So I've been getting information on Twitter and from other blog sites that Tom is about to be fired, along with the core exectutives of MySpace. I personally am surprised that this isn't generating more speculation: What is going to happen to MySpace?
Many of us have had issues with some of the decisions made by MySpace on things large and small, but what does this mean for MySpace as a whole? When the deal was made with NewsCorp to sell MySpace, it was met with suspicion (at least on my part, Rupert Murdoch is an idiot businessman, in my opinion. Being taken by Madoff is just one example of his zealotry-to-stupidity ratio), but what happens now that the men who created the product are no longer in control of the product? I think they may have been the final line of defense against the meddling hands of NewsCorp.
But then, I don't want to rail against the guard if they are stepping in to 'save' what remains of their investment. It's just hard to believe that they wouldn't take an opportunity to put someone in charge that will be more receptive to their point of view, which might not be in the best interests of the service itself.
One of the things I think that's been sorely overlooked is the introduction of MySpace Music outside of the US. When they implemented the ban on Playlist.com on MySpace and made the changes to MySpace Music, they left all users abroad (especially the UK) out in the cold. The selling point/original growth of MySpace was the way in which artists have been able to cultivate their digital tribes. Individually, most of my goals musically extend outside of the US via SonicBids and CDBaby. Will the dismissal of Tom and Chris mean that this will be addressed, or will everything grind to a screeching halt?
Whether positive or negative, there will undoubtedly be some very significant changes to come down the line. I will continue to watch this story... but on to more insanity.
One of my journalistic idols, Davey D, posted to his blog Funkmaster Flex is apparently embroiled in a beef with someone at Interscope Records. He has stated that he will not play any Interscope artists on his show. This means no 50 Cent, no Eminem, Akon, Dr. Dre, just to name a few. This is a pretty big beef, one of the most well-known DJs on the planet going on-air against one of the most popular record labels. How will this play out? A fight of this magnitude within the industry is... well, industry-shaking. Will Hot97 back up Flex? How will the City Of New York feel about it? And how will the executives at Interscope view this? Will they go after "Nino", the person who seems to be the focus of Flex's ire?
There's some shifting tides in music on a few different levels. MySpace and Funkmaster Flex have left imprints on both, and I will be watching intently to stay ahead of the wave...
-ere'bodee's favorite mega, blogninja
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