Now the Summer Is Over What’s Next?

Wow 2020 is almost over. It’s been an incredible year, but not all for good reasons. The Coved-19 is still here. People are still dying from it. Major sporting events are returning, but in a different form and maybe the hew “normal” is finally setting in.

Politically, Black Lives still do matter. The continuing assault on people of color has not has not diminished. Whether you think it’s fair or not it still is.

The Presidency is up for grabs on November 3rd so please vote your choice. If you don’t  please don’t complain over the outcome.

For those who think New Media is a flash in the pan, think again. Blogging, Podcasts, and You tube are still relevant if not more so and many entities small and larger are taking notice

Spotify is acquiring more exclusive content for their platform.

This is causing concern to consternation among many in the space. Podcaster Joe Budden who has a deal with Spotify openly voiced his displeasure with the company as his two year agreement may be ending with the company by the end of September.

He is among the many people of color who are citing  inequality of minority creators and their partners, claiming the control and ownership of content they create and not being appropriately compensated .

He’s been criticized  by others in the space,  some who don’t know the specifics of the agreement, but he’s explained himself in a long episode on his show and his points have validity. However, many other content creators do see his point and have concerns about companies trying to re-define what Podcasting is.

If you are in the content creation space and are approached by a big or growing company looking to form a relationship, know what your value is, don’t compromise, and don’t sell out. Spell out everything in the agreement, and keep your intellectual property rights, i.e. show name, rss feed, and all other aspects of your creation.

Keep   moving forward and always be true to yourself. We’ll all get through this together.

 

Spotify: The Next Digital Media Giant?

Spotify, the Swedish music streaming company has shaken up the Digital/Internet world in it’s acquisition of the Podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience in a deal reported to be  over 100 million dollars.

Spotify over the years has been very strategic in acquiring other properties such as  content creators such as Gimlet media, Parcast, and Bill Simmons’s The Ringer Blog and home of his Podcast, the BS Report.

They also acquired a Podcast creation platform, Anchor.

The strategy seems to be simple and apparent. Create synergies with these platforms to add profitability for the company.

Spotify makes money by streaming music to it’s customers either by subscription or ads on its site for those who listen to the site for free.

Spotify does pay music licensees to the record companies for the rights to stream the music.

Contrary to many who have limited knowledge on this subject, this is not new at all.

In the old days before music downloads, file sharing, and streaming, record companies would sign a high prestige artist back in the day, like Paul McCartney, David Bowie, or the Rolling Stones for huge sums of money.

The above mentioned  Artists/Group owned their master recordings and would license them to the new record company for a defined period of time, usually 5 to 10 years. After the agreement ended, the masters would return to the artist after both made profit.

This also happened with Howard Stern and his move from terrestrial radio to Sirius/XM Satellite radio, a subscription radio service. Howard grew tired of the hassles of terrestrial radio, it’s politics and dealing with the FCC. He had proven his worth by providing ratings to his radio stations where he worked, converting ratings into add revenue.

The result of the signing of Stern to Satellite Radio? Subscriptions to the service increased, making more money for the company and Stern.

The acquisition of these properties now exclusive to Spotify are a dream target for a successful ad campaign, increasing revenue.

The Joe Rogan deal is a exclusive license deal with Spotify, where his audio and video content are exclusive for a set period and the rights revert back to Rogan. And Rogan still has control over his content.

Rogan, like the other content creators mentioned, has a huge audience that consumes his content through audio and video. His shows were distributed through the major Podcast listening platforms, his website, and the video sharing site, YouTube.

Spotify is betting that that his audience will follow him to the platform and continue to be profitable for both parties.

With Spotify making the investment, they are looking for a medium to long term return through the lenghth the agreement.

We’ll see as many are watching and waiting over the outcome of this endeavor and how it affects the medium of Podcasting and Video sharing sites like YouTube and Vimeo.

 

RIP Little Richard: 1932-2020

The world of music just lost another Icon in Little Richard. Little Richard was one of the pillars of Rock n’ Roll. Unlike the many packaged and manufactured Teen idols of the day, Richard was real and authentic.

Uncompromising in his art and who he was, Little Richard blazed a trail that would influence other Rock/Pop signers like, Paul McCartney, who openly admits to Richard being an influence, David Bowie, Elton John, Boy George, and Glam rock. He also influenced Prince, Michael Jackson and Sylvester. Jimi Hendrix, Billy Preston and James Brown played in his various bands over the years among others.

Little Richard artfully blended Blues, Gospel, and stretched the vocabulary if not adding to the lexicon but creating of Rock n’ Roll.

Born Richard Penniman in the early 1930’s he was the 3rd born to a family of 12 children.

His family was committed in serving to Church with several family members performing in several Gospel ensembles.

Richard was fascinated and later inspired to perform after performing on stage with Gospel singer and Guitarist, Sister Rosetta Thorpe and the preaching of Brother Joe May, The Singing Evangelist”.

After the on-stage performance with Thorpe, she paid him. It was the most money he’d made.

He originally started playing the Saxophone, but later switched to Piano.

By the time he was seventeen, Richard was in conflict with his Father over his personality and behavior. Richard was Gay and his Father could not deal with his effeminacy. He was given an ultimatum and he wouldn’t comply. Continue reading

The World after the Corona virus has passed…

Wow, we are truly in challenging times. The Coronavirus or Covid-19 is now a pandemic and has affected the world in profound ways. It has affected Countries, Economics, and Society at large in ways un-imaginable.

The virus is credited from coming out of a small province in China and spread rapidly. The Chinese government literally locked down the province, quarantining it’s citizens, but the virus had spread to Italy, the US and other Countries to devastating effect. President Donald Trump, who downplayed the viruses potential, literally trivialized it until the numbers in the US began to rise.

The people who are infected with the virus, have lead to many deaths, and have sent states into ordering lock down or stay-at-home orders hoping to lower the possibilities of further infections.

People have been laid off their jobs causing unemployment to spike, and other repercussions are still to come. The world’s financial markets have crashed too as uncertainty prevails. Continue reading

Checkin’ Out Flicks Top 5 Box Office…#20

Here are the top 5 grossing Films in the US Theaters from Monday to Thursday  3/13/2020 to 3/19/2020

 

1. Onward                             Walt Disney Studios

2. Bloodshot                         Sony Pictures Releasing

3. I Still Believe                     Lionsgate

4.  The Invisible Man            Universal Pictures

5. The Hunt                           Universal Pictures

 

 

 

 

Source Box office Mojo.

As this feature evolves, look for more details along with other nuggets, tidbits  and other factoids about the top 5 movies in the US Theatres

Checkin’ Out Flicks Top 5 Box Office…#19

Here are the top 5 grossing Films in the US Theaters from Monday to Thursday  3/06/2020 to 3/12/2020

1. Onward                             Walt Disney Studios

2. The Invisible Man              Universal Pictures

3. The Way Back                   Warner Brothers

4.  Sonic The Hedgehog        Paramount Pictures

5. The Call Of The Wild        Twentieth Century Fox

 

 

 

Source Box office Mojo.

As this feature evolves, look for more details along with other nuggets, tidbits  and other factoids about the top 5 movies in the US Theatres

Checkin’ Out Flicks Top 5 Box Office…#18

Here are the top 5 grossing Films in the US Theaters from Monday to Thursday  2/28/2020 to 3/05/2020

1.The Invisible Man              Universal Pictures

2. Sonic The Hedgehog        Paramount Pictures

3. The Call Of The Wild        Twentieth Century Fox

4.  Bad Boys For Life           Sony Pictures Releasing

5. Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulus Emancipation of One Harley Quinn WarnerBrothers

 

 

 

Source Box office Mojo.

As this feature evolves, look for more details along with other nuggets, tidbits  and other factoids about the top 5 movies in the US Theatres

Checkin’ Out Flicks Top 5 Box Office…#17

Here are the top 5 grossing Films in the US Theaters from Monday to Thursday  2/21/2020 to 2/27/2020

1.The Call Of The Wild         Twentieth Century Fox

2. Sonic The Hedgehog        Paramount Pictures

3. Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulus Emancipation of One Harley Quinn WarnerBrothers

4.  Bad Boys For Life           Sony Pictures Releasing

5. Braham: The Boy II         STX Entertainment

 

 

 

Source Box office Mojo.

As this feature evolves, look for more details along with other nuggets, tidbits  and other factoids about the top 5 movies in the US Theatres

Checkin’ Out Flicks Top 5 Box Office…#16

Here are the top 5 grossing Films in the US Theaters from Monday to Thursday  2/14/2020 to 2/20/2020

1. Sonic The Hedgehog      Paramount Pictures

2. Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulus Emancipation of One Harley Quinn WarnerBrothers

3. Fantasy Island                Sony Pictures Releasing

4.  Bad Boys For Life          Sony Pictures Releasing

5. The Photograph              Universal Pictures

 

 

 

Source Box office Mojo.

As this feature evolves, look for more details along with other nuggets, tidbits  and other factoids about the top 5 movies in the US Theatres