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Music News Week In Review (April 27 Edition)

We haven’t brought out this feature in a few weeks, but there are enough interesting and/or pithy music news headlines this week to warrant an edition of Week In Review. So pour that cup of joe, grab a bagel, and take a look at some of the week’s music headlines you might have missed.



Since her breakout album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in 1998 (notably, her only studio album as a solo artist thus far), Lauryn Hill’s notoriety has sadly shifted from her obvious musical prowess to her legal troubles, as she has spent years trying to beat a tax evasion charge. This week, alongside reports of the courts giving her two weeks to pay a half-million dollar tax settlement, it has also been reported that Hill just signed a new record deal. After years of silence on the topic, Hill opened up juuusst a little bit on her Tumblr account. “It has been reported that I signed a new record deal, and that I did this to pay taxes,” she says. “Yes, I have recently entered into an agreement with Sony Worldwide Entertainment, to launch a new label, on which my new music will be released. And yes, I am working on new music.” But a (sort of) disclaimer follows shortly after: “I have been working towards this for a long time, not just because of my current legal situation, but because I am an artist, I love to create, and I need the proper platform to do so.” While it’s understandable that Hill would want the attention turned from her legal woes back toward her music for its own sake, it’s also understandable that a musical artist who needs money for any reason would make some new music. Whatever the motive, we look forward to hearing new material from Lauryn Hill.



Okay, so thus far it could only really be considered rumor, since the primary source of information is the British tabloids (so that would be spelled “rumour”). But buzz is starting to circulate that Adele entered the recording studio this week to begin work on a follow-up record to 21, and that the aforementioned record should be released sometime in mid-2014. After her Grammy-fest last year, Adele took a break to spend time with boyfriend Simon Konecki and to have a baby, emerging back into the public eye only to write/record last year’s Bond theme “Skyfall.” But now that the baby is born, and since Adele as reportedly declined to write an autobiography (seeing as she’s only 24 years old and all)…what else is she gonna do? We’ll see if the “rumours” are true in due time…



Okay, so check this out: last year, BuzzMedia, the world’s biggest blog conglomerate, purchased Spin Magazine. Then it changed its name to SpinMedia, and in line with predictions, discontinued the print version of Spin, making it entirely an online publication. Now, the Associated Press reports that SpinMedia is purchasing the rights to Vibe Magazine, along with its various related online entities, spurring immediate speculation that the hip-hop rag originally established by Quincy Jones is next on the chopping block. Seeing that Vibe (along with Spin and most other print publications) have been struggling in recent years due to the rise of instant Internet content, one could see this as a natural progression away from print media toward online media. On the other hand, Star Trek fans could easily begin seeing a disturbing pattern, as one magazine after the other is gobbled up and assimilated by the growing online media giant. Is SpinMedia the “Borg” of print publications? Is resistance indeed futile? Hmm…


That’s it for this edition of Music News Week in Review. Have a great weekend!



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About the Author


David Tillman is an independent composer/arranger whose primary work involves writing jingles for commercials for radio and television, with several film and television placements to his credit as well. David has a fascination for all things related to the music business and the music industry in general, an obsession which his wife finds to be mildly unhealthy at times. His personal tastes in music are in electronica and industrial rock, and include The Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk and Nine Inch Nails (he loves that Trent Reznor is writing soundtracks!). When not in his office or in his man-cave, David enjoys skiing, hiking, the occasional game of golf, and sometimes just lounging by the pool. David lives with his wife and three children in Los Angeles, CA.

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