Showbiz Sandbox 362: What’s The Flipping Problem With Record Store Day?

April 17, 2017

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This year’s Record Store Day is just days away, but what began as a way to support independent record stores has turned into a covert commercial endeavor for those reselling the event’s exclusive vinyl releases at exorbitant prices. Sal Nunziato, a former record store owner himself, joins us to discuss why he’s never been all that fond of the annual promotion.

These days Nunziato is a music blogger and drummer in the band the John Sally Ride. Their new album, “A New Set of Downs” will be released later this year, but in a unique twist, is already available on platforms such as Spotify and Soundcloud. He’ll tell us all about it.

Meanwhile, even though ESPN has lost 12 million subscribers in the past six years, the cable sports network is still very profitable, generating $11 billion per year for its owner, Disney. But with skinny cable bundles and online streaming eating into its subscriber base, ESPN is girding itself for an unknown future.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including the launch of YouTube TV, Spotify finally signs a new deal with a major record label, and Harry Potter wins big it at this year’s Olivier Awards.

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

The John Sally Ride – A New Set of Downs
https://thejohnsallyride.bandcamp.com/album/a-new-set-of-downs

AM/PM Records
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1505855363002504/

CBS CEO Leslie Moonves’ Pay Rises to $69.6M in 2016
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/cbs-ceo-leslie-moonves-pay-rises-sumner-redstone-give-up-voting-role-board-991093

‘Fate of the Furious’ Slows at Home but Roars Overseas
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/16/movies/fate-of-the-furious-slows-at-home-but-roars-overseas.html

French Exhibitors Demand Netflix Release Its Cannes Movies in Theaters
https://variety.com/2017/digital/global/netflix-protest-french-theatrical-exhibitors-1202030960/

The Road to Jonestown by Jeff Guinn – BookFilter
http://bookfilter.com/2016/06/30/the-road-to-jonestown/

Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night – BookFilter
http://bookfilter.com/2016/06/22/letterman/

‘Billions’ Star Challenges Emmys Male-Female Acting Categories
https://variety.com/2017/tv/awards/billions-star-asia-kate-dillon-emmy-awards-gender-nonbinary-1202023724/

Advertisers Flee Fox’s Bill O’Reilly Show Amid Sexual Harassment Lawsuits
http://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/advertisers-start-flee-bill-o-reilly-s-show-after-more-n742461

Bill O’Reilly to Take Vacation in Midst of Sexual Harassment Controversy
https://variety.com/2017/tv/news/bill-oreilly-fox-news-sexual-harassment-2-1202027269/

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Sets Olivier Awards Record
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/09/theater/harry-potter-olivier-awards-groundhog-day.html

“Cursed Child” Wins Record-Breaking Nine Olivier Awards, “Groundhog Day” Best Musical
http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/CURSED-CHILD-Wins-Record-Breaking-Nine-Olivier-Awards-GROUNDHOG-DAY-Best-Musical-20170409

Internet Closes In On TV as Asia Pacific Ad Revenues Hit US$170BN
https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2017041246849/internet-closes-in-on-tv-as-asia-pacific-ad-revenues-hit-us-170bn.html

YouTube TV Launches in Five Cities, Inks Deal With AMC Networks for Internet Skinny Bundle
https://variety.com/2017/digital/news/youtube-tv-launch-5-cities-amc-networks-1202023343/

Spotify’s New Universal Deal Allows Two-Week Paywall for New Releases
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/spotify-to-offer-some-artists-paywall-for-new-albums-w474915

Mariah Carey Sets New Label Pact With Epic Records, Studio Album Coming This Year
https://variety.com/2017/music/news/mariah-carey-epic-records-deal-studio-album-1202027257/

Amazon Lands Streaming Rights to NFL’s ‘Thursday Night Football’
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/amazon-lands-streaming-rights-nfls-thursday-night-football-991246

Disney Hit With Lawsuit Claiming ‘Zootopia’ Ripped Off ‘Total Recall’ Writer
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/disney-hit-lawsuit-claiming-zootopia-ripped-total-recall-writer-987660

‘Home Improvement’ Profits Lawsuit Against Disney Revived by Appeals Court
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/home-improvement-profit-participation-lawsuit-disney-revived-by-appeals-court-988108

‘Duck Dynasty’ Creators Gain Edge in $100 Million Fight With ITV Studios
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/duck-dynasty-creators-gain-edge-100-million-fight-itv-studios-988060

Live TV Dominates US Video Viewing
https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2017032346602/live-tv-dominates-us-video-viewing.html

Carrie Fisher Will Not Appear in ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/star-wars-carrie-fisher-will-not-appear-episode-ix-994204

Writers Guild Promises Strike on May 2 If No Deal Is Reached
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/writers-guild-promises-strike-may-2-no-deal-is-reached-991578

Writers Guild Talks Resume But Demands Are Triple the Studios’ Likely Offer
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/writers-guild-talks-resume-but-demands-are-triple-studios-offer-992347

ESPN Has Seen the Future of TV and They’re Not Really Into It
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-03-30/espn-has-seen-the-future-of-tv-and-they-re-not-really-into-it

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Founder Paul O’Neill Dies at 61
http://variety.com/2017/music/obituaries-people-news/paul-oneill-dead-trans-siberian-orchestra-1202025020/

‘Goodfellas’ Cinematographer Michael Ballhaus Dies at 81
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/michael-ballhaus-dead-goodfellas-cinematographer-was-81-993253

Comments

  • mgiltz

    This Saturday is Record Store Day so that meant Sal Nunziato of AM/PM Records (on Facebook) and Burnwood2nite blog weighs in on all things music. He and I argue about the new Beatles boxed set celebrating “Sgt. Pepper” but we can all agree his new album — the band The John Sally Ride – is out now digitally and great power pop. Also, the writers really are going to go on strike….