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Music Biz Shakeup

Las Vegas -- The entertainment business has really taken a hit since the digital revolution at the turn of the century. Hollywood has seen some dark times thanks to the Internet and other technologies. Not only does it present content on a whole new level, it takes consumers away from traditional media ties such as movies and television. TV, radio and movies have begun to catch up and evolve into new digital platforms, however one sector has felt the hardest blow due to changes in the music industry. Just a decade ago. FULL STORY







Pandora...Radio or Not?
Phoenix -- Pandora, the popular automated internet radio portal, has decided to enter the broadcasting business, with the recent purchase of KXMZ-FM in Rapid City, South Dakota. Many industry insiders were a buzz over Connoisseur Media's sale to the digital radio service, who many consider to be a direct competitor. However, the story is a bit more complicated than that. It appears Pandora really has no interest spreading it's portfolio into the broadcast side of the arena but more of a financial play, one that would save the company about $7 million a year in royalty fees.  FULL STORY
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Ted Nugent, Political Stranglehold
Washington D.C. -- The legendary rocker and "Motor City Madman" himself Ted Nugent, continues to rail the political establishment with his take on the recent election and those who reside in the White House. The "Nuge" dropped several comments on Twitter that left many in the Washington D.C. community stunned and amazed, with tweets such as "pimps whores & welfare brats & their soulless supporters hav a president to destroy America" and "what subhuman varmint believes others must pay for their obesity booze cellphones birthcontrol abortions & lives."Political observers didn't know what to make out of the rantsFULL STORY
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Pussy Riot.. The Right To Rock?
Los Angeles -- The music world was recently shaken by news of the arrest of the Russian rock group Pussy Riot, who were sentenced to two years in prison in mid-August on charges of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" after performing an anti-Putin "punk prayer" in a Moscow cathedral. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the three jailed members of the anti-Kremlin punk band "got what they asked for" days before a Moscow court was due to consider their appeal. Industry observers say this may have been one of the first instances of a state ordered imprisonment of rock musicians for political reasons.  FULL STORY
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Israel vs. Iran... World War III?
Los Angeles -- It appears another major conflict may be brewing in the Middle East, as Israel clearly warns the world that Iran is months away from developing nuclear weapons. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has made no bones about his intentions to strike before being struck upon by the Iranian regime, which many political analysts say could lead to a world war. If Israel were to carry out an attack on Iran, most likely the U.S. would be drawn into the battle, with Russia and even China siding with Iran. This situation is actually closer to reality than most Americans are fully aware of, and who are already weary from years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq.  FULL STORY
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Is Radio Dead?

Los Angeles -- At the recent International Consumer Electronics Show here, all kinds of out of this world gadgets were displayed. Many of them targeting the audio business, shaping the future of how consumers get their music and digital content. It would be safe to say within the halls of the convention center, were many whispers about the future of the radio business. Broadcasters are beginning to see their huge slice of the pie shrink incredibly fast, as new digital platforms threaten their once dominant medium. The last ten years have really been challenging, with new players on the seen such as the internet, satellite radio, mobile devices, WiFi, and the iPodFULL STORY
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