June 2012

June 2012 News Iconic Rolling Stones Symbol Gets Anniversary Makeover The iconic symbol for The Rolling Stones got revamped for the band’s 50th anniversary. Shepard Fairey was commissioned by Mick Jagger to update the symbol. The symbol was used in 1971 for the Sticky Fingers album first. Check out the new symbol. The Story Behind “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” The Rolling Stones released one of their biggest hits 47 years ago. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” is the song that changed their career. It is also ranked by Rolling Stone magazine at number two on their list of “500 Greatest Songs”. Keith Richards said the riff came to him in his sleep. “The next morning when I woke up, the tape had gone all the way to the end. So I ran it back, and there’s like 30 seonds of this riff — ‘Da-da da-da-da, I can’t get no satisfaction’ — and the rest of the tape is me snoring!” Click here to read the rest. Berry Gordy, Jr. and Motown Headed to Broadway Legendary Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jr. is heading to Broadway. He is partnering with Kevin McCollum (“Avenue Q”, “Rent”) and Sony Music Entertainment’s chairman Doug Morris. Together they will bring “Motown: The Musical” to life in spring 2013. The musical will trace Gordy’s career in the music business starting when he was a struggling songwriter to successful record executive. It will feature Motown classics along with a few new songs. Read more here. Hear the New Single from The Darkness The Darkness has returned. The band is releasing the video for  “Everybody Have a Good Time” on June 28. RollingStone.com has a link to the full song. Ahead of the video’s release, the band unveiled a making of video that has an excerpt of the song. Hot Cakes is their first album since 2005. They are opening for Lady Gaga on her European tour. Blur Using Twitter to Showcase New Music Blur announced via a Youtube video that they will be performing two live songs on Twitter (@BlurOfficial). On July 2nd, Blur will perform “The Puritan” at 6:15 PM BST. An hour later, the band will perform “Under the Westway”. A 7” limited edition with both tracks will be available on August 6th. Watch the announcement. Tower Records Turning Into an Archive Russell Solomon, Tower Records founder, is starting an archive of Tower Records memorabilia. He is starting with his own collection of 200 boxes of artifacts. It includes memorabilia, awards, artwork, photographs and a neon sign. Solomon hopes that former employees, customers and even artists will contribute to the archive. He’s looking for stories, pictures, mementos, and financial donations. Today in the Dimple Records parking lot, the fundraising campaign will begin. An online community is also coming in the near future. In September, they’ll begin to go through their archives and artifacts. By 2014, Solomon hopes it will be a traveling exhibit. For more, visit http://towerrecordsproject.org/ . Radiohead Drum Technician Killed in Stage Collapse Scott Johnson, Radiohead’s drum technician, was killed on Saturday when the top portion of stage collapsed. Three others were injured. Radiohead was in Toronto at Downsview Park for the final stop on their North American tour. The accident occurred an hour before gates were scheduled to open. In a statement on their website, Radiohead drummer, Philip Selway posted: “We have all been shattered by the loss of Scott Johnson, our friend and colleague. He was a lovely man, always positive, supportive and funny; a highly skilled and valued member of our great road crew. We will miss him very much. Our thoughts and love are with Scott’s family and all those close to him.” Click here to read more. Bob Seger and Gordon Lightfoot Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame On Thursday night, the Songwriters Hall of Fame welcomed new members Bob Seger, Gordon Lightfood and Jim Steinman, Meat Loaf’s longtime collaborator. Don Schlitz (“The Gambler”) along with Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt (Broadway) were also inducted. Ne-Yo won the Hal David Starlight Award for exceptional young songwriter. For more, click here. Fans Save Ringo Starr’s Childhood Home from Being Demolished Fans and Liverpool residents have saved Ringo Starr’s childhood from being demolished. The home was among 400 buildings scheduled to be destroyed. They also saved 15 others. Locals were given the chance to restore the properties by the Liverpool City Council. The city council originally didn’t want to preserve the home because Starr only lived there for three months when he was an infant. The Black Keys’ Performance with Johnny Depp Boost Record Sales Johnny Depp surprised everyone when he played guitar with The Black Keys on the MTV Movie Awards. The performance of “Gold on the Ceiling” and “Lonely Boy” caused sales of El Camino to jump from the previous week (up about 10,000 copies). The two songs that Depp performed on also caused sales of those tracks to rise 30 percent and 19 percent respectively. The band also saw a jump in sales for their previous records. Watch the video. The Grammy Awards Add New Categories The Recording Academy has decided to add three new categories. Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Classical Compendium and Best Latin Jazz Album are the new categories. That makes a total of 81 categories. They also announced the “Music Educator of the Year” Award. This award will be handed out starting in 2014. It will be presented during the Special Merit Awards Ceremony that occurs during Grammy Week. For more, go to www.grammy.org. The Beach Boys Score First Top 10 Album After 50 years, The Beach Boys first album has debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard’s chart. That’s Why God Made the Radio debuted at number three this week. RollingStone.com points out that they have been mostly a “singles band” and that albums such as Good Vibrations and Pet Sounds have been seen as classics only in the last few decades. Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison May Be the Next Holograms The list of potential celebrity holograms continues to grow. Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison are the most recent names thrown in the mix. Estates of both artists are run by Jim Jampol, who also manages other celebrity estates such as Janis Joplin. Hendrix’s sister, Janie, has also been working with Musion Systems to develop a virtual image of her brother. Read more here. Bob Welch, Former Fleetwood Mac Member, Dead at 65 Bob Welch was found dead on Thursday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Welch, 65, was a guitarist and vocalist in Fleetwood Mac from 1971-1974. He left a suicide note and had recently been suffering from health problems. Welch also had a solo career and was managed by Fleetwood Mac drummer, Mac Fleetwood. Fleetwood said of Welch’s death, “He was a huge part of our history which sometimes gets forgotten … mostly his legacy would be his songwriting abilities that he brought to Fleetwood Mac, which will survive all of us.” For more, go here The Killers Release Album Trailer The Killers have released a trailer to tease their new album Battle Born. No date has been given, but the album will drop this fall. Lady Gaga Announces Third Album Lady Gaga announced via Twitter that she has recorded a new album. She will be revealing the title in September. Clear Channel & Big Machine Records Team Up To Share Revenue From RAMP’s 6/6/12 Newsletter: Big Machine Label Group and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment shook up the radio and record industries yesterday with the announcement of a precedent-setting agreement that will allow Big Machine to become the first record company to directly participate, along with its artists, in Clear Channel’s terrestrial broadcast radio revenues. CCM+E President of National Programming Platforms Tom Poleman perfectly crystalized the deal in a memo sent out to Clear Channel programmers, as he wrote, “For the first time, a record company and its artists will participate in all radio revenue streams — including broadcast radio.” Scott Borchetta, President/CEO of Big Machine Label Group remarked, “In Clear Channel, I found partners who shared my big-picture view of how we could structure an agreement to benefit all involved. Not only does this partnership enable Big Machine to participate in terrestrial broadcast revenues, but we are also hel ping to grow digital radio – a great opportunity for all of us and a breakthrough opportunity for Big Machine artists.” Artists with Big Machine’s wholly owned labels who will benefit from this agreement include Big Machine Records artists Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Edens Edge and Ella Mae Bowen and Valory Music Co. artists Reba McEntire, Justin Moore, Brantley Gilbert, The Mavericks and Thomas Rhett. “Today, 98% of our listening is terrestrial broadcast and 2% digital — with record labels and artists only paid for the 2%,” said John Hogan, Chairman/CEO of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. “This new agreement expands label and artist participation from just digital to terrestrial broadcast radio revenues in one comprehensive framework that will give all of us a great incentive to drive the growth of the digital radio industry and allow everyone to participate financially in its growth. This market-based solution helps bring the best in music to radio listeners wherever they want to hear it.” “It’s good for the long-term health of the music and radio industries,” Poleman explained in his company memo. “For digital radio to grow, it’s critical to have a predictable, sustainable pay structure that aligns radio, label and artist interests. And we’re excited that Scott Borchetta and his team at Big Machine were willing to work with us on a revolutionary approach. Scott is a visionary who built Big Machine and career artists like Taylor Swift from scratch in less than 10 years by doing things differently and not being afraid of change,” he said. “It’s a bold move,” Poleman admits. “And, yes, it will cost us more money in the short term and possibly even in the long run. But we believe that this is a risk worth taking to ensure a healthy future for both our business and the music industry. Under this new, aligned structure, radio, labels and artists now all stand to make more money as we drive the growth of digital radio. Our interests will be linked. As we make money, labels and artists make money.” Poleman did add that Clear Channel will “discuss similar agreements with other labels.” Axl Rose Robbed After Guns N’ Roses Concert After playing a show in Paris, Axl Rose discovered that he had been robbed of $200,000 worth of jewelry. Among the items stolen were three gold-and-diamond necklaces. Parisian authorities have launched an investigation. For more, click here. Sheryl Crow Reveals Benign Brain Tumor Yesterday Sheryl Crow revealed that she has a brain tumor. Though benign, it has been causing memory loss. She sometimes has trouble remembering her own song lyrics. In fact, that’s what convinced her to go get checked out last November. “I worried about my memory so much that I went and got an MRI,” she recalls. “I found out I have a brain tumor, and I was like, ‘See? I knew there was something wrong.'” Click for more. Elvis and Marilyn Possibly Getting Hologram Treatment Thanks to Hologram Tupac and potentially Hologram Freddie Mercury, the world might be getting Hologram Elvis and Hologram Marilyn. CKx (who is changing their name to Core Media Group) is the one behind making The King come to life. They are in talks with Sony to make a duets album and then possibly have Hologram Elvis go on tour in support of the album. The article mentions that CKx also owns “American Idol”. One of their most popular themes is Elvis’ music. No one would be surprised to see Hologram Elvis taking care of business with the Idol contestants. Marilyn may get the hologram treatment via a concert. Virtual Marilyn Live-A Musical Celebration of the Birth of an Icon will reportedly take place before the end of the year. The plan is to have Hologram Marilyn performing with other guests. The concert would also air live via internet stream. For more on possible celebrities to get the hologram treatment, read this.