RIAA, NMPA, DiMA, and TMT agree on new digital music rates, pizza toppings

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Good news, everyone! It was announced yesterday by a bunch of organizations you didn’t know existed that the music publishers, songwriters, record labels, and digital music services whose livelihood you never consider have agreed on how to divvy up the money you’re hardly ever spending! At least for the next five years, which, as David Bowie already knows, is all we’ve got left on this backwater shitrock anyway.

According to the solid dudes from Billboard and Hypebot that I just shared a cab with, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), and Digital Media Association (DiMA) filed the joint agreement yesterday with the US Copyright Royalty Board (yes, okay, the CRB). The new deal, which only covers 2013-2017 — because who knows how music will be disseminated after Moore’s Law breaks — spins a fantastical tale of a 9.1 cents-per-song rate for old-fashioned things like downloads, CDs, and other physical formats; 24 cents for ringtones; and a whole mess of new models for the breeds of ‘roided-out interactive streaming services out there. “Tell me more about those new categories, Nobodaddy!” Oh, no, I couldn’t… “Aw, come on, do it, man! You ROCK!” Well, if you you insist. Take it away, Billboard dot biz:

— For the paid locker services like the one iTunes offers consumers, music publishers will get a mechanical rate of 12% of revenue or 20.65% of total content cost or 17 cents per subscriber, whichever is greater.

— For digital lockers that provide free cloud storage with a download purchase, music publishers will get 12% of revenue or 22% of the total cost of content, whichever is greater.

— For the third category, called a mixed bundle (such as when your cell phone service’s subscription rate comes with a music service), music publishers get 11.35% of revenue or 21% of total content cost, whichever is greater.

— The fourth new category, called limited interactive service (such as when a subscription service can offer limited amounts of music to, say, one genre or playlists that the user can access at a lower price), music publishers will get 10.5% of revenue or 21% of total cost or 18 cents per subscriber, whichever is greater.

— Finally, for the fifth category, called a music bundle (such as when a CD album comes with a download), music publishers will get 11.35% of revenue or 21% of total content cost.

“Today’s agreement paves the way for our members to continue developing exciting new business models that satisfy consumers,” said DiMA executive Lee Knife. Golly, I don’t know how much more exciting they can get than this one! HA. No, seriously though, this is good news for us consumers, because it means that we don’t really have to do anything for all those hardworking artists-pricks, publishing-dweebs, and techno-nerds to get paid. And that’s always great. If I could “Like” not having to do anything on Facebook, I totally might.

• RIAA: http://www.riaa.com
• NMPA: http://www.nmpa.org
• DiMA: http://www.digmedia.org
• TMNT: http://www.ninjaturtles.com

N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton likely to be directed by Friday’s F. Gary Gray; alright, where’s my commemorative 40 oz?

American film and music video director F. Gary Gray recently dropped out of contention for the directorship of the upcoming sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger (TMT Review), and considering his previous credits, is it any wonder why? Besides people who want to earn multiple boatloads of money (as opposed to the plebs who remain satisfied with their single boatload), what personal benefit is there in directing a cinematic circle jerk of patriotism, whose central character was initially conceived as a facilitator of propaganda? Oh no, as Friday, Law Abiding Citizen, The Negotiator, and A Man Apart have demonstrated, Gray is much more interested in less glamorous and stylized portrayals of American life than he is with metaphorically humping the American flag.

In accordance with that sentiment, Gray is in serious talks to direct Straight Outta Compton, a biopic of influential West Coast rap group N.W.A. According to a press release, the project has been in the works since 2009, with Ice Cube and Matt Alvarez being tasked with co-producing via the film company, Cube Vision. Likewise, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Eazy-E’s widow, Tomica Woods, is also producing. Obviously, assuming Gray does end up directing, this would mean a professional reuniting of him and the frozen Friday star, who has all but abandoned the lifestyle, shall we say, that he exhibited during the late 80s and early 90s. Is Ice Cube capable of objectively portraying the demise of the group, which was decidedly contentious? Will he, instead of offering useful, producer-like advice, devolve into a repeater of Coors Light slogans? Time will tell.

• F. Gary Gray: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0336620
• Cube Vision: http://www.icecube.com

RIAA, NMPA, DiMA, and TMT agree on new digital music rates, pizza toppings

Good news, everyone! It was announced yesterday by a bunch of organizations you didn’t know existed that the music publishers, songwriters, record labels, and digital music services whose livelihood you never consider have agreed on how to divvy up the money you’re hardly ever spending! At least for the next five years, which, as David Bowie already knows, is all we’ve got left on this backwater shitrock anyway.

According to the solid dudes from Billboard and Hypebot that I just shared a cab with, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), and Digital Media Association (DiMA) filed the joint agreement yesterday with the US Copyright Royalty Board (yes, okay, the CRB). The new deal, which only covers 2013-2017 — because who knows how music will be disseminated after Moore’s Law breaks — spins a fantastical tale of a 9.1 cents-per-song rate for old-fashioned things like downloads, CDs, and other physical formats; 24 cents for ringtones; and a whole mess of new models for the breeds of ‘roided-out interactive streaming services out there. “Tell me more about those new categories, Nobodaddy!” Oh, no, I couldn’t… “Aw, come on, do it, man! You ROCK!” Well, if you you insist. Take it away, Billboard dot biz:

— For the paid locker services like the one iTunes offers consumers, music publishers will get a mechanical rate of 12% of revenue or 20.65% of total content cost or 17 cents per subscriber, whichever is greater.

— For digital lockers that provide free cloud storage with a download purchase, music publishers will get 12% of revenue or 22% of the total cost of content, whichever is greater.

— For the third category, called a mixed bundle (such as when your cell phone service’s subscription rate comes with a music service), music publishers get 11.35% of revenue or 21% of total content cost, whichever is greater.

— The fourth new category, called limited interactive service (such as when a subscription service can offer limited amounts of music to, say, one genre or playlists that the user can access at a lower price), music publishers will get 10.5% of revenue or 21% of total cost or 18 cents per subscriber, whichever is greater.

— Finally, for the fifth category, called a music bundle (such as when a CD album comes with a download), music publishers will get 11.35% of revenue or 21% of total content cost.

“Today’s agreement paves the way for our members to continue developing exciting new business models that satisfy consumers,” said DiMA executive Lee Knife. Golly, I don’t know how much more exciting they can get than this one! HA. No, seriously though, this is good news for us consumers, because it means that we don’t really have to do anything for all those hardworking artists-pricks, publishing-dweebs, and techno-nerds to get paid. And that’s always great. If I could “Like” not having to do anything on Facebook, I totally might.

• RIAA: http://www.riaa.com
• NMPA: http://www.nmpa.org
• DiMA: http://www.digmedia.org
• TMNT: http://www.ninjaturtles.com

Q-Tip signs to Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music label, releases limited line of exquisite drapes!!

While he’s not combing through pictures of luxurious drapes and then buying those luxurious drapes with his piles of money, Kanye West occasionally does music-related things. You know, like put out records and singles and sign people to his record label G.O.O.D. Music. Before we continue, may I ask, what does G.O.O.D. stand for? What’s that? Google it? Fine, it stands for Getting Out Our Dreams. You are unbearable, invisible internet populace.

Back to Kanye West and G.O.O.D. Music and all it entails. Mr. West (Mr. West! Mr. West! Mr. West!) has signed a few legendary MCs (Mos Def, Common, Pusha T), along with some slightly less legendary MCs (Kid Cudi, Cyhi the Prynce). Chalk up one more for the legendary column, as Consequence of Sound reports that Q-Tip has signed to G.O.O.D. If you didn’t know, Q-Tip was a member of the vastly important hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest and you probably already know this information. If you were not aware, well, hey, go listen to The Low End Theory. It is rather good.

Though details are pretty scarce, Q-Tip does plan on putting out his fourth solo record next year through the label. Tentatively, that album will be called The Last Zulu. But by the time it comes out, it could be called anything! It could be… The First Zulu. Really? That’s all I could come up with? Jeez.

• Q-Tip: http://www.qtiponline.com
• G.O.O.D. Music: http://www.goodmusic-blog.com

London’s illustrious Rough Trade record shops to open NYC location; if you loiter outside maybe you’ll get in a press photo

Ever since America borned its way out of the eight years of deadly warfare, powdered wigs, and throwin’ tea around that marked the Revolutionary War, it seems like we just can’t do enough to get the British to come back. (1812, you say? Whatever, 98% of us went to public school. Who remembers that shit? Was it even covered?) Seriously, come baaaaaack! We want Royal Weddings! We (seemingly, sometimes) want a class divide! We want our very own Rough Trade store! We want — WHAT? We can have that? America is getting a Rough Trade store? Okay, screw what I just said. You can keep the rest, just give us a beautiful, prestigious, new indie record shop in Brooklyn.

And so, America, you shall have your Rough Trade NYC, which will be bigger than the first Rough Trade in London’s Notting Hill area, and even bigger than the massive Rough Trade East that was built in a former Stella Artois brewery on hip/wonderful Brick Lane. This isn’t the first time Rough Trade shops have gone international; in the past, satellites have been launched in Tokyo, Paris, and San Francisco. Those outlets have been closed for a while though, so “in these tough economic times,” what makes NYC likely to shine? Well, the Brits are partnering on this one with The Bowery Presents to craft a live in-store performance area, as well as to operate a small live music venue at night. (The Bowery Presents knows what’s up; they also run the very successful Music Hall of Williamsburg in the same area as the future Rough Trade NYC.) Rough Trade co-owner Stephen Godfroy (the shop and the label are separate entities, for those who were wondering) says, “We’re extremely excited at the prospect of handing over the ‘blank canvas’, that is a Rough Trade store, to the music lovers of New York, allowing them make it their own culture agora, just as the people of London have so successfully achieved, with downturn-defying results.”

Take that, economy! You’re getting a new record store, and you’re gonna like it! The Williamsburg-based shop is scheduled to make its debut this coming autumn, and with it will come a brand new, US version of the roughtrade.com online store. The online store will allow users to shop for CDs, vinyl, downloads, and also enroll in subscription services. The masterminds behind Rough Trade promise that the NY store and the London shops will be linked, with customers and artists in each country encouraged to interact. Pen pals, anyone?

• Rough Trade: http://www.roughtrade.com

Sony CEO announces restructuring alongside 10,000 job cuts — none of which, unfortunately, include Chris Brown

Oh yeah, you remember Sony? Their music division is the second largest of the “big four,” and back during the 90s, they were basically the chosen company if you wanted to purchase entertainment hardware backed by a well-known, reputable brand. How the mighty have fallen — well, to some degree. According to the Associated Press, and reiterated by Billboard, Sony Corporation has announced that it will cut 10,000 jobs, or about 6% of its global workforce, in order to restructure its “money-losing TV business over the next two years.” The company recently doubled its projected annual net loss in revenue to $6.4 billion — its worse loss ever, and the fourth straight year of “red ink.”

To be sure, Sony still has an appreciable reputation in the television business, but competitors like Samsung and Panasonic appear to have overtaken it in the hierarchy of go-to brands among consumers. As Sony’s new CEO and president Kazuo Hirai remarked to apparently hundreds of journalists, “As CEO, I take this very seriously. But at the same time, it strengthened my resolve to transform Sony. […] Employees too want to restore Sony to its former glory and go beyond.” Their television business has lost money for eight straight years, and Hirai intends to make things profitable again by the fiscal year through March 2014. And if he doesn’t, well… I’ve always thought that a genuine Panaphonics was superior anyway, with Magnetbox being right behind.

• Sony Corporation: http://www.sony.net