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12/21/2016 3:46 PM
On Pre-1972 Performance Fees NY Court Makes New Ruling In Favor Of SiriusXM
Good news was received by SIRIUSXM from New York's Court Of Appeals, which ruled the satcaster can play music recorded prior to 1972 without paying any royalties.
The NY State Court of Appeals handed down an opinion in the Flo and Eddie V. SIRIUSXM Radio Inc., case yesterday afternoon (12/20). The case was referred to New York’s highest form, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and this opinion will direct a final decision in the case. The question before the court was whether New York’s common law recognized a right to a performance fee for music recorded prior to 1972.
In a 4-2 decision, the Court ruled in favor of local radio and television stations. Writing for the majorityJustice Leslie Stein stated, “New York’s common-law copyright has never recognized a right of public performance for pre-1972 sound recordings.”
The President of the New York State Broadcasters Association, David Donovan stated, "We are delighted that the court agreed with our amicus brief that New York law does not recognize a right to a performance fee for music recorded prior to 1972. The majority expressly recognized, '[T]hat the record companies and artists had a symbiotic relationship with radio stations and wanted them to play their records to encourage name recognition and corresponding album sales'.”
Donovan continued, "The court recognized NYSBA’s concerns that both broadcasters and the public would be harmed if it created such a new right. The majority found that 'radio services may choose to limit or cease their broadcasts of pre-1972 music. The public will then be deprived of this music and artists will be deprived of their interest in their performances that is generated by radio broadcasting. While the case directly involved SIRIUSXM, it was clear that the decision could affect broadcasters. This is an important decision that will have national implications."
11/18/2016 10:17 AM
In The Real Estate Market?
The property in Hendersonville, TN once owned by Johnny and June Carter Cash is up for sale. Teh Cash home burned in 2007, but a swimming pool, tennis court, garage, guard house and covered boat dock remain. There's a one-bedroom apartment seller James Gresham created it. Originally the building was the Cash's former wardrobe building where they stored their stage costumes.
Gresham bought the estate for $2 million in 2014 from Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees. There is no asking price for the property.
"In my mind, it would be some person (who) is a huge Johnny Cash fan," Gresham tells the Wall Street Journal. Photos and more are here.
11/17/2016 6:37 PM
Mentor Williams Passes
Condolences to friends and family of Mentor Williams who passed away yesterday (11/16). He was 70.
Williams was a songwriter and composer of the 1973 song "Drift Away," made popular by Dobie Gray. Other songs he has writtten and produced incude Alabama's "When We Make Love," Eddy Raven's "She's Going to Win Your Heart," and the Randy Travis and George Jones duet "A Few Ole Country Boys."
Williams is the brother of ASCAP President Paul Williams and was the longtime partner of whom he resided in Taos, NM until her death in 2015. Services are pending.
11/15/2016 4:40 PM
Nash Next Winner Todd O'Neill On The Move
Nash Next winner and newly signed Big Machine recording artist Todd O'Neill is very busy these days. The Louisiana native performed at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City's Times Square yesterday (11/14) and then introduced Rascal Flatts at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. This morning (11/15) he visited WNSH/New York for an interiew nad performance. He then caught a flight to Nashville to perform at The Sutler.
His music is a combination of Cajun, Zydeco and New Orleans rhythms blended in his unique style of country. He will soon be in Nashville working on his first Big Machine release. The project will be produced by Rascal Flatts' JoeDon Rooney.
11/15/2016 4:16 PM
Haley Dunn Passes
Condolences to friends and family of singer Holly Dunn who passed away this morning (11/15) in Albuquerque after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. She was 59.
Dunn recorded on MTM Records and had a top 10 single with "Daddy's Hands," which proved to be her signature hit. She then recorded with Warner Bros in 1989 and received two #1 singles, "Are You Ever Gonna' Love Me" and "You Really Had Me Going." In 1997 she went into radio and hosted mornings at Country WWWW/Detroit for a year. She returned to Nashville and retired from the music business. She then relocated to New Mexico, then devoted her energies to painting.
At this point there are no details on services.
11/04/2016 10:01 AM
Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood Will Perform At 'Christmas In Rockefeller Center'
Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, and Trisha Yearwood will join the performance lineup for NBC-TV's "Christmas In Rockefeller Center" on Wednesday, November 30th at 7p (CT). Additional performers include Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, Josh Groban, and more.
The special, hosted by "The TODAY Show" anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, and Hoda Kotb, will highlight the 84th annual tree lighting.
11/03/2016 11:06 AM
World Series Game Seven Draws Massive TV Ratings; CMA's Down From 2015
People knew that game Seven of the World Series would rule TV ratings last evening (11/2), and the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians’ 10-inning, rain-delayed final game delivered super numbers for FOX-TV. Based on numbers from ZAP2IT.com the Cubbies first championship in 108 years drew 39 million viewers, earning a 12.1 rating/36 share among 18-49 year olds.
As expected, "The 50th Annual CMA Awards” telecast got beaten by comparison, attracting 12.75 million viewers and garnering a 2.9 rating/8 share among 18-49s. The 2015 CMA AwardS attracted 13.8 million viewers, posting a 3.8 rating/12 share.
10/28/2016 6:16 PM
Kenny Makes The Media Rounds
Kenny Chesney has been making the media rounds. He appeared on NBC-TVs "The Today Show" this morning. He talked with Natalie Morales about his new album, "Cosmic Hallelujah," which dropped today (10/28). He also talked about his song "Setting The World on Fire" featuring Pink. "I knew it would work because I've sang harmony to her records for a long time," said Chesney, adding, "You know, in the car." Check it out here.
Chesney also visited the nationally syndicated "The Ellen Degeneres Show" today (10/28). He performed "Noise," the lead singer off his album. Watch his performance here.
10/28/2016 6:08 PM
Warner Music Group Announces Creation of New Center Of Excellence For Shared Services
Warner Music Group has announced the creation of a new center of exellent for Shared Serivces in Nashville. Kris Ahrend has been prmoted to President/Shared Services effective immediately, and current Warner Music Nashville SVP/Finance Ken Williams will be CFO effective early 2017.
Next year will see many other changes including WMG will move some its US departments, including the US Accounting Operations, Cash Management and Recorded Music Rights Administration under one roof in Nashville's City Center. It will employ up to 175 people. Warner Music's longtime location on Music row will remain and be headed up by Chairman/CEO John Esposito.
“As we all know, Nashville is not only home to the best artists and songwriters, but it has a vibrant and growing economy,” said Esposito. “The top talent in the world can be found here, our company already has a strong presence in the community, and the City and State have been tremendous at helping us establish our new location downtown. Nashville is the perfect home for Warner Music’s newly created division, and I look forward to welcoming our colleagues to Music City.”