Monday, January 21, 2008

The Money Shot: "Rock Band" Is the New Ringtone, Moz's Misery & Billy Bragg's Hangin' With The Queen (WTF?)

The latest headlines...

A very royal connection (Sydney Morning Herald)
MS: "That was the Queen's reaction actually when she looked at me," Bragg says. " 'Bloody hell, what are you doing here?' I didn't realise I was going to shake her hand. I knew she was coming to the gig but, to be perfectly honest with you, it's funny enough writing new lyrics to Ode To Joy and 600 people singing them with an orchestra. That in itself is funny enough but when you're doing that and you can see down in the royal box the Queen following your words in her program, it's pretty wacky. Then they say, by the way, she got her private secretary to ring up [asking], 'Can you sign a copy of the score?' It's just mad. It's too funny. One of those 'how daft can it get?' moments."

Morrissey: Heaven knows why he's miserable (The Telegraph)
MS: "Oh, you silly old man. You silly old man in your misguided trousers. The song you just sang, it sounds exactly like the last one. I know that you say how age has no meaning, but here is your audience now and they're screaming: 'Get off the stage!'?"

MTV: 'Rock Band' sells 2.5 million songs (CNET)
MS: Players of the rock music simulator have downloaded more than 2.5 million songs at about $2 each in the eight weeks since the game went on sale, MTV said on Thursday.

The numbers were well ahead of MTV's own expectations and underscored the potential of video games as a new source of revenue for a music industry grappling with falling CD sales.

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