June 1, 2010
Everyone knows Justin Bieber is the biggest musical discovery to come from YouTube so far. His “Baby” video is the 3rd most viewed video of all time, with over an astounding 170 million views. Lady Gaga is No. 1 all time on YouTube, with her “Bad Romance” video, which has over 216 million views. While Bieber became famous on YouTube before being signed by Usher, it’s very surprising that YouTube hasn’t produced other major music stars in the 5 years of YouTube’s existence. Or, more accurately, it’s surprising the music industry hasn’t signed more talented singers from YouTube. Sure, Marie Digby, Esmee Denters, and Terra Naomi all were signed by the labels. But they were the exception, not the rule.
The music industry should do more. Justin Bieber won’t be the only singer to be discovered on YouTube. I just heard this amazing singer in Chicago named Starina Catchatoorian. She’s got this cool, edgy video for her catchy song, “Underdog.” NPR did a short write-up on her. If I had a music label, I would sign this new talent, stat.
Click here for Starina’s MySpace music page
January 8, 2010
Wow, love the Polaroid collage at the end of this video!
October 19, 2009
Awesome!!! Sunday, October 25 at 8:30 p.m. (PT)
August 26, 2009
Well, finally, YouTube has reinstated PS22 chorus’s original YouTube channel, including the past 7 million plus views total for all the videos. Too bad YouTube didn’t do this sooner–and it makes you wonder why YouTube made Breinberg go through the rigamarole of uploading all his videos again. In any event, the PS22 chorus videos can be found here. Let the kids sing.
April 29, 2009
Pretty cool. Can’t wait for Esmee Denters’ first album. She started singing from her bedroom and posted clips on YouTube. Now she’s with Justin Timberlake, and I think that’s all you need to succeed–besides a good voice.
February 7, 2009
Best new voice on YouTube I’ve heard in 2009! This song is very catchy; her voice is beautiful. Whoever came up with the idea for this memorable video shot in a pub deserves kudos. She was just signed by an indie label ATO Records.
Visit her YouTube page.
February 6, 2009
Britt and Carly are sisters who sing country. I’ve heard just one song, but I like it!
January 31, 2009
What a month for Bruce Springsteen! Buddies with Obama. Now performing half-time at the Super Bowl tomorrow. And his new album will likely debut at No. 1.
January 27, 2009
I just heard a song from the new Franz Ferdinand album. It’s the best new song I heard in 2009!!
January 18, 2009
News: The RIAA appears to be running scared from the recent district court granting Harvard Professor Charlie Nesson’s request to webcast Thursday’s court proceedings in the RIAA’s music file sharing case against BU student Joel Tennenbaum. The RIAA has now sought a writ of mandamus from the First Circuit to stop the webcast. The RIAA must realize it looks bad to be suing students, but here’s the spin it is using:
“Petitioners [the labels] are concerned that, unlike a trial transicipt, the broadcast of a court proceeding through the Internet will take on a life of its own in that forum. The broadcast will be readily subject to editing and manipulation by any reasonably tech-savvy individual. Even without improper modification, statements may be taken out of context, spliced together with other statements and rebroadcast as if it were an accurate transcript. Such an outcome can only do damage to Petitioners’ case.”
January 15, 2009
News: Charles Nesson is a Harvard law professor and member of the Berkman Center. In a RIAA copyright lawsuit against Boston University students, Nesson is representing the students and has just pulled off some pretty deft strategic maneuvers against the RIAA, not only challenging the constitutionality of the RIAA’s lawsuit but also persuading the judge to webcast next week’s (Jan 22) hearing over the Internet. I will post a link to the webcast when I find it.
Analysis: Charlie Nesson was my evidence law professor, only he didn’t really teach us evidence. By then, he was much more interested in this new technology called the Internet. Nesson is an incredibly creative and “out of the box” (and sometimes “out there”) thinker whose imagination knows no bounds. I look forward to what he chalks up on Thursday of next week!!
December 23, 2008
News: After several years of licensing its music videos on YouTube, Warner Music has left the negotiating table and YouTube for a renewal of the license. On its blog, YT said: “Sometimes, if we can’t reach acceptable business terms, we must part ways with successful partners. For example, you may notice videos that contain music owned by Warner Music Group being blocked from the site.” Warner said: it “simply cannot accept terms that fail to appropriately and fairly compensate recording artists, songwriters, labels and publishers for the value they provide.”
Cnet says that Warner screwed up: “By all indications, Warner overplayed its hand. YouTube can afford to let Warner walk. The vast majority of music listened to at YouTube comes from the two largest recording companies: Universal and Sony BMG. Universal, the label that represents U2, Kanye West, and The Rolling Stones, is the most-viewed YouTube channel all time with more than 3 billion views. Sony BMG is a distant second with 491 million views.Warner isn’t even in the top 10. The record company’s 278 million views is good enough only for 11th place.”
December 7, 2008
Joe Satriani v. Coldplay [lawsuit just filed]
Creaky Boards v. Coldplay
Analysis: My guess: Coldplay settles! I wonder if Coldplay can still win the Grammy for “Viva la Vida,” with all these copyright infringement allegations swirling?
November 9, 2008
News: Esmee Denters, the teen singing sensation discovered on YouTube, will be performing in San Francisco at YouTube Live 2008. For more about Esmee, click here for all of my posts about her.
November 3, 2008
David Tokaji of Dry September sings “Back to Birmingham.”
August 25, 2008
I can’t wait. This will be a big moment for YouTube and the community.
August 23, 2008
Amazing, enchanting rendition by Terra Naomi. She is amazing.