Led Zeppelin isn't out of the misty mountains just yet. San Francisco's 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a jury's verdict dating back over two years, which favored the iconic band over the claims made by Michael Skidmore, who claimed the band had ripped off a portion of Randy Wolfe's "Taurus," a 1968 instrumental for use in "Stairway to Heaven." Skidmore's initial lawsuit was to claim a share of the band's royalties from three years before the case, and onward. The band is now preparing itself for another round in court.
The music world lost a giant today in the form of Geoff Emerick, the chief recording engineer for The Beatles. Emerick worked on several of the band's initial hits before graduating to his iconic role, where we had a hand in the development of such hit records as Abbey Road and The White Album. Emerick battled heart issues for a long time, and was a factor in his death.
Ticketmaster's woes continue to pile up as the ill-received company stares down the barrel of a class action lawsuit claiming it had participated in an online form of ticket scalping. An undercover investigation determined that Ticketmaster was shaving a percentage off of resold tickets bought by users with fake accounts, which allowed them to navigate around limits on how many tickets may be purchased. According to the report, agents admitted to buying loads of tickets in bulk, and then reselling them for a higher fee. Ticket scalping by users has always been a problem for Ticketmaster, but this is the first time the company has been exposed as being seemingly complicit in the affair.
CUSTOM URLs ARE HERE! Now you can create a profile URL with your name in the field for others to find you more easily. It's a breeze to do! Just follow these steps:
1) Click your thumbnail in the upper-right corner and select "Edit Profile."
2) You'll be greeted with a small menu where you can add your name to the end of your URL. Simply type in your desired name (no spaces or special characters) and hit the Validate button.
3) If it checks out, hit the "Generate" button.
4) Make sure to scroll down to the bottom of your profile page and click "Update."
You're good to go! Note that when logged in, you will not see your own custom URL, but everyone else will! 😊
NOTE: Klickjam reserves the right to change or deny URL names based on specific criteria. For instance, choosing a band or artist name that isn't yours may be subject to takedown or alteration if said artist launches a complaint. Verified accounts will be coming soon.
Is an OASIS REUNION IN THE WORKS? Former frontman Liam Gallagher certainly seems to be hopeful after reaching out to bandmate and brother Noel Gallagher over Twitter....in stereotypically Liam-ish fashion. "Earth to noel listen up rkid I hear your doing gigs where people can’t drink alcohol now that’s the BeZarist (bizarrest) thing you’ve done yet (sic). I forgive you now let’s get the BIG O back together and stop f**king about the drinks are on me." Given the volatile nature of the brothers' relationship over the years, it remains to be seen if Noel will give it another go.
Synthwave masters THE MIDNIGHT are gearing up for their first ever tour beginning August 31st, and running through to March 6th 2019. This comes hot on the heels of their brand new single "Lost Boy," which you can find right here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wvLqpWtTUU . You can buy your tickets now at https://www.themidnightofficial.com/shows/
Shock rocker Rob Zombie has SIGNED WITH NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS in what is perhaps the most fitting home for the metal icon. Zombie is now part of the label's vast roster of metal icons including Accept, Blind Guardian, Carcass, Children of Bodom and Testament, among so many others. "I am very excited to work with the fine folks at Nuclear Blast. The combination of the label's grassroots urge to get the hustle done mixed with the detonation of our most combustable melodic masterpiece yet should prove to be a winning hybrid of hellacious hullabaloo." Couldn't have put it better ourselves, Rob!
On this day in 2010, the metal world lost a true giant when Ronnie James Dio passed away after a lengthy battle with stomach cancer. Ronnie's rock journey began in 1957 when he worked with the Vegas Kings, before moving on to become one of metal's most recognized and influential frontmen. He worked with Elf, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, and Black Sabbath, among others. His solo career spanned 10 studio albums and 7 live albums. His signature voice and frequent use of the Malocchio (the devil's horn hand gesture) made him a larger than life icon despite his diminutive size. On stage, Dio was a giant, and he will always be remembered as such. 🤘🤘🤘
The price of frame strikes again, this time against Rihanna. According to police, a stalker named Eduardo Leon broke into the singer's home and hung out for 12 hours, culminating in his resisting arrest. Rihanna was apparently not at home during the incident. Leon has been charged with stalking, first-degree burglary, vandalism and resisting arrest. His bail stands at $135,000, and if convicted, could face 6 years in prison.
Over the past few months, we have witnessed fantastic growth here at Klickjam.com. As we move into our next phase of development, users will notice a few changes coming to the main site. Some big, some small. Each change is designed to make it oh-so-easy for each of you to use our site to promote yourselves, your work, discover new music and artists, and of course, to collaborate with each other and JAM!
We are proud to have worked together with each and every one of you to develop Klickjam and work steadily towards our goal of uniting the entire world of music. We are super-excited to implement the biggest and best changes to the site, for your benefit. Rest assured, we are just getting started!
- Big thanks from the team at KLICKJAM 👍
It seems that mass adoption of digital music has lost its momentum, at least for the time being. According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the sales of physical music have outpaced digital sales by 2% in 2017. It may not seem like a runaway, but it's worth mentioning that the sales drops of both physical and digital music sales are vastly different: a 4% drop for physical, and an astounding 25% drop for digital. At the same time, vinyl music sales have actually grown by 10%.
What does this mean for the future? Not a lot at the moment, but it's a good indicator of just how the music industry can experience incredible turnarounds with very unexpected results. What do you think? Are physical music sales making a comeback, or is this just temporary? Sound off in the comments below. We want to hear your thoughts.
Klickjam gives a big shout out to the dearly departed Stephen Hawking, a scientific legend. In addition to being a brilliant theoretical physicist, Hawking was also a music lover whose favorite song of all time was "Have I Told You Lately," by Rod Stewart. He was also fond of classical music, specifically the works of Wagner (great choice!) All this, plus the best sense of humor in science! Hawking will be sadly missed, but his contributions to our understanding of the universe are unimaginable. Let's all take a moment to put our fists in the air and give Hawking a warm send-off! He deserves it.
While it may be too soon to jump to conclusions, there is nevertheless a fear that Apple might soon be killing off its iTunes service altogether. The theory stems from a leaked Apple Email detailing the company's plans to stop accepting LPs from the iTunes store. This particular form of LP consists of albums with bonus elements such as liner notes, bonus tracks, etc, and was first launched back in 2009. This has fueled speculation that Apple may be moving to replace its current format with a digital subscription model, meaning customers who spent vast amounts of money on music may find their material readily available to anyone for a flat fee. Apple will end LP submissions to the iTunes store sometime after March of 2018. This isn't the first time many have speculated that Apple might be pushing for a subscription based model, which they have so far denied. However, in light of Spotify's preparation to go public, it's certainly not without merit.
On this day in 1983, the legendary Michael Jackson achieved a #1 spot on the US singles chart with "Billie Jean," which ran for seven consecutive weeks. This was Jackson's FOURTH #1 solo in the U.S. and the U.K. At the same time, Jackson's "Thriller" album also reached #1 on the U.K. album chart, and would go on to become the best-selling album of all time with a staggering 65 million album sales. Klickjam is happy to take time out to remember such an incredible tour de force of musical talent.