U.S. to Review Rules Covering Pandora Songwriter Fees

The review, which follows court battles between rights holders and Pandora internet radio, will “examine the operation and effectiveness of the consent decrees” dating back to 1941 with two major songwriter groups, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and Broadcast Music Inc., the department said in a notice today.

The review could lead to changes in the rules governing how much Pandora, the leader in internet radio, pays songwriters each time their works are played. Ascap and BMI, both based in New York, represent hundreds of thousands of songwriters, composers and publishers. They’ve argued in court disputes with Pandora that the agreements with the Justice Department don’t take into account the rise of digital media. Pandora has argued that it is isn’t on an even playing field with terrestrial radio and may not be able to sustain its business model if rates keeps climbing.

via U.S. to Review Rules Covering Pandora Songwriter Fees | Media – Advertising Age.

The GMA Summer Concert Series 2014

Fans of every genre of music will find a favorite artist in this year’s line-up: from international music superstars Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias, to hip-hop-artist and entertainment mogul Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, to country superstars Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, and Luke Bryan, to pop R&B sensation Jason Derulo, to rock bands Kings of Leon and Paramore, to pop singer Demi Lovato, to Robin Thicke, to country sensation Florida Georgia Line and DJ/ producers Zedd and Afrojack.

It all kicks off Friday, May 23, 2014 with multi-Grammy award winning country music group, Lady Antebellum, live in concert in Central Park.

via Good Morning America’s Fun in the Sun 2014 Summer Concert Series – Yahoo.

Fans Predict Taylor Swift as Big Winner at ‘CMA Awards’ in Annual CMT Poll

Fans Predict Taylor Swift as Big Winner at ‘CMA Awards’ in Annual CMT Poll

“If fans have their way, Taylor Swift could walk away with as many as three wins in the categories of Entertainer, Female Vocalist, and Album of the Year at the “The 43rd Annual CMA Awards”, according to CMT‘s fourth annual poll. Swift would become the youngest artist ever to win Entertainer and join an elite group of only six other women — the Dixie Chicks, Loretta Lynn, Barbara Mandrell, Dolly Parton, Reba and Shania Twain — who have received the CMA’s highest honor. A win in this category would also mark the first win for a female since the Dixie Chicks took the top prize in 2000.”

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Check Me Out on Last.fm!

I’m into rock, pop, soundtrack, female vocalists and Disney, including:

Steve Jablonsky, Miley Cyrus, Linkin Park, Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, Christy Carlson Romano, The Smashing Pumpkins, Genesis, Cast of Camp Rock, Jimmy Buffett, Metallica, PUFFY, Barenaked Ladies, Nickelback, Martin O’Donnell, Klaus Badelt, Evanescence, Vince DiCola, Hannah Montana, Simple Plan, Will Smith, Kim Possible, Bon Jovi, Jeff Foxworthy, Phil Collins, Godsmack, Tom Rothrock With Jim Wise, Sheryl Crow, Queen, No Secrets, Toby Keith, John Williams, The Prydonian Renegades, Kikuko Inoue, Billy Joel, “Weird Al” Yankovic, M2M, Mitchel Musso, Bryan Adams, James Taylor, Everlast, Limp Bizkit, Alan Jackson, Aerosmith, Avril Lavigne, 3 Doors Down, Garth Brooks.

Check out my music taste: http://www.last.fm/user/RJBailey

Now playing: Bon Jovi – Wanted Dead or Alive
via FoxyTunes

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Rock Band Network Announced Today

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MTV Games and Harmonix Empower Artists and Labels to Get Their Music in the Game with the Rock Band Network:

“CAMBRIDGE, Mass. and NEW YORK, July 17 /PRNewswire/ — Harmonix Music Systems and MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), today announced the Rock Band Network, a ground-breaking initiative that gives musicians and record labels the ability to author their own original recordings into gameplay files and sell their music as playable Rock Band tracks through the newly-created Rock Band Network Music Store. The introduction of the Rock Band Network marks a fundamental shift in the exposure music games can give emerging and established artists through innovative technologies that will open new revenue streams and promotional avenues.

“The Rock Band Network will launch as an open beta in late August 2009 in the U.S. and provide a sophisticated toolset, with detailed documentation on how bands can begin the process of authoring songs into Rock Band gameplay files. Authors will be able to submit tracks for playtesting and peer review via a specialized Web site, Creators.RockBand.com. Potential publishers will need a membership to Microsoft‘s XNA Creators Club Online in order to test and publish game content. The service will only be available to those who purchase a premium membership to Microsoft’s XNA Creators Club Online, which can be purchased for four months at $49.99 or for a year at $99.99.”

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The grand opening of Yahoo! Music

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I found this fascinating quote today:

So now we can be all things to all music people with a little help from our industry friends. The new Yahoo! Music Artist Pages now bring together downloads from iTunes, albums from Amazon; streams from Pandora, Last.fm and Rhapsody; music videos from YouTube; and tickets from Ticketmaster – for more than 500,000 artists. We also include photos from Flickr as well as our own Yahoo! music videos. You can customize your Artist Pages to include your favorite content modules. Previously a closed service with proprietary licensed content, this is the first major effort by any online music site to truly open itself up to third-party services.The grand opening of Yahoo! Music, Apr 2009

You should read the whole article. Sure, it’s over a week old, but still…

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New GHWT Tracks Dropping in April

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Guitar Hero’s(R) Catalog to Keep on Rockin’ With New Music From the Pixies, Motorhead, Silversun Pickups, Steely Dan and Nirvana:

“SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — In April, gamers will have no shortage of new songs to rock out to on Activision Publishing, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: ATVI) Guitar Hero(R) World Tour with downloadable music from five distinctive rock bands. The Pixies make their Guitar Hero(R) debut; returning veterans Silversun Pickups will release two brand-new songs off their sophomore album, prior to its release; Nirvana returns for a downloadable encore with three additional hits; while Motorhead and Steely Dan, each with singles featured on Guitar Hero World Tour‘s on-disc set list, make a resounding return.”

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