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Industry News Week 7: Beatles, Chinese Democracy, No Doubt by Alex Suskind
November 25, 2008, 8:01 pm
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Want Beatles Music? Try Going to a Record Store…beatles-sgt-pepper

Unfortunately, the Beatles and iTunes failed to settle on an agreement to place the rock bands entire discography on sale in the iTunes store. There were not any clear reasons (at least, none issued to the public), for why the settlement failed. Rumors range from the iTunes 99 cents per song fee to the need to remaster a lot of the old Beatles albums.

Chinese Democracy Fizzles On Opening Day

For an album that has been in the works for over a decade, you would figure that Guns n’ Roses fans would be lining the streets outside of Best Buy to snag a copy. However, that was not the case. According to Rolling Stone Magazine’s Rock Daily, when one Best Buy (who had exlusive rights to sell the album) in New York City opened its doors this morning, only two customers were waiting outside. Either way, the album has received generally positive reviews.

No Doubt Reunion Tour and Album

After a five year hiatus, Gwen Stefani annouced that the band are making plans to tour in 2009. Their first show back will be at New Jersey’s Bamboozle Festival from May 2-3. Stefani added that going on tour inspires the band to write. Hopefully it will lead to a new album, which would be the first in eight years.

– Alex Suskind



[…] Stereogum reports on Axl Rose’s latest shenanigans. German electronic musician Ulrich Schnauss has decided to sue him for ripping off two songs. The electro-gaze artist has been making music since the mid-’90s while Rose had been putting Chinese Democracy off for release for Schnauss’s entire career. The tracks in question are Guns n’ Roses’ “Riad N’ The Bedouins” against Ulrich Schnauss’s “Wherever You Are” and “A Strangely Isolated Place.” Axl denies any and all allegations of plagiarism. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Chinese Democracy Fizzles on Opening Day] […]

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[…] Paul McCartney told NME.com that he would like The Beatles’ catalogue available for download. According to McCartney, record label EMI is to blame for the band’s inaccessibility on the Internet. “We were having problems with iTunes — well not iTunes, EMI was the problem — with downloading which we’d like to do because that’s how a lot of people get their music,” McCartney said. The Beatles: Rock Band drops tomorrow, so this problem will be partially solved for players who can download songs from the Rock Band website. Rock Band developers Harmonix have plans to offer more Beatles albums and tracks for download in the future. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: McCartney and MGMT, Beatles and iTunes Fail to Reach Agreement] […]

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