This could be a big first step towards solving the credits issue. That is, the glaring lack of detailed contributor credits in most digital metadata, a situation Rhapsody is now trying to address. The on-demand service is now layering digital liner notes into its app, including credits for oft-ignored producers, mastering engineers, background singers, and other behind-the-scenes players. This is a movement spearheaded by producer and engineer Count (aka Mikael Eldridge) last year, with NARAS and the RIAA adding serious momentum of late.
April 12, 2012: “I’m a Producer & Engineer. And I’m Invisible on Digital Music Services…“
And the latest tapping the Echo Nest would be SeatGeek, whose event search and discovery API is now tied into the Nest’s Rosetta Stone artist ID matching program. Which basically allows any number of Echo Nest apps to easily pull from SeatGeek’s considerable event database.
And, the extremely-informative action continues at Musexpo at the Hollywood Roosevelt today and tomorrow, with Daniel Glass and Jimmy Kimmel highlights of Tuesday’s discussions. More ahead from Atlantic Records, Lionsgate TV, Conexion Entertainment Group, Activision/Blizzard, EA Games… let’s connect! Complete schedule here.
And, there’s more Stones-related discussion following some superb distortion-fielding by AEG Live executive John Meglen. According to Meglen, everything is going quite smoothly on 50 & Counting, with a $100 million gross expected on the 18-date tour (not to mention a perfectly-executed plan to thwart scalpers with ‘flex pricing’ responsiveness). Worth noting, though some may still be wondering why certain $600 buyers are sitting right next to other $85 buyers, why certain shows seems to be selling so sluggishly, and why the Stones sound so appallingly mediocre (among other dangling questions first raised by Bob Lefsetz).
All of which raises another question: what does Stones-gate mean for an over-bloated concert megalith like Live Nation? The company just disclosed another massive quarterly loss, this time to the tune of $64.2 million, though revenues improved somewhat and concerts are showing signs of life. Live Nation, which loves big gambles (most recently an estimated $50 million on Insomniac and $30 million on BigChampagne) and even bigger salaries, has been spilling massive losses for years and currently carries a debt tranche of $1.67 billion.
Further on the discussion of discussions, there’s also the indie-focused Beatstars Seminars coming up. The online discussions run from May 13th to May 17th, with participation from CDBaby, ReverbNation, DJBooth, HipHopDX, Propellerhead, and Empire Distribution; more here.
Sound familiar? A number of aggressive, adult industry plaintiffs have now received sanctions for effectively abusing the legal system. That is, isolating IP addresses without thorough enough investigations, threatening to shame said defendants for downloading pornography, and setting fines just under the costs of a defense effort to force quick settlements. The sanctions, which include the oft-hated Prenda Law, topped $81,000; full decision here.
More ahead! Written while listening to Talib Kweli and Empire of the Sun.