This week the music industry saw the passing of a legend, plans for the reincarnation of a legend, and perhaps the birth of a legend-to-come. Here are some headlines from this week in the biz:
After Coachella sent the Twitterverse (and real world) into a frenzy by rolling out a performance featuring a holographic Tupac Shakur, everyone knew this was only a matter of time. The question was clearly: Which dead icon would get the first touring show?
Fans shouldn’t be so quick to rejoice however. Aside from a certain creepiness factor, there may be a slough of legal hoops promotors will have to jump through before we see a holographic ‘Happy Birthday’ sung to any Presidents.
Aside from the fact that most holograms are derived from copyrighted video, many states uphold “rights of publicity” which protects celebrities (and others) from their image and likeness being used without consent.
In a new ruling, the Copyright Board of Canada has announced that they will start charging fees at any public event where music is being played. This includes weddings, conferences, conventions and fashion shows. Many events already pay fees, however the money compensates those with the publishing rights. The new fees will go directly to the artists who play the music.
One of the more entertaining stories to follow in the past few weeks, Amanda Palmer and her shockingly successful Kickstarter campaign finally hit the $1,000,000 mark this week.
The previous record of $207,980 (by Five Iron Frenzy) was blown out of the water, as Palmer’s initial target of $100,000 was reached ten-fold. The campaign includes funding for a record release, an art book, and a tour that includes shows for donators.
Folk guitarist Doc Watson, a master at flatpicking has passed away at the age of 89. The eight-time Grammy Award winner (one of which was a lifetime achievement award) has been credited with helping shift the guitar from a supporting role to lead instrument in the 1950’s. Blind at the age of 1, Doc got his start playing lead in a country-swing band, before going on to record over 60 albums. RIP Doc.
Any crazy music headlines that we missed? Post them below!