Bros let the cameras in

(9 Nov 2018) There’s tears and tantrums, in new documentary ‘Bros: After the Screaming Stops,’ Matt and Luke Goss let the cameras follow them during the lead up to Bros reunion shows at London’s o2. (Nov. 10)

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How Columbia House Sold 12 CDs For A Penny

Does 12 CDs for a penny sound too good to be true? Well in the mid 90s that offer made Columbia House $1.5 billion. NYU music business professor, Larry Miller, helps break down how Columbia House made their money.

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Following is a transcript of the video:

Matt Stuart: Ever get a whole bunch of CDs for a penny, or even free?

Commercial: Columbia House, big enough to bring you all the best in entertainment

Matt: Columbia House and the BMG Music Service both offered amazing deals. About eight CDs at almost no cost to you, then just buy one more at full retail price and you get three more for free. Sounds too good to be true, right? How could something like this make money?

Commercial: Remember, it’s our secret, so watch your mail for this package from Columbia.

Larry Miller: You could join these things for a penny, get a bunch of music for almost free as long as you promised to buy a certain amount of music over the next year or so at regular club prices.

Matt: That’s Larry Miller. He’s an NYU professor and music industry vet with a podcast about the industry, Musonomics.

Larry: The regular price of the CDs that you would buy was the suggested retail price, which was 17.98, 18.98, 19.98 plus shipping and handling for those CDs.

Matt: Those prices and the shipping costs were key to the club’s success. Columbia House, BMG Music, and other clubs utilized a practice called negative option billing.

Larry: The way that the clubs offered music to consumers was through a catalog roughly every month. Actually it was a little bit more often and in some cases they were shipping 21 different catalogs every month. And that for every catalog, you would need to send back a postcard within ten days of your receipt of that catalog indicating that you didn’t want the selection of the month. If you didn’t do that in time, or if you just forgot, you would be shipped that record and of course you would be billed for it.

Matt: Forget to send the card back and you’d owe the club about $22 for a CD you may not even want. But you still only paid a few bucks shipping on 11 other albums. This still doesn’t seem sustainable, especially when retail shops were selling CDs for $14 and up.

Larry: They would license the actual master tapes and the production files for the physical media from the major music companies. And they would be able to manufacture these records at a cost of about $1.50 or so each. In many cases, inferior pressings on vinyl and CD and you wouldn’t get maybe the full lyrics and you wouldn’t get the nice inserts and stuff and even the little booklets that were included in the CD were not quite as nice as the ones that you would get in the store very often.

Matt: By pressing their own albums, the clubs were able to make about $5 to $6 on each unit they actually sold. Even accounting for all the free albums they sent out.

Larry: As it turns out, that was plenty of margin to operate these businesses which together were generating about a billion and a half dollars of revenue, or about 15% of U.S. record industry volume at the peak, which was around 1996 or so for the record clubs.

Matt: However, that 1.5 billion wasn’t really going to everybody. Larry: The records that you would get for a penny counted as free goods and that there were no royalties on free goods. It’s still unclear today exactly how many of those royalties were paid through to recording artists. They were only paid on the purchased goods, and even so it was at three-quarters of the regular rate that they would have been paid had you bought it in a regular record store.

Matt: Most of the artists and writers didn’t get paid anything on any of the free albums. Larry: However, the sale of the records did count in the calculation of gold and platinum and chart position.

Matt: So no money, but you might wind up with a pretty big trophy. Now the clubs are long gone and services like Spotify and Apple Music have taken their place with access to almost any song you could want for $10 a month. Are those bum deals for the artists, too?

Larry: I believe that as streaming takes hold and as smartphone penetration continues to grow the way that it has and as smart speakers and voice interactivity begins to take hold that music consumption is going to grow to a level that we just haven’t experienced before. Even if the amount of money per listen is less than what we were used to getting back in the days of the CD or vinyl record.

Chipotle’s Queso And Nachos Versus Taco Bell’s — The Winner Is Clear

After being described as “dumpster juice,” Chipotle has changed its queso recipe and is testing nachos as a new menu item. We taste-tested the recipe against Taco Bell’s queso, and the winner was clear. The following is a transcript of the video.

(Queso 1)

Linette: This looks like paint.

Chris: It’s very solid and doesn’t move or jiggle. I don’t know if it’s edible or not.

Manny: It’s good, it’s just nacho cheese.

Ashley: You know, not super authentic but kind of what you would come to expect from a nacho.

Matt: Tastes like movie theater cheese.

Linette: This is definitely like a cheese sauce, a very American cheese sauce.

Devan: It tastes exactly like the cheese that comes out of the 7-11 machine.

Emma: Yeah I really don’t like that that much.

(Queso 2)

Linette: Okay, that queso is good.

Chris: It looks like it has more, like, peppers or other ingredients into it.

Matt: That’s really good. Yeah, it’s got flavor. It’s nice. I like it.

Ashley: It kind of has a different consistency. It doesn’t have the super smooth consistency that you might see from what you would expect from nachos.

Devan: This is a dinner-party-type cheese. This is a — you’re having a Super Bowl, someone’s bringing over some cheese and chips, they’re bringing this.

(Verdict)

Chris: Alright, so, I definitely like this one better already.

Manny: I felt like nacho cheese 2 was doing a little bit too much.

Linette: If you want to eat something delicious, I would go for #2.

Ashley: Chip #1 wins for me.

Matt: The first one kind of sucked.

Emma: I think they were both kinda bad.

Devan: Obviously, this cheese is better than that cheese, but they’re two completely different things.

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CNN’s President Jeff Zucker On Matt Lauer Being Fired

CNN’s President Jeff Zucker weighs in after “Today” show anchor Matt Lauer was fired amid sexual misconduct allegations. Following is a transcript of the video.

Jeff Zucker: Obviously it’s incredibly, incredibly disturbing, what we’ve learned in the last 24 hours from the reporting from The New York Times and Variety. And incredibly, incredibly sad. First of all, you know you have to feel for the women who endure this and lived with it and have come forward. And you know, obviously I’ve known Matt for 25 years and I didn’t know this Matt.

Mike Shields: You didn’t see this coming?

Zucker: No, look I mean, what’s chronicled incredibly well and in Variety and the New York Times is deviant and predatory behavior. And you know, obviously, that is not something that I was ever aware of or had even heard of or had ever been suggested or anything like that. And it’s just incredibly, incredibly heartbreaking.

Shields: When you were there at the “Today” show was it, it’s been depicted as a real boys club. A ruckus kind of place, is that a fair characterization?

Zucker: Yeah, so I had been gone from the “Today” show for 17 years. I was at the “Today” show, I was the executive producer at the “Today” show from 1992 to 2000 and that’s not the way that I would have characterized the show at all at the time. And you know, obviously, in that time that I was there, I was at NBC for 25 years. For five years in my career, you know, no one ever brought to me or to my knowledge, there was never a complaint about Matt, there was never a suggestion of that kind of deviant, predatory behavior, not even a whisper of it. Nothing like that. So you know I can’t say that that’s the culture that we lived in.

Shields: What about at CNN right now? I imagine every company in the country is reconciling with this or trying to figure out, “Do we have a problem? What’s going on?” I know that at Jake Tapper’s show there was an announcement yesterday, what’s been going on at CNN in the midst of all this?

Zucker: Yeah look I don’t think it’s just the media world either, right? Obviously. But clearly, the media world is not immune. We had a producer on one of our programs in Washington, “State of the Union,” where there were, there was a behavior that was completely inconsistent with our standards and culture. And we dismissed him last week. And you know look, like the way that NBC was when I was there, the way CNN is today if we are aware of any of that. If any of that is brought to our attention will investigate immediately, and that’s what we did last week. And I think that you know, I’m sure that’s what’s going on everywhere.

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Megyn Kelly Heard Rumors About Matt Lauer And ‘Hoped It Wasn’t True’

During an interview at Business Insider’s IGNITION conference in New York on Wednesday, NBC’s Megyn Kelly told us that she’d heard rumors about Matt Lauer, but she did not know the extent of the allegations until Wednesday. Following is a transcript of the video.

Alyson Shontell: We gotta address the elephant in the room first. Matt Lauer … holy cow.

When you woke up this morning, did you know that this was brewing? What were your thoughts?

Megyn Kelly: No, I didn’t. You know, I …

Shontell: Not at all? Not like … “Variety” and “The New York Times” have been working on stories. You don’t hear about these things? 

Kelly: So, I didn’t have any official knowledge. But because of the work I do, and the stories I cover, and the connections I have in the industry, I have a general feel for… I mean I knew the Charlie Rose thing was coming.

And I had heard rumors about Matt, but that’s all they were. And my feeling on it was a rumor is not the same as reportable fact, and it was also that I hear a lot of rumors about myself too that are completely untrue. And when you’re a public figure, people do make up things about you and put them in print.

So I had no inside knowledge at all, but I knew people were sniffing around the issue. And hoped it wasn’t true and wouldn’t have been surprised if none of that had materialized, and he had a long… you know… and enjoyable last whatever, however many years he wanted to be at the “Today Show.”

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Outer Mass – White Lies

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Terra Firma is a new Drum & Bass label based in York (UK) specializing in a deep, organic, old school styles. Owners Rous and Horton have teamed up to curate a label presenting their passion for Drum & Bass.

Terra Firma kicks off its first release with King / White Lies, the debut double-sided single from Australia’s newest Drum & Bass act, Outer Mass. Based in Perth, Sam & Matt have already risen through the ranks of the electronic music community with their own projects. Now wishing to take things further the duo teamed up to create their first single. Their ready to take it to the next level!

Outer Mass:

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https://facebook.com/terrafirmasound

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CoreSyntax – Evasion

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Coresyntax is Michael Gil, Adrian Wisniewski and Matt Egerton.

Michael and Adraian both come from Zielona Gora in Poland and moved to the UK, where Michael met Matt working as sound engineers and they immediately clicked. All 3 were producing individually. Michael had releases as Substacja, Matt as Kyne and both had worked on collaborations as early as 2007. Adrian plays bass guitar and has worked on experimental electronica in the past.

Matt is a co founder of ‘Trauma Sound System’, which has been supplying the UK underground rave scene with hard and complex DnB, Hardcore, Jungle and Dubstep for many years.

The 3 formed Coresyntax in 2010 and have previous releases on Betamorph, Mutism, Ring Mode, LW Recordings and Trauma’s own label, Trauma Recordings.

Always learning and working hard on their production, 2013 looks set to be a promising year for the trio.


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Introducing Other Echoes

Buy Other Echoes EP – http://bit.ly/OtherEchoes
We caught up with Other Echoes in his home town of Cambridge..
Filmed by Andrew Attah, Edited by Leo Pepperrell (leo.pepperrell@myport.ac.uk)

Introducing Other Echoes – Seven electronic tracks of the highest
quality, keeping up the Hospital Records tradition of forward
thinking, melodic, bass heavy music, but this time with a slower
tempo.

The honour of being the first exclusively non-drum+bass signing for
Hospital for nearly 9 years goes to up and coming producer Nick
Gresham. Making his debut with a highly accomplished self-titled EP,
Other Echoes brings us seven electronic tracks which successfully
blend broken beat, future garage and dubstep.

“Juice Bumps” has already received upfront support from Skream & Benga
on their Radio One show, and kicks off the EP with a vocal stab master
class sitting on top of an awesome synth and bass work out which
develops throughout the track. This, along with “Got The Music” and
“Asteroid” — the closing cut, (featuring Logistics) — represent the
more steppy, dancefloor angles of the EP.

“Further” contrasts brass and afro rhythms with deep chord
progressions to give you a sound to shake dancefloors everywhere from
Croydon to Cape Town. Two ambitious vocal offerings can be found in
“You’ll Be My Medicine” (with vocals from Alice Smith) and “Free
Running” the latter bringing a more reflective sound to proceedings
with vocalist Julian Huggins. All this is topped off by the sleeping
dubstep giant that is “Sunburn”.

Oh and Gresham? Where have you heard that before? Nick is the latest
member of this talented family including brother Dan (Nu:Tone) and
Matt (Logistics) to join the Hospital family. A stellar opening EP
from an artist we expect you will be hearing plenty more from in the
future.

http://otherecho.es
Like – http://www.facebook.com/otherechoes
Twitter – https://twitter.com/OtherEcho

Other Echoes
Other Echoes EP
Hospital Records
NHS225

Release date: 3rd December 2012

Juice Bumps
You’ll Be My Medicine (Feat Alice Smith)
Got The Music
Further
Sunburn
Free Running (Feat Julian Huggins)
Asteroid (Feat Logistics)

Other Echoes – Asteroid (feat Logistics)

Hospital Shop https://www.hospitalrecords.com/shop/release/other-echoes/nhs225-other-echoes
iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/nl/album/other-echoes/id576341907?uo=4&at=11l9mP

Introducing Other Echoes – Seven electronic tracks of the highest
quality, keeping up the Hospital Records tradition of forward
thinking, melodic, bass heavy music, but this time with a slower
tempo.

The honour of being the first exclusively non-drum+bass signing for
Hospital for nearly 9 years goes to up and coming producer Nick
Gresham. Making his debut with a highly accomplished self-titled EP,
Other Echoes brings us seven electronic tracks which successfully
blend broken beat, future garage and dubstep.

“Juice Bumps” has already received upfront support from Skream & Benga
on their Radio One show, and kicks off the EP with a vocal stab master
class sitting on top of an awesome synth and bass work out which
develops throughout the track. This, along with “Got The Music” and
“Asteroid” — the closing cut, (featuring Logistics) — represent the
more steppy, dancefloor angles of the EP.

“Further” contrasts brass and afro rhythms with deep chord
progressions to give you a sound to shake dancefloors everywhere from
Croydon to Cape Town. Two ambitious vocal offerings can be found in
“You’ll Be My Medicine” (with vocals from Alice Smith) and “Free
Running” the latter bringing a more reflective sound to proceedings
with vocalist Julian Huggins. All this is topped off by the sleeping
dubstep giant that is “Sunburn”.

Oh and Gresham? Where have you heard that before? Nick is the latest
member of this talented family including brother Dan (Nu:Tone) and
Matt (Logistics) to join the Hospital family. A stellar opening EP
from an artist we expect you will be hearing plenty more from in the
future.

http://otherecho.es
Like – http://www.facebook.com/otherechoes
Twitter – https://twitter.com/OtherEcho

Other Echoes
Other Echoes EP
Hospital Records
NHS225

Release date: 3rd December 2012

Juice Bumps
You’ll Be My Medicine (Feat Alice Smith)
Got The Music
Further
Sunburn
Free Running (Feat Julian Huggins)
Asteroid (Feat Logistics)

Other Echoes – Free Running (feat Julian Huggins) OFFICIAL VIDEO

Hospital Shop – https://www.hospitalrecords.com/shop/release/other-echoes/nhs225-other-echoes
iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/other-echoes/id576341907?app=itunes

Other Echoes – Free Running (Feat. Julian Huggins) Official Video

Directed, Filmed & Edited by Visive Productions – http://www.visiveproductions.com/
Edit Coordinator: Nezih Savaşkan – http://www.redhavoc.co.uk/

Introducing Other Echoes – Seven electronic tracks of the highest
quality, keeping up the Hospital Records tradition of forward
thinking, melodic, bass heavy music, but this time with a slower
tempo.

The honour of being the first exclusively non-drum+bass signing for
Hospital for nearly 9 years goes to up and coming producer Nick
Gresham. Making his debut with a highly accomplished self-titled EP,
Other Echoes brings us seven electronic tracks which successfully
blend broken beat, future garage and dubstep.

“Juice Bumps” has already received upfront support from Skream & Benga
on their Radio One show, and kicks off the EP with a vocal stab master
class sitting on top of an awesome synth and bass work out which
develops throughout the track. This, along with “Got The Music” and
“Asteroid” — the closing cut, (featuring Logistics) — represent the
more steppy, dancefloor angles of the EP.

“Further” contrasts brass and afro rhythms with deep chord
progressions to give you a sound to shake dancefloors everywhere from
Croydon to Cape Town. Two ambitious vocal offerings can be found in
“You’ll Be My Medicine” (with vocals from Alice Smith) and “Free
Running” the latter bringing a more reflective sound to proceedings
with vocalist Julian Huggins. All this is topped off by the sleeping
dubstep giant that is “Sunburn”.

Oh and Gresham? Where have you heard that before? Nick is the latest
member of this talented family including brother Dan (Nu:Tone) and
Matt (Logistics) to join the Hospital family. A stellar opening EP
from an artist we expect you will be hearing plenty more from in the
future.

http://otherecho.es
Like – http://www.facebook.com/otherechoes
Twitter – https://twitter.com/OtherEcho

Other Echoes
Other Echoes EP
Hospital Records
NHS225

Release date: 3rd December 2012

Juice Bumps
You’ll Be My Medicine (Feat Alice Smith)
Got The Music
Further
Sunburn
Free Running (Feat Julian Huggins)
Asteroid (Feat Logistics)