The Last Hold Outs, Beatles Finally On iTunes, But Who Yielded?

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After a series of secret back room negotiations between EMI and Apple Corps, complete with a code name (“Bastille”), the two labels finally came together over a royalties agreement, which then allowed a deal to be brokered with Apple Inc and iTunes to release the Beatles’ catalog digitally.

After all the lawsuits, rights issue debacles, and one too many Apples, the deal was finally struck with CEO Roger Faxon representing the Beatles’ record company EMI and Jeff Jones, the head of Apple Corps representing the band members and family. “We called the project Bastille,” Faxon told The New York Times, after “the revolution.”

How much of a revolution this is remains to be seen, if you’re capable of downloading music from iTunes, you’re capable of ripping CD’s (or if you’re like me, ripping your LP’s) to mp3’s and may have done so ages ago.

According to THR, “the real issue has always been the dispute between Apple Corps and EMI, which owns the master recordings, over what percentage of royalties EMI should pay to the band.” Any lingering taint from the legal dispute between Apple Corps and Apple Inc, over the latter not coming up with an original name, seems to have been long forgotten.

If that’s true, then credit for the deal largely goes to Faxon, who seemingly came to the table with a more giving nature, and greater royalty compensation to the band than EMI was willing to offer in the past. He denied that EMI bent under their debt pressures, saying it was just that, “the time had come for the Beatles to go digital.”

On the consumer side, if you check now you should see individual tracks for $1.29, albums for $12.99, and double albums at $19.99. Box sets are a steep, $149.99, quite a bit for something that includes none of the packaging that collectors so cherish. We don’t know the exact terms of the major deal, but the NY Times states that a standard iTunes deal gives 70% of each sale price to the label, who then pays their royalties out from there.

One winner in the deal is Michael Jackson whose estate owns 50% of the Sony/ATV side of the Beatles catalog, and who even in death, remains the King of Pop.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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