Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Certain Songs #1018: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – “Ways To Be Wicked” | Medialoper

Album: Playback
Year: 1986

Quite naturally, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ 1996 box set, Playback, is an absolute model of the form.

The first three discs are sift through two decades of awesomeness and boil it down to its essence — both deeper and wider than the celebrated Greatest Hits comp — while the remaining three discs collect b-sides, demos and outtakes — many of which are nearly the equal of was originally released.

Like, for example, “Ways to Be Wicked,” the Petty-Campbell co-write that they gave to Lone Justice for their debut album. Of course, not only was Jimmy Iovine producing that record, Benmont Tench was already semi-moonlighting with them, so it wasn’t that much of a stretch.

That said, despite being the main single on Lone Justice, “Ways To Be Wicked” didn’t really bowl me over, certainly not like “East of Eden” did.

So I was incredibly shocked when I got to the sixth disc of Playback a decade later and discovered that not only had Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers recorded a version of their own song, it totally blew Lone Justice’s out of the water.

With Stan Lynch’s big snare whomp leading the way, The Hearbreakers treat “Ways To Be Wicked” as an uptempo garagey stomp, Campbell alternating low-down guitar lines with stinging leads and Benmont Tench playing all 88 keys at once as they explode into the chorus.

You know so many
Ways to be wicked
But you don’t know wan little thing about love

Whereas Maria McKee sang that chorus as almost an sorrowful accusation, Tom Petty sings it with a gleeful joy, as if he’s finally figured it all out, and sure it isn’t the best news, but at least he knows, and his relief is palpable.

Whether or not he’s singing it that way because it was only a demo never intended for the light of day or because its the point he wants to get across doesn’t even matter, because it makes “Ways to Be Wicked” lighter than air and funner than hell.

“Ways to Be Wicked”

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Certain Songs #1017: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – “Dogs on the Run” | Medialoper

Album: Southern Accents
Year: 1985

For an album that was originally conceived — and sometimes reviewed as — Tom Petty’s big concept album about his heritage, Southern Accents was a bit of a mess.

Stylistically, it was their most diverse album since the debut, and so even beyond the ground-breaking “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” there were anthemic statements like “Rebels,” forgettable white-boy soul workouts like “It Ain’t Nothing to Me,” heartfelt ballads like the title track, and character sketches like “Mary’s New Car.”

And then there was “Dogs On The Run,” a big old widescreen Springsteen anthem as sung by Petty channelling Bob Dylan and featuring Mike Campbell channeling Roger McGuinn.

Of course, none of that was particularly new for a Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers song, but it stuck out like a sore thumb on Southern Accents; after a half-dozen songs that were trying to expand the idea of what Tom Petty could do, “Dogs on The Run” just blew me away, even if it felt like he was trying a bit too hard.

I fell overboard and washed up on the beach
Yes, let the waves and sand roll over me
I was helped to the home of a young bleached blonde
Who said, “Honey I discovered early in life
There’s ways of getting anything I want”
Some of us are different
It’s just something in our blood
There’s no need for explanations
It’s just dogs on the run

So the lyrics are a bit — maybe even a lot — overwritten. And the music is a bit — maybe even a lot — melodramatic. And Petty’s never been more Dylanesque when he sings “light my cig-uh-RETTES!”

But when the horns — which made “Dogs on The Run” more than just an old-school Petty song —
swell into the end of each verse and Campbell plays his massive hook, it doesn’t even matter.

“Dogs on the Run”

“Dogs on the Run” performed live at 2015

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FUGA Nabs $7 Million For US Expansion, Acquisitions | hypebot

image from a5.typepad.comAmsterdam based music rights management services company FUGA has just raised $7 million to expand its technology and services for rightsholders, record labels and distributors internationally.

FUGA logoWith a catalog of over 2 million tracks, FUGA's content management and delivery platform provides instant delivery of more than 2.5 million music tracks and videos per month to over 250 DSPs worldwide for over 5000 labels.

FUGA clients include Epitaph Records, Ultra Records, Tommy Boy Entertainment, Domino, Essential Music, Spinnin’ Records, Armada Music, Harmonia Mundi, Curb Records and Baseware Distribution.

The $7 million in new funds, which comes from existing shareholders, will be used to expand into the U.S. and internationally, including possible acquisitions. 

Pieter van Rijn, CEO of Fuga, said: “I am very proud of FUGA's trajectory, and happy that it has been recognised by our shareholders. I am confident that this significant injection of funding will mean we are able to far exceed our already ambitious plans and strengthen our position as an industry leader.”

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Google Asked to Remove 3 Billion “Pirate” Search Results | TorrentFreak

Copyright holders continue to flood Google with DMCA takedown requests, asking the company to remove “pirate links” from its search results.

In recent years the number of reported URLs has exploded, surging to unprecedented heights.

Since Google first started to report the volume of takedown requests in its Transparency Report, the company has been asked to remove more than three billion allegedly infringing search results.

The frequency at which these URLs are reported has increased over the years and at the moment roughly three million ‘pirate’ URLs are submitted per day.

The URLs are sent in by major rightsholders including members of the BPI, RIAA, and various major Hollywood studios. They target a wide variety of sites, over 1.3 million, but a few dozen ‘repeat offenders’ are causing the most trouble.

File-hosting service 4shared.com currently tops the list of most-targeted domains with 66 million URLs, followed by the now-defunct MP3 download site MP3toys.xyz and Rapidgator.net, with 51 and 28 million URLs respectively.

3 billion URLs

Interestingly, the high volume of takedown notices is used as an argument for and against the DMCA process.

While Google believes that the millions of reported URLs per day are a sign that the DMCA takedown process is working correctly, rightsholders believe the volumes are indicative of an unbeatable game of whack-a-mole.

According to some copyright holders, the takedown efforts do little to seriously combat piracy. Various industry groups have therefore asked governments and lawmakers for broad revisions.

Among other things they want advanced technologies and processes to ensure that infringing content doesn’t reappear elsewhere once it’s removed, a so-called “notice and stay down” approach. In addition, Google has often been asked to demote pirate links in search results.

UK music industry group BPI, who are responsible for more than 10% of all the takedown requests on Google, sees the new milestone as an indicator of how much effort its anti-piracy activities take.

“This 3 billion figure shows how hard the creative sector has to work to police its content online and how much time and resource this takes. The BPI is the world’s largest remover of illegal music links from Google, one third of which are on behalf of independent record labels,” Geoff Taylor, BPI’s Chief Executive, informs TF.

However, there is also some progress to report. Earlier this year BPI announced a voluntary partnership with Google and Bing to demote pirate content faster and more effectively for US visitors.

“We now have a voluntary code of practice in place in the UK, facilitated by Government, that requires Google and Bing to work together with the BPI and other creator organizations to develop lasting solutions to the problem of illegal sites gaining popularity in search listings,” Taylor notes.

According to BPI, both Google and Bing have shown that changes to their algorithms can be effective in demoting the worst pirate sites from the top search results and they hope others will follow suit.

“Other intermediaries should follow this lead and take more responsibility to work with creators to reduce the proliferation of illegal links and disrupt the ability of illegal sites to capture consumers and build black market businesses that take money away from creators.”

Agreement or not, there are still plenty of pirate links in search results, so the BPI is still sending out millions of takedown requests per month.

We asked Google for a comment on the new milestone but at the time of writing, we have yet to hear back. In any event, the issue is bound to remain a hot topic during the months and years to come.

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Warner promotes Alfonso Perez-Soto to SVP, Global Business Development | Music Business Worldwide

Warner Music Group (WMG) has promoted Alfonso Perez-Soto to the newly created position of Senior Vice President, Global Business Development and Chief Commercial Officer, Emerging Markets.

Perez-Soto will remain based in Miami, reporting to Ole Obermann, Chief Digital Officer.

In this new role, Perez-Soto will identify new business models and open distribution channels, as well as finding ways to drive additional revenue and enhancing key partner relationships.

He will also lead the acceleration of WMG’s presence and activity in emerging markets, particularly where there is unrealized potential for growth.

Perez-Soto was previously Senior Vice President, Business Development, Latin America, Spain and Emerging Markets, where he reported to Iñigo Zabala, President, Warner Music Latin America.

“Alfonso is a tenacious champion of new technology who takes a truly entrepreneurial approach to helping artists build careers and unlocking greater value from the entertainment ecosystem.”

Ole Obermann, WMG

In that role, Alfonso oversaw WMG’s expansion in growing markets, primarily across Latin America and South America.

“Alfonso is a tenacious champion of new technology who takes a truly entrepreneurial approach to helping artists build careers and unlocking greater value from the entertainment ecosystem,” said Obermann.

“I’m grateful to Iñigo for his support of this move, the position is a natural extension of Alfonso’s talents and I know he will leave no stone unturned as we expand our global horizons and create new possibilities for our artists.”

Earlier in his career, Perez-Soto held stints at Telefonica, as VP, Content Corporate Unit; Universal Music Group in Latin America as Senior Business Developer; and Nokia, where he held numerous senior positions.Music Business Worldwide

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FUGA takes on $7m investment, eyes acquisition opportunities | Music Business Worldwide


Digital services company FUGA has announced that it is to receive a €6m ($7m) investment following strong growth in recent years.

The financing is completely self-contained, coming entirely from the company’s shareholders, and will be allocated between now and 2019.

The firm said that the money will help drive an ambitious international growth, both organically and via possible acquisition.

In addition, FUGA’s US operation is also set to expand.

Accompanying ongoing investment in its content and rights management and delivery services, FUGA will also use the cash injection to further hone its analytics and big data capabilities – providing more granular benchmarking and reporting to label clients.

The company says it will also use the funds to accelerate its offering to other segments, such as neighbouring and publishing rights.

“I am confident that this significant injection of funding will mean we are able to far exceed our already ambitious plans and strengthen our position as an industry leader.”

Pieter van Rijn, FUGA

The announcement follows a new client wins for the Amsterdam-based company, which recently signed up management services company mtheory and DJ Premier & Ian Schwartzman’s label imprint TTT.

This spate of new deals, coupled with a team which has more than doubled in recent years and a best-in-class reputation, puts the company in a perfect position for growth.

Pieter van Rijn, CEO of FUGA, said: “I am very proud of FUGA’s trajectory, and happy that it has been recognised by our shareholders.

“I am confident that this significant injection of funding will mean we are able to far exceed our already ambitious plans and strengthen our position as an industry leader.”

FUGA works as a digital supply chain partner with labels, management companies and distributors, including Epitaph Records, Ultra Records, Tommy Boy Entertainment, Curb and Domino.

Its platform manages close to 3 million tracks, with 4 million deliveries every month.Music Business Worldwide

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Convert Your DVDs To Digital Movies | Liisten by Tyler Hayes

DVDs and Blu-rays feel like a waste of space now with streaming video services and the ability to buy movies digitally on iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, and Google Play.

Not just space, but connected set-top boxes also make it way more convenient to find and watch a movie across multiple devices.

So, how do you take your DVDs and Blur-rays and convert them to digital copies you can access from your phone, tablet, or TV? Here’s a little hack that makes it easy:

Walmart owned Vudu introduced a feature a while back called Disc To Digital which went a little under the radar. When it launched you could scan a barcode, select SD or HD and then pay a small fee to convert them to digital.

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It was something people had been wanting, but Vudu didn’t have an Apple TV app at the time and it didn’t make that much sense to revolve your digital movie library around a service that was the most likely to be shutdown, among the top services.

Now, with Movies Anywhere, the app/service which connects iTunes movies, Google Play, Amazon, and Vudu together, it doesn’t matter where you get your movies, they show up on all services.

Open the Vudu app, select Disc To Digital, follow the instructions, and scan the barcodes.

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The converting price should be $2 for SD and $5 for HD–since you presumably already bought the movie once, you’re just paying to “convert” it.

I tried it and it works great with the movies it finds. There are a few caveats, however.

  • A few of the movies I scanned, like When Harry Met Sally on Blu-ray, weren’t found.

  • I scanned and paid for 3 movies, but only 2 out of the 3 showed up across all the different services. Almost Famous was the one that only shows up in Vudu, but not in Movies Anywhere or anywhere else.

If you’re curious, the way it works is by identifying where you live and then using GPS to ensure you’re home when scanning barcodes.

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