Archive for the 'Politics' Category

Mass Shootings

“Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” Fifty-odd years ago there was a rash of airplane hijackings. Taking a plane to Cuba was a regular thing, you almost thought 707s were personal Ubers. But then strict security measures were enforced at airports. Suddenly there was screening for metal, i.e. guns, and not only could passengers […]

Live Nation Signs

“We Stand For Democracy”: This cements Michael Rapino’s stature as the most powerful man in the music business. That’s right, for decades the power laid with the labels. But now it’s all in touring, the events business, where people can have a human experience in a land of impersonal digital. You may see a […]

The Power Of Fan Bases

“When Anti-Asian Parody Targeted BTS, the Boy Band’s Fan Army Mobilized”: What kind of crazy, fucked-up world do we live in where a boy band singing in a foreign language has more credibility than all the American acts in the hit parade? One in which a foreign power realizes you build fan bases from […]

Where Are The Record Companies?

“More than 100 corporate executives hold call to discuss halting donations and investments to fight controversial voting bills”: “Will Smith’s production pulls out of Georgia, citing the state’s voting law.”: And Live Nation and AEG? Spotify? And even the Grammy organization? For far too long the corporations, the entities behind the acts, have […]