign of the apocalypse–everyone, no matter how severe their aesthetic crimes, deserves recognition on their birthday. So here’s ours…

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lockupyourdaughtersitsrodstewart.jpgHappy 63rd birthday, Rod Stewart. You’re going through an odd era as far as your status among critics goes, with appreciation for the Faces on the rise, while nearly everything that followed only seeming to chase trends and, in the words of Rolling Stone, “become a bilious self-parody.” While one would be justified in questioning a tribute to you, considering your later work–including the seemingly endless tribute to the “American Songbook,” which was wildly popular with my mother-in-law and sold incredibly well for being a sign of the apocalypse–everyone, no matter how severe their aesthetic crimes, deserves recognition on their birthday. So here’s ours…

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“Women’s Wear Daily” Gets To The Heart Of The Music Biz

the-dream.jpgA profile of the producer/singer/guy-who-wears-wads-of-cash-as jewelry The-Dream (government name: Terius Nash) in Women’s Wear Daily starts off as one might expect: He likes expensive things and is part of the line of producers who have remade urban radio in their own image, stealing some of the spotlight from the singers of their songs. In the middle of the piece, however, writer Jacob Bernstein manages to capture the unsustainable nature of the current urban music business.

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the-dream.jpgA profile of the producer/singer/guy-who-wears-wads-of-cash-as jewelry The-Dream (government name: Terius Nash) in Women’s Wear Daily starts off as one might expect: He likes expensive things and is part of the line of producers who have remade urban radio in their own image, stealing some of the spotlight from the singers of their songs. In the middle of the piece, however, writer Jacob Bernstein manages to capture the unsustainable nature of the current urban music business.

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Re-Examining The Happy Mondays: My Domestic Squabble Decided By You, The Reader

greatestbandever.jpgLike every home, I’m certain, the Casa de Gibson has been busy compiling our own year in review package for publication in our annual Arbor Day newsletter (it’s a long lead-time publication). While we were discussing our top five events of 2007, there was some disagreement about the top spot, with my wife Tara’s contention that the birth of our daughter should be No. 1, and my contention that since said birth on Dec. 17 missed the Dec. 15 cutoff it will have to wait and see how it does in 2008. Rules are rules, I say. I placed the Happy Mondays reunion at Coachella up top, and that’s when the real ugliness began.

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greatestbandever.jpgLike every home, I’m certain, the Casa de Gibson has been busy compiling our own year in review package for publication in our annual Arbor Day newsletter (it’s a long lead-time publication). While we were discussing our top five events of 2007, there was some disagreement about the top spot, with my wife Tara’s contention that the birth of our daughter should be No. 1, and my contention that since said birth on Dec. 17 missed the Dec. 15 cutoff it will have to wait and see how it does in 2008. Rules are rules, I say. I placed the Happy Mondays reunion at Coachella up top, and that’s when the real ugliness began.

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Glued to Our XBoxes: Hot 100 Sleeps While “Guitar Hero” Tracks Sell

gh3.pngEd. note: Chris “dennisobell” Molanphy, our resident chart guru, looks at the upward, downward, and lack of movement on the Billboard Hot 100 in the latest installment of “100 And Single”:

“[A]s I type, playlists are returning to normal, and that plus the inevitable comedown in digital sales will make next week’s chart rather topsy-turvy.” So said I, with hope in my heart, last week in this space.

What the hell was I thinking?! One week later, Billboard‘s Hot 100 couldn’t be any snoozier, with a virtually static Top 10 and only marginal movement farther down the chart. Chalk it up to early-winter doldrums, distraction from the presidential primaries, or some kind of Jedi mind-trick Flo Rida’s “Low” is performing on this great nation’s populace, but right now, it feels like no one’s buying or listening to any new music. Or maybe folks are just too busy playing with their little plastic guitars…

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gh3.pngEd. note: Chris “dennisobell” Molanphy, our resident chart guru, looks at the upward, downward, and lack of movement on the Billboard Hot 100 in the latest installment of “100 And Single”:

“[A]s I type, playlists are returning to normal, and that plus the inevitable comedown in digital sales will make next week’s chart rather topsy-turvy.” So said I, with hope in my heart, last week in this space.

What the hell was I thinking?! One week later, Billboard‘s Hot 100 couldn’t be any snoozier, with a virtually static Top 10 and only marginal movement farther down the chart. Chalk it up to early-winter doldrums, distraction from the presidential primaries, or some kind of Jedi mind-trick Flo Rida’s “Low” is performing on this great nation’s populace, but right now, it feels like no one’s buying or listening to any new music. Or maybe folks are just too busy playing with their little plastic guitars…

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Hatebreed Fans: Time To Get A Coffee Table (Or Possibly Learn To Read)

hatebreedcover.jpgSometimes when rock crossed over into the literary realm, the results are amazing crossed with awesome. On the other hand, there’s a coffee-table book coming from Hatebreed lead singer Jamey Jasta. And that isn’t the only book he’s putting out this year!

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hatebreedcover.jpgSometimes when rock crossed over into the literary realm, the results are amazing crossed with awesome. On the other hand, there’s a coffee-table book coming from Hatebreed lead singer Jamey Jasta. And that isn’t the only book he’s putting out this year!

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