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The Eagles release new album and slated to appear on CMT Awards

After almost thirty years, my favorite band of all time, The Eagles, have recorded a new album entitled Long Road out of Eden, which features the single "How Long."  The song is climbing the Billboard country chart and currently resides at No. 26.  The new single was originally written and recorded by J.D. Souther in 1972 on his [...]

By | 2007-09-28T08:06:43+00:00 September 28th, 2007|Life on the Row, Music Industry, Music Row News|Comments Off on The Eagles release new album and slated to appear on CMT Awards

True test of RIAA’s legal theories as first case goes to trial.

Although the Recording Industry Association of America started going after individual litigants in 2004, no case has yet to go to trial in front of a judge or jury.  This is about to change. Since 2004, tens of thousands of claims have been filed by the RIAA.  By now, everyone understands the strategy.  The RIAA’s [...]

By | 2007-09-27T15:45:01+00:00 September 27th, 2007|Music Industry, RIAA Litigation|Comments Off on True test of RIAA’s legal theories as first case goes to trial.

New independent label on Music Row

      Florida businessmen, David Lowman, Bobby Land, and William Whitacre have announced the establishment of Radiance Records, a new independent country record label.  Lowman’s music industry experience includes fifteen years as a recording and performing artist.  Land grew up in Tennessee, graduated from Belmont University, and was signed as an artist with Hickory [...]

By | 2007-09-27T08:07:10+00:00 September 27th, 2007|Life on the Row, Music Industry, Music Row News|Comments Off on New independent label on Music Row

The new paradigm of music has arrived!

Law on the Row used to be a periodic newsletter in the physical world that I would send to my clients and mailing list.  In the first edition of Law on the Row, published September 9, 1999, I published an article on digital downloading entitled “To MP3 or not to MP3?  The catalyst for a [...]

By | 2007-09-26T12:01:50+00:00 September 26th, 2007|Entertainment Industry News, Life on the Row, Music Industry, Music Row News|Comments Off on The new paradigm of music has arrived!

Eddie Haskell Sues SAG

Althought not particularly related to Music Row or the music industry in general, I find this little tidbit of news interesting, if not a bit entertaining, and I wanted to share it. The Associated Press reported yesterday that Ken Osmond, the actor who portrayed Eddie Haskell in the sitcom "Leave It to Beaver," has filed [...]

By | 2007-09-25T15:20:51+00:00 September 25th, 2007|Entertainment Industry News, Music Industry|Comments Off on Eddie Haskell Sues SAG

Nashville Symphony Names New Conductor

The Nashville Symphony Orchestra announced this month that it entered into a five-year contract with Giancarlo Guerrero, who will serve as their music director beginning in 2009. Guerrero will be the 8th conductor in the history of the Symphony, replacing the late Kenneth Schermerhorn, who led the Nashville Symphony for 22 years and was critically [...]

By | 2007-09-19T08:41:05+00:00 September 19th, 2007|Music Industry, Music Row News|Comments Off on Nashville Symphony Names New Conductor

Georgia Music Hall Of Fame

Southern rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd, will be inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 8, 2007 during the 29th Annual Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards Show.  Lynyrd Skynyrd, best known for its Southern anthem, Sweet Home Alabama, is the definitive Southern rock band, known for its fusion of blues and rock, [...]

By | 2007-09-10T13:56:48+00:00 September 10th, 2007|Music Industry|Comments Off on Georgia Music Hall Of Fame

Napster Settlement Impacts Bertlelsmann AG Earnings

Because of its settlements with the four major music publishers involved in the Napster case -estimated at over $400 million- the German media conglomerate Bertelsmann AG (FRA: BTG4) reported a first-half net loss of shareholder profit of €51 million ($69.4 million), compared to earnings to shareholder of €258 million euros ($351.2 million) in the previous fiscal year.  [...]

By | 2007-09-04T14:48:50+00:00 September 4th, 2007|Entertainment Industry News, Music Industry|Comments Off on Napster Settlement Impacts Bertlelsmann AG Earnings

Bertelsmann & NMPA Settle Claims

On August 31, 2007, the National Music Publishers' Association ("NMPA") and Bertelsmann AG and Bertelsmann, Inc. jointly announced a proposed settlement of litigation arising out of claims asserted by NMPA relating to Bertelsmann's relationship with the online file-sharing service, Napster in 2000-2001. Becuase the litigation has been certified as a class action, the settlement must [...]

By | 2007-08-31T14:35:57+00:00 August 31st, 2007|Music Industry|Comments Off on Bertelsmann & NMPA Settle Claims

Dastardly Downloads: Is Napster to blame for the music industry’s slump?

In August, the RIAA issued a study by Peter D. Hart Research Associates which reported that among people whose downloading activities increased during the past six months, 41% say that they purchased less music during that same period, compared to 19% who stated that they purchased more music as a result of the downloading. An [...]

By | 2002-09-01T03:46:24+00:00 September 1st, 2002|Life on the Row, Music Industry, RIAA Litigation|Comments Off on Dastardly Downloads: Is Napster to blame for the music industry’s slump?