It's common knowledge that the popular music industry is dominated by a few huge companies, sometimes referred to as the Big Three: Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group. It used to be the Big Four, until EMI was subsumed into the other three. Before that, it was the ... More >>
Minnesotans aren't shy about their love of good craft beer. These days, it seems like everyone's trying to perfect their own special basement brews. However, for those of us who aren't lucky enough to get our fermentation fix on our own, buying craft beer -- both local and national -- is the way to ... More >>
At least Monsters University ain't Cars 2
In what will go down as one of the most ringing first-take endorsements of the Vikings new stadium design, Greg Jennings called it "serious."THE BACKSTORY: New Vikings stadium design revealed [IMAGES]So yeah, in general, folks weren't thrilled to learn that the east end of downtown will soon be occu ... More >>
After eight years of twists and turns, it appears Jammie Thomas-Rasset's legal drama is at an end. Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review her case, meaning a $220,000 judgement against the Brainerd woman stands.SEE ALSO: Recording Industry Association of America responds to City Pages ... More >>
With the beer business booming in Minnesota, local beer makers are looking to ensure that legislation isn't passed that would infringe on their ability to peddle their wares directly to the consumer market without the aid of a middleman. The campaign is called Save the Growler, and the for ... More >>
A look ahead at the season's hottest films
In 1998, then-Minnesota Attorney General "Skip" Humphrey and Philip Morris reached a $6.1 billion settlement after the state alleged that the tobacco company used deceptive marketing, advertising, and research to encourage people to smoke. The settlement barred any future lawsuits regarding Philip M ... More >>
Related:Record Store Day 2012: Keep independent Twin Cities shops openDo Twin Cities record stores need Record Store Day?Slideshow: Record Store Day 2012Record Store Day 2012 was the biggest yet, as hosts of Twin Cities record stores gathered their enthusiasm and planned parties. Gimme Noise went in ... More >>
Related:2012 Record Store Day events roundupA celebration of independent Twin City record storesWith Record Store Day upon us once more, it's a little hard to believe that this is only the event's fifth installment. The annual celebration of brick and mortar music retailers has turned into such an e ... More >>
In addition to the stellar, limited-edition vinyl that is released exclusively for Record Store Day, record shops throughout the Twin Cities and beyond have plenty of exciting in-store music events and specials planned to add to Saturday's RSD festivities. Here's just a sampling of the outstandin ... More >>
With the musical madness of Record Store Day about to sweep over the Twin Cities and the rest of the country once again on Saturday, it seems like an opportune time to celebrate the many outstanding options within both Minneapolis and St. Paul to shop for our music. As Record Store Day thankfully ... More >>
Remember that Vikings stadium bill? That thing now looks like it's in worse shape than Adrian Peterson's knee.The bill was sacked last night by the House Government Operations and Elections Committee, which killed in with a 9-6 vote. Afterward, the chief author of the House bill, Rep. Morrie Lanning ... More >>
Six myths the mainstream media perpetuates
Currently, very few Minnesotans pay sales taxes for online purchases. But Minnesotans do pay sales taxes for purchases they make at physical retail locations. Hence, physical retail locations face a more onerous tax burden than online retailers like Amazon.State lawmakers on both sides of the ais ... More >>
An academic paper co-written by a University of Minnesota economics professor finds there is little evidence for the notion that movie piracy reduces ticket purchases at movie theaters. That notion, of course, is often a crucial premise in the arguments made by supporters of legislation like SOPA ... More >>
A half-million cows were worth more dead than alive, and now we're all paying the price
As far as the Vikings stadium controversy is concerned, the time for talk is nearing an end.Today, Minneapolis and Ramsey County -- the two leading contenders to serve as the site of a new public-private NFL stadium -- submitted their final stadium funding proposals, less than two weeks before th ... More >>
Who knew that Adele would be the (temporary) savior of the music industry? Buoyed by the 5.82 million copies of Adele's 21 sold in America this past year, album sales for 2011 in the U.S. rose for the first time since 2004. While physical CD sales fell six percent during the year, a huge incre ... More >>
R.T. Rybak says the city has shelled out more than $30 million on the Dome over the years.This isn't going to help the Vikings on that whole new stadium plan idea thing. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak sent a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton earlier this week claiming the city is entitled to a $30 millio ... More >>
The Ramsey county stadium being fought over with cyber-clipboards.After Shoreview city councilman Blake Huffman posted an online petition asking government officials to block plans for a new Vikings stadium in Arden Hills, the online backlash was swift and angry. "It's insulting to me that Blake ... More >>
Shaking off the Prohibition-era laws with Surly.Tuesday, May 24, was a historic day for Minnesota craft beer brewers, as efforts spearheaded by Surly Brewing to pass the so-called Surly Bill became law, allowing breweries producing less than 250,000 barrels of beer a year to sell pints on site. ... More >>
Lucky Bucket Brewery launches this weekend in Minnesota.Somehow the word has gotten out that Minnesotans love to drink beer. The list of out-of-state breweries starting distribution here just keeps expanding. In the last two months alone we've welcomed Stone Brewing Co., Brooklyn Brewery, and ... More >>
Wiki.Could this man be the answer to Vikings fans' prayers?With less than a week left to go in the legislative session, the Vikings stadium proposal is still showing some signs of life. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell now says the league is willing to chip in on a new stadium, which in theory ... More >>
minnesotavikings.comThe Vikings' new schloss will sit on the laqrgest Superfund site in the country.If the Vikings stay in Minnesota, they're going to do it in Arden Hills. Ramsey County won the bidding war against Minneapolis to help finance the construction of the team's new stadium on what ... More >>
Here's what's in store for next week's festivities:The second annual Minnesota Craft Beer Week will take place May 13-21 with all sorts of brew-related festivities. More than 40 events are on this year's Craft Beer Week calendar, taking place all over the metro. Participants pay $5 for a Cr ... More >>
Minnesota's surprising place as a hub of toy crazes
This week's cover story, Download Martyr, tells the story of the five-year legal battle between Brainerd resident Jammie Thomas-Rasset and some of the country's biggest record labels. Though she denies committing any crime, Thomas-Rasset has been found liable for sharing 24 copyrighted song ... More >>
Read: Download Martyr.Our cover story on Jammie Thomas-Rasset's battle with the Recording Industry of America over music file sharing has drawn a lot of attention, including from the RIAA itself. We published the organization's official rebuttal today. In it, spokeswoman Cara Duckworth Weibl ... More >>
RIAA fines Brainerd woman $220,000 for 24 songs
peasapSometimes exterminating pirates is bad for your image.Breaking: the record industry is still hell-bent on incinerating every iota of good will the public might once have had for it.The latest evidence of this self-destructive crusade came in a Minneapolis courtroom yesterday, where Brai ... More >>
In case you were wondering, the name "swine flu" really doesn't mean you can get it from eating pork products, sleeping in beds with pigs or generally living a sloppy lifestyle.
To curb rampant music piracy in China, Google and a slew of labels decide to fight fire with fire.
More often than not, criollo cacao is a mixture of genetic strains.
Would a newspaper copy desk in India know that it's Xcel Energy Center, not Excel? Or would they notice that Michele Bachman ... More >>
That's how much MediaNews recouped in legal costs from its lawsuit against the Star Tribune and its since deposed turncoat publisher Par Ridder. That revelation is contained in the newspaper chain's No deal: labor dispute at Pioneer Press continues
Negotiations between Pioneer Press newsroom employees and parent-company MediaNews Group on a new labor contract have made little progress. The union's five-year contract expired at the end of July. The Denver-based newspaper chain is seeking a slew of conce ... More >>
"You'll be happy after the closing. You will barely know it happens." Thus spoke Dean Singleton, CEO of the MediaNews Group, when he met with employees of the St. Paul Pioneer Press on April 27. At the time, Singleton had just emerged as the most likely buyer of the Pi Press, which was left orphaned ... More >>
Stadium expert Neil deMause on the Twins ballpark: "Could go down as one of the great taxpayer muggings of all time"
For the past eight months, Sony BMG Music Entertainment has been adding spyware to its CDs. A computer security expert named Mark Russinovich discovered that playing his Van Zant CD on his computer had installed a secret program deep into its system, the kind of "rootkit" used by virus writers. And ... More >>
Clear Channel Radio CEO John Hogan tells the trade pub Radio & Records that if Disney/ABC is really selling its radio stations, as rumored, then CC "would certainly be interested" in buying them. CP's February 2005 cover story on the many tentacles of Clear Channel is here.
Steve Kiwus's six-inch plastic universe
Twin Cities inventors end-run the board-game industry
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