Tom Jones New Album Called Sick Joke by His Own Record Label

Tom Jones has hit back after a leaked email from an Island Records U.K. executive branded his comeback a “sick joke.” The initial email was sent by SVP David Sharpe on the 19th May, which stated that the label should pull back this project immediately! The album, “Praise & Blame,” is a record of blues and spirituals on which Jones goes back to his roots.

A lot of people thought this was a clever marketing stunt to get as much press as possible for a Jones that is coming to the end of his major label career. However, Jones stated to a Welsh newspaper that he was very angry about the comments and has received an apology from Island Records.

“People are going to read this and think the record company doesn’t like [my album], or that I’ve made a mistake,” he said. “It’s not coming from the creative people in the record company, because they’re backing [the album] up all the way, I mean they’re thrilled with it, so I don’t understand it.”

“When I questioned them and said, ‘What the hell is this all about? Who is this fella? I don’t even know who he is,’ I found out that he’s some fella who signs checks or something. But he’s not in the creative side of it and they’re 100% behind it, but people don’t know that.”

He added: “People tell me that all publicity is good publicity, that’s what I’ve been told. People say to me, ‘Well it’s being talked about,’ but to me it’s being talked about in a negative way. Hopefully, if there’s any good that comes out of it, it’s that people will wonder about [the new album]. But it isn’t the way I would handle it by going and making a stupid statement. That’s not going to help it. They’ve apologized, they can’t apologize enough – and they’ve said, ‘We’ll make good on this.'”

Wilco Start Their Own Record Label

Wilco is just about to say goodbye to Nonesuch Records. Wilco joined Nonesuch back in 2002 and now with their contract fulfilled they are looking to launch their own record label.

“I don’t know the name of it,” Nels Cline (guitarist) told Express Night Out. “Jeff [Tweedy] and [manager] Tony Margherita are the masterminds, so I’m just cruising with what they want to do.”

Cline noted that the band might release a 7-inch single in conjunction with its Solid Sound Festival, which the band is curating in North Adams, Mass., from Aug. 13-15. Wilco will start work on the follow-up to 2009’s Wilco (The Album) later this month.

“The process of making the next Wilco record is going to be long in terms of the writing, arranging and demoing phase,” Cline said.

“I think we’d love to make a really uptempo alienating record … but the natural course of music-making precludes that. When things start to take form naturally, you kind of have to honour that. There may be ballads … [but] you can guarantee a fair quotient at least of some form of rock.”

Lady Gaga Official Remix Album is Coming August 3

When you thought you could hear any more Lady Gaga, here is the new remix album! Since The Fame Monster has only eight tracks and she is starting to run out material, she has now put together an official remix album which features some of her classic tracks.

According to EW.com (via CoS), Lady Gaga will be releasing an official remix album simply title, Lady Gaga – The Remix, on August 3.

The international remix album currently has the following tracks:

01. Just Dance – Richard Vission Remix
02. Pokerface – LLG vs GLG Radio Mix Remix
03. Love Game – Chew Fu Remix ft. Marilyn Manson
04. Eh Eh – Frankmuzik Remix
05. Paparazzi – Stuart Price Remix
06. Boys Boys Boys – Manhatten Clique Remix
07. The Fame – Glam As You Remix
08. Bad Romance – Starsmith Remix
09. Telephone – Passion Pit Remix
10. Alejandro – Sound Of Arrows Remix
11. Dance In The Dark – Monarchy Remix
12. Just Dance – Deewaan Remix
13. Love Game – Robot To Mars Remix
14. Eh Eh – Pet Shop Boys Remix
15. Pokerface – Live From The Cherrytree House Remix
16. Bad Romance – Grum Remix
17. Telephone – Alphabeat Remix

EMI Restructuring Coming in a Few Weeks: Expect More Layoffs

There are a lot of reports floating around that EMI is two weeks away from announcing some huge changes! The key change wil be a drastic reorganisation which would lead to loads more layoffs.

The key point here is that EMI will be moving either distribution, sales and some marketing functions to one of the other three major record labels (EMI should think about moving all their digital distribution straight over to RouteNote!!).

Additionally, some reports are suggesting that EMIs reorganisation will securitize some of its successful publishing catalogue, which would provide EMI with some much needed upfront cash.

The gap between major artists and independent artists is shrinking and this prominant in EMIs struggles to become profitable!

How to Get My Music on Spotify for FREE

There are millions of users all over the world who are already using Spotify. If you dont already know, Spotify is a music streaming service, which allows users to create playlists and listen to tracks from millions of artists worldwide. Previously, it hasnt been very easy to get your music on Spotify and as they are about to launch in the USA it is now very important to join the leading music service.

RouteNote allows artists to get their music onto Spotify and other streaming music services for FREE. All artists need to do is head to RouteNote.com and signup for an account. Once you have signed up, you are able to upload your music and choose the partners you would like to send your music to. Its that easy!

There are so many other music distributors out there that charge artists a lot of money for this service, plus most also charge per store. RouteNote is the ONLY distributor that doesnt charge any upfront fees!

Spotify and other streaming services are very important for artists. These services dont currently make artists huge amounts of revenues (unless you have millions of plays). These services are used more for promotion and as the internet progresses these service will make a lot more money and it will become the main revenue stream for artists (just my opinion).

Anyways, make sure you head to RouteNote.com and signup! Its that easy!

Merge.fm: Music Collaboration Tool which Allows Fans to Provide Feedback During The Songwriting Process

I came across a new music collaboration application that aims to help artists through the creative process. The app is called Merge.fm and as well as opening the collaboration process it also allows artists to share the songwriting experience with their fans.

This seems like a very interesting tool to allow fans to provide feedback during the song making process, which can only increase your fan loyalty. Check out the video below and let us know what you think of this new service.

Portishead Starting Work On Their Fourth Album

Speaking to the BBC, Portishead multi-instrumentalist Geoff Barrows said that he’ll begin writing the band’s fourth album this summer, that the band has signed with a new label, and how music festivals can boost album sales:

“I’m writing for Portishead through July and August… I just want to bang on and get another record done… It’s with a major. It’s with the biggest record company in the world. It’s with people we trust, which with a band is the most important thing… We did the Third record, it did incredibly well. We got very little support from the UK as we don’t represent a certain demographic of people, but we did Coachella [festival] and that was amazing.”

David Mapp and Lee Richardson – Алёна: VI Live Video

Remember that album I reviewed several weeks ago? You know, the offensive, intrusive and addictive Hip Hop? Well, David Mapp and Lee Richardson have uploaded onto their website a live video of the entire album being performed.

I was actually at this show and desperately wanted to share this with you all, so much so I’ve broken my own policy of only posting reviews!

Visit their website here for more information

Enjoy!

Daft Punk To Release Tron Soundtrack in November

The soundtrack to Tron Legacy is one of the most anticipated! The Tron Legacy soundtrack which Daft Punk will be supporting on tour is set to be released on November 23.

According to another Amazon slip-up (via Consequence of Sound), the soundtrack will be released on Walt Disney Records as the film is being distributed by Walt Disney Pictures on December 17.

More Tron details coming soon!

Men at Work Have to Pay 5% Royalties for Plagiarism

Men At Work have been ordered to pay 5% of their royalties from their iconic ’80s hit “Down Under” following an earlier ruling they had plagiarized another song.

While the compensation figure should reach into six figures, attorneys for Larrikin had argued that damages in the region of 40% and 60% of royalties accrued by “Down Under” was reasonable.

Sydney-based Larrikin Music Publishing had launched proceedings against Hay and Strykert, EMI Songs Australia and EMI Music Publishing Australia, claiming the flute refrain in “Down Under” was lifted from “Kookaburra.”

Larrikin, a division of the U.K.’s Music Sales, had rights to represent “Kookaburra,” which was written in the 1930s by music teacher Marion Sinclair, a life-long supporter of the Girl Guide movement.

If Men At Work did plagiarize then it seems as though they go off very lightly.