Pop star Taylor Swift’s recent blowup over the sale of the label her first albums belong to made national headlines. Swift held nothing back in complaining about the label sale although she’s now worth hundreds of millions of dollars partly because of that label. Swift targeted Scooter Braun, the man at the helm of the purchase of her label, for allegedly bullying her, among other reasons. Rising country star Scooter Brown had no idea what would come at him as a result of mistaken identity. Continue reading “Swift blowup: Scooter Brown backlash case of mistaken identity”
Be forewarned. The chart is definitely addicting.
BMI, along with other industry partners, has published a new graph and data indicating musicians in the US have a big money pie to target. It doesn’t matter if you’re a known brand or an up and comer. The market share for the industry is huge, and the state I live in has enough revenue churning to fire up the ambitions of any songwriter, performer, or other industry professional. Start with the overall US market–$143 billion in annual value and 2 million jobs. Continue reading “‘50 States’ graph indicates musicians have a big money pie to target”
Sammy Sadler’s story, one he is recounting firsthand in a new book, is one of those cautionary tales about life in the corporate music fast lane. Sadler, a breakout country artist in the late 1980s, had every reason to expect success in his industry.
His voice commanded a wide range and his voice had something lacking in so many–character and uniqueness. He had the looks, and his songs were charting nicely. Then came the night when he and his friend Kevin Hughes were leaving Sadler’s record label offices. A gunman emerged from the shadows, killing Hughes and seriously wounding Sadler.
Though a song by the same name would chart, the murder mystery is often referred to as the ‘Murder on Music Row’. The song wasn’t about the murder. It was about the pop takeover of country music.
I wrote about the dustup over the song “Old Town Road” as debate about the song’s “country-worthiness” took place on social media. I remain perplexed about why country music gatekeepers would deem the song not country when it is, in fact, as country as anything I hear on radio stations or anything I see on the TV channel that airs country videos. In fact, Lil Nas X the rapper has produced a song that’s more country than most of what I hear these days. Continue reading “Lil Nas X on a roll as Keith Urban covers ‘Old Town Road’ (on Twitter)”
Because of technology, we live in an age where, if you’re an artist, you can’t just be talented or hard-working. You also have to know how to work the system. A rapper from Atlanta, 20 year old Lil Nas X, did all of the above, and now he’s the topic of many a conversation in the music industry. How did a rapper get a song to the top of country Billboard before it was removed from country? Was this racist? Continue reading “Genius of Lil Nas X: 20 year old rapper topped country charts, then controversy burned”