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 Dawn Of Online Piracy' and while I don't necessarily agree with everything Mr. Witt has to say about how exactly it all started (it's my opinion that what he talks about in the article was going on in many companies with many different people), this is indeed a great read.
THE 'A-SIDE' - TRACK 2
Inside Tidal's Crashing Wave: The Future of Jay Z's Music Service
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 ...
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 ...