6. Perez Hilton vs. Lady Gaga In a more recent Twitter feud, Hilton found himself on the wrong side of Lady Gaga’s little monsters when he was seen in the lobby of Gaga’s apartment building in New York. Gaga accused Hilton of stalking her, despite his insistence it was nothing more than innocent house-hunting. Gaga’s fans also let their claws out, voicing death threats and derogatory comments about Hilton’s six-month-old son. Hilton, who was once friends with the pop star, insisted that the “real” Lady Gaga was different than her public persona, calling her “cruel” and insisting he was “still healing, removing your knife from my heart” after the two’s apparent fallout. 7. Rob Kardashian vs. Rita Ora Plenty of celebs take to tweeting after a breakup, but it’s hard to beat a Kardashian when it comes to drama. Rob K took to the Twittersphere to bash ex Rita Ora, saying she cheated on him with no less than 20 other men. While Ora remained mostly silent on the subject, one errant tweet did surface before it was quickly erased: “Robs d–k was wack, I had to go get it somewhere else.” Kardashian didn’t take kindly to the insult, hinting he had gotten Ora pregnant.
Pending Legislation Could Cripple Consumer Music Choices
There have also been companies that have struggled along the way. Some companies, like The New York Times, are trying to find their way while others like Newsweek have been forced to embrace an all digital model. Beneath the distributors of content Apple, Spotify, Pandora, newspaper and magazine publishers and so on the ripple effect is also being felt on content creators musicians, authors and the like. While authors are seeing their articles and books downloaded, musicians have seen the playing field shift from consumers having to buy entire albums regardless of the format to individual tracks. No loner does the the music industry book the bulk of its revenue on a per album basis, but rather on digital singles. Despite that economic shift, airplay on broadcast is still the number one determinate of whether a song is a hit or a bust. For generations, music played on broadcast radio was viewed as promotional material for the artists. While companies in other industries pay to get their material on the air through ad sales, musicians and their record labels get their promotions for free. Even today, 240 million Americans still listen to broadcast radio, even as competition for listeners becomes stiffer thanks to MP3 players like iPods and cell phones, satellite and Internet radio. Even as Internet radio grows in popularity and I expect it will given the install base of Apples new iRadio, the costs make profitability difficult to achieve because the government royalty board at the Library of Congress determined that Internet radio stations like Pandora pay six times the royalty rate of other mediums. Some in the music industry have recognized the changing landscape and have begun negotiating comprehensive deals that acknowledge the current multi dimensional aspect of the industry today. Warner Music Group and radio giant Clear Channel (CCO) recently agreed to a deal where Clear Channel agreed to compensate Warner and their artists when their music is played on the air and in exchange, Warner agreed to lower the royalty rates for music Clear Channel streams on the Internet. The Warner Music Clear Channel deal benefits both companies Clear Channel will gain profitability on the growth of streaming music while Warner Music will get compensation for music played on the air. And the consumer get what they want a wider range of music selection and the ability to consume that content where they want and how they want. Despite the progress made by Warner Music and Clear Channel, there are those in the recording industry are seeking a governmental solution that would again give them the upper hand at the expense of consumers.
To celebrate that power, the mother of all video platforms announced Tuesday that it would throw its first-ever YouTube Music Awards show on Nov. 3 on YouTube, of course. While there’s no immediate threat to the venerable Grammys and cheeky MTV Video Music Awards, the Google-owned company has brought out a few big guns for the inaugural 90-minute show, which will hand out seven awards to nominees who over the past year garnered the biggest slice of YouTube views, shares and other metrics of online love. Violinist Lindsey Stirling has a strong YouTube and gamer following. (Photo: Shore Fire Media) Actor Jason Schwartzman will host the program, which will unfold live at Pier 36 in New York; details will be shared later this month on how fans can apply for tickets. Spike Jonze is the show’s creative director. Guests include Eminem, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire and YouTube-fueled phenomenons such as the music-video collective CDZA and violinist Lindsey Stirling. Other as-yet-unannounced acts will provide taped performances from cities as far-flung as Seoul and Moscow, YouTube’s way of emphasizing the global nature of its audience. “Our point is to celebrate YouTube’s role in the music ecosystem,” says Danielle Tiedt, the San Bruno, Calif.-based company’s vice president of marketing. “If you think about how most of us encounter music, it’s usually on YouTube, whether it’s stars like Miley Cyrus and her VMA performance or her new Wrecking Ball video, or musicians like Lindsey (Stirling), who broke thanks to our site.” Nominees for the seven awards will be announced Oct. 17. Winners will be chosen by fans vote.
Google Play Music goes live in 7 more countries, India still not on the list
The big news this time is that Google is rolling out Play Music as well as All Access for seven more countries. Sadly, India is nowhere on the radar yet. The Play Music and All Access feature has arrived in European countries like the Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, Russia and Switzerland, according to a report by Android Police . The news of Google Play Music and All Accesss rollout to more countries comes only a few days after it was revealed that Googles Play Books had finally made its way to New Zealand and a few more countries in Asia. No India on the horizon yet With this rollout, Google Play Music is now available in 20 territories the world over with the companys main focus on the US and Europe and All Access is available in 19 of these countries, with the exception of Germany. For those not in the know, Google Play Music is the Internet giants music store while All Access is the music streaming platform associated with it. All Access was introduced earlier this year at the Google I/O and was made available for about US $10 in available areas. India, as well as a host of other countries, is missing out on gaining access to Google Play Music, thanks to legal constraints. Theres hope, however, for India, since Google has introduced services like Play Books and more importantly Play Movies in the country. Play Movies was introduced in India back in March, post the Google I/O. The service lets users rent movies for as little as Rs 80 and even purchase it for about Rs 190. The availability of the Movies section of Google Play should be a good reason to pave the way to make Google Play Music and All Access available in the subcontinent.