Perry Farrell, the outspoken lead singer of Jane’s Addiction, apparently isn’t hooked on success. The band’s third album, Ritual de lo Habitual, has been one of the unexpected hits of the early-fall music season, bolting into the top 20 of Billboard‘s album chart. Yet, Farrell told Entertainment Weekly, ”This is going to be my last record, and then I’m out of here. I’m just calling this the end of a cycle. I don’t want to be a rock star. I feel like I’m turning into Elvis Presley, and it’s gross. I feel sorry for Chuck Berry. Every night he has to go out there and do a couple of songs and then his duck walk.” A spokeswoman for Farrell said she wasn’t aware of any plans for the group to disband, adding, ”You just caught Perry at a bad time in his life.”
All My Yesterdays
Giving new meaning to the word ”overplayed,” Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI), a songwriters’ organization, is commemorating its 50th anniversary with a list of the 50 most-performed songs in its catalog, based on radio-station logs and TV and movie soundtracks. In first place, with 5.5 million broadcasts to date, is Lennon and McCartney’s ”Yesterday.” Close behind at 5 million broadcasts is ”Never My Love” by the Association. The enduring appeal of ”Yesterday” may be undeniable but ”Never My Love”? ”I thought it was a little surprising, too,” says a BMI spokeswoman. ”But the world is unpredictable, I guess.” The rest of the top 10: (3) ”By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” (4) ”Gentle on My Mind,” (5) ”More,” (6) ”Something,” (7) ”Bridge Over Troubled Water,” (8) ”You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” (9) ”Mrs. Robinson,” and (10) ”Georgia on My Mind.” One person who must be happy about ”Yesterday” finishing No. 1 is none other than Michael Jackson, who owns the publishing rights. At 250,000 broadcasts a year, the song earns royalties of $125,000, of which Jackson pockets more than $30,000, with Paul McCartney and John Lennon’s estate dividing the rest. And that’s just one of the Beatles songs Jackson controls. Baby, you’re a rich man.
Tapin’ It to the Streets
Street vendors selling low-price cassette tapes of Top 40 albums are a familiar sight in every major city. But the Recording Industry Association of America, the trade organization of U.S. record companies, considers them more than sidewalk clutter. In August and September, the RIAA and U.S. marshals arrested 48 New York City street tape vendors, confiscating nearly 16,000 bootleg cassettes as part of an ongoing antipiracy campaign. The vendors face up to five years in jail and a $250,000 fine for a first offense. Among the, tapes were counterfeit copies of Paula Abdul’s Forever Your Girl, Madonna’s I’m Breathless, and Sinéad O’Connor’s I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got. Also this summer, 120,000 bootleg tapes were seized in New Jersey — just a fraction of the more than 700,000 cassettes nabbed in the Northeast in 1990, up from 174,000 during the same period in 1989. Steven J. D’Onofrio, the RIAA’s senior vice president and director of antipiracy operations, says surveillance has been increased because counterfeit tapes amount to ”hundreds of millions of dollars in lost record-company sales in the U.S. alone.” D’Onofrio promises busts in ”other major urban centers” in the East, from Maryland to Connecticut.
The Gospel According to Mariah
If Mariah Carey had gotten her way, you wouldn’t be hearing her current hit, ”Love Takes Time,” on the radio right now. Last spring she gave Columbia Records what she thought was a finished version of her debut album, the million-selling Mariah Carey. Then, during a promotional tour, Carey found herself next to Columbia president Don Ienner on a plane and played him a roughed-out demo version of ”Love Takes Time.” Ienner said, “That’s great! Let’s use it.” ”Wait,” Carey pleaded, ”I wrote this for my second album.” But Ienner prevailed and Carey rushed back into the studio to polish up the tune. Two days later the song was finished in time for the album, but not for the album jacket. That’s why early copies of Mariah Carey didn’t mention that ”Love Takes Time” is one of its songs. Album covers take time, too.