Showbiz Sandbox 139: Why The Music Industry Is More Brutal Than Ever

March 5, 2012

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With nine different streaming services there are more ways than ever to listen to music these days. With the likes of Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio, Mog and Pandora all competing for our attention and media dollars, some have argued that there is too much competition in the market and is primed for a major consolidation. Which services will survive and why? Will Amazon, Apple or Google launch there own services? We try to answer all these questions and more.

Meanwhile Harvey Weinstein is once again fighting the MPAA over the ratings for one of his films. Public figures such as Rev. Jesse Jackson joined the chorus of those opposing the R-rating which the Weinstein Company’s school bullying documentary received. Unfortunately, if “Bully” is released without a rating, movie theaters may be forced to treat it as an NC-17 film.

Former co-host Karen Woodward, joins us to run down some of the top entertainment news stories of the week including, James Spader’s departure from “The Office”, Mike Tyson’s Las Vegas show, and Random House trippling the price of e-books for libraries.

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Film Festival Etiquette For The Email Age
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/28/film-festival-etiquette-for-the-email-age/

Davy Jones, Monkees Heartthrob, Dies at 66
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/29/davy-jones-monkees-heartthrob-dies-at-66/

MOG Is (Kind Of) For Sale As Subscription Music Consolidation Looms
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2012/02/mog-is-kind-of-for-sale-as-subscription-music-consolidation-looms.html

Rhapsody Says Major Label Licensing Is Still A “Brutal, Brutal Reality…”
http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2012/120223brutal

Record Labels Hope “Work For Hire” Rules Allow Them To Screw Artists Again
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2012/02/screwed-forever-artist-list-is-your-favorite-artist-on-it-.html

Julie Taymor Blames Bono And The Edge For ‘Spider-Man’ Problems In Latest Court Filing
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/julie-taymor-bono-the-edge-spider-man-turn-off-the-dark-296566

Why James Spader Is Leaving And Ten Other Revelations About The Office
http://www.vulture.com/2012/03/why-james-spader-is-leaving-and-ten-other-revelations-about-the-office.html

Web Comic Raises $1.25M On Kickstarter
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/book-news/comics/article/50733-web-comic-raises-1-25m-on-kickstarter.html

Kickstarter Expects To Provide More Funding To The Arts Than NEA
http://idealab.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/02/kickstarter-expects-to-provide-more-funding-to-the-arts-than-nea.php

American Idol’s Decline Marks End Of A TV Era
http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20120304/MEDIA….

‘Ghostbusters 3′: Bill Murray Out, Dan Aykroyd Says Film’s Future Uncertain
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ghostbusters-3-bill-murray-out-dan-akroyd-295971

Oscar’s Flat TV Ratings Worry Hollywood
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/28/movies/awardsseason/oscars-flat-tv-ratings-worry-hollywood.html

Billy Crystal’s Oscar-Night Sammy Davis Jr. Impersonation Draws “Blackface” Criticisms
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/billy-crystal-oscars-blackface-criticism-sammy-davis-295558

Alan Ball To Step Down As ‘True Blood’ Showrunner
http://www.deadline.com/2012/02/alan-ball-to-leave-true-blood-after-season-5/

Librarians Feel Sticker Shock As Price For Random House Ebooks Rises As Much As 300 Percent
http://www.thedigitalshift.com/2012/03/ebooks/librarians-feel-sticker-shock-as-price-for-random-house-ebooks-rise-as-much-as-300-percent

Time Warner CEO Pushes TV Everywhere As A Necessity For Cable Operators
http://www.adweek.com/news/television/time-warner-ceo-pushes-tv-everywhere-necessity-cable-operators-138623

Mike Tyson To Debut Onstage In One-Man Vegas Show About Himself
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2012/03/mike-tyson-las-vegas-.html

NATO Threatens Weinstein Co With NC-17 Rating For ‘Bully’
http://www.deadline.com/2012/02/in-bully-fight-nato-threatens-twc-with-nc-17/

Rev. Jesse Jackson Urges Ratings Board To Reverse ‘Bully’s’ R Rating
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/bully-rating-rev-jesse-jackson-harvey-weinstein-296021

Tens Of Thousands Sign Petition Urging MPAA to Overturn ‘Bully’s’ R Rating
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/bully-r-rating-mpaa-petition-295747

Aereo Offers TV-Over-Internet With Antennas Engineered To Comply With Law
http://www.techspot.com/news/47467-aereo-offers-tv-over-internet-with-antennas-engineered-to-comply-with-law.html

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