We lost a titan of American music last year when Tom Petty passed away. And tonight, Eddie Vedder made a surprise appearance at the Oscars tonight to pay tribute, covering Petty’s own “Room At The Top” during the In Memoriam segment of the ceremony. Watch his performance below. More »
Chris Stapleton and Emmylou Harris took the Grammys stage tonight to honor the late Tom Petty, who died in 2017. The duo covered Petty’s 1994 song “Wildflowers” on acoustic guitar and shared vocal duties. Stapleton’s From A Room: Volume 1 won Best Country Album earlier in the night. The duo paid tribute to … More »
Tom Petty’s death has been ruled an accidental overdose, TMZ reports. The rock legend passed away last October after going into cardiac arrest and being rushed to the hospital. According to the autopsy results from the LA County coroner, Petty’s organs failed due to “mixed drug toxicity” from the combination of several … More »
A regular on the legal circuit of late, Spotify will see its court-related entanglements extend into 2018 as Wixen Music Publishing served the streaming giant with a $1.6-billion-dollar lawsuit. Notable for its licensure of music produced by more than 200 artists, including Tom Petty, Neil Young, Stevie Nicks and more, Wixen alleges that Spotify does not possess the proper licenses to use “thousands” of songs that are made available on the streaming platform, a reiteration of the central claim previously made by David Lowery and Melissa Ferrick in their copyright infringement suits against Spotify.
Wixen has opened the case on the grounds that the $43.4-million-dollar settlement proposed by Spotify in response to Lowery and Ferrick’s class action lawsuit “does not adequately compensate Wixen or the songwriters it represents.” Wixen founder Randall Wixen relays that he does not view the lawsuit as the legal pursuit of a pot of gold, but as a justified response to the settlement: “We’re just asking to be treated fairly,” Wixen states, “We are not looking for a ridiculous punitive payment. But we estimate that our clients account for somewhere between 1% and 5% of the music these services distribute. Spotify has more than $3 billion in annual revenue and pays outrageous annual salaries to its executives and millions per month for ultra-luxurious office space in various cities. All we’re asking for is for them to reasonably compensate our clients by sharing a miniscule amount of the revenue they take in with the creators of the product they sell.”
Wixen additionally alleges that Spotify “made insufficient efforts” to secure the correct licenses, citing said “insufficient effort” as the consequence of Spotify’s desire to be “first to market” in the context of the music streaming market. Spotify’s suggested failure to acquire such licenses led the company to violate the requirements of Section 115 of the Copyright Act, according to Wixen.
Spotify responded to Wixen’s lawsuit on the same day, filing court papers that countered that Wixen’s clients had not received an adequate amount of time in which to withdraw their names from the legal action, Wixen supposedly giving its clients only a brief op-out period.
As the new year begins, the music industry could be set for an epochal moment. Hopes are running high for the first significant reform of music licensing rules in decades. The coming year may also see Spotify go public. But before any of this happens, the Stockholm, Sweden-based streaming giant must now contend with a … More »
Friday would have been Tom Petty’s 67th birthday. And at his show in Broomfield, Colorado last night, Bob Dylan paid tribute to his late Traveling Wilburys bandmate by closing his encore with a cover of Petty’s 1991 song “Learning To Fly.” Watch below via Pitchfork. More »
On Oct. 1, the United States was rocked by the largest mass shooting to date, leaving nearly 60 concertgoers in Las Vegas dead and more than 500 injured. Just one day later, rock and roll legend Tom Petty died after being found in full cardiac arrest.
In light of both of these events, Canadian duo FKYA has composed a touching cover of one of Petty’s biggest hits, “Free Fallin,” and plans to donate all proceeds raised by the cover to the American Red Cross. The emotional cover features Maria Lynn on vocals.
“To us, Free Fallin is one of the greatest songs ever written. After hearing the news of Tom Petty’s passing we decided to release our cover of Free Fallin with Maria Lynn’s vocal as a tribute to one of music’s greatest. In Tom’s honor we are donating all proceeds raised by the cover to The American Red Cross to help aid the victims of the recent Las Vegas terror attacks.”
Today is Tom Petty’s birthday. If we hadn’t lost him a couple of weeks ago, he would’ve been 67 today. And last night, a group of Petty fans in Sherman Oaks, California paid Petty homage by holding a “Vampire Walk” in the San Fernando Valley. The event was, of course, a goofy reference to … More »
In 1979, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers recorded their song “Don’t Do Me Like That.” It ended up being one of the most important songs in Petty’s career. It was his first top-10 hit, and it served as the lead single from Damn The Torpedoes, the album that made Petty a star. But … More »
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench has posted a message announcing his plans to go through with a solo performance later this month in Los Angeles and reflecting on the ongoing process of grieving Petty, who died last week at age 66. Tench begins by voicing appreciation for all the support during … More »