let's make a deal
Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 13, 2013 05:09 PM
Fans will be hearing a lot more from Bruno Mars, CeeLo Green, Coldplay, and Green Day now that Clear Channel has struck a deal with Warner Music to get its artists more play time on the radio network's stations, websites and iHeartRadio app.
Clear Channel has been making similar deals with smaller labels, including Big Machine, which carries Taylor Swift, but Warner is the first of the "big three" to sign on with the compay, the New York Times reports.
Radio companies and record labels have always had a bit of a symbiotic relationship, though the labels have traditionally been much more dependent on the radio stations than the other way around. After all, there are heaps of new music continually being produced and only so many radio stations to squeeze the content onto. In the early days of rock ‘n’ roll, when bands were doing whatever they could to be heard, the lack of airspace led to the infamous Payola scandal, as record companies were paying off DJs to spin their tunes.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 13, 2013 09:31 AM
Twitter opts for "confidential" IPO.
7-Eleven debuts healthy-snacking section.
Apple takes pre-orders for new iPhone 5C.
Bayer comes under scrutiny in China.
Berkshire and AIG battle for talent.
Clear Channel and Warner Music rewrite rules on royalties.
Clif launches single-serve performance drinks.
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is acquired by private equity.
Dell gets shareholders to back buyout.
Dunkin' Donuts returns to UK.
Facebook tests video posts that play automatically, in prelude to ads.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on December 13, 2012 12:11 PM
The two billion people who watched the 12-12-12 concert for Hurricane Sandy relief at New York’s Madison Square on Wednesday night may have tuned in (or streamed) for the chance to see music legends — Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, the Who, Roger Waters, Chris Martin, Michael Stipe, Dave Grohl, Alicia Keys, Eddie Vedder — but the heart of the show was the stories of people whose lives were impacted by Sandy, and who were asking the world to care and help.
As the Los Angeles Times commented, “Critiquing the broadcast of the 12-12-12 Sandy benefit concert on Wednesday night is like assessing the food at a bake sale: Maybe the muffins are oversalted or the cookies are stale, but that's not the point. The point is charity and drawing attention to the cause.”
So kudos to Madison Square Garden (and New York Knicks) owner Cablevision, not to mention Clear Channel, Miramax's Harvey Weinstein, Chase, State Farm and other sponsors and volunteers for putting on a story-driven night of music and social compassion (the #121212concert hashtag is still lively on Twitter) to raise proceeds for the Robin Hood Relief Fund.
And in a similar (if less glitzy) vein, the American Red Cross has some stories it would like to share with you, too.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on June 6, 2012 09:01 AM
TD takes top spot on Interbrand's new Best Canadian Brands ranking.
JCPenney continues claw-back of new business model, plans to use term "sale" again.
Sara Lee renames North American business Hillshire Brands and narrows focus to meat.
Apple uses more celebrities in marketing; what does that say about new products?
Justin Bieber debuts another fragrance concept called Girlfriend.
Burger King expands in Russia.
Clear Channel shifts royalty deal for music artists including Taylor Swift's label.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 31, 2012 09:03 AM
Apple hires Dixons CEO as new retail chief, while iPad sales propel Apple to top of PC market over HP. Apple patent challenger Samsung, meanwhile, faces EU inquiry.
AT&T names new strategy officer in management shuffle.
Bang & Olufsen debuts cheaper line of high-tech gadgets.
Belstaff brings luxury leather jackets to London and New York with dual flagships.
BSKyB to start movie service rivaling Netflix.
BlackBerry-maker RIM posts corporate governance report indicating why co-CEO role was scrapped.
Carrefour names yet another CEO in turnaround struggle.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on May 10, 2011 09:00 PM
Zynga has confirmed a Wall Street Journal report by officially announcing that it's partnering with Lady Gaga on a first of its kind co-branding social gaming promotion: GagaVille, which will launch next week.
The deal brings the power of Lady Gaga's massive fan base and Zynga's game-loving audience together to promote the singer's upcoming album, Born This Way. Visitors to GagaVille, a limited edition (May 17-26) farm within FarmVille, will be the first to hear exclusive unreleased songs from the album, which will also come bundled as a free download with the purchase of a special Zynga $25 game card, available exclusively at Best Buy.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on April 29, 2011 05:30 PM
Royal Wedding fever sets all-time record for web traffic, including striking 3 million Facebookers in the US and UK. Does this prove the British monarchy is still relevant? Weigh in!
NASA forced to reschedule Space Shuttle Endeavour launch due to tech problem.
NFL players head back at work today (and court, as lockout standoff continues) as NFL draft gets underway.
AIG claims it was a victim in new lawsuit.
Clear Channel pulls pro-Palestine billboards in Seattle.
CNN hires Erin Burnett away from CNBC.
Donald Trump's political future in question after f-bomb tirade.
South Africa faces booze ad ban.
Toyota and other Japanese automakers trim US ad spending.
Twitter estimates that 70% of its traffic is non-US.
Posted by Shirley Brady on November 30, 2010 06:30 PM
ABC ratings dip without Bristol Palin, Dancing With the Stars.
Alberto-Culver settles Unilever suit.
Amazon, Wal-Mart, Target, Toys R Us led e-commerce sales on Cyber Monday, boosted by Facebook.
BP suspends Alaska project over safety concerns.
Bank of America stock dips on news it's next on WikiLeaks' radar as Interpol targets site founder.
Clear Channel signs three-year, $60 million deal with Ryan Seacrest.Continue reading...