Showbiz Sandbox 304: The Music of 2015 Was Good, Not Great

Sal Nunziato, former co-owner of the shuttered record store NYCD, is now a musician and popular music blogger. He joins us to weigh in on his favorite albums of 2015 and unlike Rolling Stone magazine, Adele’s latest release didn’t make Sal’s list. Who better to get a state of the industry report on the music business?

The end-of-year awards season continued to kick into high gear as the Golden Globes announced their nominees. The SAG Awards may matter more however, since some of the guild’s members actually vote for the Oscars. Even after these nominations the Oscar race continues to be wide open.

With “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opening this week it’s impossible to avoid news about the eagerly anticipated sequel. Disney’s secrecy over the project reached new heights when the studio held its press junket without first showing the film to the media.

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including Melissa McCarthy’s sitcom is canceled, “Dirty Dancing” is being adapted into a television musical and Apple presses pause on its plans to offer a live streaming television service.

Play

Sal Nunziato’s Burning Wood Blog
http://burnwoodtonite.blogspot.com/

‘In The Heart Of The Sea’: What The Hell Happened?
https://deadline.com/2015/12/the-heart-of-the-sea-box-office-why-it-bombed-1201666007/

‘In the Heart of the Sea’ Tanks at the Box Office
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/12/13/in-the-heart-of-the-sea-tanks-at-the-box-office/?_r=0

10 Things We Learned At The ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Press Conference
http://www.slashfilm.com/force-awakens-press-conference/

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Has Roused Theater Campers Too
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/herocomplex/la-et-hc-star-wars-tcl-line-20151209-story.html

‘Star Wars’ Premiere Street Closures Are “Bigger Than the Oscars”
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/star-wars-premiere-street-closures-848194

Lin-Manuel Miranda Explains How He Ended Up Working With J.J. Abrams on ‘Star Wars’
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/lin-manuel-miranda-explains-how-846547

Golden Globe Nominations: Complete List
https://variety.com/2015/film/awards/golden-globe-nominations-2016-nominees-full-list-1201658166/

SAG Awards Nominations: Complete List
https://variety.com/2015/film/awards/sag-award-nominations-2016-nominees-full-list-1201657169/

Streaming Video Now Accounts for 70 Percent of Broadband Usage
https://recode.net/2015/12/07/streaming-video-now-accounts-for-70-percent-of-broadband-usage/

ABC Sets ‘Dirty Dancing’ Musical With Abigail Breslin
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/abc-sets-dirty-dancing-musical-846837

Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks To Reboot with $200 Million From Participant and Universal Deal
https://variety.com/2015/biz/news/participant-dreamworks-universal-200-million-deal-1201658060/

‘Fun Home’ Recoups On Broadway
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/14/theater/fun-home-recoups-on-broadway.html

Chicago Will Get Its Own ‘Hamilton’ Production
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/12/08/chicago-will-get-its-own-hamilton-production/

‘Mike & Molly’ Canceled After Six Seasons, Says Co-Star
https://variety.com/2015/tv/news/mike-and-molly-canceled-cbs-season-6-1201660081/

Jared Leto Sues TMZ Over “Stolen” Video Featuring Taylor Swift Curse
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/jared-leto-sues-tmz-stolen-846823

Apple Said to Suspend Effort to Develop Live TV Service
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-12-08/apple-said-to-suspend-effort-to-develop-live-tv-service

50 Best Albums of 2015
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/50-best-albums-of-2015-20151201

Best Of 2015: Kamasi Washington, Jeff Lynne, Jon Cleary, FFS and More
http://burnwoodtonite.blogspot.com/2015/11/best-of-2015-kamasi-washington-jeff.html

Scott Weiland’s Family: ‘Don’t Glorify This Tragedy’
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/scott-weiland-s-family-dont-glorify-this-tragedy-20151207

Kirk Douglas: 10 Essential Films
http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/lists/kirk-douglas-10-essential-films

“Happy Birthday” Settlement Arrives in Lawsuit Aiming to Free Song From Copyright
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/happy-birthday-settlement-arrives-lawsuit-847219