Click here to read the full article. Reservoir has acquired the publishing and recorded music catalog of Country singer and songwriter Travis Tritt . Financial terms were not disclosed but the deal encompasses all of Tritt’s work up to and including the 2021 album “Set In Stone.” Tritt’s sales tally is impressive, with seven albums certified platinum (signifying one million units sold) and more than 30 million sold over his career, which launched in 1989. He is a two-time Grammy winner and a member of the Grand Ole Opry and is best known for the hits “Help Me Hold On,” Here’s a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares),” “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin,’” “Anymore,” and “Nothing Short of Dying.” More from Variety De La Soul's Music Will Be Coming 'Back to the Fans' -- and Streaming Services -- New Label Owner Pledges Reservoir Acquires Iconic Tommy Boy Music, Groundbreaking Hip-Hop Label, for $100 Million Sony Music Completes Acquisition of AWAL and Kobalt Neighboring … [Read more...] about Music Industry Moves: Reservoir Acquires Travis Tritt Catalog; APG Ups Andre Herd
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Imagine, for a moment, football commentators who refuse to explain formations and plays. Or a TV cooking show that never mentions the ingredients. Or an expert on cars who refuses to look under the hood of an automobile. These examples may sound implausible, perhaps ridiculous. But something comparable is happening in the field of music journalism. One can read through a stack of music magazines and never find any in-depth discussion of music. Technical knowledge of the art form has disappeared from its discourse. In short, music criticism has turned into lifestyle reporting. I’ve just spent a very depressing afternoon looking through the leading music periodicals. And what did I learn? Pretty much what I expected. I found out what the chart-topping musicians are wearing (or, in many instances, not wearing). I got updates on their love life, and learned whose marriages are on the rocks. I read updates on the legal proceedings of the rich and famous. I got insights into the food … [Read more...] about Music Criticism Has Degenerated Into Lifestyle Reporting
Neil Young pulled no punches in a blistering open letter to Spotify posted Wednesday. He accused the company of knowingly profiting off misinformation about COVID-19 and called it “the home of life threatening COVID misinformation. Lies being sold for money.” The music streaming service has begun removing Young’s music from its platform after the “Heart of Gold” singer blasted the company for its deal with Joe Rogan, a podcaster who Young said promoted “fake information about vaccines” on The Joe Rogan Experience, the most popular podcast in the world. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news. “Spotify has recently become a very damaging force via its public misinformation and lies about COVID,” Young wrote in a letter on his website . “I realized I could not continue to support Spotify’s life threatening misinformation to the music loving public.” The move will be a financially damaging one for Young and Warner Bros., his record label, according to the … [Read more...] about Spotify Removes Neil Young’s Music After Joe Rogan Showdown
(CNN) — Neil Young , an outspoken advocate for Covid-19 safety and prevention , doesn’t want his music to share a home with vaccine misinformation . In a now-deleted post on his website , Young asked his managers and record label to remove his music from Spotify because he said the music and podcast platform is “spreading fake information about vaccines — potentially causing death to those who believe this deception spread by them.” ( Rolling Stone originally reported the text of the deleted post.) READ MORE: Owners Of Florida Teacher Certification Preparation Company Sentenced For Racketeering Conspiracy And Conspiracy To Commit Theft Of Trade Secrets “I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform,” the 76-year-old said in Monday’s post, according to Rolling Stone. “They can have Rogan or Young. Not both.” “Rogan” refers to Joe Rogan, the exceedingly confrontational podcast host who has made frequent false … [Read more...] about Neil Young Is Upset And Wants Music Taken Off Spotify Because Of Vaccine Misinformation
Following her 2012 major-label debut Born to Die , Elizabeth “Lizzy” Grant ( AKA Lana Del Rey ) didn’t think she would write another record. “What would I say? I feel like everything I wanted to say, I’ve already said,” she contemplated in a cover story for British Vogue . It’s fitting for someone in their late twenties to assume they’ve seen all of life after a few heartbreaks and some experimenting with drugs and alcohol—let alone for someone like Del Rey, who famously stated on her album, among other grim proclamations, that she wished she was dead. As we now know, that well of tragic lyrics has yet to run dry for the 36-year-old pop singer. Since her big coming-out party, Del Rey has found several albums, EPs, and poetry books of things to say, representing a melancholic era in pop music that, for better or worse, has yet to loosen its grip on the industry. Ten years out from its polarizing debut, Born to Die has never felt more archeological. At the time of its … [Read more...] about 10 Years of Lana Del Rey’s Sexy, Confounding ‘Born to Die’
Damon Albarn, the frontman of the U.K. rock band Blur and co-founder of Gorillaz, may be a veteran of the music industry, but the singer made a rookie mistake: daring to speak ill of Taylor Swift. Sitting down for a chat with the Los Angeles Times , Albarn came ready to chat about his recent solo album, The Nearer the Mountain, More Pure the Stream Flows , his recent Icelandic citizenship status, the shambolic state of English politics, and the Beatles. But before diving into all that, Albarn kicked off the conversation with a bold claim: Swift doesn’t write her own songs. The 53-year-old was attempting to explain his belief to journalist Mikael Wood that very few modern songs will withstand the test of time, mainly because most musicians have been relying too heavily on “sound and attitude” rather than lyrics of substance. Wood then brings up Swift, using the 11-time Grammy winner as an example of someone not just depending upon vibes to make quality records, … [Read more...] about Damon Albarn Came for Taylor Swift and Deeply Embarrassed Himself. Then He Blamed the Media.
NASHVILLE — Dan Einstein, a Grammy-winning independent record producer who championed the careers of John Prine and Steve Goodman , died here on Jan. 15. He was 61. His death, in a hospice facility, was confirmed by his wife of 27 years, Ellen Krause Einstein, who did not cite a cause. Most people in Nashville knew Mr. Einstein as the proprietor, with his wife, of Sweet 16th , the award-winning bakery they opened in 2004. But he had previously made his mark, in the 1980s and ’90s, as an independent record label operator who forsook corporate wisdom about economies of scale in favor of a smaller, more artist-driven approach to making records that proved feasible as well as garnering critical acclaim. Having dropped out of U.C.L.A. in the early ’80s after his studies were eclipsed by his work with the campus concerts committee, Mr. Einstein became a partner with the Los Angeles-based company Al Bunetta Management, where he helped launch and run two successful musician-owned … [Read more...] about Dan Einstein, Champion of Singer-Songwriters, Is Dead at 61
ON a recent Saturday the SoHo street-wear store Union was so crowded that there was a line to get in. "Kids can't wait to drop $400 on a sweatshirt," Ricky Saiz, a salesman, said of the shop's hottest item. "We sell $4,000 worth of them a day." These are not just any pullovers. Made by Billionaire Boys Club, a brand owned by the musician-producer Pharrell Williams and Nigo (of A Bathing Ape, the cult Japanese label), they are electric Easter egg-colored sweatshirts covered with garish images like dollar signs and diamonds. Think of a mutated version of the ubiquitous Vuitton Murakami rainbow print. "The patterns are like children's wallpaper gone out of control," Mr. Williams said. Allover print, a staple of women's wear, turned up on the men's spring runways at Miu Miu and Comme des Garçons, among others. But if the look has not necessarily taken off with the fashion set, an extreme version of it has made a surprisingly swift and visible dent in hip-hop and street wear, … [Read more...] about You Got a Problem With My Hoodie?
Every Friday, pop critics for The New York Times weigh in on the week’s most notable new songs and videos. Just want the music? Listen to the Playlist on Spotify here (or find our profile: nytimes). Like what you hear? Let us know at [email protected] and sign up for our Louder newsletter , a once-a-week blast of our pop music coverage. Kidd G featuring YNW BSlime, ‘Left Me’ There’s been an increasing amount of crossover between country and hip-hop in recent years, though often the relationship between the two influences can feel strained. But here’s a collaboration between two sing-rappers, both teenagers, that sounds utterly unforced: Kidd G , who’s making the kind of naturally syncretic music Nashville should be inching toward, and YNW BSlime, the younger brother of the incarcerated star YNW Melly. Kidd G taps into his Juice WRLD influences, with pitter-patter syllables and scraped-up singing, and YNW BSlime’s guest verse is chilling, and sung … [Read more...] about A Knockout Country-Rap Crossover, and 13 More New Songs
Nino Cerruti, the dashing Italian fashion designer and textile scion who modernized men's wear with his soft, unstructured tailoring, and dressed generations of movie and television stars, onscreen and off, died on Jan. 15 at a hospital in Vercelli, Italy. He was 91. The cause was complications from hip surgery, according to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera . It was 1950, and Mr. Cerruti was just 20 when his father died and Mr. Cerruti took over his family’s textile mills in Biella, in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, giving up his university studies in philosophy and journalism. Within a few years, he had reimagined the family business as a fashion company. Mr. Cerruti was “the founding father of the postwar designer revolution,” Suzy Menkes, fashion critic of The International Herald Tribune wrote in 2001 , adding that he presaged “the Made in Italy revolution, in which traditional workmanship was parlayed into a streamlined factory-made luxury … [Read more...] about Nino Cerruti, Designer Who Revolutionized Men’s Wear, Dies at 91