Keith Sweat, the sexiest former stockbroker around, is back with a new album, and the thousands of women who have followed his twenty-year-long career are probably quite excited. Who wouldn’t be? During his late-’80s/early-’90s heyday, Keith Sweat was the man, with hit after hit, and although singers like J. Holiday try to pick up that loverman mantle, their attempts just don’t seem quite as filthy as Keith’s.
While Jim Cramer isn’t quite saying “I love these guys! They beat the treason charges! We had it as a ‘Don’t Buy.’ Let’s bump it up to a ‘Risky!'” just yet, there’s some good news for Warner Music Group as the status of its stock been upgraded from “Sell” to “Neutral” by Pali Research. More »
Perhaps someone at Pepsi should have through through their promotion with Amazon a bit further before signing off. More »
Although Starbucks has made itself one of the most powerful music retailers in the country–one in which “prestige” albums can be sold at full retail price, refueling the dreams of every record executive in Burbank and Manhattan–they have largely flown under the music media radar. The Hear Music label has received most of the attention by grabbing high profile artists like Paul McCartney, but the nuts and bolts of what gets into the racks next to the cinnamon swirl coffee cake has been more of a mystery. The New York Times, providing a service possibly no one asked for but me, looked into the balance between moving units and retaining credibility. The shift for Starbucks has been from a coffee retailer with a few discs that could still seem hand-selected, to twenty discs that seem more like the new release rack at Borders. Let’s face it: no one’s going to believe claims of quality control screening when the second James Blunt disc is a featured selection.
RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2008
WEB DEBUT: March 15, 2008
Perhaps buoyed by the status upgrade for their stock from “revulsion” to “indifference”, HITS is reporting that Warner Music Group CEO Edgar Bronfman has been given a new five-year, $1 million-per-year contract, which can be extended indefinitely. More »
While it’s interesting than anyone would care what Clear Channel thinks of the prospective XM/Sirius satellite radio merger, Mel Karmazin and his posse have weighed in with the FCC with their take on the whole matter. As experts on radio monopolies, it makes sense to consult Clear Channel, a company deeply concerned that any satellite radio consolidation might harm “preservation of a viable, locally-oriented, free, over-the-air radio broadcast system” full of morning zoos, a KISS-FM in every market, and the most limited playlists imaginable.
South by Southwest–or any occasion when industry types and hanger-ons get together–can be the source of a number of bad ideas, but the most buzzed idea to circulate post-Austin this year seems to be the flat fee to download whatever music you please legally. Like most completely implausible concepts, this one has its ups and downs, but no one actually believes this is ever going to happen, right? Well, Washington Post blogger Kim Hart actually sees some future in the idea.
Google searching for material occasionally leads you to some odd places, and today it took me to Human Events, a publication that apparently has been “leading the conservative moment since 1944” for a Phyllis Schlafly review of the movie everyone was talking about several months ago, Juno! It turns out that Phyllis and I, despite otherwise sharing zero in the way of opinions, both disliked the film, but in the midst of an anti-feminist screed, there was one delightful, sorta music-related paragraph. So, you’ve probably been wondering…what does an 83 year old ERA foe think is wrong with today’s youth? Well, she’d be happy to tell you!
Kate Nash, who according to Maura is “a lot less cloying than on record/in the press,” probably should consider visiting every single person who reads British music coverage, because at this rate, “cloying” is leading “not completely self-absorbed” by six lengths. More »