MC Hammer, Ellen and Portia top quality list for Super Bowl LIV Ads

AdWeek has handily rounded up all the “Big Game” ads ahead of the 54th Super Bowl on Sunday, and I selected the Cheetos popcorn ad featuring MC Hammer and the Amazon Alexa ad featuring Ellen and Portia DeGeneres as my favorites when it comes to one factor. Quality.

*Featured photo is from the US Library of Congress. It was taken between 1920-1930. It is from the National Photo Company Collection.
*Featured photo is from the US Library of Congress. It was taken between 1920-1930. It is from the National Photo Company Collection.

There are other ads I liked for different reasons, and there are also ads I viewed negatively for one reason or another. I learned a few things too.

For instance, do you know there’s a name for that orange dust that sticks to your fingers when you eat Cheetos? Do you know how many ads will air during the game? How much 30 seconds of air time would cost you during the game? Continue reading “MC Hammer, Ellen and Portia top quality list for Super Bowl LIV Ads”

ESPN archive has rare article on forgotten talent of Kobe Bryant

By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA - Kobe Bryant, CC BY-SA 2.0
Kobe Bryant; Lakers at Wizards 12/2/15; By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA – Kobe Bryant, CC BY-SA 2.0

I did a driveby on twitter yesterday, and noticed a lot of tweets expressing sorrow and RIPs over “Kobe.” I only know of one Kobe—basketball legend Kobe Bryant, and he was young. Once news officially broke about the helicopter crash that took Bryant, his young daughter, and others’ lives, I realized the worst was true. Somewhere in the back of my mind, there was an association with Bryant and music. So I started hopping around the Web to make sure my memory was right.

It was. Continue reading “ESPN archive has rare article on forgotten talent of Kobe Bryant”

Did court get decision right in Katy Perry copyright suit for ‘Dark Horse’?

Sometimes I have to reach deep inside my conscience to be fair. Right up front I’ll say I don’t care for Katy Perry’s music. Any of it. Perry just lost a lawsuit alleging copyright infringement for her song “Dark Horse.” I looked over her song and the song she allegedly ripped off. I think the court got the whole deal wrong. Continue reading “Did court get decision right in Katy Perry copyright suit for ‘Dark Horse’?”

Norway authorities allege millions of ‘fake streams’ for Jay-Z’s Tidal

Anyone in the music business is aware streams of artists’ music play a vital role in their success. While indie artists’ fans often ask for CDs or vinyl, streaming stats supply numbers guaranteed to impress media and fans. Whether streaming numbers translate to similar numbers in fans is up for debate. Now Norway authorities are investigating US musician Jay-Z’s Tidal, alleging millions of “fake streams” for some artists. If true, this would result in disenfranchising others because of the way revenue is tabulated for artists.  Continue reading “Norway authorities allege millions of ‘fake streams’ for Jay-Z’s Tidal”

State of the stream: Right now, Drake owns it

Streaming continues to increase as technology provides more ways to listen to your favorite music. Right now, rapper Drake is king of the stream, and close behind him is another rapper whose video features Drake. While audience habits are tied to both age and aesthetics, there’s no doubt streaming is here to stay despite the disadvantages it can pose for indie artists who get a smaller share of the money. Still, whether you’re a consumer of music or a creator, it’s interesting to look at who’s on top of the streams and whether that potential applies across genres.  Continue reading “State of the stream: Right now, Drake owns it”