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Pitbull’s “I Know You Want Me” Most-Viewed Youtube Video

Toronto-based social media research company Sysomos has reported that the Music category is the most-viewed on Youtube. This free and interesting report lays out some intriguing social trivia, such as:

  • Music (27.6%) and Entertainment (14.4%) videos receive the most number of embedding
  • These two categories are also the most popular in Europe, South America and Asia
  • A tag cloud analysis showed that “Michael Jackson” and “Health Care” were the issues on most Youtubers minds (“Lady Gaga” and “Black Eyed Peas” rank somewhere below
  • Top music video is – alas – Pitbull’s “I Know You Want Me”, a senseless but very popular song worldwide, with 97.3million views

More from their report here.

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02/03/2010 Posted by | Music News | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Michael Jackson quote

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“Don’t be nervous… This is an adventure.”

Michael Jackson
Said in a speech to his dancers at his This Is It concert rehearsal

29/10/2009 Posted by | Music Quotes | , | Leave a comment

Goodbye Michael… This Is It

“Don’t be nervous, this is an adventure. I love you guys… Save the world.”

Michael Jackson
Speech given during his last rehearsal for his This Is It London show

mjthisisit28octIt has begun – the wild and desperate scheme to hype up This Is It, a documentary film made by Kenny Ortega, director of what was to be Michael Jackson’s last ever concert. Columbia Pictures and Sony Music has sunk its claws into the documentary and the soundtrack respectively, and will not let go until they have made enough money from exclusive content that was to have been made private. Yes, footages from This Is It documentary was supposed to belong in Jackson’s private library of contents until he died on June 25th 2009.

While I feel anger for the loss of privacy of Michael – my music hero – and his family, I am simultaneously honored to have been able to share in the last rehearsal moments of the King of Pop. The documentary basically underlined Michael’s perfectionist streak, his interesting eccentricity, his professionalism for the stage, and his love for all his dancers, musicians and backstage crew. What surprised me was the way the film was edited, because it was apparent to me that Ortega often talked down to Michael during rehearsals, patronized him like a child, and tried to get into his good books by praising him a little too often than necessary. Perhaps Ortega didn’t mind placing himself in a nasty light. But that’s just me.

This Is It documentary consists of a list of rehearsed songs which include “Thriller”, “Smooth Criminal”, “Billie Jean”, “Man In The Mirror” and other fan favourites. It was like having backstage access into Michael’s rehearsals, and I felt like I was watching from the sidelines as he practiced his routines and his vocals with his team. He seemed pretty oblivious of the hovering cameras as he hemmed and honed his vocals, and it was truly an insight into his complex personality.

His perfectionism for the stage and his music shined through like a glaring light for most part of the film. At one point, he stopped singing suddenly and started wringing his hands in the air, crying out in distress, “No, no, no!” He then turned to his music director and stressed earnestly, “you must let the music simmer.” And he hummed melodies as he tried to explain how he felt.

All the documentary showed me was that Michael was a man who lived and breathed music, and that his every breath and movement was a musical note. This was the same man who once declared at an interview (eons ago) that he saw “colour in music”. Music to him was physical, and not merely auditory. This belief was expressed when he moved his hands to different heights (with different strengths in his stressed movements) when he sang.

Shedding a tear for what might have been, my heart goes out to all the dancers, musicians and backstage crew who joined because they loved Michael and what he stood for. For me, Michael stood for creativity, genius, and good eccentricity. Without him, the world is now a fucking boring place to live in.

29/10/2009 Posted by | Music News | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Are the Labels Ready to Face the Digital Frontier?

VEVO_logoUniversal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment have both put a foot in on the boat that is VEVO. And now VEVO looks set to sail into the bright horizon as investor Abu Dhabi Media Company (ADMC) pumps in a strategic investment, declaring itself a shareholder and a big part of this venture.

VEVO is branded as upcoming state-of-the-art music video and entertainment service powered by YouTube, with music content exclusively provided by UMG and SME, whose artists include Mariah Carey, Jay-Z, and Lady Gaga for the former, and Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake and the late Michael Jackson for the latter. VEVO is the next natural step in the long-term rollout of digital plans, according to the shareholders. “It illustrates our partnering approach with innovators in digital media services and technologies,” says H.E. Mohamed Khalaf Al Mazroui, Chairman of ADMC.

Rio Caraeff, CEO of VEVO, seems to have big plans up his sleeves. Having dealt with digital c ontent for 4 years in Universal Music Group and another 3 years in Sony Pictures Entertainment before that, Caraeff seems determined to steer the entire industry in the digital direction.

However, reticence to embark on digital projects is something the labels cannot seem to shake off. Red tape, protocols pertaining to physical products, inertia to recognize the obvious dawn of the digital age, are just some of the things that prevent labels from investing in the right research to find a digital music business model. Though Universal Music had led the way with their fondness for little digital projects all over the world (read: UMG-Webtv Europe’s deal in 2004, UMG and UK telco Orange’s mobile music deal in 2009, UMG and Singapore leading telco Singtel’s mobile music deal in 2009, UMG and Virgin Media’s ongoing deal, among others), impact made on consumer trends are arguable, and besides, none of the other labels seemed to have taken notice of what UMG has been doing. Or, rather, they probably could not care less.

Sony Music has apparently, however, woken up from the deep slumber caused by the messy and very recent separation from Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG), and has expressed interest in foraying into the digital music market. Just a few days ago, it was announced that Sony’s electronic arm has involved itself in a project called “Club Dates”, which is in fact a series of digital concerts planned to encourage music lovers to embrace what Sony calls “alternative content”. Concerts filmed ‘live’ will be shown on the various Sony platforms, including its 4K digital cinema projectors. The first act called upon to headline the series is none other than the band Third Eye Blind, whose latest album “Ursa Major” received the major honor of #1 Digital Album on the Billboard charts. Aside from “Club Dates” and the gentle stakeholding duties that are called upon by VEVO, Sony Music has yet to prove its interest in the global digital market.

As I type, Virgin Media and UMG have yet to reach a conclusion on what “unlimited DRM-free” downloads should mean. It seems simple – downloads that are untethered and are available readily without clauses in your contracts. Yet it isn’t really all that easy to implement. The question now remains: how can the labels protect their content and yet embrace a digital world completely?

21/10/2009 Posted by | Music News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” Leaked Online

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Yeah right, as if MJ’s newest track is actually ‘leaked’, which by definition gives us a sense that it’s all accidental. News here.

It’s only a matter of time before ‘leaks’ become simply a marketing strategy in the digital market. At the same time, it’s heartening to see the labels using this’ as a strategy to generate hype. That only goes to show the amount of importance everyone’s putting on digital content, more and more.

We shall all be waiting to see more ‘leaks’ for future A-list releases.

13/10/2009 Posted by | Music News | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment