Variety has just tapped Bob Lefsetz as a contributing columnist, specifically for its relaunched weekly edition (as well as its site). Sounds like a smart move for Variety and a well-deserved stripe for Lefsetz, though longtime readers may have to wonder: will Variety be getting the good stuff? Another question is whether Variety’s editors can handle the Lefsetz heat, though perhaps the years have slowly mellowed this oft-sage commentator.
Which brings us to another mellowing influence: bourbon. But, Motorhead Bourbon? Yes, according to a note just sent to Digital Music News. That’s on top of existing Motorhead Wine, Motorhead Beer, and Motorhead Vodka. “We have a range of intoxicants,” Lemmy observed.
Can Google be broken? Let’s see: DMCA takedown notices just hit another all-time high, with compliance (and potentially erroneous requests) now a demanding, full-time job for Google. Music industry groups like the RIAA and BPI are leading this charge, though their firepower is nothing compared to Hollywood’s arsenal…
There’s a lot not to miss about the old recording industry, including badly-dressed executives. You know, the tinted glasses and tight leather… but how about yellow Porsches? Turns out Universal Music Group chairman Lucian Grainge is pushing just that (specifically, a sunny Carrera 933) around the ‘streets’ of Brentwood, as unearthed in a Financial Times interview over lunch. While not zooming around town, other fun Grainge activities include sipping coffee at Geoffrey’s Malibu on the PCH, and hobnobbing with Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Meanwhile, more chatter – and concern – surrounds the fast up-and-comer Soundcloud, which continues to soar but seems to be skipping requisite royalty payments (like, performance royalties). Let’s see if/when this boils to a head…
And, the question remains (thank you): is Rick Ross benefiting from all the controversy surrounding “U.O.E.N.O.”? Paul Porter of Rap Rehab has been leading the crusade against Ross and the pro-rape lyrical content of that piece, yet the song still seems to be getting substantial radio rotation. That includes both the Hip-Hop Nation and Shade45 channels on Sirius, not to mention the just-added KJLH in Los Angeles. Separately, the Parents Television Council (PTC) has now joined the chorus of protesters against the track and its message.
And yes, sometimes technology means more money for rights owners. Which brings us to TuneSat, which is now trumpeting a proof of concept in Germany. That’s where GEMA has recently paid publisher Intervox Production Music Publishing GmbH based on TuneSat detections (a first for GEMA). Basically, TuneSat scans television transmissions and detects the use of specific catalogs.
More ahead! Stay tuned.