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Lie Witness News - Coachella 2013

Jimmy Kimmel Live - Lie Witness News - Coachella 2013 Jimmy Kimmel Live's YouTube channel features clips and recaps of every episode from the late night TV s...
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You may have already seen this, but if not be prepared to roll your eyes. Of course it is funny and exactly what you would expect from The Jimmy Kimmel show, but frankly I think it is hard to watch. I cringe thinking about the fact that these people are average music listeners and what this says about consumer economics in the entertainment industry. Is it even safe to say anymore that people buy entertainment products because they like them or because they think other people like them? This video has me wondering how many concert tickets are sold each year to people who have no idea what they are going to see. Sure it is common for people to join a friend or group to see a band they have not yet heard of, but how many tickets are being sold to people with no musical interest at all? I guess I cannot ultimately say that this is a good or a bad thing but it does confuse me. This video really just reinforces the power of word of mouth marketing in the entertainment industry. When people are willing to emphasize how much they like something that doesn’t even exist it falls to the entertainers to ensure they are talking about something that does.

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Is Bono a tax evader?

Is Bono a tax evader? | Stuff About Music | Scoop.it
In Ireland, the activist and U2 singer hears criticism of his band's accounting practices.
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I never liked that guy.

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Tim Cheesebrow's debut album examines heavy subject - Life

Tim Cheesebrow's debut album examines heavy subject - Life | Stuff About Music | Scoop.it
Traditional folk music is generally culturally relevant, commemorating personal or historical events, and primarily best experienced in small groups as the sing
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Media attention grows for Tim Cheesebrow's album "Home in the Heartland"

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Support for Tim Cheesebrow's New Album!!!

Support for Tim Cheesebrow's New Album!!! | Stuff About Music | Scoop.it
Support the creation of my 2nd album. My music has been described as "a hopeful celebration of life on Earth" with a "dose of Great Lakes heart."
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Justin Timberlake's Sales Are Nothing Compared To N Sync's

Justin Timberlake's Sales Are Nothing Compared To N Sync's | Stuff About Music | Scoop.it
Back when N Sync's No Strings Attached came out, top albums sold twice as many copies in their first week as they do now.
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 We hear these statistics blindly thrown out all the time in entertainment industry conversation. People always seem to be mentioning how albums don't sell in the same quantities they used to, Eventually we start to ignore this fact but once in a while a visual like this pops up reminding us just how much the industry has changed. I takes a musician with a lentghly yet recent career like Jusin Timberlake to really point out the relevance of this industry trend. It could be easily argued that Timberlake is just as much if not more a part of the industry than he was with his band N*Sync in the year 2000. How can someone who seems to have a growing career be selling less music than they were twelve years ago? Additionally how can a musician sustain a solely music career when the actual music isn't selling? I will point out that this article fails to specifiy if they are solely talking about "hard copies" of the album or if they are including digital album downloads in their statistics. It could be that at least some of the lost sales revnue is being recovered in digital sales. Either way these statistics make is seem like a bad idea for bands to be investing heavily in physical copies of their albums instead of just getting posting them online. Unfortunately I believe the idea of sustaining a music career by selling music is becoming more and more unrealistic. Bands need to start planning new ways to generate revnue when releasing recordings. If the revenue isn't coming from sales of recording it needs to come from merchandising, licensensing, and performing or bands simply can't afford to make music anymore. 

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CD Release Party - Imgur

CD Release Party - Imgur | Stuff About Music | Scoop.it
Imgur is used to share photos with social networks and online communities, and has the funniest pictures from all over the Internet.
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Photo sharing is a great means of promotion.

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Try Essential Session's newly remodeled multitrack tape and digital recording rooms

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Quality Productions on a Low Budget

Quality Productions on a Low Budget | Stuff About Music | Scoop.it
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High Quality On  A Low Budget

It has happened to everybody. We have all seen a product or advertisement and thought aloud, “I should have done that”. Whether you have seen the commercials for the twenty-five dollar robe you wear backwards, or gone into a novelty shop and opened the book Everything Men Know About Women only to find the pages blank you know this feeling. Some people appreciate the clever thought that went into these products and others are frustrated by their mere existence, but whether you like it or not this is an underlying part of business innovation which will only become more prevalent with increasing technological access and falling prices.


The world, particularly the internet world, is full of creative people who have access to a computer and a high definition camera in addition to the technical know how that is expected of even the novice today. The number of internet outlets for creative materials in the fields of musicianship, video production, photography, and graphic design increase daily and the level of quality alongside them. You don’t have to look far to find a video shot and edited by a highschool student for a class project that exceeds the quality achieved by even the largest production companies a short fifteen years ago.
Examples of this are plastered all over the front pages of websites like youtube and reddit to the acknowledgement of musicians everywhere. The examples to follow are in my estimation within the reach of any creative person with access to a high definition camera, ProTools, and internet access. I do not mean to belittle the creative achievements of these artists, merely to point out the accessibility of their quality productions.

 

A prime example of high quality production value with a short budget is Macklemore’s music video “Thrift Shop” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktCWU6R-CNk . The true humor behind this video is that the song is about kicking ass on a short budget. Think about it, whether you like the song or not it is hilarious. The theme of the song parallels the business practices behind its making . Again creativity is a necessity, but beyond that all the producers needed was a camera and the internet. All the costumes and props in the video where from a thrift shop, and additionally half of the video shots were in said thrift shop so I doubt they even purchased half of them. Though it is obvious that a lot of work went into the audio and video production, similar ends could be achieved with a standard audio/video editing software and a midi controller.

 

I hold that this next video example required and even lower budget (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0O0nzkESTI). It is so simple it drives me crazy. Frankly anyone with a digital camera and an attractive female lip singing could have shot a much better video at Big Island on any given weekend.

 

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Yes there is orchestration and production quality in the song, but it is probably best if I refrain from discussing my opinion of pop country music at this point in time. The song and video are both about one thing and one thing only, getting drunk on a pontoon. I cringe in anticipation of that sick feeling I will get a guaranteed thousand times this summer on Lake Minnetonka when I hear this song and think, “Why didn’t I do that?”

 

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