rhapsody celebrates streaming music milestone

Seattle-based Rhapsody hits a major milestone this week, celebrating its 10th anniversary this coming Saturday. An early player in streaming music, Rhapsody has seen ups and downs as the model for the music industry has evolved with the Internet and mobile technology. Anthony James’ article for the Puget Sound Business Journal looks back at the company’s first 10 years and connects with CEO Jon Irwin for information about the company’s future and their plans for Napster, which they own. Says James: Rhapsody has grown… adding more than 100,000 new subscribers in 2010, bringing its total to around 800,000 subscribers today. The company also lowered prices and expanded its mobile focus. In October, Rhapsody […]

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you say “tomato,” i say “american music awards”

The annual American Music Awards show was held a week or so ago (November 20, to be precise). Personally, I have never paid much attention to the AMA (not to be confused with the American Medical Association, do ya think?), but it is a major broadcast overview of the music entertainment industry, and is, therefore, important. So just what are the American Music Awards, and why should we care about them? In fact, the AMA is a big deal. The AMAs were created by Dick Clark in 1973 to compete with the Grammys, after the move of that year’s Grammy show to Nashville, Tennessee. The move to Nashville led to […]

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happy thanksgiving from megatrax!

We hope that all of our friends celebrating Thanksgiving this week are surrounded by circles of friends and loved ones. Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you to Dave for the photo.

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finland

I arrived in Kokkala, Finland in mid-January 2005 after a grueling twelve hour flight from JFK (preceded by a four hour flight from LA). Although I had read an entire book on the history and customs of Finland in preparation for my first international trip, there is much about a society and its people that Foder’s can miss. No mention, for example, of the Halpa-Hali store – which literally translated means “The Cheap Hole” and is explained to be Finland’s version of Walmart. This store represented my first lesson in how other cultures view their time away from work. I remind myself of it every major holiday. I arrived on […]

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megatrax celebrates amusicom at hollywood’s libertine

Megatrax sponsored an amazing DisIndustry party, hosted by John Fulford, at Hollywood’s storied Libertine on the Sunset Strip last week. Thanks so much to everyone who made it out! Whether you made it or not, we hope you’ll enjoy this memento from the evening…

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the final chef in the music kitchen

Back in March, I wrote a blog titled, “The Value Of A Great Recording Engineer.”  It was an overview on my perspective how vital a good recording engineer is to insure a project’s sonic integrity. I had referenced my primary engineer, Bob Bullock, with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working with for about 30 years.  His recording credits include projects totaling over 100 million units of CD and record sales.  Together, we’ve worked on film scores, albums, demos, TV themes – just about any type of project I’m involved in, he’s the final chef in the recipe. As mentioned back in the March blog, I thought it would be […]

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licensing notes from leisa korn for 11/14/11

I had the pleasure of participating in the Billboard Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Conference last month. I was part of the speed networking session during which composers and songwriters had 3 minutes to pick my brain about music publishing and film/TV placements. After meeting the challenge of trying to impart as much information as possible to each attendee, I realized that many fledgling composers need basic music publishing guidance as much as they need that first big break. Given that autumn is in full swing and we’ve pulled out our winter wardrobes and blankets in anticipation of cold breezes to come, it seems like a good time to curl […]

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universal music group under fire from artists

It’s been a tough month so far for Universal Music Group, as heavy-hitting artists appear to be lining up to file law suits against the music giant. At issue: licensing fees. Eriq Gardner reported for Billboard that White Zombie Frontman Rob Zombieand the estate of Rick James’ class-action lawsuit regarding underpaid royalties would go forward. According to the article: The lawsuit was filed in April and came on the heels of previous litigation that opened the question of how labels should be treating digital music distribution. UMG and other labels believe that when consumers download song recordings via the Internet or on a mobile phone, it constitutes a “sale.”  Many […]

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is music a commodity?

Even though I have already written extensively on the subject of retitling, I would now like to address the issue from a slightly different angle after having spoken with a number of composers and clients recently. To recap, retitling is the practice by which composers and songwriters release the identical musical work with multiple distributors on non-exclusive basis. Over the past several months I have consistently heard clients bemoan this practice because it makes their job more difficult;  it can be confusing to ascertain the source of a music track as the chain of rights is more ambiguous (“who got the placement?”), which can expose clients to licensing hassles as […]

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catching up with emmy-winner danny pelfrey

This November, Megatrax is making some noise about their Amusicom library from Emmy Award-winning composer Danny Pelfrey. The library, which is ideally suited to television, film, radio, promo and underscore projects, features a stable of top industry composers who’ve created powerful news, drama, sports and entertainment themes in exceptional rock and pop styles. Danny Pelfrey took some time recently to fill the Megatrax blog in on his busy 2011 and what’s on the horizon for Amusicom. Megatrax: Tell us what Amusicom has been up to so far in 2011. Danny Pelfrey: Well 2011 has been a great creative year for us. Our releases have been Real Blues Songs, Global Drama, […]

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