The News: TGIF Edition

3 10 2008

It’s Friday, Smile!

-Lil’ Wayne has begun work on Tha Carter IV and on The Dedication 3 Mixtape.

From the man himself:

“I’ve been busy in the studio, and right now I’m working on a mix tape, along with Tha Carter IV. The mixed tape you can expect real soon. It’s called Dedication 3, and it’s going to be Gangsta Grillz by DJ Drama. And then right after that, I’m putting that same mix tape out with twenty extra songs for free on my website.”

The Guardian Music Blog explains why Myspace Music is unfair to indie labels

-Sony has bought out Bertlesmann, ending what was Sony BMG. Read More

-Caribou has won the Polaris Music Prize. Does that mean anything to you? Read more

-A.C Newman has set a January 20th release date for his second solo album, Get Guilty, courtesy of Matador Records.

The New Pornographers frontman released his first solo effort in, The Slow Wonder, in 2004 to much success. His new album will feature appearances from Nicole Atkins and Jon Wurster. You might remember his take on Okkervil River’s “Lost Coastlines” from The Stand-Ins promotion in August. 

-Jay Z received a super-special UN humanitarian award. Read more

Drop Boards not Bombs

-Kate Moss in solid-gold. More from BBC

-Itunes lives to fight another day.

Yesterday, amidst a bailout and debate preparation, a federal panel ruled that song publishers and writers were only entitled to 9.1 cents of royalties per song. This ruling is important because it keeps Apple’s Itunes in business… The Copyright Royalty Board had previously attempted to raise the royalty per-song fee from nine to fifteen cents. Fucking itunes store. Apple pays an estimated 70 cents per song to the record companies. The record companies pay the nine cent royalty fee to the publishers.

Jonathan Potter, executive director of the Digital Media Association, the trade group whose members include iTunes, Amazon.com and other online music stores, was similarly “pleased” with the decision.

“During this challenging time for the music industry and digital stores and services, we are pleased with the CRB’s decision to keep royalty rates stable for the next five years,” Potter said in a statement. “Keeping rates where they are will help digital services and retailers continue to innovate and grow for the next several years, which will benefit songwriters, artists, labels and publishers.”

 

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