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Paul Giamatti Joins Cast of N.W.A. Biopic

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Paul Giamatti Joins Cast of N.W.A. Biopic

The years-in-the-works N.W.A. biopic is going full-steam ahead, and is expected to hit theatres approximately one year from now. We’ve seen the three leads that were chosen to play the iconic rap group, and now the cast has gotten some more star-power thanks to the beloved actor Paul Giamatti. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Giamatti has signed on to play the band’s manager, Jerry Heller. It’s likely that this could make him a villain, of sorts. A successful manager long before the rise of N.W.A, Heller was with the group during their meteoric rise. After they split,…Read More

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Vivendi, Impala, & IFPI Send Open Letter to the President of the European Commission…

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A number of organizations and corporations have sent an open letter to Jean-Claude Juncker, the President-elect of the European Commission. Vivendi, Bertelsmann, the IFPI, and Impala are among those who signed.

The letter goes over points made by Juncker in a recent speech to the European Parliament about “a new start for Europe”. The letter explains how Juncker’s points relate to the needs of the cultural, creative, and media industries. The signatories also ask for  “support for innovation, access to finance, and a level playing field in terms of regulation.

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Mr Jean-Claude Juncker
President-elect of the European Commission
EPP Group
Rue du Commerce 10
1000 Brussels

Cc . Martin Selmayr, Head of the Transition Team of the President-elect

14th August 2014

Cultural and creative industries are ready for a new Europe

Dear President-elect,
Dear Jean-Claude Juncker,

On behalf of hundreds of thousands of authors, performers, producers, publishers and distributors of musical, audio visual, new media, literary, professional content and visual art works, we would first like to congratulate you on your election as President of the European Commission.

The cultural, creative and media industries and operators represented by this letter’s signatories welcome the impetus you wish to give Europe through your agenda for jobs, growth, fairness and democratic change.

The cultural and creative sector stakeholders are committed to contribute to “the move towards a new start for Europe” which you recently outlined in your speech to the European Parliament.

Jobs and Growth

Getting people back to work”. The cultural, creative and media industries are delighted to see that entrepreneurship and job creation are listed at the very top of your policy agenda for the next 5 years.

Already accounting for 4.2% of Europe’s employment (more than 9.3 million direct and indirect jobs) Europe’s cultural and creative industries are ready to further contribute to this high priority.

SMEs are the backbone of our economies – 95% of firms in the EU’s creative sectors have fewer than 10 employees. In the EU’s film and music sectors, SMEs are responsible for 90% of the added value. With more than 1.4 million very small, small and medium enterprises, cultural and creative industries are at the forefront of Europe’s battle to provide more jobs to its citizens.

Developing the digital single market

Making much better use of the great opportunities offered by digital technologies, which know no borders”. The undersigned organisations and businesses support a flourishing European Digital Market.

For well over a decade, Europe’s cultural, creative and media industries have helped boost Europe’s digital market for cultural products and services. Some of these homegrown online services have now become global leaders, such as Spotify and Deezer. More significant opportunities will arise in the future, provided continued progress is made on the core enablers of e-commerce.

Copyright, an inseparable branch of intellectual property, is one of those key enablers, and also a critical component of innovation, as well as the legal mainstay of creation in cultural, creative and media industries. A shored-up copyright framework should ensure contractual freedom and an adequate reward for European innovators, creators and producers who take risks and drive investment in new business models, in a highly competitive global market. Any future EU policy must reinforce these characteristics.

Furthermore, the internal market only stands to benefit from stronger cultural and creative industries, which is key if we want Europe to lead in the world’s digital economy.

A European industrial strategy including culture and creativity

A deeper and fairer Internal Market with a strengthened industrial base”. The cultural, creative and media industries note that they are not listed alongside other industries mentioned in this part of the programme, and would like to be included.

The cultural, creative and media industries also rely on the industrial ecosystem, along with a strong cultural policy. To achieve their full potential, we would like to draw your attention to the vital need for them to benefit from means which other industries benefit from, such as: support for innovation, access to finance and a level playing field in terms of regulation.

Strengthened by those means, cultural, creative and media industries could then fully benefit from “the internal market as a launch pad to thrive in the global economy”.

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Abandon All Ships Call It Quits

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Abandon All Ships Call It Quits

Toronto metalcore unit Abandon All Ships have apparently, well, jumped ship, having just announced they’re ending the band after an eight-year run. A press release delivered today (August 15) explains that the “saga is coming to an end” this fall. There apparently wasn’t any drama leading up to the decision, with vocalist Angelo Aita explaining that the band had just run its natural course. “After many ups and downs, good times and bad, it’s time that Abandon All Ships comes to an end,” he said in a statement, thanking fans, friends and family for their support over the years. “There’s…Read More

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30 Years of Music Industry Change, In 30 Seconds or Less…

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Now inflation-adjusted!

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US-based recordings.  Data supplied by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA); animation created by Digital Music News.

And here are individual images for each year…

b76pk 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

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The Coathangers Forced to Cancel Vancouver Date After Van Robbery

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The Coathangers Forced to Cancel Vancouver Date After Van Robbery

Atlanta punk trio the Coathangers have been forced to cancel the lone Canadian date on their current tour after being robbed last night (August 14) in Portland. The group were to play Vancouver’s Cobalt venue tonight as part of their weekly “Come Friday” event, but a social media blitz from the band earlier today explains that they lost their passports and more when their van was broken into during last night’s concert at Portland’s Doug Fir Lounge. “WE GOT ROBBED Y’ALL!” they reported on Twitter, adding on Instagram that they lost “all our personal shit,” including their passports. …Read More

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Dine Alone Signs Australia’s Violent Soho for Canadian Release of ‘Hungry Ghost’

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Dine Alone Signs Australia

Dine Alone Records has previously handled Canadian releases for artists like Billy Bragg, the Dodos and the Jezabels, and now the label has beefed up its roster with new band from Down Under: Violent Soho. The grungy garage rockers have already released Hungry Ghost in their homeland, but it’s set to arrive in Canada on September 30 thanks to Dine Alone. The Brisbane four-piece worked with local producer Bryce Moorhead on the album, and a press releases points to its fizzy riffs and moments of psych delicacy. Lyrically speaking, it examines consumer culture. Frontman Luke…Read More

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Bing & Ruth Announce New Album for RVNG Intl.

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Bing & Ruth Announce New Album for RVNG Intl.

The ever reliable RVNG Intl. imprint is back with another new group. The act is called Bing & Ruth, and they’ve just prepared their debut LP for the label called Tomorrow Was the Golden Age. Led by pianist David Moore, who formed the group while attending NYC’s New School in the mid-2000s, Bing & Ruth is a seven-piece ensemble featuring two upright bassists, two clarinetists, a cellist and a tape delay technician. The project draws inspiration from the likes of Morton Feldman, Gavin Bryars and Steve Reich. In a press release, Moore says the album was driven by contrasts. “I…Read More

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FKA twigs Explains Her Rejection of Beauty Industry Standards

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FKA twigs Explains Her Rejection of Beauty Industry Standards

Over the last few years, FKA twigs has been attracting listeners with her experimental brand of pop R&B, but the UK artist has also made a habit of drawing eyes with surreal visuals, including mutating 3D body diagrams and a terrifying turn as a tear-secreting bobble head. However, with the rapid influx of music video-centered albums, twigs is adamant that the visuals for her debut effort, the newly released LP1, will continue to be more than sex-addled beauty shots. “I feel like there are a lot of music videos now and it’s gotten to the point where it’s all focused on looking…Read More

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Three of These Gene Simmons Quotes Are Made Up. Can You Name Them?

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Which one of these quotes wasn’t said by Gene Simmons?  (hint: there are three)

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1. “The record industry is dead because of the fans.  They killed it.”

 

2. “Never negotiate with kids. They don’t have life experience, and they don’t have repercussions for bad decisions.  They still get fed and housed.”

 

3. “I’m actually saying the thing that needs to be said because the politically-correct climate is bulls—-t. You don’t want to upset anybody by saying, ‘Learn to speak goddamn English.’ So, as an immigrant, I’m telling you: learn to speak goddamn English. It is the key that will unlock the keys to the kingdom.”

 

4. “The woman who says, ‘I love you, baby’ is lying to you.  The only person who has ever heard that phrase and knew it wasn’t a lie was Ben Franklin.”

 

5. “I’m on Mel Gibson’s side, Don Sterling’s side, and anybody who has uttered a racist or an expletive rant in private.”

 

6. “President Obama means well, I think he’s actually a good guy, but he has no f–king idea what the world is like.  Because he doesn’t have to live there.”

 

7. “Every woman loves a guy with a big reproductive organ.  Let’s not kid ourselves.  Just like men are attracted to big breasts.  This is America, we all like big things.  But if you don’t have a big bank account to go with it, it’s like having the pepperoni without the pizza.”

 

8. “The record industry rolled over and wasn’t litigious.  You only get the respect you demand.  They didn’t go after the hundreds of thousands of college kids and wipe them off the face of the Earth for infringing on artists’ rights.”

 

9. “We’re all exactly the f–king same.  And anyone that says they want less money in life, be suspicious of this person.  This is a liar.  Everybody wants more money.”

 

10. “The only guys who have had more sex with women than me are basketball players and porn stars.  If you think I could compete with the likes Michael Jordan then you’re smoking something, which leaves the porn star.  But I never want some guy pointing to some woman and saying, ‘go have sex with that, here’s your money.’  It’s not a profession that would work for me.”

11. “I’ve never been high or drunk in my life, and I’ve never smoked cigarettes. It’s just not for me.”

 

12. “The irony is that the moron who wants to commit suicide always wants to do it in public.  He gets on a skyscraper and says ‘I’m going to jump!’  It’s a cry for help.  I’m the first person to say, ‘go ahead and jump’.  I really don’t care.”

 

13. “I’m fascinated with myself and love hearing the sound of my own voice. I’d like to hear what I have to say. A lot of people don’t like being alone because they truly don’t like themselves, but I love me.”

 

 

Answers will be posted tomorrow!

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