At the time of his death, in May 1981, Bob Marley was 36 years old, reggae's biggest star, and the father of at least eleven children. He was not, however, a big seller. For Dave Robinson, this presented an opportunity. Two years after Marley's passing, Chris Blackwell, the founder of Marley's lab ... More >>
After a seventeen-year run, Austin's Asylum Street Spankers have embarked on their final run, which they've affectionately dubbed the "Spanks for Everything" tour. During its storied history, jazz-folk act has gone through some fifty members and now tours as a seven-piece. In advance of the b ... More >>
Young Moolah, BabyLil Wayne sold a million copies of Tha Carter III in one week back in June of 2008. It's a nearly impossible benchmark in an era of dwindling album sales. And the day Lil Wayne was released from prison, Taylor Swift matched his feat. Actually, she surpassed it. Tha Carter ... More >>
For the second week in a row, album sales reached their lowest point in the history of the SoundScan era. "Indie" bands, meanwhile, continue to chart unexpectedly high: This week, The Black Keys are number three, Band of Horses is number seven and LCD Soundsystem is number ten. But these are fl ... More >>
This week's signs of the music industry's apocalypse: 1. The National had the highest selling debut album in the country this week, good for number three overall (behind Justin Beiber and Lady Antebellum). 2. This was the worst week for album sales since SoundScan started keeping track in 1991. ... More >>
There's not enough Geritol in the world to cure the anemia currently afflicting CD sales. Case in point: Last week, the soundtrack to Sex in the City entered the Billboard album sales charts in the second position even though it only sold a little over 66,000 copies -- a total that might not have la ... More >>
Are todays rappers ballin as hard as they claim?
It's finally dawned on record companies that they're screwed. But is it too late?
From the week of 5/24/2007
Thursday, February 15, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.
Friday, February 9, Paramount Theatre, 303-830-8497.
In The Graduate, a brain-dead fat cat famously advised Dustin Hoffman's character to devote his professional career to "Plastics!" These days, however, up-and-comers would be well advised to stay away from this field -- at least if they'd hoped to specialize in compact discs. Recently released 2006 ... More >>
Artist's Choice: Below the Radio (Ultra Records)
THE KINGS OF CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC BELIEVE THAT THEIR PRAYERS ARE ABOUT TO BE ANSWERED.