Music Publishing & New Media Agency
half century with a cherry on top
One of the leading independent music publishing companies in the world, Cherry Lane, proudly celebrates the 50th anniversary of successful existence in musical industry. The company that started in 1960, by legendary arranger and record producer Milt Okun, now represents many globally famous artists such as The Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, Quincy Jones, Ashford & Simpson, the legendary John Denver and Elvis Presley and many more. Milt Okun opened an office in his apartment above the Cherry Lane Theater in New York’s Greenwich Village, with the goal to improve the position of the songwriters, who were often being taken advantage of by publishers.
Besides working with leading music performers, the company also cooperated with many film, television and brand partners including DreamWorks Pictures and Animation, E! Entertainment, Lionsgate, The Weinstein Company, Marvel Entertainment, Sanrio (Hello Kitty) etc.
The big celebration of the anniversary will take place on May 19th at the Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and it will include performances by some of the biggest names of the company’s current roster, including the Cherry Lane’s first-signed writer, folk legend Tom Paxton.
IDM Music team happily congratulates our business partner, with a cherry on top! :)
KOBALT'S BRIGHT $TAR: KE$HA
Since last week's cover of the Billboard magazine was decorated with the her lovely face and since her single «Tik Tok» moved into a ninth week at no. 1 on Hot 100 singles, we decided to dedicate few lines to this new bright star on the musical sky, called Ke$ha.
This young girl started her music career in 2005 but her breakthrough did not come before 2009, when she collaborated with Flo Rida on his number one single «Right round», and from that point on she started breaking up the world's musical records like it's nothing:
-her debut single «Tik Tok» set the record for the most digital downloads in a week by a female artist
-the song also became the longest-running no.1 debut single by a female artists on the Billobard Hot 100 since 1977.
-Ke$ha is the first artist who took simultaneously a debut album («Animal») and single to no.1 on the Billboard 200 and Hot 100.
-On the maistream Top 40 chart «Tik Tok» was the most played song in the 17 year history of its statistics
Check out her newest video as well as more info on her on:
Itunes equals ten to the power of nine
On February 24, 2010, Apple's digital download service iTunes sold its ten billionth download since its inception in April 2003. In anticipation of this huge milestone, the silicon giant from 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA started a contest titled “Countdown to 10 Billion Songs”, monitoring sales to be able to pinpoint the ten billionth download, purchaser of which would receive the grand prize in form of a $10,000 iTunes gift certificate. The lucky downloader was Louie Sulcer from Woodstock, Georgia who hit the magic number by buying Johnny Cash’ “Things Happen That Way”.
Turn it upwards, downwards or sideways, ten billion downloads is an impressive figure but, perhaps even more interesting from the industry point of view, is the fact that it took five years to sell the first five billion downloads and less than two years to sell the next five. Although even this figure still does not compensate for the drop off in revenue caused by the decline in CD sales, these kinds of statistics show that there’s something to look forward to for the industry of music.
Bella italia - san remo - 60th edition
The picturesque town of San Remo hosted the diamond anniversary of the eponymous worldwide famous festival, which marks by far the most important Italian music event on the calendar, going under the official name Festival Della Canzone Italiana (Festival of the Italian Song).
Ever since 1951, this glamorous event has been held at the splendiferous Teatro Ariston and has served as a role model for countless regional music festivals. Its most famous offspring is the Eurosong contest and on a dozen occasions the winner of San Remo represented Italy at the Eurosong by default.
In its 60 years, San Remo has launched the careers of Italian stars such as Andrea Bocelli, Laura Pausini and Eros Ramazzotti.
We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Sugar Music’s artist Malika Ayana who won the “Mia Martini” critics’ award for her song “Ricomincio da qui”.
Beside Malika, two other IDM’s artists performed at the Festival – the legendary Toto Cutugno (Siebenpunkt) and Irene Grandi (Edizioni Curci).
The BRIT Awards, the British Phonographic Industry’s annual music awards have been handed out this February 16 at the beautifully designed interior of the Earls Court Arena. That the Brits have grown to the very top on the music awards relevance scale is well known, but the glamour, off-performance choreography and the sheer size of this year’s event must have solicited a symphony of “oohs” and “aahs” from even the most seasoned awards hounds (we suspect the producers of MTV Music Awards as well). Mash-ups from T-Pain and Slash (playing riffs from “November Rain”!!!), Jay’s and Alicia’s rendition of “Empire State of Mind” that keeps getting better and better, a stunning audiovisual performance from Lady GaGa, and a 20-minute medley from the Brit laureate Robbie Williams, all made for a truly unforgettable evening.
Oh, and here’s a list of IDM’s winners:
British Female Solo Artist:
Lily Allen (EMI)
British Male Solo Artist : Dizzee Rascal (Beggars)
British Group : Kasabian (EMI)
British Producer: Paul Epworth (EMI)
Critics' Choice : Ellie Goulding (Kobalt)
The BRITs Hits 30: Spice Girls - Wannabe/Who Do You Think You Are (EMI/IMAGEM)
International Male Solo Artist: Jay-Z (EMI)
International Album : Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3 (EMI)
Outstanding Contribution Award: Robbie Williams (EMI)