Shmoo

Doug Morris Prepares To Get Stepped On By Hollywood Tourists

Dan Gibson | June 20, 2008 10:30 am
Dan Gibson | June 20, 2008 10:30 am

dontworrydougifyourpicturesontheinternetitdoesntstealyoursoul.jpgBeing immortalized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has to be one of the strangest honors in the entertainment industry. A shadowy committee meets once a year to select honorees, who apparently have to promise that they’ll show up to the ceremony with something to promote and cough up $25,000 for the “privilege.” In other words, It’s like a Grammy, but they give out fewer of them. However, this year, the committee clearly got it right, as Universal Music Group head honcho Doug Morris will be recieving a star, joining a roster of luminaries that includes Paula Abdul, Judge Judy, and Stepin Fetchit. Congrats, Dougie!

More »


Artists Sue Universal Music Group For Unpaid Royalties

noah | February 15, 2008 5:49 am
noah | February 15, 2008 5:49 am

A group of recording artists that includes the estates of Benny Goodman, Sarah Vaughn, and Count Basie sued Universal Music Group earlier today, saying that they had been cheated out of more than $6 million in royalties over the past 10 years, citing royalty statements between May 1999 and February… More »


The Rolling Stones Flee EMI For Universal’s Greener Pastures

noah | January 16, 2008 6:49 am
noah | January 16, 2008 6:49 am

AP03060401006.jpgGuy Hands’ plans to slim down EMI are continuing to make artists used to the old rock-and-roll paradigm uncomfortable, and today the label experienced its highest-profile defection yet: According to the Financial Times, the Rolling Stones are putting out their next album, Shine A Light, via Universal, in part “because of their concerns about EMI’s new management.” The deal only covers the one album, so the Stones’ lucrative back catalog will stay put. Which leads one to ask: Is the Stones’ defection a bad thing for EMI?

More »



Universal Music Group Pulls Its Streams From iLike

noah | January 3, 2008 5:50 am
noah | January 3, 2008 5:50 am

logo_main.gifContinuing its trend of pulling its music from online services that won’t pay it heed–or at least a nice chunk of money–Universal Music Group has yanked 30-second sound samples of its labels’ songs from iLike, the music-sharing site that’s quite popular with the Facebook set. According to Silicon Alley Insider, the dispute stems from a lapsed agreement between UMG and the sound-sample middleman Muze, which supplied iLike with UMG’s streams. So now iLike and Universal are trying to hammer out some sort of deal that will restore the label’s audio to the service, a deal which, if precedent is any indication, will likely involve iLike cutting some sort of punishing check to Doug Morris and his merry band of shmoos. All that, just so some sophomore at UW-Whitewater can keep introducing himself to prospective conquests with “In Da Club.”

More »


Universal Music Group’s Head Shmoo Gets Drawn And Quartered

noah | November 29, 2007 5:35 am
noah | November 29, 2007 5:35 am

Doug Morris To Music Consumers: Please Don’t Cover Me In Onions And Eat Me

noah | November 27, 2007 1:55 am
noah | November 27, 2007 1:55 am

shmoo.jpgThe new issue of Wired has a pretty illuminating profile of Universal Music Group head honcho Doug Morris, who comes off as a man kicking against the digital era–and the fact that its more diffuse structure results in him having a diminished place in the music industry–and trying to grasp at straws to retain some sort of control. (Witness his latest idea for a music-biz savior, the bundled-into-the-Internet-bill subscription program Total Music; not only will it require DRM because of its all-you-can-eat nature, Morris’ endless standoff with Apple head honcho Steve Jobs will likely result in said DRM not being compatible with the iPod. But apparently that’s OK, because Morris is more about “protecting the music” than “actually having customers buy the music.”) We’ve talked about Morris’ whiny nature before, but Seth Mnookin somehow got him to get even more sad-sack.

More »


Page 1 of 1