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Wednesday, 22 January 2003 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
For 17 years Hilary Rosen has been the biggest industry advocate for the music business. The RIAA announced today that by the end of 2003 she will be replaced as CEO and Chairwoman. Rosen’s most notable recent work was her legal attack on the file sharing system, Napster which the RIAA ultimately litigated out of business. Consumers were up in arms and record execs were conflicted. On one hand file swapping promoted their music like on radio. On the other hand free files of copywritten music could be costing them sales and their artist royalties. Even with Napster long gone, the debate rages on to this day as does file sharing on the peer-to-peer Gntuella network.
Thursday, 16 January 2003 ,  Written by AVRev.com
Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones and Cher are just some of classic acts playing today who’s concert ticket sales made 2002 the fourth year in a row to break ticket sales records earning the industry $2.1 billion up from $1.75 billion in 2001. McCartney had the highest grossing tour bringing in $103 million with the average fan paying $130 per ticket to see McCartney who hadn’t toured in about ten years. The Rolling Stones took second place with $88 million and average ticket price $119 per ticket. And in her said, last tour, Cher came in third with $74 million followed by the Billy Joel and Elton John concerts which brought in $65 million and The Dave Mathews Band with $60 million. Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, Aerosmith, Creed, Neil Diamond and The Eagles were also in the top ten. Creed and The Dave Mathews Band were the only non-veteran ...
Wednesday, 15 January 2003 ,  Written by AVRev.com
During a series of recent raids in England and the Netherlands, police recovered some 500 original reel to reel Beatles’ tapes that had been stolen in the 1970s including some never-released tracks. The tapes are said to be priceless and never before heard except for some bootlegged copies, according to British police. The tapes were from the “Get Back” sessions and are part of an album released in 1969 before the project was abandoned. Some of the songs, including “Get Back” then became part of the “Let It Be” album. This is a valuable discovery for devoted fans collectors and not to mention Apple, the Beatles’ record company. However, since Michael Jackson owns a significant portions of the Beatles catalogue, we have to wonder, what will he do with them? Investigations as to whether or not these tapes are in fact originals are currently underway. Because there are about 500 tapes the investigation could be lengthy. Sources: ...
Monday, 13 January 2003 ,  Written by AVRev.com
Tommy Mottola, Sony Music’s Chairman and chief executive, announced his resignation after 14 years. Mottola shepherded the careers of superstars Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and Jennifer Lopez. Mottola wishes to launch his own label but is not expected to take any Sony artist with him. "I have been thinking about taking up this new challenge for about a year, and really made the decision to go forward only recently," he said in a statement. "I am thrilled that I will continue my long-standing relationship with Sony to create a company that I believe will become a blueprint for the music business in the coming years." Sony has already filled Mottola’s position with Andrew Lack, former president and chief operating officer for NBC. This move sees yet another "music" exec being replaced with a successful businessman. Despite Lack's impressive resume that includes ...
Monday, 13 January 2003 ,  Written by AVRev.com
Maurice Gibb, singer/bassist/keyboardist of the legendary pop group the Bee Gees passed away at the age of 53 on Sunday January 12th after undergoing abdominal surgery in Miami. Gibb had collapsed at his Miami home on Wednesday January 9th and was taken to the Mount Sinai Medical Center. Gibb was operated on for an intestinal blockage but experienced cardiac arrest before the surgery began. AudioRevolution.com Publisher, Jerry Del Colliano reflected on Maurice Gibb and the BeeGees "despite decades of bashing by rock fans, the Bee Gees superlative song writing, sweet multi-layered vocals and catchy hooks give the music of the BeeGees lasting appeal. Much like Prince in the mid-1980's, the Bee Gees were so prolific with writing hit songs that they could give them away to other artists resulting in top 10 hits." The singer's family issued a statement to fans ...
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