The News: 28 Gramms Edition

7 10 2008

Before you get too involved in reading the news, throw this on.

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-Bob Dylan’s latest set of Bootlegs/rarities is currently streaming on NPR, check it out here.

PopMatters interviews singer and songwriter Nellie Mckay

-On’s Listening Post Blog, an article about the rebirth of album art. 

The album cover — once a crucial part of any band’s identity — has been dying a slow death for decades. For the most part, music fans put up with the shrinkage of album art from expansive vinyl records to hand-size plastic jewel cases. But with the music experience moving almost exclusively online, album art has suffered another compression — this time all the way down to thumbnail images. (Worse still — they’re missing from most of the music files we’ve all ripped and downloaded.)

-According to Pitchfork, Tokyo Police Club will be appearing on the ABC drama Desperate Housewives.

















-Paul Mccartney’s little group Fireman will be releasing an album of new material on November 18th. His latest single, “Nothing too much, Just out of sight” is online and ready for your listening pleasure. It’s pretty awesome and is supposed to be about that woman.

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So this is what people are actually buying these days>

These are recently certified (Gold, Platinum Platinum x??) albums on Billboard. An album being certified as Platinum means that 1 million units of the album have been shipped.

Disturbed-The Sickness 4x platinum

Guns n’ Roses-Appetite 18x platinum

Lil’ Wayne- Tha Carter III 2x Platinum

Journey- Greatest Hits 15x Platinum

Disney-Camp Rock Soundtrack Platinum

To put these numbers into perspective. Michael Jackson’s Thriller has sold over 100 million copies worldwide. The Top five selling records ever? Here they are:

1) Michael Jackson-Thriller (1982) 100-108 million copies

2) AC/DC-Back in Black (1980) 42 million copies

3) Whitney Houston- The Bodyguard OST (1992) 42 million copies

4) The Eagles- Their Greatest Hits (71-75) 41 million copies

5) Bee Gees/Various- Saturday Night Fever OST (1977) 40 million copies

-In other news, Kanye West’s new album will be released November 25th. That’s final!


Dozens of U.K. artists, including Radiohead, The Verve, Kaiser Chiefs and Kate Nash, have signed up to a new representative body, the Featured Artists’ Coalition. The London-based organization was officially launched at Manchester’s In the City conference on Sunday (Oct. 5). It will campaign for the protection of performers’ and musicians’ rights and argue for greater control for members over their own recordings. So far more than 60 artists have joined by signing the founding charter. Other members include David Gilmour, Billy Bragg and Klaxons. It takes its name from “featured artists” credited on recordings who are the primary named performers, describing them as “responsible for the majority of income in the music industry.”

In a statement, the Featured Artists’ Coalition has outlined six areas where it is seeking the following changes:

 “An agreement by the music industry that artists should receive fair compensation whenever their business partners receive an economic return from the exploitation of the artists’ work.”  – “All transfers of copyright should be by license rather than by assignment, and limited to 35 years.” It says Germany’s precedent on licensing instead of assigning rights should be followed. 

– “The making available right should be monetized on behalf of featured artists and all other performers.” It states that artists have been obliged to assign this digital music right in recording agreements and says they should be fairly compensated.

– “Copyright owners to be obliged to follow a ‘use it or lose it’ approach to the copyrights they control.” This would exist to ensure that artists’ work is always available physically and digitally, preventing fans having to download it illegally.

– “The rights for performers should be the same as those for authors (songwriters, lyricists and composers).” It wants to address some of the areas where authors get paid for the use of a work but performers do not.

– “A change to U.K. copyright law which will end the commercial exploitation of unlicensed music purporting to be used in conjunction with ‘critical reviews.'” It claims that several companies are producing DVDs in the U.K. which use an artist’s audio-visual footage and avoid the need for permission or payment by including a review at the end of the DVD, so that it qualifies as a work of “critical review.”







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