Budweiser Keeps Musician In The Dark

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Chances are that you’ve seen the tear-jerker, anti-drunk driving Budweiser commercial about the dude and his puppy. You know, the dog eagerly waits for his scruffy twenty-something owner to come home after a night of drinking, but doesn’t… until the next morning where dude apologizes to dog and says “I decided I shouldn’t drive home last night. I stayed at Dave’s.”

It currently has over 19 million views on YouTube and is starting to air on television. It played during last night’s Sunday Night Football.

The most frequent comment on YouTube is “What is the song? Who is it by?”

Good question Budweiser! The song is so prominent and featured, but there’s no mention of the artist in the YouTube description. And there are no annotations on the video linking people to iTunes.

Google Makes It Easy to Illegally Download 60% of Top-Selling Albums

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Last week we posted the news that Google is making it extremely easy to search Grooveshark, who has been found guilty of massive copyright infringement.

Google has just released a new piracy report, and posted a blog post bragging about their piracy-fighting efforts. The biggest news is changes to search results for movies and music.

Google has rolled out new ad formats for people searching for free movies. These ads link to sites like Amazon or Walmart, where people can pay to watch the movie online.

They’ve also pointed out that searches for artists or albums often bring up links to Spotify, VEVO, or other “legitimate” services. This has been in place for a while.

Warner Acquires Spotify Playlist Site Playlists.net…

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WEA (a division of Warner Music Group) has acquired Playlists.net, a site that curates and aggregates Spotify playlists. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

CrunchBase says that up until now, Playlists.net had raised a total of £600,000 ($ 765,000) in funding. The site claims to have 1.5 million users per month.

Here’s Why Bono Is Always Wearing Sunglasses

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If you’ve ever made fun of Bono for wearing sunglasses all of the time, then get ready to feel guilty: the U2 frontman has explained that he wears shades because he has glaucoma. Speaking with BBC One’s The Graham Norton Show, the Irish arena-filler said, “This is a good place to explain to people that I’ve had glaucoma for the last 20 years.” He added, “I have good treatments and I am going to be fine.” He also joked, “You’re not going to get this out of your head now and you will be saying, ‘Ah, poor old blind Bono.’” Advanced glaucoma can cause blindness, but it…Read More

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Cam’ron Selling His Own Line of Ebola Masks

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Proving that even a deadly outbreak is an opportunity for marketing, veteran Harlem MC Cam’ron has unveiled a rather unusual merch item: ebola masks. As far as we can tell, this is absolutely real. The rapper posted a photo of the item on Instagram; as you can see above, the mask shows Cam’ron wearing a pink fuzzy hood while talking into a pink flip phone. (The outfit depicted is so infamous that it was offered in an online auction; it also inspired a T-shirt.) Cam’ron wrote on Instagram, “Ebola is no joking matter.. So if u have to be safe.. Be fashionable. #CamEbolaMask.” …Read More

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How Many Managers Does It Take to Save an Industry?

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If the major labels have cratered, who gets to fill the void?

Perhaps artist managers, a group that sometimes finds itself babysitting artists, and other times investing in multi-billion startups (music or otherwise).  Enter the freshly-steroided Maverick, which old-timers will remember as the label originally co-founded by Madonna and helmed by Guy Oseary.

Now, Maverick will bulk into a consortium of various management groups from various genres, with Live Nation Entertainment joining the fun.

So far, these guys suck at hype: according to a strangely-timed Friday evening announcement in Billboard that hasn’t been making ripples, the other players in the gang include:

  • Laffitte Management’s Ron Laffitte
  • I Am Other’s Caron Veazey
  • Blueprint Group’s Gee Roberson and Cortez Bryant
  • Reign Deer’s Larry Rudolph and Adam Leber
  • Quest Management’s Scott Rodger
  • Spalding Entertainment’s Clarence Spalding

Live Nation, painfully played by the shrewd super-manager Irving Azoff in a deal gone bad, is aiming to re-enter the management arena as part of the consortium.  That makes sense, as Live Nation itself is benefiting enormously from being able to actually charge for music (unlike labels).  But insiders point to a business that puts big branding deals way ahead of actual ticket sales (just ask Live Nation exec and former MP3.com co-conspirator Joe Fleischer).

And where’s Troy Carter?  The manager famous for guiding Lady Gaga in her glory days is now apparently minting plenty as an investor, and might be a nice addition to the cast.  Meanwhile, Oseary is no slouch in the investment world either, with music and non-music companies under his ‘A-Trak’ moniker spanning Airbnb, Uber, Spotify, Soundcloud, and INDMusic (they do YouTube stuff, look them up).

But what would you say this consortium will DO around here, anyway?

Let’s see…

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PONO Is Coming to a Vehicle Near You…

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Pono has raised millions of dollars through crowdfunding for their music players, music store, and audio format. The company has been in crowdfund-mode since SXSW this past March.

Now it looks like we’re getting somewhere…

The PonoMusic store is online, officially launched on October 17th, but you can’t buy anything yet. There’s no official date for a fully functional launch.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Drummer Leah Shapiro to Undergo Brain Surgery

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Drummer Leah Shapiro to Undergo Brain Surgery

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club member Leah Shapiro has some rather tough times ahead of her, as the drummer has announced that she’s having brain surgery. In a statement on Facebook, she revealed that she is suffering from something called Chiari malformations, which she explains as “structural defects in part of the brain and skull which control balance and other functions.” This has given her “dizziness, insomnia, headaches, tingling/numbness in my hands, stiff neck & pain” in recent weeks. Now that the doctors have caught it, there is a surgery that is “usually effective.” Shapiro…Read More

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R.I.P. Isaiah “Ikey” Owens and LFO’s Mark Bell, Grimes vs. Ariel Pink, and Wilco’s 20th anniversary Celebrations in Our News Roundup

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R.I.P. Isaiah "Ikey" Owens and LFO

Now that most of us have fully recovered from our Canadian Thanksgiving turkey gorging, it’s a better time than ever to look back on the week that was and double check that nothing passed you by. So once again here’s our news roundup to make that oh so easy on you.

This week was not without its drama, as well as its selection of downs. Keeping our Beefs 2014 instalments alive and well, Grimes accused Ariel Pink of “delusional misogyny” over his Madonna comments, Snoop Dogg took some pretty ugly shots at Iggy Azalea and the Black Keys’ Patrick Carney slammed U2 over the release scheme behind Songs of Innocence.

Then we sadly had the death of Jack White/Mars Volta keyboard player Isaiah “Ikey” Owens and that of LFO electronic mastermind Mark Bell, Black Flag’s Greg Ginn getting accused of child abuse, and a concert tragedy in South Korea leaving at least 16 dead.

In more positive news, Sam Smith announced a North American winter tour, Wilco detailed their 20th anniversary box set and best-of, Dan Mangan + Blacksmith announced their Club Meds LP and Calgary’s Viet Cong revealed their self-titled debut LP as well.

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