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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
After a lengthy and highly successful world tour over the past year and a half (including a memorable show at the Orpheum in late 2011), things have finally started to quiet down a bit in the Bon Iver camp. But that doesn't bring an end to the steady stream of accolades and musical achievements that ... More >>
The upcoming documentary Downloaded takes a look at the rise and fall of Napster and includes interviews with a Who's Who of the music industry.And at 2:41 of the trailer, you'll see a City Pages cover.
Nikki & The RueMates have finished an album that was four years in the making. Rise & Shine is the band's answer to country-folk-rock of decades past. In a music industry where most artists seem to take yesterday's remix as a starting point, it's refreshing to hear music that has the nerve ... More >>
There have been heated discussions and analysis springing up throughout all facets of the music community this week in response to NPR intern Emily White's candid but thoroughly controversial piece, 'I Never Owned Any Music To Begin With,' which was published on the All Songs Considered blog on Satu ... More >>
By Sean McPhersonSean McPherson teaches at McNally Smith College of Music, is a founding member of Twin Cities hip-hop collective Heiruspecs, and plays bass with Dessa's touring band. He recently conducted a conversation with a leader in the changing terrain of the music copyright world, Northwester ... More >>
Burn Fetish's latest album, Psychonauta, shows a band striving for both their and our fulfillment. They labor over the years that span the ending of childhood and the introduction into adulthood.Musical talent must be in the blood; lead singer and guitarist, Sam Frederick's mother is Mary Jane Al ... More >>
"Winterlude, Winterlude, oh darling Winterlude by the road tonight Tonight there will be no quarreling Everything is gonna be all right"-Bob Dylan
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 >>
Thomas said she hopes her case eventually reaches the U.S. Supreme Court.Jammie Thomas-Rassett, the Minnesota woman who was originally penalized $1.5 million for downloading and sharing two dozen 80's rock songs, had her penalty reduced to $54,000 by a U.S. District Court Judge on Friday.Judge Mi ... More >>
The Dreamer and The Realist, the aptly titled album is a reflection of what Minneapolis band Take Cover represents: young men emerging into a new discreetly discerning sound. Written with certainty, lyrics such as "bottom line is that in order to make it today, you gotta mean it more" (from ... More >>
Jennifer JespersonPeter Jesperson's resume includes stints with Oar Folkjokeopus (now Treehouse Records), Jay's Longhorn Bar, Rev 105, and myriad other music-related jobs. Perhaps best known for co-founding Twin/Tone Records with Paul Stark and Charley Hallman, Jesperson signed such seminal ... More >>
Jimmy Jam and Terry LewisHappy 52nd birthday to one of the true luminaries of the Minneapolis music scene, James "Jimmy Jam" Harris. He, along with his high-school friend Terry Lewis, helped shape the sound of the Twin Cities (and beyond) throughout the '80s and into today, producing numerous hi ... More >>
"Vinyl will always survive. Hopefully indie records stores can too." - Mark TrehusIt's been almost forty years since Oar Folkjokeopus first opened its doors on 26th and Lyndale. The storefront has outlived the 8-track, the cassette, and the cd as the dominant musical forms pushed by an industry ... More >>
Jammie Thomas-Rasset is no download martyr, recording industry argues
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 >>
Photo by Nikki MillerThis week, The Country Music Association announced the last of its nominations for the 2010 CMA Awards, set to air live on Wednesday, November 10th on ABC with Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood returning as hosts for the third consecutive year. The awards, voted on by ind ... More >>
Ian Anderson's spoke to Gimme Noise about his highly approachable primer to success in the music industry, now available to order through his label's website.
The Recording Industry Association of America once again was successful in their attempt to make an enormous example out of one Brainerd woman for her illegal downloading of music.
Tuesday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp.
To curb rampant music piracy in China, Google and a slew of labels decide to fight fire with fire.
Our new "Aw Naw Hell Naw" columnist interviews Burlesque Design co-founder Mike the 2600 King.
With the latest version of Soulseek and a little pluck, Gregg Gillis has become illegal music's Al Capone.
Hip Hop's Big Rock-the-Bells Thinkers Break Free from Industry Shackles.
Negativland @ First Avenue From today's A-List: "While they've sidelined the spectacular antics that earned the ire of sundry recording-industry bigwigs back in the 20th, plunderphonics pioneers Negativland haven't stopped challenging consensus notions of 'intellectual property'--and being engaging ... More >>
It's the world's largest music and movies superstore, and everything in it is free—and illegal. Every month, some five billion illegal downloads are passed around the internet, and the entertainment industry sues several hundred people. CP writer St
Local hip hop gets mixed up with the trend
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 >>
"Nobody's mad that this CD is coming out," says Minneapolis hip-hop producer and DJ Cheap Cologne about his latest album, Something Random (Broke-Ass Records). "There's no illegal mashups or anything." "For a change," he might have added. Rarely recognized at shows, Cologne's name is known around th ... More >>
Jazz singer Shirley Horn died last night after a long illness. She was 71. She was elected to the Lionel Hampton Jazz Hall of Fame in in 1996, and in 1998, she won the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for her tribute to Miles Davis, I Remember Miles.
Life and strife at the beloved Pachyderm Recording Studio
Local labels are redefining the way to make music
New royalties proposed by the music industry threaten to kill independent Internet radio
In the past year, Prince has become a Jehovah's Witness, bitched about the record industry, canceled a national tour, and delayed the release of his new CD. But he doesn't want to talk about it.
Searching for a new network of fans, local bands tune up, log on, and drop out
Minneapolis label's proprietor, Paul Stark, is making a play for the future