Showbiz Sandbox 181: Why The Grammys Telecast Matters More Than Ever
February 11, 2013
While winning a Grammy Award can boost a musician’s record sales temporarily, a knockout performance during the widely viewed ceremony can launch a career. Simply ask Mumford & Sons who stole the show during the 2011 telecast and on Sunday took home the 2013 Grammy for Album of the Year. Will the Lumineers, who performed at this year’s ceremony, follow in their footsteps?
David Wild, a contributing editor for Rolling Stone magazine, helped write the Grammy telecast as he has for the past 12 years. He joins us to discuss how the show was put together, working with host LL Cool J and some of the elements that came off without a hitch (projecting images onto Carrie Underwood’s dress comes to mind). Wild even reveals John Mayer’s secret life as a joke writer.
Meanwhile, digital downloads are already outpacing physical sales in music and will surely do so with books and movies in the not too distant future. But what happens when you want to sell off all those media downloads in the now non-existent digital secondhand market? Amazon is trying to patent technology that will make such sales possible.
Of course we cover the week’s top entertainment headlines including how “The Walking Dead” continues to increase viewership, an end to Don Johnson’s lawsuit over “Nash Bridges” and why some concerts may be sold out before tickets ever go on sale.
David Wild on Huffington Post
Foreign Box Office: ‘Django Unchained’ Remains No. 1, But ‘Die Hard’ Steals Weekend
‘Argo’ Tops 2013 BAFTA Awards
Grammys Down From Last Year, Draws More Than 28 Million Viewers
Grammys Measure Present By The Past
Grammys Review: Music Is Too Personal to Make Show a Multi-Demo Hit
Grammys Preview – The Best Albums Of 2012
Don Johnson Gets $19 Million In Nash Bridges Lawsuit
News Corp Quarterly Profits More Than Double
Sony Quarterly Operating Earnings Improve
Starz, Sony Pictures Extend Film Output Deal
‘Walking Dead’ Returns With Series Best 12.3 Million Viewers
Pump Boys Cancels Broadway Run
The CW Renews Three Shows
Local Stations Stalling 3-D TV
Can The Concert Industry Survive After Mick Jagger and Madonna Retire?
Amazon Poised To Sell Used E-Books
The Case For Abolishing The Patent
David Wild’s Books (at least some of them):
He Is . . . I Say: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neil Diamond
Diary of a Player: How My Musical Heroes Made a Guitar Man Out of Me