Archive for February 12, 2013


Universal and Sony the sole remaining competitors for American firm after snapping up the home of Coldplay and Kylie

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Parlophone, the historic British record label, will join Warner Music in an estimated £487m deal, as  from guardian.co.uk reported.

Parlophone, the historic British record label behind ColdplayBlur and Kylie Minogue, is to become part of Warner Music in an estimated £487m deal.

Warner’s owner, Len Blavatnik, has beaten rival bids from Simon Fuller, founder of the American Idol TV series, who teamed up with Island Records‘ founder Chris Blackwell, and an alliance between Sony and BMG.

As the label that signed the Beatles, Parlophone was the jewel in the crown of UK major EMI. It was put up for sale on the orders of the European commission, as a condition of the £1.2bn acquisition of EMI by Universal Music.

The deal is a victory for Blavatnik, the billionaire part-owner of the Russian oil conglomerate TNK-BP, who had been involved in past attempts to merge Warner with EMI.

Having outbid Roman Abramovich on a £41m house in Kensington Palace Gardens in 2004, Blavatnik is known for his deep pockets and is paying cash for Parlophone, which is also home to Pink Floyd.

“This is a very important milestone for Warner Music, reflecting our commitment to artist development by strengthening our worldwide roster, global footprint and executive talent,” said Blavatnik. As part of the deal, Warner is also acquiring the Chrysalis and Ensign labels, as well as EMI’s recorded music operations in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Slovakia and Sweden.

Parlophone is the oldest active label at EMI and one of its most prestigious. It began life as Britain’s leading jazz label before becoming part of Columbia Records, which was in turn swallowed by EMI. When the producer and composer Sir George Martin took over as manager in 1955, he began with comedy recordings by the Goons and Peter Sellers. The breakthrough came in 1962, when Martin, now known as the Fifth Beatle, signed a Liverpool band who were to become the world’s most commercially successful musicians. The Beatles catalogue, however, is not part of the Parlophone deal.

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Owl City can retire now — the real thing is back.

Synth-pop duo the Postal Service, whose one and only album, “Give Up,” influenced a generation of bedroom producers with its catchy but complicated songs, on Monday morning released its first new music in 10 years. Randall Roberts from latimes.com called “A Tattered Line of String,” the song features singer Ben Gibbard‘s typically infectious vocal melodies and programmer Jimmy Tamborello‘s dance-along rhythms. It arrives via the forthcoming 10th anniversary reissue of “Give Up,” and is one of two new tracks to be featured on the collection.

But last month, the group unveiled a new website, and soon thereafter they announced a reunion gig at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in April. That news was followed by more festival dates.

And now comes “A Tattered Line of String,” and it’s as though they never left. As catchy as anything from their 2003 debut, the song suggests a lost Pet Shop Boys or New Order track, all plasticine joy and compactly organized synth rhythms. Lyrically, it traces a rendezvous in New York, and a seemingly futile attempt to keep the tryst in check while Tamborello weaves in typically catchy counter-melodies and arrangements.

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Jack White

Jack White appeared to drop an F-bomb on the Grammys on Sunday night, but CBS claims he didn’t.

White sang what sounded like the F-word during his performance of “Love Interruption” with Ruby Amanfu during the show, which aired live from the Staples Center on the East Coast. While the lyrics to their song don’t include the words “f— me,” it appeared that White and/orAmanfu added them in during their live performance.

Many Grammy viewers immediately took to social media to note the apparent utterance of the swear word.

Click to watch the video: Jack White – Love Interruption & Freedom At 21 – Grammys 2013 – Video Dailymotion.

But Martin Franksexecutive vp planning, policy and government affairs at CBS, insists that the F-word was not sung during White and Amanfu’s performance and that the network’s editors have listened to the performance multiple times on state-of-the-art equipment to verify that. He says the word that was sung was “fight.”

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Justin Timberlake is wasting no time making his comeback. Just a few hours after he brought sexy back to the Grammy stage, he released the newest single “Mirrors” from the upcoming album “The 20/20 Experience.” Timberlake’s team promised a surprise for fans post-Grammys in a tweet. They fulfilled their promise debuting “Mirrors” on YouTube. The track — produced by rapper Timbaland — is slightly over eight minutes and embraces Timberlake’s old-school, slow jam vibe heard in the previously released singles from the album.
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