Nineteen-Year-Old Singer-Songwriter Attacked by Coyotes; Ticket Brokers Call Foul Over Garth Concerts

Brody Vercher | October 29th, 2009

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  1. [...] Thursday’s News Roundup, Brody included a link to a Billboard feature on Taylor Swift’s new platinum edition release [...]
  1. Thomas
    October 29, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    fearless platinum, fearless 2.0, fearless II, even more fearless, totally fearless, absolutely fearless, fearless eskimos, fearless indios, fearless in the southern hemisphere, fearless unlimited.

  2. J.R. Journey
    October 29, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    “Taylor Swift explains the reasoning behind releasing a platinum edition of Fearless.”

    Um, it’s the holiday season. Gotta have something pseudo-new for fans to buy.

    Not sure about the extreme measures Steve Wynn and Garth Brooks are taking. I agree with the principle behind the thinking and hope it works. Ticket-scalping by big companies has gotten ridiculous in some markets. Their RSVP methods are definitely going to piss off a few people though.

  3. Bob
    October 29, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Delbert’s new cd “Acquired Taste” is just great. Favorite tracks so far are “Starting a Rumor”, “People Just Love to Talk” and “Cherry Street” but that could change after a few more listens. Unfortunately, I didn’t listen to my sister-in-law Eileen Hunt, a long time Delbert fan (since the 60’s), so I didn’t get into his music til I bought his “One of the Fortunate few” cd about 10 years ago. “Cost of Living” from ’05 is also terrific. Thank you Eileen and Delbert for all this listening pleasure.

  4. stormy
    October 29, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    08. Hank Williams – “I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive” (EarlyGrave Remix w/Tupac)

    Seriously, there is nothing I can do to make this happen?

  5. Vicki
    October 29, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Did anyone hear Taylor sing “Live” on Dancing with the stars? It was not her best but curiously music reviewers noticed too. Did someone just wake up?

  6. PaulaW
    October 29, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    I’m on the side of almost anything that will stop scalpers and outrageous ticket prices.

    I muted Taylor before she started singing. However my daughter (who IS a Taylor fan) listened and said she didnt like it either.

  7. Rick
    October 29, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    My condolences to the family of that gal killed by coyotes in Canada. Seems like a good time to declare open season on them varmints up there National Park or not. There is no risk they will ever become an endangered species.

    Its nice that Jamey Johnson covered a Kris Kristofferson song at Rolling Stone, but its a shame he didn’t pick one worth listening to! Darn.

    Hey, my baiting of the “Suckyheads” over on the other thread has worked like a charm. I do feel a bit guilty about toying with persons afflicted with intellectual deficits though…

  8. Lucas
    October 29, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    People don’t really “make it” in Nashville anymore. Now it’s more about having money or who you know. The Mike Curb school of music is a joke, the only kids coming out of there that know anything taught it to themselves. They have little to no business experience and/or education. The producing side is an art that can’t be taught. For those who taught it to themselves while there, those are the people you want to higher anyway – they have something known as initiative.

    Platinum edition reason? Well, it’s November… and Garth proved years ago that’s pre-Christmas take-their-money-time. The only reason for releasing a “platinum” edition is money, tricking fans into buying the same thing twice. To turn a profit would be the real reason… not sure if anybody’s noticed but all of Taylor Swift’s versions have a deluxe/platinum/whatever version.

  9. sam
    October 29, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    I don’t see how a “platinum edition” would “tric[k] fans into buying the same thing twice.” As far as I understand there is little to no deceit involved when a platinum edition or what not is released. I see no evidence that fans are “tricked” into buying anything. I would guess that most of the fans who buy a platinum edition know very well exactly what they are buying.

  10. Lucas
    October 29, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    When your average fan is 12, do you stick with that?

    There’s a reason they don’t say “We’re releasing Taylor’s album… but hey, we’ll re-release the same thing with a few new songs in a couple months, so you might just want to wait.”

  11. idlewildsouth
    October 29, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Last summer I saw Jamey Johnson at The Bluebird and he did “Moment of Forever” (breaking their strict ‘only originals’ rule, much to my delight). While i’m fairly indifferent about the song either way, I think it’s an interesting cover from him, considering in interviews, and through his songs, he makes it clear that his divorce still weighs very heavy on his mind.

  12. sam (but not the one who wrote the toby review)
    October 29, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Yes, Lucas, I stick with that even if the average fan is 12 years old. Even if the kid doesn’t know a “deluxe edition” is likely to come out in 8 months, there is hardly any significant trickery involved. (I imagine that even if many of these fans were told that a deluxe edition would come out in eight months, they would buy the initial edition the week of its release, anyhow, and still buy the deluxe one later). Products of all sorts are updated from time to time, and even though some buyers may be unaware of said updates, this hardly seems like a deceitful practice to me. The product is put on the shelf, it is priced, and if the consumer gets what he or she thought he was getting, I just don’t see any trickery. Maybe there would be some if the label said, “We absolutely promise that we won’t release a deluxe edition next Christmas, so there’s no need to wait to purchase” and then it did release such an edition. But otherwise, I don’t see any significant trickery.

    I don’t think its “trickery” for Craig Morgan to rerelease his current CD with the “Bonfire” track either, nor do I think its trickery for a group to release a version of a CD with “exclusive bonus content” to one retailer only.

    I can understand that some fans may not like the practice. They may want to own “everything” that Swift releases and be a bit peeved because, to own “everything” they essentially have to buy what is almost the same product two times. But if they do decide to buy twice, I don’t think they have been tricked.

  13. Johnny Paycheck
    October 29, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Lucas, that argument is not as weighty when you look at the fact that most of her fans are very internet savvy, and Big Machine has released the new tunes to i-tunes where most of her regular fans will buy those new tunes and skip the album itself. Evidence of that is 5 and sometimes all 6 of her new tunes are in the top 5 on itunes, beating out gaga for number 1 and various other artists this week. This while none of those tunes have airplay support. It will be interesting to see the totals for the album itself. I’m kind of surprised they released the tunes to i-tunes as that obviously will drive down first week total sales of the platinum release. Perhaps it wasn’t all strictly about money after all.

  14. Razor X
    October 29, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    The iTunes version has some videos that can’t be purchased individually, so the die-hards will have to buy the entire album to get those. I don’t see this re-release as trickery; fans are free to buy it or not buy it. At least they made all the new audio tracks available for individual download. I do think it’s a way to rig the sales charts, though. A lot of fans will buy the entire album to get the new material. I wish Billboard will list re-releases with some new material like this one as a whole new album and not combine them with the sales of the previous version of the album.

  15. Lucas
    October 30, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Despite your attempt at being Johnny Paycheck you made a few good points in there. I must point out, however, that Lady Gaga is not an artist.

  16. Johnny Paycheck
    October 30, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Lucas, I agree she’s not an artist, that was just unintentional misusage of the word on my part. I’m quite surprised that they didn’t have Taylor Swift perform one of her songs on the Ellen Degeneras show when she was there the other day, as that seems like it would have helped sustain her itunes and other sales. Tim Mcgraw did sing, perhaps they drew straws to see who would get to promote their album and Taylor lost.

  17. Grizzly Adam
    October 31, 2009 at 3:53 am

    Lemme throw my two cents in on the whole platinum edition deal. If this record sold 20,000 copies total, no record company in their right mind would release an extended edtion. If I’m one of the first million or so who have purchased the album and pushed it to selling however million copies it has sold, then hell yeah I’d feel kinda like I got burned because I’m one of the reasons this records gets a re-release. I’m sure Taylor’s fans are a bit more internet savvy and can get these songs legally (or illegally), but why re-release a fairly new album when you could maybe release an EP/DVD for the holidays? Coldplay did this last year with their Viva La Vida album. They released a deluxe version a few months after the initial release with an extra CD and the extra CD (Prospekt’s March) by itself for the ones who had already purchased the album. I have a helluva lot more respect for an artist who do this for the fans.

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