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I love this Louis C.K. interview where he talks about licensing The Who’s “Who Are You” for his TV show:

So we went to MCA or whoever has it and they said, “Well, we have the master rights and Pete Townshend’s publishing company has the publishing, and it’s a favored-nations deal.” In other words, whatever we negotiated with them, we would then also have to pay Pete and the publishing. So their first offer was, I think, $150,000. [Laughs.] Because it was the whole song! So we’d have to pay $300,000 total. That’s a whole episode for us. That’s the whole budget for the entire episode. But we didn’t give up. That’s the way it worked. And either the company or someone else told Blair, “The other way to work it is to go to Pete Townshend first.” Because it’s the same in the other direction: Whatever deal he makes, they have to honor his deal, too. They have to take whatever offer he gives. They have to match it. But try to go get Pete Townshend on the phone. That’s even harder. So it just took a lot of fuckin’ time. And occasionally, we’d be on the set shooting “Blueberries” or “Moving” or whatever it is, and I say to Blair, “How’s it going with The Who?” and she’d either say, “Dead” or, “I just talked to a guy today” or, “A guy I talked to today is looking into something.” And it went on and on. And finally, she said, “Well, Pete Townshend wants to know exactly how it’s being used, and he wants to see the show. He wants to see some episodes.” So I wrote him a synopsis of how it would be. I described it very carefully, and we sent him the DVD of five episodes from last season. And then, I don’t know, three or four months later, it felt like, he came back to us and said, “Can you send me 7,500 bucks?” [Laughs.] Yeah! And so the whole thing cost $15,000, which is fucking nothing!

I agree to a lot of licensing (and have always been laid back about it) so that’s fun to read.

Posted on - September 22, 2011 [at] 9:55 pm by Brad
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Scott gives the lowdown on his pre-orders. Very awesome and open of him to give the numbers out. Looks like it was a pretty great success and huge congratulations to him.

I’ve been thinking about taking pre-orders for the next Brad Sucks album but I don’t think I have the energy or time or talent to set up a sweet system like Scott’s so I doubt I’ll bother. It’s hard enough getting the record out the door.

Posted on - November 13, 2007 [at] 3:43 pm by Brad
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I don’t know if anyone told you — I mean the Internet has been practically silent about it — but Radiohead is offering Magnatune-style pay-what-you-like pricing (including free) on the digital download of their new album In Rainbows (site is currently dead slow), to be released in ten days. Or you can buy their $80 box of vinyl and extra songs and stuff.

I don’t have much to say about the move. Radiohead is in a unique position that’s about as far away from most musicians as can be imagined and I’m thinking it’ll work great for them.

What’s interesting to me though, especially as I try to decide on one myself for the next record, is all the different sales models out there that musicians are using. It’s a little overwhelming:

There’s giving it away for free and asking for donations, variable pricing, lower-than-retail pricing, higher-than-retail pricing, tiered clubs with rewards, pre-ordering incentives, club memberships, merch bundles, box sets, etc, etc, etc.

How do you choose which one’s best?

Posted on - October 1, 2007 [at] 3:17 pm by Brad
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I’m pretty far behind on the blogging lately, let’s see…

Amazon launched their DRM-free MP3 download service – good news for anyone who hates DRM. The implementation is nice, the player’s decent. Things I don’t know: a) how my music got in there b) how they decided on $6.99 for the price of my album (which is a dollar more than 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’) and c) how much I earn out of the sales. Seeing as though I earn about $6.50 from each iTunes album sale I assume this’ll be significantly less riches for me.

I’m pretty into Hype Machine lately. My friend Ryan‘s been bringing me up to speed on the blog house scene. I really don’t have the time or patience or really anything to keep up with things so I’m relying on aggregators to do it. Of course now I’m thinking about writing my own as making web sites to enable my own laziness is sort of a passion of mine.

I think I could watch this Cadbury ad about one, maybe two thousand more times:

I think this is the first time I’ve ever been happy to hear Phil Collins.

Posted on - September 27, 2007 [at] 1:06 pm by Brad
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Hey awesome, CD Baby has redesigned and is now offering direct MP3 downloads for albums. The design is a little sparse to the max but it’s cool I guess. I’m glad they’re offering MP3 downloads now.

Posted on - August 28, 2007 [at] 10:22 am by Brad
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Because I like money, I was real excited about Amazon’s Flexible Payments Service, the new Paypal competitor from Amazon. I was looking forward to adding it to my digital download store, but much like Google Checkout it doesn’t support Canadian merchants. Lame.

Posted on - August 6, 2007 [at] 6:59 am by Brad
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I’ve committed some updates to the Brad Sucks Digital Download Store:

  • thumbnails (in case you want to sell photos/artwork with it)
  • fixed the “continue shopping” link
  • stopped paypal from opening in a new window or tab (transactions should all happen within one now)
  • added some totals to the admin page

Here it is on Google Code.

Posted on - July 31, 2007 [at] 11:14 am by Brad
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I’m trying to find a way to spice up my t-shirt selection. I’ve got a bunch of ideas chicken-scratched out but I’m no artist. I thought it would be nice to find people who could turn those into viable designs. I looked on Spreadshirt and Threadless but came up empty.

Mr. Coulton recently had a post about a collaborative t-shirt design site. Which would be sweet but is obviously a pretty rough thing to set up dealing with paying out royalties all the time.

I’d be satisfied if there was simply a site with talented t-shirt artists I could buy designs off of easily.

Posted on - July 22, 2007 [at] 12:09 pm by Brad
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This CNN article goes over the recent sales of a lot of older/classic albums which is pretty interesting. Here are the sales numbers they mention for 2006:

Back in Black (AC/DC) 440,000
Cross Road (Bon Jovi) 324,000
Christmas Eve and Other Stories (The Trans-Siberian Orchestra) 289,000
Metallica (Metallica) 275,000
Number Ones (Michael Jackson) 162,000
Nevermind (Nirvana) 143,000
Appetite for Destruction (Guns N’ Roses) 113,000
OK Computer (Radiohead) 94,000
The Soft Bulletin (The Flaming Lips) 38,000
Paul’s Boutique (Beastie Boys) 22,000
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (Public Enemy) 15,000
Millennium (The Backstreet Boys) 9,000
Mariah Carey (Mariah Carey) 5,000
1982 (Asia) 5,000

My conclusion from this data: Back in Black is a very popular album.

Posted on - July 17, 2007 [at] 10:13 am by Brad
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Scott has some great ideas for Music 2.0 services. I’ve been meaning to write up mine for a while as I’ve learned I’m too busy to launch any new sites.

My big idea lately is one I’ve been meaning to pitch to Magnatune:

Independent record labels should provide hook-ups to their artists for services such as graphic design, manufacturing, merchandise, booking, bio-writing, press kits, photography, advertising, PR and more. These are all things artists will pay for but it’s hard to weed through the scams and overpriced poor quality services out there.

The record label would find quality professionals to perform these services at a reasonable price. Record label makes itself valuable to the artists by simplifying their lives, record label takes a cut or referral fee from each service transaction, artist has access to quality resources to improve their career, sells more music, everybody’s happy.

Posted on - June 29, 2007 [at] 9:47 am by Brad
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