Will he regale us with stories of Foo and grunge, or really dig into the meaty issues of this industry? As superstorm SXSW continues to edge closer to shore, Dave Grohl has now been announced as a keynote speaker for March 14th. That follows a full slate of industry panels (shamelessly, including one with Digital Music News, Gartner Research, BAMM.tv, MOG, and SF MusicTech); more here and here.
It's getting even more complicated. The latest anti-Pandora salvo is now coming from the publishing sector, which receives just a fraction of Pandora's broader royalty payments. Which is why the National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA), the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and the Church Music Publishers Association (CMPA) recently penned a letter to Congress urging not only the rejection of IRFA, but a broader overhaul of copyright royalty rates for songwriters. "As we make the argument that artists and labels should enjoy the more generous willing buyer/willing seller standard, the same should be applied for songwriters and publishers under Section 115," the letter urged. "In fact, the RIAA has communicated its support for a Section 115 rate standard improvement."
Spotify is the fastest-growing (and best-funded) streaming music service, but why? TechCrunch offers one possibility: a company division of small, startup-like squads, each responsible for specific launches like radio and the web-based service. Part of that is TechCrunch cheerleading, though if ultimately successful, perhaps part of an organizational evolution around fast-growing tech plays.
Not sure if electricity and shower heads are the best combo, but Kohler's Moxie is the first, shower-integrated, Bluetooth speaker.
The action on Kickstarter is really just beginning, especially in music. And the latest to crowdfund? That would be a Deadhead team of filmmakers that includes Malcolm Leo, Aaron Godfred, Gina Podley, and John Hartmann, all of whom are hoping to raise $400,000 to bring Jerry: The Movie to life.
How Romantic: VEVO has just expanded into Spain, France, and Italy.
You can have any color Moog analog synthesizer you want, as long as it's black. Well, not anymore: for a limited time, Moog Music is releasing an all-white collection of analog synthesizers. Select dealers are getting their hands on these synths right now...