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by Josh Antonuccio

28 Feb 2011

How much changes in just a few short years. It was just announced that Courtney Holt is leaving his current position as president of MySpace Music. You might remember that this was preceded by a layoff of MySpace staff totaling around 50% last month. Or how about that big re-design MySpace promised? Many have found it to be even more confusing than the original layout of the site.

On the other side of the house, Edgar Bronfman and Warner Music Group are racing to beat out EMI to be the first item on the shelf for potential buyers. It wasn’t too long ago that these two titans were heralding a new partnership that would topple and beat out another company known as Facebook, as well as demonstrate to us all how to succeed with 360 deals.

Take a look at this meeting/interview of Former MySpace CEO Chris Dewolfe and current WMG CEO Edgar Bronfman from the 2008 Web 2.0 conference, announcing their new venture. It’s hard not to wince now when Dewolfe declares the MySpace dominance of Facebook or the joint confidence they had in yielding the biggest music community in the world. It’s a stark reminder of the speed at which the music industry is changing and being re-invented as tech companies grapple with how to survive in this new era.

by William Carl Ferleman

28 Feb 2011

Did Eminem become more personal by hawking products for two more major corporations? In my view, he probably emasculated his best song (“Lose Yourself”), in terms of lyrics and recognition, by allowing it to be in a Chrysler commercial. Eminem’s support of workers’ rights is fine, but this ad is false and most absurd. 

Eminem just is not a native of Michigan; he’s a Missourian. What are the chances, too, that Eminem drives a Chrysler, or any car? One of Eminem’s first non-mainstream but legitimate tracks (“Just Don’t Give a Fuck”) alludes to Missouri: he prominently raps about Marty Schottenheimer, who was the coach of the Kansas City Chiefs for several seasons.

by PopMatters Staff

28 Feb 2011

Photo: Julien Mignot

Legendary Afrobeat superstar Femi Kuti returns with a new album, Africa for Africa, on 12 April via Knitting Factory Records. Fittingly, given the album’s title, the record is something of a homecoming as the artist recorded the music in the Afrodisia/Decca studios in Lagos, Nigeria, the very same spot he made his first forays into recording with his late great father Fela Kuti. Today we have the pleasure of presenting the US online premiere of the first track, “Dem Bobo”.

Immediately following Africa for Africa‘s release, US and Canadian fans can catch Kuti and his ace band, the Positive Force, at a string of dates kicking off 19 April in Toronto and ending 14 May in Portland (full dates and tracklist after the jump).

by Jessy Krupa

28 Feb 2011

Sons of Tucson

At the 62nd Primetime Emmys, The Pacific (eight wins), Modern Family (six wins), and Mad Men (four wins) are the night’s biggest winners.


by John Bergstrom

25 Feb 2011

Filed under “Unlikely” in the drawer full of possible ‘80s band reunions were the Cars. The Boston New Wave / pop act last released a studio album in 1987, and that effort, Door to Door, was poorly received. Singer Ric Ocasek never seemed too up on the idea, and made a name for himself producing acolytes like Weezer. Singer/bassist Benjamin Orr, who fronted hits like “Just What I Needed” and “Drive”, died of cancer in 2000. And then guitarist Elliot Easton and keyboardist Greg Hawkes hooked up with Todd Rundgren for the dubious-at-best New Cars a few years ago.

But it seems somehow inevitable that here the Cars are, reunited and releasing new material. Ocasek, Easton, Hawkes, and drummer David Robinson are all on board. Move Like This is released May 10. Here’s the lead single, “Blue Tip”. It’s an instantly-recognizable take on the band’s classic sound (before they went a bit soft with Heartbeat City). Robinson’s booming fills are conspicuously absent, but all the other key elements are there. You can be sure Stacy’s Mom is diggin’ it.

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