A lot has been going on in the music industry for the first month of the year and I’m here to give you the inside scoop on everything that’s happening with labels, artists and everything music. Here’s what’s been happening for the week of January 17th.
Record Sales falling year after year kept most labels hoping that with the MP3 demand in 2009 numbers would jump up for overall record sales. Instead record sales fell another 10% and digital music sales rose 12%. And the blame of course falls on illegal downloading and piracy. Governments across the globe are gradually moving towards legislation requiring ISPs to reduce digital piracy. John Kennedy, IFPI chairman and CEO said, “It would be great to report that these innovations have been rewarded by market growth, more investment in artists, more jobs. Sadly that is not the case. Digital piracy remains a huge barrier to market growth and is causing a steady erosion of investment in local music.”
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NAMM 2010 brought plenty of new gadgets and toys for everyone to be in awe of. With 87,569 people in attendance, the show was shy of 559 people to break the record set two years earlier. However, for the first time in NAMM’s history there were 1,300 exhibitors at the show that included 250 new exhibitors. NAMM President and CEO said, “A strong NAMM Show signals the beginning of a comeback with buyers returning to their hometowns with renewed energy, passion and hope for a strong 2010, and exhibitors enjoying strong floor traffic and sales as they introduced hundreds of new and innovative products to the market.” The show also featured Quincy Jones and Yoko Ono talking about the importance of music education for children.
We all love playing those plastic instruments like we were on a real stage rocking out to some of our favorite songs. Rock Band is now stepping it up with “Rock Band Network.” It has gone into it’s beta stage and is now allowing users to create their own music uploads. The process of uploading this music will be a little more difficult than YouTube or Facebook uploading but there will be opportunity for those songwriters to learn more about recording. Click on the link to see what users are saying about this product.
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Since mid last week the earthquake that shook Haiti as everyone around the world reaching out to the people who have lost everything. Not only have governments gotten involved in the aid to Haiti but celebrities and organizations a like are pulling together to do everything they can for the relief of these earthquake victims. George Clooney and Wycelf Jean are hosting a telethon tonight on MTV that will include performances by Bono, Sting, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys and MANY more. Blink 182, and Lady Gaga both are selling relief t-shirts through the online stores. Linkin Park, Rihanna, Quincy Jones and Lionel, and Paste Magazine are all contributing on the recording front, recording and selling songs for the Haitian relief. For the full story and who else is helping Haiti, click on the link.
Emilio Estefan, long time producers, entertainer, and arranger has made a definite impact on Latin culture during his career. And now, after years of helping and promoting others, Estefan has written his own life memoir entitled “The Rhythm of Success.” The book centers around not only his later years of success but of the beginning, when we first fled from Fidel Castro’s Cuba to Spain and then Miami. “This generation of Hispanics has to know its history, everything Latinos who came before them have done to open the doors and to see what they can achieve,” he said. “That’s why I’ve dedicated the book to the first Latino president. Maybe it won’t happen now, but it will happen.” For the full story click here.
The obituaries so far this year are as follows: Carol Smith, country gentleman, dies at 82. Bobby Charles, louisiana songwriter, dies at 71. Teddy Pendergrass, “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” singer, dies at 59.
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