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Decline in R&B sales
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Written by RogorMortis   
Monday, 08 January 2007
Some music merchandisers are alarmed by an accelerated decline in R&B sales -- the broad category that also includes rap and hip-hop, Billboard magazine reports.
With the exception of new age, the smallest genre tracked by Nielsen SoundScan, R&B and rap suffered the biggest declines in 2006 of all styles of music.

R&B, with album scans of 117 million units, was down 18.4% from 2005, while the rap subgenre's 59.5 million scans were down 20.7%. Total U.S. album sales fell 4.9% to 588.2 million units.

Since 2000, total album sales have slid 25%, but R&B is down 41.4% and rap down 44.4%. In 2000, R&B accounted for 25.4% of total album sales, and rap 13.6%. In 2006, their respective shares fell to nearly 20% and 10%.

Looking for specific causes, merchants attribute hip-hop and rap albums' accelerating decline to their increasingly short life span.

"Rap used to be the flavor of the month, and then it became the flavor of the week and then the day, and now it's the flavor of the moment," says Hinsul Lazo, owner of Miami-based H.L. Distributors.

In general, "rap sales are really changing course," one senior distribution executive says. "If you look at the second-week drop-off, it used to be 50% and now it is 70%."

Retailers and executives say they believe that CD burning is a growing phenomenon in the rap/hip-hop community.

"Downloading and Internet file sharing is a problem and the labels are really late in fixing it," Czar Entertainment CEO and manager of the Game Jimmy Rosemond says. "With an artist like Game, his album leaked before it came out, and I had 4 million people downloading it."

Earlier this year, Sony BMG reported that some of its acts are drawing most of their revenue from ringtone, track and song bundle sales. In the case of Jive Records rapper T-Pain, 43% of revenue came from ringtones alone.

A senior distribution executive, while acknowledging that R&B and rap are currently in decline, reminds that music trends are cyclical. For instance, while country was hot for most of the '90s, he says, it then fell out of favor and is now back in vogue again. Indeed, country music is up 9.3% since 2000.

excerpt Reuters/Billboard

Terry Bozzio
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Written by RogorMortis   
Monday, 08 January 2007
According to Korn.Simpol.Net, Terry Bozzio will fill in for KORN drummer David Silveria during his temporary hiatus from the band, Martini Republic reports.

Bozzio, 56, who is long considered one of the greatest drummers in rock history, will replace David Silveria for at least one studio album and tour.

According to Martini Republic, Silveria is taking time out from the band to maintain his restaurants — Tuna Town and Silvera's Steakhouse & Lounge — plus spend quality time with his family.

Bozzio has recorded with numerous musicians on hundreds of albums across the musical spectrum, including DURAN DURAN, STEVE VAI, PAUL HYDE, HERBIE HANCOCK, DWEEZIL ZAPPA, BILLY SHEEHAN, RICHARD MARX, MATSUMOTO HIDETO, and more.

KORN is currently writing and recording material for its eighth studio album. An MTV "Unplugged" performance taped last month will be broadcast and released on CD in February.
Roger Waters
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Written by RogorMortis   
Monday, 08 January 2007
Legendary musician Roger Waters has recorded the original song "Hello (I Love You)" to be featured in New Line Cinema's upcoming sci-fi film The Last Mimzy (to be released nationwide on March 23rd). Waters collaborated with Academy Award-winning composer Howard Shore (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Grammy Award-winning Pink Floyd producer James Guthrie (The Wall) on the song, which marks only the second time Waters has ever recorded an original song specifically for a motion picture.
"It has been great collaborating with (director) Bob Shaye and Howard Shore on The Last Mimzy," says Waters. "I think together we've come up with a song that captures the themes of the movie, the clash between humanity's best and worst instincts, and how a child's innocence can win the day."

A warm, midtempo song inspired by the film's theme of the delicate balance between ecology and technology, "Hello (I Love You)" will be featured in the film and will run over the end credits. The six and a half minute song will be available on New Line Records official soundtrack for The Last Mimzy, which is scheduled for a spring release.

Frogg Cafe Double Live CD Update
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Written by RogorMortis   
Sunday, 07 January 2007
FROGG CAFÉ Double Live CD Update:

The brand new double live CD by Frogg Café, entitled “The Safenzee Diaries” is currently being mastered in New York with a projected late February 2007 release planned.  Featuring recordings from performances at NEARfest, the NJ Proghouse, Orion Studios in Baltimore, and Nectar's in Burlington, the double CD also incorporates live in the studio jams intertwined between tracks. Additionally, you can expect tonhear energetic reworkings of classic Frogg tunes featuring different solos and sometimes entirely new arrangements, plus THREE new Frogg tunes new heard before.

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