Marc Hogan



  • RESPECT Act, pre-1972 music, royalties, copyright, law, bill, Congress, Beatles, SoundExchange, Pandora

    Royalties Rumble: RESPECT Act Pits Classic Artists Against Digital Radio Providers

    When you're listening to vintage recordings on digital radio services, it makes a huge difference to the people who played on them whether they were made before or after February 15, 1972. If Pandora or SiriusXM play a track from, say, Lou Reed's Transformer, which he recorded that summer, his estate and the performers will get a modest royalty. But when Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" beams soulful grit across the digital ether, the Reverend gets a check only for his share of the songwriting. Clearly, he should've waited to cut the record until after Valentine's Day.The difference, as Billboard notes, amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars in the years ahead — money that will go either to digital services and their investors, or to performers and record labels.

  • X, Exene Cervenka, shooting hoax, gun control, tweets

    Exene Cervenka, of Punk Legends X, Calls Mass Shooting a Hoax

    As Los Angeles punk rock icons X get set to play their classic albums live in Hollywood this summer, singer Exene Cervenka has made some statements that many fans might find ... troubling, to say the least. Earlier this week, she tweeted links to videos that claim the recent Santa Barbara, California mass shooting was staged as part of a conspiracy to promote stricter gun control laws. "Sick of these hoaxes," she wrote.As points out, the 58-year-old joins the ranks of "truthers" who attempt to prove that tragedies like the Boston Marathon bombings and the World Trade Center attacks were actually masterful frauds. She contends that Elliott Rodger's murderous rampage in Santa Barbara and the Sandy Hook school shooting in late 2012 were meant to take away citizens' defenses against the government.

  • Led Zeppelin,

    Jimmy Page Blasts 'Stairway to Heaven' Plagiarism Claim: 'Ridiculous'

    To Jimmy Page, the song remains the same. The Led Zeppelin guitarist has tersely rejected the recently reported claim that his band copied its 1971 classic-rock touchstone "Stairway to Heaven" from the Los Angeles band Spirit, their former tourmates. "Ridiculous," he called the charges in French publication Liberation, according to an online translator (via CoS). "I have no further comment on the subject."Bloomberg Businessweek recently reported that a lawsuit was in the works claiming the iconic "Stairway to Heaven" guitar opening infringed on Spirit's 1968 instrumental "Taurus," which you can hear below. Spirit and Zeppelin toured together in 1968 and 1969, and "Taurus" was very much on the setlist. The lawsuit would benefit the estate of late Spirit guitarist Randy California.

  • Geoffrey O'Connor,

    Geoffrey O'Connor Is a Man of Many Faces in 'Her Name on Every Tongue' Video

    Down Under keeps coming up. Australia's Courtney Barnett is one the year's indie-rock success stories on the strength of her The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, with songs like "Avant Gardener" and "Anonymous Club." In the past couple of years countryfolk from DIY vets the Cannanes to newer acts like Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Twerps, and Beaches have also made a splash. Twerps-Beaches-Pikelet labelmate Geoffrey O'Connor has been one of the more quietly captivating voices in Aussie indie pop for several years now, with his past projects the Crayon Fields and Jens Lekman-endorsed Sly Hats (see if you can track down this Muscles remix), and he's releasing new solo album Fan Fiction on August 8 via Chapter Music. Above, watch the video for the sun-baked, slightly off-kilter synth-pop gem "Her Name on Every Tongue," which wouldn't be out of place on Destroyer's smoove-savant Kaputt.

  • Beastie Boys, Ad-Rock, testifies, sports, Monster Energy Drink, lawsuit, trial

    Beastie Boys' Ad-Rock Wraps Up Testimony, Likes Sports

    UPDATE: The Beastie Boys' Michael "Mike D" Diamond is set to take the stand today, according to a rep for the group. Lawyers say it will probably be after the lunch break, but it could be sooner. The Beastie Boys' Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz left the witness stand on Wednesday (May 28), his second day of testimony in the iconic rap group's copyright-infringement lawsuit against Monster Energy Drink. But not before stating for the record a simple preference. "We like sports," he said, as quoted by the AP.The comment came during cross-examination, after a lawyer for Monster asked Horovitz about licensing songs for a watch company's snowboarding-based promotional video.

  • Miles Davis Way, street, New York

    'Miles Davis Way' Smiles Down on New York's Upper West Side

    Miles Davis now officially has his own street in New York City. A block where the legendary jazz trumpeter lived on Manhattan's Upper West Side got new signage in his honor during a ceremony earlier this week, as Billboard reports. From Riverside Drive to West End Avenue, 77th Street will now be known as "Miles Davis Way."The unveiling came on what would've been Miles Davis' 88th birthday, on May 26. He died in 1991. Davis' ex-wife Cicely Tyson was among the dignitaries on hand for a block party celebrating the new sign. Davis lived in an apartment building at 312 West 77th Street for 25 years, through the mid-'80s. Shirley Zafirau, a local resident and former Davis neighbor who led the push for the street name, told The New York Times last year the music great really enjoyed being part of the community there.

  • Dave Chappelle, Radio City Music Hall, New York City, the Roots, Janelle Moane, Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes, DJ Premiere

    Dave Chappelle Enlists the Roots, Janelle Monae for New York Comeback

    Dave Chappelle's return to standup has been pretty low-key, one widely publicized incident aside, and now we know he was working up to something big. From June 24 to 26, the former Chappelle's Show host will take over New York's Radio City Music Hall, joined by a full orchestra and a different musical guest each night. And the co-headliners are an impressive bunch: the Roots and Erykah Badu, along with a three-artist bill of Janelle Monáe, Busta Rhymes, and DJ Premier.Though Chappelle made a brief, unannounced appearance during a concert with the Roots at Radio City in 2006, the concert series marks the comic's first official New York shows since a particularly momentous one in his history.

  • Belle and Sebastian, new album, Ben Allen, tour, reissues

    Belle and Sebastian Plot Tour Ahead of New Album, Reissues

    Belle and Sebastian have been mostly quiet in recent years — well, they've always been mostly quiet, haven't they? — but the fey Glasgow pop perfectionists are gearing up for a busy rest of 2014. They've been working on a new album. They're playing a series of festival and one-off dates. Frontman Stuart Murdoch's award-winning film is coming to theaters. And they've got a load of reissues on the way.As for the beloved indie band's ninth LP, they've been recording it in Atlanta with producer Ben Allen, who has applied his low-end-Midas touch to records by Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, Deerhunter, Washed Out, Youth Lagoon, and many more. It's Murdoch & co.'s first full-length since 2010's Write About Love, and it's coming out worldwide via longtime U.S. label home Matador.

  • Maya Angelou, obituary, dead, 86, author, poet, civil rights hero

    Maya Angelou, Author and Civil Rights Hero, Dead at 86

    Maya Angelou, the writer and civil rights activist whose bold and populist voice echoed across decades of American and global culture, has died. Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines told the local Fox 8 news station that the I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings memoirist was found at home by her caretaker early this morning (May 28). She was 86.Angelou had recently canceled an event in her honor, citing an undisclosed illness. Wake Forest University, where she had served a professor since 1982, reportedly said it might anounce details about a campus memorial at a later date. "Dr. Angelou was a national treasure whose life and teachings inspired millions around the world," the school said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Dr.

  • Beastie Boys, Monster Energy, Adam Horovitz, Ad-Rock, trial, testimony, takes stand, copyright, Mike D, MCA, Adam Yauch

    Beastie Boys' Monster Energy Trial Begins, With a Sense of Humor

    Let's hope the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse has a license to ill. The Beastie Boys' lawsuit against Monster Energy Drink went to trial in the lower Manhattan judicial facility yesterday (May 27), and although court has come to order, it wasn't all order in the court. As Billboard reports, the Beastie Boys' side "smirked" more than once at the absurdities of translating hip-hop culture and the music business into a legal setting, and the judge admonished both teams of lawyers to wrap up their opening statements, already. A sailor suit was also involved.Beastie Boy Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz testified in the case, which hinges on a promotional video Monster Energy put on YouTube shortly after the death of the pioneering rap group's Adam "MCA" Yauch.

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