There are still some good things in the world, like this Facebook video captured by an unsuspecting patron of an empty-looking bar in Provincetown, Mass., when J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. stepped onstage to rip through a karaoke version of Tom Petty’s “Don’t Do Me Like That.” J rocks back and forth with the awkwardness … More »
As we found out yesterday, the late and great Tom Petty is getting a new box set called An American Treasure, which will contain four CDs worth of unreleased Petty music. The collection includes live and studio material and spans from his Heartbreakers days to the years preceding his death. It was put together … More »
Last October, Tom Petty died of an accidental overdose at the age of 66. Since his passing, the legendary singer-songwriter has been covered and paid tribute by countless artists. His legacy will continue on this Fall with the release of American Treasure, a boxed set comprising four CDs worth … More »
Tom Petty’s death hit hard last October for musicians and fans, and especially for the Heartbreakers. The band hadn’t played together since Petty’s passing, but last night Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench, and Steve Ferrone reunited for the Light Up The Blues benefit concert for Autism Speaks. More »
Earlier this year, during an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers, the great stand-up comic John Mulaney had a great bit about how ridiculous and bad the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony is every year. And last night, funnily enough, the same night that Mulaney was hosting Saturday Night … More »
For many years Blake Skidmore served as the driving force of Old Hundred, a folk-rock band out of Columbus with a collectivist spirit and an experimental bent. They were contemporaries of Saintseneca, Counterfeit Madison, and a wealth of other acts that make me beam with pride to live in Ohio’s capitol. As Skidmore … More »
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.