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Why Artists Should "Do a 180" on "360 Deals"

April 19, 2010 - 7:41am

by Bob Donnelly, Esq.
Lommen Abdo Cole King & Stageberg

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What's Wrong With 360 Deals ?

Let's focus on the terms of 360 deals, and I will explain why I'm so passionately opposed to them. First of all, in many of these 360 deals the record company will demand that their earnings come out of the gross revenues, meaning that, if the cash that the labels actually receive has been reduced by any parties in the middle of the transaction (even if those parties themselves add value, as, for example, many music publishers do), then the label will add those amounts back in before calculating the percentage of revenue they retain. Think about that for a moment. The manager doesn't get paid on gross, and the artist certainly doesn't get paid on gross why then should the record company be paid on gross?

Can't Stop Loving You: A Celebration of The Life and Music of Haydain Neale

December 1, 2009 - 1:00am

Can't Stop Loving You: A Celebration of The Life and Music of Haydain Neale
Featuring Nelly Furtado, K-Os, Justin Nozuka, Divine Brown, Keshia Chante, Luke McMaster, and others.
Tickets on sale @ 10:00am Wednesday, December 2nd.
December 07, 2009
Starts at 09:00 PM

Phoenix Concert Theatre
410 Sherbourne Street
Toronto, Ontario M4X 1K2

Lead singer of jacksoul dies from lung cancer

November 23, 2009 - 9:10pm

Haydain Neale from Jacksoul is seen after winning the RandB / Soul Recording of the Year at the Juno Awards in Saskatoon, Sask. on April 1, 2007. (CP / Adrian Wyld)
The lead singer of Juno award-winning group jacksoul has died after a seven month battle with lung cancer.
Haydain Neale, 39, passed away at Mount Sinai Hospital on Sunday surrounded by family and friends.
In a statement from his wife Michaela she says Haydain’s sense of humour and love of music was “ever-present” through the challenges.
“He constantly brightened the room with his singing and his smile. His joyful presence and beautiful voice will be missed by us all," she says.
Neale also leaves behind daughter Yasmin. 
Over the course of his career, Haydain was awarded the SOCAN award for "R&B Song of the Year," a Canadian Urban Music award for "Songwriter of the Year," and two JUNO awards for "Best R&B/Soul Recording.”
The singer was from Hamilton, Ontario. In August 2007, Haydain was involved in a car accident in Toronto that left him in hospital in critical condition.
The group is set to release a new album called SOULmate on December 1. Goes Drupal

October 25, 2009 - 11:19pm

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Gary Quinn

May 2, 2009 - 3:14am

Gary Charles Quinn
1954 - 2009

Peacefully in Toronto on Apr.15, 2009
Dear son of Audrey & Austin Quinn, formally of Liverpool, England

Will be sadly missed by his family & many friends.

Memorial service to be held on
Monday, May 4, 2009 at 1:00 pm
Cardinal Funeral Home
366 Bathurst St.
Toronto, ON

A Celebration of Gary's life will be held on
Saturday May 9, 2009, 8:00pm - onward
Kit Kat 2
Death Notice
Gary Charles Quinn

Art Bergmann Story from Alienated In Vancouver

May 2, 2009 - 1:00am MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2009 Art Bergmann in Toronto, country music in Vancouver Damn, man, I wish I was in Toronto this weekend, to catch Art Bergmann opening for the Great Lake Swimmers on the 25th. Anonymous said... hey Allan, I thought you'd like to here a fan's thoughts about Art's performance in Toronto..before the show I felt some trepidation as it took place in a sort of genteel, sit down theatre well the fans for the most part probably didn't know anything about Art or his music, alot of them were early 20 somethings or older people more used to the acoustic music that the Great Lake Swimmers comparison to the Richards show and what I have read, Art was more in the troubadour/songsmith mode and the focus was on his lyrics and some of his more delicate and moving/tragic was not a confrontational/punk sort of was a very poignant performance..surprise !, he played guitar for the whole 9 song set, Chris Wardman backed him up...there were some of the usual between song commments, one about Mary Wollstonecraft and 1789 in the intro to "Our Little Secret" was quite the end I think he earned the crowd's respect and received large applause several times..if you were an Art fan it was a moving and memorably stark experience..if not, his charisma/passion and the quality of the songs stood out and could not be denied..P.S In that environment and with that demographic it was great to hear the nervous laughter when people heard the perverse lyrics to "Sleep" and "The Hospital Song"...lets hope there is more shows !