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I just read the "Business" chapter in David Byrne's book, How Music Works. I passed by it a few times in a bookstore, but his movie, True Stories, was so boring, for me, that I didn't bother looking at his book. Finally I picked it up. Most of it holds no interest for me, and even in the chapter on The Biz he didn't write anything I didn't know already, but it's good the way he lays out and analyses the main aspects of sales and distribution, how it's almost impossible now to make a living as just a recording artist, or even as a touring-and-recording musician, and why the music Biz is increasingly bland even as more diverse music becomes available from all over the world via the internet. Very bleak reading.

I'd make it mandatory reading in any music class in schools, just to warn young musicians what they might be getting themselves into. Byrne's conclusions are pretty much the same as mine -- that the era of music being made available mostly as recordings could be almost over, and in future most musicians will have to rely on heavy performance schedules, unless some new royalties and licensing schemes can be set up, which is unlikely when one considers the kind of scum involved in the Biz.

Byrne doesn't call them "scum". He talks about a lot of Kikes he was personally involved with, but of course never identifies them as Kikes (he talks a lot about how cautious he's been about ensuring a steady income for himself over the decades), and is generally quite generous in his evaluations of them, as if people like Lennie Wanaker and Mo Ostin were all about the music and have nothing to do with the way the Biz now just concentrates on making a small handful of megastars while pumping thousands of potential stars through the grinder.

The next paragraph here is all about "old news" for many, but I don't follow the English-language pop music scene in detail, and only know a few people I accidentally hear in passing:

I watched some more X-Factor-Idols-Got-Talent videos, and saw a bunch of household names whom I'd never even heard of before -- like James Arthur. And even for the successful ones, it's almost always the same story: The producers take a few kids and young people with good raw talent, and try their best to turn them into screeching moppets. And they keep the wanna-be stars strung-out, like dope-fiends, hoping they're going to score that big high and get rich and famous. James Arthur's audition was very emotional, and painful to listen to and watch -- painful in the sense of hearing the pain in his voice, from his dreams not having been fulfilled yet. Then, week after week, he became more bland (and wiggerish, btw). Almost every week, Louis Walsh commented on his performance with something like "You are a star! You will definitely get a recording contract!" ... "I can see you easily getting that recording contract!" Then he won, with some dreck I can't even remember the melody of (and I just heard it 3 times in the past hour). Then the usual "scandal" (because he called some useless idiot a "queer"), and the mandatory apology (to all queers), and the usual drama with the "big record company" and him quitting, to get out of his contract so he can be "more independent". If he's lucky, then he's managing okay because he actually enjoys playing live. If he's very lucky, he'll be one of the very few who manages to cash in for a long time. Most likely (as Byrne explains in detail), he'll end up broke or even massively in debt, while appearing to be very successful to the public.

This girl, Hollie Steele, was "number 6" finalist in BGT, made a few bland CDs-for-the-old-grannies, and recorded with Romina Arena (a Sicilian who may be kike, or just knows who to please - she sings in Hebrew). She seems to manage alright, and seems to love singing more than wanting to be a star. Well she's only 15 now. Still lots of time to get turned into a public whore, like Charlotte Church.





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"[Kike] Brian L. Friedman, born May 28, 1977, is an American dancer and choreographer, and has created the choreography for many popular music artists - such as Britney Spears, Cher, Beyoncé Knowles and Mariah Carey - as well as for music videos, concert tours and television and film productions. He is the creative director of The X Factor UK, The X Factor USA and currently on America's Got Talent.

"Friedman is Jewish.

"[Kike] Friedman appeared as a judge and choreographer on the show So You Think You Can Dance?. After two seasons, Friedman was offered a contract by [Kike] Simon Cowell to appear on his show, Grease Is the Word alongside Sinitta, David Ian and David Gest. The show lasted only one series.

"In 2007, [Kike] Friedman became a judge and the replacement for Louis Walsh on the UK series of The X Factor alongside [Kike] Cowell, [Kike] Sharon Osbourne and fellow new judge Dannii Minogue, as part of a revamp to the show in series 4. On 22 June, after completing auditions in London, it was announced that Friedman had stepped down as a judge and would be replaced by Walsh.

"Subsequently, [Kike] Cowell created a brand new on-camera position for [Kike] Friedman as creative director. As creative director he was able to work with the contestants of the show as well as the judges, [Kike] Osbourne, [Kike] Cowell, Minogue, Walsh and later Cheryl Cole, who replaced [Kike] Osbourne.

"[Kike] Friedman's left the UK show in after 2010, and he was re-contracted to work on the American version of the show, The X Factor USA, alongside the contestants and the judges; [Kike] Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, L.A. Reid, [Kike] Paula Abdul and formerly Cheryl Cole.

"[Kike] Friedman finished his judging duties on MTV's Top Pop Group and directed, choreographed and danced on Dancing with the Stars, before acting as producer and creative director for America's Got Talent and as creative director for The X Factor USA.

"In 2012, [Kike] returned to work on The X Factor UK for the ninth series alongside the judges Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh for the first three weeks of the live shows. After this, [Kike] Friedman flew back to Los Angeles to work with the acts permanently on the live shows of the second season of the American version alongside [Kike] Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid, and new judges Demi Lovato and Britney Spears. He left the show after the second season and Jamie King took his position in the third season.

"[Kike] Friedman also choreographed the stage performance for Irish pop duo Jedward for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 semi-final.

"[Kike] Friedman has his own clothing called 'BSBF, Brian Says B Free.' His new Shoe line is set to launch Fall 2014. He resides in Los Angeles and London."

Shriek Factor

Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey have so much to answer for.

Come & Gone

This guy has come and gone and I've never even heard of him, never mind heard him. And I don't want to hear him. I'm guessing he's crap.

He clawed his way the top of he mountain, and has been thrown on the scrap heap at age 30, oh boo hoo :(

Wikipedia:

Shayne Thomas Ward is an English pop singer, who rose to fame as the winner of the second series of The X Factor.

His debut single, "That's My Goal", was released in the United Kingdom on 21 December 2005 and became the last number one of 2005 on the UK Singles Chart and that year's Christmas number one. It sold 313,000 copies on its first day of sales, making it the third fastest-selling single of all time in the UK, behind Elton John's "Candle in the Wind" and Will Young's "Evergreen", which sold 685,000 and 400,000 copies in their first days of sale respectively.

Ward is the only X Factor winner to release an original song as his winner's single; all other winners have released a cover version of another song.

Ward's prize, as winner, was a recording contract with Simon Cowell's Syco record label, which is co-owned by Sony Music. The contract had a stated value of £1 million, of which £150,000 was a cash advance and the remainder was allocated to recording and marketing costs.

His eponymous debut album was released in April 2006. It debuted at number one on both the Irish and UK Albums Charts, going 4× Platinum in Ireland and Platinum in the UK. It also spawned two hit singles: "No Promises" and "Stand by Me".

Follow-up album Breathless, featuring the top 10 hits "If That's OK with You" and "No U Hang Up", was released in November 2007 and topped the Irish charts, where it went 5× Platinum, but only managed number two in the UK.

In 2010, Ward released his third album, Obsession. It underperformed; with first-week sales of under 23,000.

In 2011, it was confirmed that Ward had been dropped by Syco after six years. He has yet to secure another record deal.

On 18 December 2012, it was confirmed Ward would appear in Dancing on Ice which started on 6 January 2013.

Re: Come & Gone

I see he has 'tribal' tattoos.

no wonder

"Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey have so much to answer for."

I think Stevie Wonder and to some extent Aretha Franklin and Micheal Jackson were the architects of the vocal gymnastic stuff that has now become the Only Acceptable Style of singing..it probably had it's roots in gospel /baptist church singing, started as a feeling and became a technique.

Stevie Wonder contributes a line of vocals and a few peeps of obligatory harmonica to that new "God Only Knows" single and he just HAS to over-embellish even the tiny liine he does.

What I most despise about the X-Factor is the pretence that it's about the people on the stage, when it's really a sickening sychophantic love-in for the "Star Judges".

Vocal coaching from Mel-B? No thanks.

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Who's the "Talent"? Who profits?

"What I most despise about the X-Factor is the pretence that it's about the people on the stage, when it's really a sickening sychophantic love-in for the "Star Judges". "

On the other hand - they are the stars. And they profit, not just by getting paid, but also by getting part-ownership deals of successful performers. The judges drama and infighting is what most people tune in to keep track of. That's why that kike Friedman was kicked off of X Factor UK -- because he was so unpopular with viewers. The producers tried to build him up, but couldn't hide the fact that unlike Cowell, Abdul and even Osbourne, he has no charm or humour at all. The kike on X Factor Australia baffles most viewers. They can't figure out why he's even a judge there. He has no talent, beauty, star quality or fan base (like Danni Minogue, Cheryl Cole, Ronan Keating or Gary Barlow) and no real business success/experience (like Cowell or Walsh). He's ugly, untalented, annoying and just acts and looks goofy. And he's American. He's only on there because the producers couldn't find any likeable kike celebrity talents in Australia, and they need to make sure here was at least one kike on the panel.

The people auditioning, and the acts, all the way to the finals, are all just meat-puppets who give the producers the right to virtually own them as long as they are signed up as part of the show, and the right to use their images and performances and melt-downs and embarrassment for years after.

They also have almost zero interest in finding songwriters, because of profits from songwriters they already own or whose publishers they are associated with.

I guess they'd promote competitors who write their own songs, if the songwriters signed over all copyrights to the producers. Perhaps the songwriters' unions/organizations set up barriers to that?

This business of songwriting credits is what made the jazz record biz so boring -- every jazz musician and band was expected to just pump out yet more covers of the same "standards", year after year. Because most of the "standards" were showtunes and pop 1930s - early 1960s pop tunes written by kikes.

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Friedman was most unpopular judge ever, and had to go in order to save the franchise. He brought a humourless and mercenary American attitude to the show, expecting everybody to be some Hollywood or New York type, ready to do anything for fame, and very schmaltzy or grasping or kitschy. Here, in Britain we Britons are more community oriented.

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They also have almost zero interest in finding songwriters, because of profits from songwriters they already own or whose publishers they are associated with.

Saw a bit of X Kike the other day, an unpleasant singing woman was on, I googled her of course and lo! She is kikess and already signed as a songwriter to Sony ie Cowell's corporation.

Re: "I googled her of course and lo! She is kikess and already signed as a songwriter to Sony ie Cowell's corporation."

Just a coincidence. My cousin is a wonderful singer and got her place on the show based on her evident talents alone.

So she IS a kike, I KNEW it!

Lurker, you are obviously talking about the horrible "Raign". (real name Rachel Rabin)

I KNEW she was a kike. Not just the repulsive rat-like face, eyes WAY too close together, even for a kike, it was more the beyond-arrogant self-belief coupled with the incredibly mediocre songwriting and singing talent.

A repulsive person in every way.

I do realise that the show is just a pantomime for the plebs , but it's so rigged, such a fix.

X Factor: Raign Rabin reveals heartache behind argument with Cheryl Fernandez-Versini /Cole-Burner

Feisty singer was criticised by the judges for her bad attitude

X Factor hopeful Raign has apologised to Cheryl Fernandez-Versini for her bad attitude during her audition - but says she was just desperate to succeed.

Raign aka Rachel Rabin was blasted by the judges on Sunday night's show, with Cheryl Cole branding her "desperate".

But the dark-haired singer/songwriter, who collaborated with Rita Ora for the pop megastar's first album, says it's all for her dear 93-year-old nan, whose dying wish is to see her singing on the hit talent show.

She said: "I don't know how that happened. I think Cheryl is amazing. She's such a diamond in the UK.



Sep 08, 2014 00:00
By Charlotte Wareing

Feisty singer was criticised by the judges for her bad attitude

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Raign leaves the judges a little unsure

X Factor hopeful Raign has apologised to Cheryl Fernandez-Versini for her bad attitude during her audition - but says she was just desperate to succeed.

Raign aka Rachel Rabin was blasted by the judges on Sunday night's show, with Cheryl Cole branding her "desperate".

But the dark-haired singer/songwriter, who collaborated with Rita Ora for the pop megastar's first album, says it's all for her dear 93-year-old nan, whose dying wish is to see her singing on the hit talent show.

She said: "I don't know how that happened. I think Cheryl is amazing. She's such a diamond in the UK.

Syco / Thames / Corbis First episode of The X Factor Series
The judges lark about during auditions


"I'm definitely apologetic and I hope I can win her round. If you're doing something like the X Factor you have to have determination and drive."

Raign started off by singing the song Clarity, and then switched to one of her own tunes.

She said: "My passion and nerves maybe come across as desperation in an environment like that. I was definitely out of my comfort zone."

Raign already has a number of accolades under her belt, having worked with Rita Ora on Been Lying, her song Don't Let Me Go featuring on the Vampire Diaries, and she also had a Number 1 hit in Russia with her song Fix Me.

The hopeful, who grew up in London, now splits her time between Blighty and LA, where her grandmother Stella lives.

She said: "That's one of the reasons I decided to do it this year. Next year might have been too late."

Raign has music in her blood - her father David, who died of a heart attack when she was seven, worked with Frank Sinatra and her grandfather Oscar Rabin was big on the music scene in the 1930s.

Raign, who is currently working on a new album, as well as writings songs for TV shows, said: "I Did It My Way and New New, New York were the first songs I knew the words to. That probably defines my character a bit."

http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/x-factor-raign-rabin-reveals-4179139

website: "I am Raign", lol

http://iamraign.com/

Re: So she IS a kike, I KNEW it!

Who is this Raign chick?

Metro.co.uk investigate.

Raign is not her real name (shocker). She was born Rachel Rabin, is 31 and from London.

She comes from a musical family. Her dad David, who died of a heart attack when she was seven, worked with Frank Sinatra and her grandfather Oscar Rabin was also big on the music scene in the 1930s.

She’s an accomplished song writer, co-writing a track called Been Lying, which featured on Rita Ora’s debut album and had songs featured on TV shows including Vampire Diaries and Desperate Housewives.

During her first audition she stated that had gotten to number 17 in the Russian singles chart. Since then, she has had a number one hit there with track Fix Me.

Her fans are called RAIGNbows – yes, really.

She used to perform as part of an Amy Winehouse tribute act called Maybe Winehouse.

[Rita Ora: Rita Sahatçiu - her Kosovan father added Ora to their Albanian. She will portray Christian Grey's sister, Mia, in the film adaptation of the best-selling novel Fifty Shades of Grey. Ora became a guest judge on the ninth series of The X Factor in the UK. She was a judge during the auditions that were filmed at the O2 Arena in London. On 3 November 2013, Ora hosted the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards alongside Nick Grimshaw. On 19 October 2014, Ora and Grimshaw hosted the awards for the second year in a row. Ora will be the fourth coach on the upcoming fourth series of The Voice UK, replacing Kylie Minogue.]

Re: So she IS a kike, I KNEW it!

I AM THE GREATEST SINGER EVER IN ALL TIME AND HISTORY AND THE UNIVERSE!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHuMg4gXew0

Re: Who's the "Talent"? Who profits?

I'm glad you started writing about those awful Idols Got X Talent shows, because I also haven't really seen any of them -- just the occasional show/singer -- but finally found out who this Leona Lewis is that I been hearing about for the past decade. A lot of middle of the road secretary music, but her barefoot big-band version X factor of Summertime was amazing, after years of hearing singers destroy it.

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LL looks like a racehorse.

Boring in the first degree

It's funny the only time LL had any personality was singing that old jews song. She seems nice but with the personality of a dishrag. See how even though sh won Da Facta in '06, her people in 'ackney still rioted in '08. Ungrateful chimps!She got even more boring after the show. The last I saw her was when she was getting put in the back of an NYC pigmobile, by a black pig. Maybe she got arrested for being so dull.

More Kikes & Negroes

Lipstick Lez was with J-for-Jew Records.

"J Records was founded in 2000 by industry veteran Clive Davis [Kike] with $150 million in financing from BMG, after his ousting from Arista Records the same year. Olivia was the first artist to sign to J Records, but was later dropped due to poor album sales. In 2001, the label found success with its multi-platinum record inaugural release, Songs in A Minor, the debut album of Alicia Keys, which sold over 12 million copies worldwide. The same year, Lyric signed to the label and became the first female group act under J Records. By late 2001, J Records attained another success with the platinum-selling debut album by O-Town. Later, established artists like D'Angelo, Luther Vandross, Jamie Foxx, and Monica would join the J roster, the latter three going on to find multi-platinum success with the label. In 2002, J Records began functioning under the RCA Music Group, where Davis had been appointed president and CEO, and signed American Idol winners Fantasia and Ruben Studdard. In August 2005, J Records' operations were merged with Arista Records, although both labels continued to release their own product."

Re: Boring in the first degree

"The last I saw her was when she was getting put in the back of an NYC pigmobile, by a black pig. Maybe she got arrested for being so dull."

Like Sade - another beautiful boring woman with a great voice, who I last heard of getting arrested in Jamaica for drunk driving, road rage, assaulting a cop, or whatever.
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