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 reported big-time growth, primarily driven by Spotify's gains in paying subscribers.
But at the same time, the market stalled a bit in terms of actual subscribers. 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?
March 27, 2015When It Was Fun
"And the most amazing thing is I get paid for doing this." -- Steve Martin Several years ago, old friend and ex-EVP/Promotion (and more) at Columbia Records Bob Sherwood sent me an e-mail telling me that upon a visit back to the "Black Rock" ...
March 20, 2015A Chat With Joan Jett
One of the best parts of all my years in promotion for Capitol Records and MCA Records, was getting to meet some truly great artists and some equally great managers. I'm still friends with many of them today, and I try to see them when they pass through town. I had the ...
March 13, 2015SXSW: Music Via Mobile & Video
"Music, tech, film, and barbecue are among the reasons that fans descend on Austin, Texas for the annual South by Southwest festival, pouring more than $300 million into the city's economy -- and there is an opportunity for brands to let them take the music and ...
March 6, 2015Bob Dylan's 'Shadows Of The Night'
"Look, when I started out, mainstream culture was Sinatra, Perry Como, Andy Williams, Sound of Music. There was no fitting into it then and of course, there's no fitting into it now." -- Bob Dylan Hey, have you heard? Bob Dylan's new album ...
February 27, 2015The Stream Is Flowing, Downloads Are Down
"If streaming continues to grow at this rate in 2015, it would double to 50%, making streaming the dominant digital format over iTunes and other download services in one of the world's biggest markets," -- says independent music conglomerate PIAS OM ...
February 20, 2015Wake Up People, This Whole Net Neutrality Thing Is Not Good
"Net neutrality is just a demonization of big companies. "It's a battle between two fairly large companies. They worked it out, just like happens in business every day."" -- From 'Mark Cuban Says Net Neutrality Will 'Fuck Everything Up' Whoever ...
February 13, 2015The Grammys -- A Total Pass For Me
Not that most of you might actually care why I didn't watch the Grammys, I still thought I'd offer the following: The Top 10 Reasons I Didn't Watch The Grammys #10. "The Walking Dead" new season premier #9. Miley Cyrus had her clothes ON #8. Madonna dancing ...
February 6, 2015Vinyl Is A Fad?
"A lot of people that buy vinyl today don't realize that they're listening to CD masters on vinyl and that's because the record companies have figured out that people want vinyl. And they're only making CD masters in digital, so all the new products that come out on ...
January 30, 2015The Grammys ... What Do They Mean In 2015?
"I have a love-hate relationship with the Grammys because I don't see the music world as a competitive sport." -- James Taylor Like all industry awards shows (The Oscars, Tonys, etc.), The Grammys seek to reward "the best" in each category -- ...