The Record
3:24 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

The Race To Create A Music Superlabel Still Faces Hurdles

Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group Lucian Grainge (left) and Roger Faxon, the CEO of EMI Group, testify during a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on Universal's proposed merger with EMI.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:26 pm

It's been a tough decade for the music industry. Revenues have tumbled — from more than $14 billion in 1999 down to $7 billion last year. EMI, one of the big four record labels, was taken over by venture capitalists and then taken over again, after they defaulted, by Citigroup. Now, Universal Music Group wants to buy the recorded music division of EMI for $1.9 billion. But critics say if the two companies merge it will create a superlabel that will dominate the music industry.

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Live Fridays From XPN
3:12 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

The Tallest Man on Earth In Concert

Kristian Matsson, a.k.a. The Tallest Man On Earth performs at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
Melody Chiang WXPN

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 1:34 pm

Swedish singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson is the epitome of a modern-day troubadour. Known for his crooning voice and acoustic folk tunes, Matsson recently released his fourth full-length album under the name The Tallest Man on Earth, entitled There's No Leaving Now.

However simple his formula may seem, The Tallest Man on Earth is much more than just a man with a guitar. His intricate fingerpicking, thoughtful lyrics and big voice give his work great height — and help him live up to his stage name.

Set List

  • To Just Grow Away
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World Cafe
2:45 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Joe Jackson On World Cafe

Joe Jackson.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 2:46 pm

Joe Jackson is well known as the writer of the 1979 hit "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" and for his biggest single, "Steppin' Out." Jackson — who grew up in Portsmouth, England and attended the Royal Academy of Music — has also had five Grammy nominations over his illustrious four-decade career.

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Mountain Stage
1:18 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Ann Magnuson On Mountain Stage

Ann Magnuson performs on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 9:31 am

Recorded in 2005, this show was Ann Magnuson's first appearance on Mountain Stage. The Charleston, W. Va. native received a B.F.A. in Theater and Cinema from Denison University and studied acting in London. Magnuson has been involved in several wildly eclectic and influential music projects, including the sardonic folk trio Bleaker Street Incident and the heavy metal group Vulcan Death Grip. She was also the lead singer and lyricist for the psycho-psychedelic band Bongwater.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:06 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: July 27, 2012

Bass-baritone Evgeny Nikitin's current publicity shot, in which his controversial tattoos are not visible.
Bob Gruen courtesy of the artist
  • Russian bass-baritone Yevgeny Nikitin was tossed from his upcoming engagement singing Wagner at the Bayreuth Festival. It was discovered that he has had an enormous swastika tattoo on the right side of his chest and a Nazi "life rune" on his arm.
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