The international recording industry has declared that starting this summer, all new music will be released globally on Fridays. According to multiple outlets, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), which serves as the worldwide governing body of the industry, announced on Thursday (February 26th) that the new plan would go into effect this July. IFPI CEO Frances Moore said,
“Music fans live in the digital world of today. Their love for new music doesn’t recognize national borders. They want music when it’s available on the Internet — not when it’s ready to be released in their country. An aligned global release day puts an end to the frustration of not being able to access releases in their country when the music is available in another country.
Although there have been exceptions, most new music in North America has traditionally been issued until now on Tuesdays. Many countries in Europe, including the U.K., release new music on Mondays, while other parts of the world see new releases arrive on different days. The IFPI hopes that the change will reduce piracy that has resulted in the past from new music being released earlier in one country than others.The initiative also seeks to allow artists to launch global social media campaigns and “re-ignite excitement and a sense of occasion around the release of new music.
The IFPI consulted with artists, unions, labels and retailers, while also doing research that suggested Fridays and Saturdays are the days on which people would buy most new music.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), retail organization The Music Business Association and digital services like Spotify all came out in support of the change.
But Martin Mills, head of the British indie label Beggars Group, was against the change, saying, “I fear this move will also lead to a market in which the mainstream dominates, and the niche, which can be tomorrow’s mainstream, is further marginalized.
Although the music business has gone through a lot of drastic changes in the last 15 years, Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell told us not long ago that he thought it was a good time to be an artist:
“The business of music as we know it is gone, and what it can be is sort of whatever you make it, and the rules change every day. There pretty much aren’t any, and that’s an exciting feeling too, because that was the feeling we had in the beginning as an indie band. It was kind of like, ‘Well, we can sort of write this book any way we want,’ and that always worked for us. And that’s kind of where we’re at now.”
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A handy dandy list tells you what you’ll discover inside the bow tied boxes and velvet pouch.
The thrill of opening the box and the anticipation of what’s inside got my heart thumping.
What was soon staring back at me were the beautiful “Mia” stud earrings. I knew EXACTLY who to share these with.
My Coworker, who just so happens to be named Mia! She squeeked with pleasure at the gift and I got a big friedly hug. She was so excited because she had recently lost one of the studs she wore most often and these were the perfect addition to her daily wardrobe, it was almost like fate.
Recreational use of marijuana becomes legal in Alaska today (February 24th), making it the third state after Colorado and Washington to legalize the drug. Alaskans voted to make pot legal last November by a 53 percent to 47 percent margin, approving an initiative saying that recreational use would be allowed by adults in private places. As of today, people in Alaska will be allowed to smoke, grow, possess, transport and give away marijuana. A second phase, creating a regulated and taxed marijuana market, won’t start until 2016 at the earliest.
Want a new Tool-branded blanket made out of old Tool concert T-shirts? The band has made just such an item available over at its ToolArmy.com website. The very limited edition blanket will set you back $156 and is described on the site as “hand-sewn to soft, comfortable fleece. Comfortable enough for home use, durable enough for festivals.” (The PRP)
Shinedown frontman Brent Smith revealed at the band’s Twitter account over the weekend that the group is “four weeks into recording” its new studio album for a tentative “late July (or) early August” release. The first single may arrive as soon as late April. Smith added that “survival” is a theme for the new disc and stated, “It’s a devastating album — beautifully brutal.” Asked by a fan on Twitter to name one of his all-time favorite songs, Smith replied, “They are being recorded right now.”
Smith revealed last year that Darren Doane, director of the band’s music videos for “Devour,” “Sound Of Madness,” “Bully” and several others, would be shooting a feature-length documentary to accompany the new album’s release.
Slipknot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan has reportedly found the star for his debut as a feature film director. According to Deadline, Canadian actor Kim Coates will play the title role in Officer Downe, based on the graphic novel of the same name. The book follows a Los Angeles cop who is killed repeatedly in the line of duty, but is resurrected by his superiors and sent back onto the streets. Coates is best known for playing Tig Trager on the FX series Sons Of Anarchy. The original graphic novel was created by writer Joe Casey and artist Chris Burnham, with Casey also writing the screenplay. Production on the movie is slated to begin in March. Crahan has directed a number of music videos, concert DVDs and behind-the-scenes featurettes for Slipknot. He and Slipknot singer Corey Taylor founded a film production company called Living Breathing Films in 2012, although it has yet to release anything.
Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil told the Sydney Morning Herald that the band plans to make a new album in the next few months for a 2016 release.Thayil said, “No studio has been chosen and no songs are written yet. When we finish these shows in Australia (as part of the Soundwave festival), we’ll spend a month or more working on it. It’s definitely going to happen.”
Thayil said that 2015 would find Soundgarden spending less time on the road and more time in the studio: “We’re going to focus on the creative aspect of being a band and start doing some more writing and recording and come up with another album. But I think we’re probably gonna draw back the touring for that purpose.”
The new disc will be Soundgarden’s seventh studio effort and will follow up 2012’s King Animal, the band’s first album in 16 years. A new Soundgarden song, “Storm,” was recorded in May 2014 with producer Jack Endino and was released last fall as part of a box set collection of B-sides and rarities. Lead singer Chris Cornell also recently revealed that he is working on his first solo album since 2009’s Scream.
Paris dove right into the Pet Gift Box, though (like her mom) she is easily distracted by shiny things and cookies.
Inside the Pet Gift Box was a fluffy fist dangler toy, a catnip tick with catnip you put inside the velcro pouch in the tummy, Some healthy treats, a pack of mice with different textures and tails and bright fin colors and a heart decorated stainless steel bowl, perfect for valentines month! I often times come home and find her sleeping on the tick or one of the mice.
Thought they liked all of their gifts from Pet Gift Box, Miss Paris’ favoite of course was the box. She laid in it for hours and when she got up to get a sip of water, her brother jumped in her spot. Being the sweet thing she is, she came back and sat on the lid beside him, but Monster is a grouch and mewed at her and left. She wasted no time retaking her spot and went to sleep. A few minutes later, her brother came over and proceeded to hack a hairball right on the box. Miss Paris awoke and regarded the mess, I could see the wheels in her head turning and weight the grossness next to her adoration of box naps. Her head went down and she went back to napping. I, of course, sighed and headed for the paper towels.
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AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson was the first in line to snap up an extremely limited edition Mustang GT. The car, created by Ford Motor Company and Petty’s Garage, will be a 627-horsepower limited edition fastback inspired by Petty’s Garage’s Mustang GT that was displayed to great acclaim at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. Just 43 cars will be created, with just 42 left. Says Johnson about his new purchase:
“This Mustang has just taken my breath away. It really is one of the best cars I’ve ever driven. I didn’t have an American car, but I do now!”
Johnson was asked not long ago how his fascination with cars began:
“I don’t know. It’s probably because we were born with no money and it was always something you dreamt of. You saw one driving past, you know, you’d go, ‘Gosh, darn it, I wonder what it’s like to have one of them.’ But I mean, it was — it went beyond that, you know, I just loved these motorcars, these things that you could get in and do anything. You could go anywhere, you know. And people were actually then mobile, you know, they could do things that they’d never dreamt of before.”
Johnson’s love of cars has been well-documented and he has likened speeding to the thrill of being on stage:
“I am often asked to compare the two. When you are strapped into a car hurtling towards the first bend, the adrenaline has to be greater than it is when you’re on stage. Maybe that’s because the risk of hurting yourself or worse on stage is not the same as in motor racing… I was once racing a Porsche when the engine of the car in front blew up. Driving through a wall of smoke, with oil all over the windscreen, I couldn’t see a thing. At times like that you wonder if you will emerge alive. Now I count myself as a lucky man in that I get the opportunity both to sing and to drive.”
AC/DC will kick off a world tour later this spring in support of its new album, Rock Or Bust.