In a long, somewhat humanizing interview with Doug Morris, the UMG Chairman/CEO dismisses the promotional value of YouTube (and, apparently, everything else): We don’t look at anything as promotion. Take a look at MTV. It turned out to be a disaster for us. We sold some records, but they built this huge company and we … Continue reading Doug Morris Doesn't Want Promotion
Lyle Lovett has sold 4.6 million albums in the United States since 1991, but his major label contract will be done after two more albums. And he’s weighing his options: “I’ve never made a dime from a record sale in the history of my record deal. I’ve been very happy with my sales, and certainly … Continue reading Lyle Lovett: Never Made a Dime from Record Sales
Remember that case we told you about a few months ago where UMG claimed that it was illegal for recipients of promo CDs to re-sell them or even to throw them away? Well, a judge disagreed, and held the the “first sale” doctrine. Liberation Day for Promo CDs: Victory in UMG v. Augusto: In its … Continue reading Wanna Buy Some Promo CDs? It's Legal!
Remember those three songs that got cut from Be Your Own Pet‘s new album because UMG’s lawyers thought they were “too violent”? Well, it turns out the label has released them on an EP after all. Get Damaged is out now digitally, and will be available in store on June 24. So everybody’s happy now, … Continue reading Be Your Own Corporate Tool
Uh oh. You know that big fire that ravaged Universal Studios? Well, it turns out that Universal Music had some space in the vault. Deadline Hollywood Daily reports the vault contained “1000’s of original Decca, MCA, ABC recording masters from the last century including a wide range of music from Bing Crosby and the Andrew … Continue reading Universal Master Tapes Burned
Music’s money man: “Universal Music chairman-CEO Doug Morris earned E14.5 million (about $18 million) for 2005 — more than five times the E2.5 million that went to his boss, Vivendi toppertopper Jean-Bernard Levy.”
Adding one more nail to the major label coffin, the conglomorate that owns Interscope, Geffen, Lost Highway and several other labels has decided to start charging people to watch their music videos.