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Some respect, please, for the death of the “one million pound” record contract, though we feel that particular horse left town a good few years ago. And did those X Factor winners (and losers) really do the maths or just …

Mon, Nov 7, 2011, 09:35


Some respect, please, for the death of the “one million pound” record contract, though we feel that particular horse left town a good few years ago. And did those X Factor winners (and losers) really do the maths or just go along with the advice of their permanent establishment lawyers and accountants?

Hey artists, why bother playing someone else’s festival when you can put on your own event? You won’t be demanding those XXL fees from your own festival, right? Of course, it doesn’t always turn out according to plan – just ask Blur bassist and cheesemaker Alex James.

More obituaries: OTR is not the only one who thinks we’ll miss record labels when we don’t have ‘em to kick around any more. On the back of Pete Townshend’s diatribe last week, The Word’s David Hepworth laments the demise of the label model.

Billboard magazine asks labels (they haven’t gone away, you know) how much cash they get from streaming services like Spotify. Interesting aside: during the course of an entertaining Meet the Media panel at Sligo Music Industry Day, 2fm’s Jenny Huston noted that a single play on the station is worth €3.50 to a band. You’d be a long time pressing “play” on Spotify to get that kind of lucre. Maybe that’s why Coldplay are blanking Spotify for their new (not very good) album, though the move does pose more questions than answers.

Music journalism 101: good indepth interview with veteran music hack, editor and Rock’s Backpages dude Barney Hoskyns

Music blog journalism 101: the new 10 (OK, 14) commandments for music blogs.

Music marketing 101: 10 tips for the new school music marketing dude from Emmanuel Legrand

Music management 101: managers Brian Message and James Barton on the lessons to be learned from the industry formerly known as the record business (see, everyone is at)

DIY Media 101: Dublin city underground newspaper Rabble (see sample issue here) are throwing a fund-raising ruckus at King 7 (Capel Street) on November 19 with Fran Hartnett, Lakker, Sunken Foal, T-woc, Section 4, Jobseekers and The Dubtones. Admission is a fiver before 10pm or €10 afterwards.

Put your hands in the air and wave ‘em around like you don’t care if you like snazzy graphics. Here’s your biscuit: the evolution of western dance music from American marching bands to dubstep.

Interesting take on the power of Dropbox (especially seeing as it’s apparent that Apple’s iCloud is attempting to eat its lunch), plus good piece about the current lie of the land in the cloud

If you liked The Killing, you’ll probably like Homeland too.

It’s 20 years since Bill Graham, the most charismatic live music promoter of them all, dided in a helicopter crash. If you’re looking for a good book for the C*****m** list, check out Bill Graham Presents: My Life Inside Rock & Out. A true one-off.

Female bloggers on the abuse they receive from the brave souls who throw their grenades and spears from behind their keyboards.

Why the record industry should have listened to Sony boss Andy Lack when Steve Jobs came calling a decade ago.

Gig recommendation: the Robert Grasper Experiment hits Dublin’s Workman’s Club next Saturday night for some Blue-Note-jazz-not-jazz-meets-Dilla ramalama. Check it here, though sadly Lupe Fiasco won’t be in the house.


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