80s Music News Frampton addresses Congress

  • Peter Frampton spoke before Congress in Washington D.C. on Wednesday (April 26th) with fellow ASCAP songwriters as part of the organization's "Stand With Songwriters Advocacy Day." Frampton sketched out some of the issues plaguing the songwriting community, explaining, "For all the streaming companies that played 'Baby I Love Your Way' -- some 56 million times -- I got $3,000. That's not going to even cover the mortgage payment. . . well maybe one mortgage payment. . . The market place has changed rapidly and the work of all American songwriters is completely undervalued. We're most the regulated small business there is. 70 percent of what we earn as songwriters is regulated by the Federal Government. There isn't any other artistic industry that's regulated like that. The consent decrees are outdated, they began in 1941 and the last update was in 2001. These are the things we need changed and updated."
    • Joining Frampton on the D.C. lobbying trip was ASCAP chairman and president Paul Williams, along with Rob Thomas, the Hooters' Eric Bazilian and Rob Hyman, and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. (Billboard
  • The 2016 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will air on Saturday (April 29th) on HBO. This year's inductees are: Journey, Yes, Electric Light Orchestra, Pearl Jam, Joan Baez, Tupac Shakur, with Chic's Nile Rodgers tapped for the Award for Musical Excellence.
    • The Rock Hall announced this week that the 2018 induction will be held next April 14th at Cleveland's Public Auditorium -- its first in Ohio since 2015. 
  • Debbie Harry admitted she "swears by" plastic surgery. The Blondie singer said: "In my business? I mean, come on. There was a time when I had to take down all the mirrors (in my house). I felt like I was looking at myself too much. The world made such a big deal of how I looked. It's problematic. (But) I'm lucky I was born this way. It's perfect for showbiz." (nzherald.co.nz)
    • On May 5th, Blondie will release the band's 11th album, Pollinator.
    • Blondie and '90s rockers Garbage are hitting the toad for a 28-date summer trek. The "Rage And Rapture" tour kicks off on July 5th at Saratoga, California's Mountain Winery. 
  • Barbra Streisand blames sexism for Hillary Clinton's loss last November to Donald Trump. Streisand told WNYC, "Women are still so underestimated; it’s incredible to watch even this last election with Hillary, the kind of strong woman, the powerful woman, the educated woman, the experienced woman, being thought of as the other, or too elite, or too educated. . . It’s very, very odd to me, and it was heartbreaking for her to lose, you know? Power and woman has always been suspect. Strong women have always been suspect . . . in this country." (PageSix.com
  • On Tuesday (April 25th) Patti LaBelle was ambushed by anti-fur protestors while promoting her new book, Desserts LaBelle, at a Barnes & Noble in NYC. TMZ.com posted: "The protesters tucked in close with her, posing as fans who wanted a pic -- then suddenly whipped their signs and started chanting, 'Patti LaBelle has blood on her hands!'"
    • Earlier this month, Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland was also ambushed by anti-fur protestors at her book signing.

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