How The Music Industry Has Changed

slide-pot-mixing-boardI’m going to show my age here but I don’t care, I’m not ashamed of my age.  Could you imagine what I’d have to do if I were?  Organ transplants, plastic surgery, hair implants and all kinds of other things.  I was watching Late Night with Jimmy Fallon the other night and one of his guests was Tommy Mottola.  For fifteen years Mottola was the head of Sony Entertainment (parent of the Columbia label).  He is a co-owner of Casablanca Records.  Oh, and he was married to Mariah Carey for a while.  At the moment he is married to Mexican singer Thalia.

Fallon and Tommy were talking about Mottola’s career.  I must say, that career is pretty impressive.  He helped Hall and Oates land their first recording contract, and he was the talent manager for a few artists you may have heard of, like Carly Simon, John Mellencamp, Diana Ross,  and Taylor Dayne in the 80’s.  In the 90’s he handled Mariah Carey, Gloria Estefan, Shakira and Anastacia.  He represented Jennifer Lopez in the early 2000’s.  That’s quite a list.  Mottola is also viewed as someone who revolutionized the promotion of music through new mediums like music videos and corporate sponsorship for music tours. (more…)

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Fact:   As much as the United States would like to you to believe, Iran does NOT pose any nuclear threat…to any of us here, anyway.  Iran is simply enriching uranium for use in stopping the forthcoming attempted world takeover by aliens from a distant galaxy.  Why do you think they’ve been dinking around with the U.N. so much?  First they say they will allow inspections, then they disallow them, then saying they will cooperate with the United States and then pulling the rug out from underneath us when it’s time to sit down and talk?  It’s because in the end, when their up to date systems take out the entire fleet of aliens as they descend on Los Angeles, they’ll be able to stand up and rub it in our snot-nosed American faces.  Of course we’ll all be hiding in underground bunkers when that time comes because all the diplomacy between us and Russia has done nothing but weaken our defenses and make our forces obsolete.  Oh, and let’s not forget about all of those defense budget cuts over the past several years, too. (more…)

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