Tag Archives: Bob Lefsetz

Lefsetz: We Don’t Need Your Stinkin’ Rams

I just don’t care… I never go to the movies and I’ll never see the Los Angeles Rams play live. That despite media telling me I need to pay attention. The truth is I’m on my own subliminal trip to … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: Trump is Toast

Nate Silver told me Donald Trump can’t win… You remember Brother Nate, who called the last election which Mitt Romney thought he was gonna win and Karl Rove couldn’t believe he lost. Silver got it exactly right in the New … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: Adele Flexes Muscles @ End of an Era

This is not a victory for the rank and file… The artists railing against streaming applaud Adele’s success after keeping “25” from Spotify, et al. They just don’t know it’s the last gasp of a dying paradigm and the birth … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: Screw You, Adele

How the hell can we solve the world’s problems if the music business itself can’t do what’s right for the populace? Sixteen years after Napster, after living through P2P, track sales and now streaming, blind greed continues to reign in … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: The Impending Demise of Facebook & Social Media

People stopped sharing… “34% of Facebook users updated their status, and 37% shared their own photos, down from 50% and 59%, respectively, in the same period a year earlier.” The Wall Street Journal Or as Michael Wolf put it in … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: Where It All Went Terribly Wrong

The switch flipped back in 1980 – maybe the beginning of 1981… It coincided with the election of Ronald Reagan, but what really happened back then, what started in the late 1970s, was a focus on money. Baby Boomers didn’t … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: Playing to Win (or Lose) by New Rules

“The Crowding-Out Effect of Gargantuan Movies” This has already happened in music, it’s just that nobody wants to admit it. A few superstar acts are making all the dough. The rest are blaming the Internet and Spotify for decimating their … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: Debates Aside, No Way Trump Wins

Nate Silver wrote the definitive story on Donald Trump and nobody knows it… That’s right, America’s favorite statistician, the diviner of data, the man who makes sense out of chaos, analyzed the polls and found out that while Trump had … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: ‘Inside Out’ the New Beatles?

We don’t do this anymore in the music business… We don’t have blockbuster acts reinventing themselves with every project, garnering stellar reviews and great customer word of mouth which ultimately rains coin and makes everybody happy. That’s right. After a … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: NBC Should Bring Back Brian Williams

Robert Downey Jr. paid his debt to society and came back as Iron Man… NBC News anchor Brian Williams didn’t do drugs – he just lied. And he’s been off the air for months. Bring him back into his old chair because … Continue reading

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Leftsetz: Step Aside Headbangers, Country Rocks America Today

It’s a ROCK format! So, are those heirloom or cherry tomatoes? It even made the LA Times, the statement by country music consultant Keith Hill that he advises stations not to play two women in a row, that males are … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: Then & Now

This “then” and “now” column from Bob Lefsetz totally channels former Squire publisher Tom Leathers. Check it: THEN Privacy NOW Everybody knows everything and despite protestations, (people) provide this information willingly, on Facebook, Instagram… We all want to be known, until … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: The Album of the Year for 2015 is…

So I’m driving to Capitol  Records thinking about who’s in my rearview mirror… Not literally, although traffic was squirrel, with the Vine exit closed, but figuratively…Decades have gone by and what once was isn’t. The music train keeps rolling along, … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: Once Upon a Letterman

It used to be a religion… That’s right, late night started with Steve Allen, matured with Johnny Carson and ended with David Letterman. There are people on at 10:35 now, even 10 and 11:35, but they’re poseurs, inheritors of a … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: Sack the Patriots Over Deflategate? Don’t Kid Yourself

Take away their Super Bowl victory… That’s right, strip them of their success, show that rules matter. But we don’t anymore in America. That’s what the underclass doesn’t understand…the level of cheating that goes on by their overlords, the rich and … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: The Great Cable TV Ripoff Coming To An End

Nobody wants to watch the Discovery Channel… Only 2.9 million people viewed Naked and Afraid. But a 100 million paid for it. More than a buck a month. The CEO made $156 million. Now what? Lawsuits. Verizon is following the customer, … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: Music First, Stardom Later

I can’t get an Apple Watch, but every celebrity known to man has been seeded one to make them look cool… Who’s using who? And if you think it’s the musicians who are coming out ahead, you own no Apple … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Rolling Stones’ Septuagenarian Rocker Ripoff @ Arrowhead

Ever heard the expression, don’t trust anyone over 30? How about 70? Best I can tell the phrase was first uttered by a free speech movement dude in 1965 at a time free speech was a somewhat rare commodity. And during the time period when that … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: Rolling Stone & The Frustrating Search for Truth

Don’t believe everything you read… Or to put it more bluntly, if Rolling Stone can get it wrong, what makes you so sure what’s on Fox News is correct? In the information age, we’ve got plenty of gossip, a lot … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: Indiana No Kent State

Aren’t we supposed to hate corporations? But Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote a piece in the Washington Post and the governor blinked, it was techies and WALMART that stopped Indiana in its tracks. Isn’t this what musicians used to do? … Continue reading

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