Showbiz Sandbox 145: Rise of Playlisters Marks The Death of Music Blogs
April 16, 2012
Last week Doug Freeman, a music critic for the Austin Chronicle, wrote an opinion piece in response to a Hypebot interview in which Sean Adams, the founder of Drowned In Sound, suggested music blogs are no longer influential. Freeman joins us to explain that if blogs were simply gateways to new music discovery, then the streaming playlister is the new music blogger. New influencers and kingmakers will emerge in a shifting editorial landscape.
We also take you to the first weekend of this year’s Coachella Music Festival where more than 150 acts strutted their stuff to an more than 100,000 attendees. Headliners such as Radiohead and The Black Keys proved to be big hits, but Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg stole the show by performing with a picture perfect hologram of the late Tupac Shakur.
“The Hunger Games” continues to feast on the North American box office, but the number one movie in the world this past weekend was “Titanic 3D” thanks to a record breaking opening in China.
We also cover the week’s top entertainment headlines including Mel Gibson’s public fight with a screenwriter, an extended run for “Game of Thrones” and an anti-trust lawsuit against major publishing houses.
‘Battleship’ Boldly Opens More Than a Month Early Overseas
Box Office Report: ‘Titanic 3D’ Launches to Record Numbers in China
‘Titanic’ in 3-D Has Even Higher Chinese Debut Than Originally Projected
‘Hunger Games’: Gary Ross Will Not Direct Sequel ‘Catching Fire’
‘GMA’ Appears to Nudge ‘Today’ From Top Spot After 16 Years
Coachella 2012 Is A Snapshot of Pop Music In Wonderful Disarray
Drowned In Sound Founder Sean Adams On The Decline Of MP3 Blogging
Opinion: The End of Music Blogging and the New Editorial Voice of Streaming
Spotify Adds Free Music Play Button For Web Sites, Blogs & Tumblr
Jeff Tweedy & Wilco Experiment With Dynamic Concert Ticket Prices
Court Documents Reveal Live Nation Paid $2.9 Million In Kickbacks By NJ Venues
‘Game of Thrones’ Renewed for Season 3
Mel Gibson vs. Joe Eszterhas: Did Anyone Win This War of Words?
Axl Rose Publicly Declines Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction
Major Vertigo Embarassment
Musical by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim Part of Next Public Theater Season
‘Walking Dead’ Creator Robert Kirkman Developing New Show for AMC
F. Gary Gray in Talks to Direct N.W.A Movie ‘Straight Outta Compton’
Teller of Penn & Teller Breaks Silence To Sue Over Magic Trick
Damon Albarn: Gorillaz, Heroin and the Last Days of Blur
Lucasfilm Cancels Plans For New Studio In Northern California
The America’s Wars Channel
‘Downton Abbey’: Maggie Smith Asks To Be Written Out
‘No truth’ to reports of Maggie Smith leaving ‘Downton Abbey’
Little, Brown Releases Title, Pub Date of Rowling’s Adult Novel
E-Books And Anti-Trust
States Cash In On E-book Settlement
Amazon To Cut E-Book Prices Shaking Rivals
Amazon Publishing Releases Fall List
Pulitzer Prize Shocker: No Fiction Prize Awarded
Amazon Digital Sales Up 29%, iTunes Sales Flat
Dust Off The Old CD Collection, Amazon Wants To Buy It