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Monday, October 01, 2007


I don't know how I missed this but apparently this has been going on for awhile now. The Music Industry continues lose album sales every month to piracy, and they have to come up with innovative ways to market their artists. Well one of those creative avenues is now Monday Night Football. ESPN actually has deals with several record labels to feature their top artist's new releases each Monday before their albums come out on Tuesdays.

"On Tuesday Mornings that's when all the labels turn out their big record releases and we have the biggest eyeballs, we hope, that a label and an artist can reach on a Monday Night before they drop their record and we thought what a perfect way to fuse the two."- ESPN Music Director Kevin Wilson via Wall Street Journal Radio

You know what...as annoying as hearing an entire album all game is.....that's actually a really great idea for both parties involved. Everyone always complains the songs they use on Football and Baseball broadcasts are over 20 years old (if I hear "Start Me Up" by the Stones on another NFL Kickoff I'm going to off myself), so this might be a good thing. I thought back to the first few weeks and sure enough Kanye West was Week One and the Foo Fighters were last week. What do we get tonight you ask?

The Boss Bruce Springsteen and Matchbox 20! As long as it's not that stupid "This is how a heart breaks" song they played during the NBA Playoffs two years ago I'm cool with both of those selections.

Here's the rest of the growing list according to Wilson.....Rascal Flatts, Eddie Vedder, Nelly, Jordan Sparks, Chris Brown, and myyyyyyyyy nammmmmmme isssssss Kiiiiiiiiid Rock!

P.S.- ESPN is also now saying that the Jamie Foxx piece is not mocking the "Cameragate" incident with the Patriots as the Boston Herald had originally reported. Jay Rothman is on record as saying this idea was hatched between weeks one and two of the season.

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 4:02 PM

13 Comments:

The fact ESPN has an "ESPN Music Director" pretty much says it all.

That's like the Wall Street Journal having a fishing editor.

TacoBellManager said...
Oct 1, 2007, 4:46:00 PM  

"...labels turn out...we have the biggest eyeballs...a label and an artist...drop their record...perfect way to fuse the two."

Great quotes, Kevin. But next time, ask the audience what it wants. I bet they tell you that they want a FUCKING FOOTBALL GAME. And they don't like being referred to as "eyeballs," you arrogant, money-hungry douchebag.

Stay tuned, later I'll tell you how I really feel.

Anonymous said...
Oct 1, 2007, 4:57:00 PM  

Yeah, I was going to mention something about the eyeballs thing too. Makes no sense really.

Oct 1, 2007, 5:06:00 PM  

Eyeballs was my high school nickname, jerk.

GMoney said...
Oct 1, 2007, 5:07:00 PM  

what a surprise, Springsteen.

Allegedly black pxp man Mike Tirico is a big Springsteen fan (SHOCK~!) and TK has said for years he would give up his radio show to become Bruce's guitar catcher on tour.

Another reason to watch the baseball game tonight.

odessasteps said...
Oct 1, 2007, 5:17:00 PM  

Jesus f'ing christ. Two words to ESPN Music Director Kevin Wilson:

Get FUCKED.

Oct 1, 2007, 5:35:00 PM  

Actually, Kevin is doing a public service for me. MNF told me that there's a new Foo Fighters coming out. So now I have a new .torrent to look for.

And Kevin, tell this to your corporate music buddies, dickhead. I'll start buying albums again when they stop trying to sell me "greatest hits" albums full of songs I already own, just so that I can get the two new songs. And also when they stop trying to make me buy the same album for the FIFTH time, just because there's a new "Super Special Ultra Extra Deluxe Edition," complete with one new studio rehearsal demo version of a song.

Anonymous said...
Oct 1, 2007, 5:48:00 PM  

And many of us thought in the 90s that Eddie Vedder was different. Eddie Vedder was a strange bird who had integrity.

So much for that. Maybe he'll get to be in the booth and defend the Seahawks uniforms.

Anonymous said...
Oct 1, 2007, 6:02:00 PM  

ESPN, the music.

Isn't that the condemned-to-hell network that tried to shove Hootie and the Blowfish down our throats, like a Berman slider, every fucking second as some band that appeals to guys in dockers who go out on the weekends to play a game of flag football?

WANNA BE WITH YOOOUUAUAAAAUUOUUUU.

Is this corporate suckhole cocksucker who was responsible for that?

ESPN, the music, brought to you by BioDiesel shuttles and organically grown Sportscenters.

hollywood wags said...
Oct 1, 2007, 6:05:00 PM  

Eddie Vedder never had "integrity".

He was in it for the money.

"Oh, but he so totally wasn't like that."

Bullshit.

You don't put together a whole little marketing campaign as he did without being in it for the money.

If you asked him to take back the last 20 years of his career and change it so that he never sold a single record and was working as a busboy, or not working and a toothless bum, but still with "integrity" and a notebook full of shitty songs, you think he would take you up on it?

Not a chance.

hollywood wags said...
Oct 1, 2007, 6:11:00 PM  

Eddie Vedder was in charge of the biggest band in the country, and did everything he could to sabotage it. If he was "in it for the money," there would be about two dozen Pearl Jam studio albums and year after year of concert tours.

There are some musicians who play music because they like it. And they can live comfortably without becoming Justin Timberlake, and also selling their music to fast food companies.

Anonymous said...
Oct 1, 2007, 6:53:00 PM  

If he only played music because he liked it, he would never have made any money, been on SNL, etc.

His whole anti-corporate rock attitude was complete bullshit.

Sorta like how Sting procalims his love for the fucking rainforest. Total, dishonest bullshit.

Or the Rage guys, putting out complete corporate rock while taking this pose as revolutionary Communists or some weird shit...

If he would just admit that he likes the money and all the trappings of success without guilt, I'd have more respect for him.

But the posturing is annoying...

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