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RADIOHEAD: Royalties and Digital Distribution Rights

Well, my inclusion on the Radiohead tribute record in Germany (Retransmissions) appears to have caused a slight problem.


Turns out my German release is administered by a German rights management organization in Germany called Kontor New Media Music. Now this is not my first rodeo at having one of my own tracks be disputed by an online rights management company. Often these claims are bogus and the scam artists are just trying to attach their advertising to other’s videos.

Okay, that’s interesting. Kontor is claiming management rights of my track via the Retransmissions track. Well then, let’s get an accounting of the sales of that CD from them. As the disc came out in 2012 I’m sure some royalties have been collected. And I have a 5-year contract to share in the proceeds of the sales. I have contacted Kontor directly to release my YouTube video and provide me with a full accounting of royalties collected on that CD as well as my track.

I also contacted the record label, ESC Germany, to see if they had any accounting of sales to date. See, after the CD was released, with 25 tracks, iTunes showed my track and one other as selling 10 – to – 1 over the other tracks. So, Kontor and ESC, where’s my money? And have you paid Mrs Radiohead for their publishing as well.

Let’s see where this rabbit hole leads.

Listen Louder,

John McElhnney – Buzzie – doing Last Flowers (the disputed video)

Head Radio – Retransmissions – a radiohead tribute featuring Buzzie

The contracts are signed, the cover art is done, the tracks are in digital transit via the interwebz. And here’s your preview of the Radiohead Tribute from ESC Records in Germany.

A Radiohead Tribute - Head Radio - Retransmissions

(And if you are reading this and would like to hear a preview,
here’s the final mix via MP3: Last Flowers (radiohead cover)

Buzzie (4:00)
Last Flowers (on the way to the hospital)
VIDEO: http://youtu.be/cld4WMt4QTk (pre-mastered vocal)

Buzzie was formed in 2000, after lead singer and songwriter John McElhenney left his popular pop band Blue Cartoon after two acclaimed indie pop CDs. Buzzie has performed at the International Pop Overthrow in Los Angeles and been featured on numerous compilations. In 2011 Buzzie released an EP of songs entitled Shooting Beer Cans Off the Buddha in anticipation of a full-length disc expected in the summer of 2012. This track, “Last Flowers” is from the Extra Tracks version of “In Rainbows” and was written during “The Bends” period. This recording features 20/20 legend Ron Flynt holding down all the instrumental duties. The instrumental version is available on the CD containing this song, “Shooting Beer Cans Off the Buddha.”

RON FLYNT / all instruments

Recorded by Ron Flynt at Jumping Dog Studios in Austin, Texas; vocals recorded at Little Frog Studios, Austin, Texas.

Produced and mixed by John McElhenney

Published by Happy Mac Tunes (ASCAP) with additional rights from radiohead
available via: http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/Buzzie


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permalink: http://blog.buzzie.com/archives/head-radio

Original announcement: Buzzie to be Included on 2012 Radiohead Tribute from ESC Records, Germany

Here is the Buzzie Video Playlist on YouTube if you want more.

Other buzzie links of interest:

Beer, Buddha, & Buzzie

A few more hours and the first month of 2012 is over. Have you gotten some stuff done?

shooting beer cans off the buddha - buzzie - 2011

The 2011 Buzzie quick-release “Shooting Beer Cans Off the Buddha” is available for purchase as a physical cd from CD Baby and as a free download. I hope you have a chance to pause, listen, and drink deeply.


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Here are the latest YouTube Buzzie Videos (Playlist) from the next release:

Rising Above the Blame by Buzzie – 2012

Last Flowers (radiohead) by Buzzie – 2012

Heavenly by Buzzie – 2012

New Radiohead Video: Last Flowers (cover) by Buzzie

So putting music on YouTube is like, part of the global plan for everyone. Fans make videos to their favorite songs, people post complete tracks with the album cover as the entire show. So, how do we get our music up to YouTube without being really boring?

This song Last Flowers (on the way to the hospital) was an unfinished Radiohead song from The Bends era. It showed up on the In Rainbows (bonus tracks). It kicked my ass and I called Ron and asked if he would help me. The entire thing was done in a matter of hours in Ron’s studio. I retracked the vocals in the living room of my house, in the closing days of my marriage. Not to be dramatic, but this song sort of captures the whole thing for me.

Watch directly on YouTube: Last Flowers (radiohead) by Buzzie  © 2012 Happy Mac Tunes (ASCAP)

My dear friend and music producer Ron Flynt held down all the instrument duties and let me focus on the non-autotuned vocal. It’s in the push and effort that the soul of the music is discovered. This is raw and unpolished for a reason.

And if that weren’t cool enough, I got this email last week from ESC, a German label that is putting a Radiohead Compilation together:


Germany's ESC asks for the Buzzie version of Last Flowers for May Release
click to see larger version

Rock on!


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last flowers : buzzie lyrics : radiohead cover : admitting there’s a problem

appliances have gone bazzerk – i can not keep up,
treading on people’s toes – nosed little punk
and i can’t face the evening straight
you can offer me escape
houses move and houses speak
if you take me than you’ll get relief

and if i’m gonna talk – I just want to talk
please don’t interrupt – just sit back and listen
cause I can’t face the evening straight
you can offer me escape
houses move and houses speak
if you take me then you’ll get relief

it’s too much
too bright too powerful

lyrics by radiohead
from the album In Rainbows (extra tracks)

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