Live Nation is the worlds biggest and baddest concert promoter, raking in notable NYC venues; Roseland, Hammerstein, Irving Plaza, Jones Beach, the Nokia in Times Square, and the McCarren Pool in Williamsburgh. This aint no CBGB town anymore, it's Live Nation vs. Bowery Presents (the local upstarts giving goliath a run for its money with Bowery Ballroom, Mercury Lounge, Webster Hall, and Music Hall in Williamsburgh). To me, that seems like a lot of money for a blond ambition in the waning years of her vocal career, but thank god she does more dancing than singing.
The article is interesting because it also mentions the altering landscape of music distribution. Paul McCartney goes latte factor, releasing his latest CD on Starbucks' label, and Radiohead eschewed labels altogether by going straight to download- off of its own website. It's like CDs will inevitably go the way of 8 track, and my guess is the iPod revolution has only begun.
- “The music business is changing and there are different ways of making money but the labels are sticking with this white whale called the CD. The Internet could be the salvation of the labels if they do a better job of adapting to it instead of fighting it,” said Phil Leigh, senior analyst with Inside Digital Media, an independent research firm based in Tampa, Fla.
In a BBC article on Radiohead's release and what it means for the music industry, NME reviews editor Julian Marshall says,
- "I think it's actually a really exciting time. People have been talking for years about how the internet was going to change the way people approach releasing their records."
Now if only we can find a way to bring back album cover art.