Month: March 2021

Where DO the pirates get their music from?

Here's a scenario for you. You've just spent days, weeks, possibly even months creating a new release. It's been sent to a record label, and now it's finally available for people to buy. Great. Except you've discovered that it's also up on the pirates websites, meaning that people can just go there and download your latest without paying a penny for it. It's happened to me quite a few times. So how are they getting…

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Keep on hacking: why something’s going on with Todd Terry’s Facebook page

There are some strange things going on at the moment on the official Facebook page of Todd Terry. A hacker seems to have come along and concluded that this (page) will be mine. Instead of the usual fare about his latest releases, shows or whatever else happens in a day in the life of Todd Terry, we've got these utterly bizarre video clips... Let's hope that Todd gets his page back very soon and that…

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The times they are a changing…

I thought it was time to let you all know a few things that are coming up with this blog. Since I made the move in January to putting all my blog content here, I think it's gone quite well. My readership has held up - infact, it's actually gone up a little since I started. The reasons I started this blog were twofold. One was because Facebook doesn't make it easy to find past…

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Should record labels move to an advances system?

A few nights ago, my wife was doing an online course on Zoom. It was all about books. Writing books, getting books out, marketing books, publishing books and so on. Books, books, books basically. One particular section caught my ear - it was about advances and royalties. The royalty rate for the author of a paperback book is between 7 and 10% typically. It ranges from 10 to 15% for hardbacks. These, on the face…

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Ministry’s got no money? Dunno about that!

They just can't win, can they? In the eyes of the average Internet critic, everything is always wrong. Even if that means contradicting statements they've made previously. I've written recently about how the festivals and such seem to think that the possible return of nightclubs is the equivalent of pressing play to resume watching something that's been on pause for the past 12 months. The critics - and I'm amongst them - say that it's…

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Vaccine passports – yay or nay?

There's lots of hot air going around at the moment about so-called vaccine passports. Some people claim they're a great idea and that they'll allow people to mix together with the least amount of risk possible. Others are adamant that vaccine passports are an infringement of their human rights and that they shouldn't be forced to have a vaccination in order to go to the pub. They also usually spout bollocks at this point about…

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Can we drop the Miami albums, please?

It's that time of the year again. It's when the Miami compilations inevitably appear on the digital stores. It appears that the Covid-19 pandemic has not done away with this tradition. I seriously think it's time to ditch this practice. It's no longer relevant in this digital age, is it? For those of you who are unfamiliar, allow me to explain. The Miami Winter Music Conference came into existence in 1985. Over the years, it…

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What makes Masters At Work, er, masters at work?

Last Friday, I published a post here declaring that the Masters At Work label, effectively dead for many years, has been gloriously resurrected. Most of the label's output has been digitised and is now available on the digital stores. Amongst those is a bunch of versions that never came out - presumably due to the fact you could only put so much on a vinyl release - and a brand new release called "Mattel". What…

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