Archive for the ‘Music Industry’ Category

By Hans Ebert A friend in music was trying to find “solace” in the recent cases of Alanis Morrisette being duped by her former manager for millions, and Sir Paul fighting with ATV/Sony Publishing to buy back his and John Lennon’s early catalogue of songs. Call me naive, but how did we ever get to [...]

By Hans Ebert The track “Graceland” came floating out of a racing radio station in Perth today. Where it was coming from added to what is a pretty eclectic record from a musician with a very wry sense of humour, and who, way too often is passed over when discussing those who have changed the [...]

By Hans Ebert There was an article I was reading recently about what could be described as being the “Panda-ering of Hollywood”, where there’s a very obvious strategy in place to appeal to Chinese film fans, yes, but, especially, attract more and more investors on the Mainland desperate to hitch a ride on the gravy [...]

By Hans Ebert Saying 2016 has been a bad year for music- and this year ain’t over yet- is an understatement. So is saying it’s been a bad year for the world of entertainment and the world in general. Whatever’s in the water, it’s not helped that river of life to be smooth sailing. No [...]

By Hans Ebert It’s been said before and it’s been said many times this year: Life’s too short. And today, the day after Christmas, came the news that George Michael had his Last Christmas and decided to leave us at the age of 53, and join Prince, Bowie, Glenn Frey, Rick Parfitt from Status Quo, [...]

By Hans Ebert A friend recently asked who is the best music company executive. The “best” in any industry is tough to name these days as so much is hidden from view with smoke and mirrors creating illusions (and delusion) of success, whereas in the music industry, the impression, rightly or wrongly, is that it’s [...]

By Hans Ebert I was watching a recent show where Jimmy Fallon was interviewing Robert DeNiro. At least, he was trying to. Fallon was his usual jovial self, but DeNiro didn’t look so much awkward, but actually bored by it all. It took a while for him to thaw and promote his latest project, but [...]

By Hans Ebert I forget where we were, but “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” was playing in the background- an odd choice for the lounge of a five-star hotel- and someone with us reminisced and mentioned how Joe Cocker had a great voice. He did, but that was Gary Brooker singing on the track, and [...]

By Hans Ebert A group of us were talking about why Hong Kong can’t produce anything even remotely creative to this track and accompanying video by Mainland China artist Jane Zhang, below with producer Timbaland. Zhang first appeared onto the Greater China mainstream consciousness as Zhang Liangying after placing third in 2005 on a programme [...]

By Hans Ebert @hanseberthk It appears that the last post about all the shenanigans played out using the mantra that “China is potentially the largest music market in the world” to feather the nests of especially Chinese music executives in Hong Kong- and let me quickly add, Korea, Taiwan, and Indonesia- has registered with many, [...]