Monday, August 01, 2005

MJ, Stones, MTV, Payola

Stones Get Banged!

The Rolling Stones will release "A Bigger Bang", their first studio album in eight years, on September 5.

MJ Gets Danged!

Michael Jackson's latest greatest hits album, "The Essential Michael Jackson", has sold just 8,000 copies in the US in its first week of release, reaching number 128 in the chart. That's only 428,000 behind the first place album, "Now 19".

Perhaps Mike should try releasing some new material instead of repeatedly repackaging greatest hits collections.

MTV Awards Arranged!

Nominees for The 2005 MTV Video Music Awards are: Green Day leading the pack with eight nominations, closely followed by Gwen Stefani and Missy Elliot with six nominations each. New artist nominees include The Mars Volta and The Killers.

Competitors for Video of the Year are Coldplay – ‘Speed of Sound', Green Day - ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams', Gwen Stefani – ‘Hollaback Girl', Kanye West – ‘Jesus Walks' and Snoop Dogg feat. Pharell – ‘Drop It Like It's Hot'.

Airing from Miami on August 28, the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards will be hosted by P. Diddy.

Sony Hanged!

Sony BMG Music agreed to pay a $10 million settlement in an industry-wide payola investigation by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. Apparently Sony has not been content to rely simply on their artists' talent to garner airplay.

The corporation will cease paying for play. Also, according to Spitzer, Sony will hire a compliance officer to keep tabs on its behavior. No word on whether Spitzer had any ideas on improving the quality of Sony's releases.

- DJ Craig

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