November 3, 2015Before We Begin ... Commentary And One Man's Opinion
I have talked numerous times in the newsletter about how the loss of great A&R and artist development departments at all labels contributed to a decline in the number of multi-Platinum artists, able to sell in those quantities for the long term.
This week Adele's "Hello" blasts onto the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Nov. 14th) at #1, setting a record for the most U.S. downloads sold in a week: 1.11 million, according to Nielsen Music. It's the first song ever to sell at least one million downloads in a week. Adele Says 'Hello' to No. 1 Hot 100 Debut; First Song to Sell 1 Million Downloads in a Week
October 5, 2015The Music Industry Problem Of Perceived Value
"We are at a crossroads in the music business: with the rise of the Internet, the world we live in has changed, and the past is not coming back. But I see the glass as half-full; the Internet and social networking are new avenues for the next Bob Dylan to be born ...
August 24, 2015Thoughts On Fixing The Music Industry
A couple of interesting articles appeared in the last week or so about fixing and/or saving the music industry. The first is by Peter Kafka on recode.com and he references the late Dave Goldberg, who had a better idea: He wanted to radically reinvent the modern music ...
August 10, 2015Is The Music Biz Sleepwalking Into Disaster?
"While the popularity of streaming has been increasing, revenue from downloads has been declining, and as more companies like Apple and Spotify focus on a playlist model of distribution, traditional albums, and the music industry as a whole, could be in trouble." ...
July 7, 2015The Cover Of Rolling Stone Ain't What It Used To Be
"When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, I short, a people becomes an audience and their public business a vaudeville ...
June 15, 2015Apple Jumps In The Stream
Unless you were too busy checking out Caitlyn/Bruce Jenner's Vanity Fair cover article, or finding out what sex Kim and Kanye's next baby will be, then you might have seen or heard that Apple finally announced their launch of their streaming music service this ...
From The Center For Media Research comes the above titled article in their newsletter. Yet more confirmation on the slow death of traditional TV. Here's the content: "According to the recently released Deloitte "Digital Democracy Survey," streaming video ...
May 1, 2015The Man Who Broke The Music Business
My thanks to reader Tom Cartwright who sent me the above article from The New Yorker magazine by Stephen Witt. It's certainly an eye-opening article, and with all my years in the industry, I had never heard or read anything about this. The article is sub-titled 'The ...
April 24, 2015Maybe 'Tidal' Wasn't The Right Name?
"The for-pay services are deluding themselves by trying to establish a permanent monetization of something that's in flux," -- Steve Albini said during an interview with Vulture. "The Internet provides access to materials and things. Creating these ...
April 10, 2015Music Subscribers Drop
"The RIAA in its midyear report had paid subscribers at 7.8 million, but by the time we got to the end of the year, it was only 7.7, a loss of 100k subs. So what gives?" -- Last year was a banner year for music subscription in the U.S. The RIAA ...