So I was getting my hair done yesterday and somebody asked what I do and I did that inner groan and coughed it out — "I’m a blogger." The cringe started even before the inevitable "what’s a blogger?" came, followed by the equally inevitable "oh — can you make money at that?" I’ve made it a life-long point not to pull the movie card, but I have to admit at that point everything inside me wants to go there. "No really, I’m not some loser…"
And then you’re just fucked.
Maybe not much longer:
[Perez Hilton] has been negotiating a deal that would provide him with his own imprint at Warner Brothers Records, a division of the music giant Warner Music Group, he said. This was confirmed by several other people associated with the talks who spoke on condition of anonymity because no deal has been made. The talks are preliminary, and an agreement is not certain, but Mr. Lavandeira could receive $100,000 a year as an advance against 50 percent of any profits generated by artists he discovers and releases through Warner Brothers, these people said.
Mr. Lavandeira enjoys sharing his passion for music with readers, he said, but “can’t wait to do it on a larger level.” His prospective label venture “is not a vanity project,” he said.
“I’m really going to be actively involved in it,” he added.
He said he wanted to keep the names of acts he hoped to sign to himself for the moment, but thought his partnership could validate the role that blogs and similar sites can play in the music business, which has been straining as sales melt down, and some stars leave major labels. Madonna, he noted, is departing Warner Music after her next album to release her future recordings through a concert promoter.
“I think I could do a lot for them,” he said. “Madonna’s leaving, Perez is coming.”
Thank you in advance, Perez, for making my next trip to the waxer just a little less painful.
(h/t Howie Klein)