In the last Industry Wrap, I told you all about how Dave Grohl was working on a documentary that will debut at the Sundance Film Festival next year. Well, that’s not all Mr. Grohl has been up to. As you probably heard/saw/joked about on Twitter without actually bothering to watch, Grohl teamed up with some guys from his failed pre-Foo Fighters project, Nirvana, and invited the lead singer of Wings, who were the Foo Fighters of the pre-iPod era, to play along at the 12-12-12 benefit concert, which the producers are claiming raised $50 million. They played a punchy new song that’s actually pretty fun, and you can listen to it below.
Oh, you thought we were done with Dave Grohl news? Hahahaha. Guess what? He’s getting the old band back together… again! According to the New York Post, Grohl has been hinting to some friends that a Nirvana reunion could happen next year to celebrate the band’s 20th anniversary. I’m thinking about renaming this column “The Week In Grohl,” but I’m also open to other suggestions.
You know you’re reading a good news story when there’s a big question mark at the end of the headline. For example: The Rolling Stones might play Coachella? Are they playing? Maybe. Or, better yet, maybe? This week we also confronted a new quesition: Are Daft Punk and the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s possibly playing Coahchella too? Is my dad’s cover band playing Coachella? Are you playing Coachella? Are we all playing Coachella?
2012 was a year of tough questions in the music industry. Is everything really as horrible as it seems? (Yes.) Are things getting worse? (Probably.) Is there any hope? (No.) But many of the most penetrating questions asked this year were about streaming services, particularly Spotify, and whether or not its business model is artist friendly. David Macias, president of Nashville-based label services company Thirty Tigers had some very interesting thoughts on the topic. Read it.
L.A. Reid, chairman and CEO of Epic Records, has announced that he will not be returning to the reality competition show X Factor. Presumably, he will be spending all his new free time trying to woo back Death Grips by sending them photos of his dick wearing a little hat.
As you’ve probably heard, 2012 was the year of EDM. But did EDM peak this year? SPIN’s Philip Sherburne took a look at the DayGlo landscape and came to some interesting conclusions.
After last week’s horrible tragedy in Connecticut, Ke$ha’s hit single “Die Young” has fallen off the charts for obvious reasons. Ke$ha herself has expressed sympathy for the victims but also responded to the situation by writing a (now deleted) Tweet where she claimed, “I did NOT want to sing those lyrics and I was FORCED TO.”
This has been a tough week/month/year/life. Let’s all watch “Hot Cheetos And Takis” and hope things get better in the new year.