Ding, Dong….

18 Apr

Sony BMG announced late yesterday that Clive Davis has been de-throned as Chairman and CEO of the dinosaur BMG label, replacing him with Barry Weiss — the wonk who brought us NSync, Justin Timberlake, Brittany Spears, and The Backstreet Boys.

Wow. What a brave move… Move Clive to Chief Creative Officer so that all of the artists like Whitney Houston, Barry Manilow and all of the American Idols who adore the King of Creep won’t revolt and storm the offices with torches demanding retribution. (Big ole eye roll.)

Not to worry, the guy who single-handedly created the fantastic music business we see before us today will survive to continue to collect millions off the backs of the artists that he indentures, likely until he slithers away and dies.

In the revolutionary move of turning the helm over to Barry Weiss **insert sarcasm** , Sony BMG has given a loud and proud answer to all of its critics about where they sit in terms of changing their business to meet the needs of the buyer.


If past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior, look for Mr. Weiss to amp up the volume (pun intended) on manufactured, high gloss, synthesized, bubble-gum pop, which will in all likelihood put them out of business.

The world is changing guys…the asteroid is coming.


Posted by on April 18, 2008 in music biz


7 responses to “Ding, Dong….

  1. shrewspeaks

    April 18, 2008 at 9:59 am

    This right here is why I love coming here!

  2. chuval

    April 18, 2008 at 11:36 am

    These guys will keep clinging to the old distribution model as long as they can. They don’t know any other way. If history is any indicator, they’ll either evolve, or be replaced by someone who will.

  3. music maven

    April 18, 2008 at 11:44 am

    Yes, my Cajun friend, I have often likened the music execs. to the old analogy of the railroad industry who forgot that they were in the Transportation business and were systemically put out of business for travel by airlines and buses back in the 50’s and 60’s. They are still around, but they’re hauling chemicals and not people, for the most part.

    So it will go for the traditional music business. In today’s world, the “Indies” are eating their lunch and the public’s musical taste is simply too diverse to buy what the A&R guys try to force feed consumers as “popular”. Distribution is king and they don’t control that anymore.

    Contrary to what Daughtry says, it IS over.

  4. somebody . . .

    April 18, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    I’ll miss Clive, I really will.

    One time he walked by me, very fast, with his head down. I feel close to him for that reason.

  5. AH

    April 18, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    !!!just!!! – somebody, I am so sorry this has caused you personal anguish – take heart in the knowledge that Clive’s “horse out to pasture” salary/perks package will probably rival the annual budget for either of our home states

    MM, thought you might weigh in on that announcement – well said as usual.
    Was wondering if you’d seen this yet and what your thoughts might be. For now I’ll just say – I ain’t happy!!

  6. AH

    April 18, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    opps – it’s somebody’s fault – I was still laughing :]

  7. music maven

    April 18, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    Randy’s a hack. He loves artists….right. He loves the money artists bring him. He’s such a pawn. But hey, he’s rich. Thank God he made it out of backwater squalor of Baton Rouge. (rolls eyes) You know, the city he conveniently mentions when he’s trying to prove his street cred.

    Gimme a break. He’s no better than Clive or Simon or any of the other “music biz legends” he hangs with. Sadly, he sold out long ago. He produced a song and video by Paula Abdul, forchristsake. That was about talent?


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