December 6, 2007
As Madonna merely filed a summons with notice, details to follow. In the meantime, any one with info (neighbors?) feel free to drop OTCS a line. This is a juicy Central Park West (Manhattan's Upper West Side) story!
[Madonna Ciccone v. One West 64th Street Inc. and its directors and officers (as they may be elected or appointed from time to time and hold such office); Midboro Management Inc.; Ganfer & Shore LLP (as transfer agent, for relief purposes); Julie Clark Thayer (as an interested party who property interests are affected). Filed New York Supreme Court, N.Y. Co. 12/5/2007; 07-604002]
December 5, 2007
OTCS' question is: WHO IS PLAINTIFF PETER LEEDS?
According to a 1979 article in Rolling Stone, Leeds was Blondie's manager...but things must have soured. The article continues: "They are now engaged in the legal process of dissolving their relationship..." So what went wrong? Leeds' own claim to fame - Under his tutelage with Blondie, "When in the history of rock & roll music did somebody lay down $500,000 to buy the recording rights to a group that had sold fourteen records?"
And what is going on today, in 2007?
[Peter Leeds v. Deborah Harry; Christopher Stein; James Mollica; Clement Bozewski; EMI Music North America. Filed 12/4/2007 07-603978 ]
December 4, 2007
Only big players here are plaintis WB Music Corp., and Universal-Polygram International Publishing.
So OTCS wonders - why don't more writers and publishers take a stab at "hit" holiday songs, ones that transcend this years holiday season and go on to the next? Surely, its a gold-mine. Imagine having YOUR song played in every mall, office lobby, and toy store for one month each year. You'd make a killing!
So, OTCS invites all aspiring authors of holiday compositions to post their songs for OTCS first annual "Little Drummer Boys - Where You At?" Competition (it's a working name...)
December 3, 2007
Of the 10 songs that have notched the most plays in one week, 8 joined the list
in the last three years. And the oldest of the 10, Avril Lavigne’s “Complicated,” dates only to 2002.
Wowzer. In today's world, is it possible for radio to break new artists like, for example, WMMS (Cleveland) broke David Bowie to the USA? Or is radio just a means of promoting downloads, and thus forcing top 40 to listeners at the bequest of the labels? The problem is, this is a self-perpetuating cycle. Radio keeps playing the same songs over and over because people want to hear popular songs (remember Outkast's "Hey Ya"?!) - but the more radio plays the songs, the more listeners realize what a limited medium radio is as compared to their iPods and satellite stations. As radio loses listeners, they play songs that are "popular" to attract listeners back. And so it goes... (But see the following justification from a program director who played one song 78 times last week: That is not so much out of concern over digital competition as it is a desire to respond to listeners’ busy lives. For real?)
Of course, this commentary relates only to pop-radio - there are still plenty of college/indie stations that play what they want to play (see any CMJ magazine!).