Guess you haven't heard his dreadful "At The Movies" CD yet
Actually that and Benoit's latest inspired the "Fear of the Elevator" piece I did. Pure B-EZ and unlike some consultants I don't think we particularly want to emulate our grandparents musical taste. He got that out of his system before he played the Jacksonville festival and didn't deliver more lushly orchestrated snoozers for the original songs on the Hits collection.
The SoundEXchange-RIAA thing is brutal. That's why SmoothViews isn't podcasting. It's a totally tangled maze designed to prop up major labels and overhyped pop artists while keeping everyone else from getting any exposure. It's like a manager I was talking to who does sign releases said "I'll be glad to sacrifice the miniscule amount we would get if it means more people hear the music, because if they don't hear it they don't buy it or come see us. Then we get nothing!"