November 21, 2014Steve Albini Talks About The State Of The Music Industry
"The Internet has made it much easier to conduct the day-to-day business of being in a band and has increased the efficiency. Everything from scheduling rehearsals using online calendars, to booking tours by e-mail, to selling merchandise and records from online stores, down to raising the funds to make a record is a new simplicity that bands of the pre-internet era would salivate over. The old system was built by the industry to serve the players inside the industry. The new system where music is shared informally and the bands have a direct relationship to the fans was built by the bands and the fans in the manner of the old underground. It skips all the intermediary steps."
-- Steve Albini
If you have HBO and are watching Dave Grohl's weekly documentaries 'Sonic Highways,' then you saw Steve Albini in the episode they taped in Chicago.
November 14, 2014Taylor Swift vs. Spotify And All That Yadda-Yadda
"Spotify feels to me a bit like a grand experiment." -- Taylor Swift Yeah, the yadda-yadda goes on and on about it all. "If I had streamed the new album, it's impossible to speculate what would have happened. But all I can say is music is ...
November 7, 2014Taylor Swift's Million-Plus Sales
"In business, you can have one massive success that earns $50 million overnight, and that's it. You're successful. End of story. But in the music business, you have to keep on doing it." -- Noel Gallagher It's obvious that Taylor Swift keeps ...
October 31, 2014Coalition Calls For Better Digital Revenues And Azoff Plans To Get More For Songwriters
"What Irving did was look at what songwriters were earning historically and offer them a premium," said Barry M. Massarsky, an economist who specializes in music publishing and is not affiliated with Global Music Rights. "He believes he can carve out a higher value ...
October 24, 20142014 Is Almost Gone And Not One Album Has Gone Platinum
"If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative." -- Woody Allen The problem in the music industry is failing far too much without any innovation. (I'm excluding innovation in digital technology ...
October 17, 2014Streaming Now Becomes The TV Thing As Well
"There are 80 million homes that do not have HBO, and we will use all measures to go after them." -- HBO Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler, during his network's portion of the Time Warner Investor Day in NY. This week HBO announced in 2015 it ...
October 10, 2014So You Think The Free U2 Album Was A Bad Idea? Wrong.
"Eddy Cue, Apple's senior VP of internet software and services, tells Billboard that U2's 'Songs of Innocence' has racked up a staggering 26 million complete downloads since its Sept. 9 release as a free download exclusively to Apple's 500 million global iTunes ...
October 3, 2014The Streaming Thing Again
"The data underscores an ongoing tectonic shift in the music industry, in which decades of doing business based on per-song/per-album transactions (for either digital music or CDs, vinyl or tape) are giving way to a world where music is increasingly sold like a ...
September 26, 2014The SiriusXM Lawsuit "Thing"
"There is more to come in this case, but so far this is a huge victory whose consequences almost impossible to overstate. It definitely may be the beginning of the end of the "Pandora Loophole" and it affects many artists from Miles Davis and Duke Ellington to Bob ...
September 19, 2014Jeff Tweedy "While The Album Still Matters"
"Whenever the so-called experts say the album is dying as a format, I think: "Since when have we listened to so-called experts?" Are video games killing chess as well?" -- Wilco's frontman, Jeff Tweedy My son turned me on to Wilco well over a ...