Forbes' Bobby Owsinski has written a terrific article this week '50 Cent The Latest To Exploit The Music Industry's Newest Business Model.'
From the article, "It was announced recently that rapper 50 Cent is leaving his previous record label Shady/Interscope for a new home with Caroline, the label services division of Universal Music Group. The artist and his G-Unit imprint joins a number other artists like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Korn, Peter Gabriel, and Prince who chose to leave the comfort of a traditional major label (Shady/Interscope is a subsidiary of the giant Universal Music Group) record deal behind in favor of going independent, but with a new twist. Now the label's once exclusive services are for hire instead of available only as a byproduct of a traditional recording agreement...What we may be witnessing is the dawn of a new age in the music business."
February 28, 2014Jerry Brenner, 1940-2014, R.I.P.
This past week Jerry Brenner, one of the music industry's legendary, most loved and respected independent promotion men, passed away at his home in Swampscott, Massachusetts after a battle with cancer. If you didn't know Jerry, you missed working with a man who was ...
February 21, 2014Music Videos Go Mobile Big-Time
From Media Post's Steve Smith comes news that "The majority of music videos from the leading source of the form are now viewed off of the desktop. Mobility could be a key driver in the current revival of a form that seemed to exhaust its creativity and cultural power ...
February 14, 2014Back To That Lemonade Again
"When life gives you lemons, make lemonade' is a proverbial phrase used to encourage optimism and a can-do attitude in the face of adversity or misfortune." -- From Wikipedia Proverbial phrase or not, it certainly does encourage "a can-do ...
February 7, 2014WAS IT REALLY 50 YEARS AGO?
"We were four guys...I met Paul, I said do you wanna' join the band, ya' know? Then George joined, then Ringo joined ... we were just a band that made it very, very big, that's all." -- John Lennon It was 50 years ago, but they've been with us ...
January 31, 2014Hey, Did You Watch The Grammys?
"Why don't the Grammys matter? Because it feels rigged and cheap -- like a popularity contest that the insiders club has decided." -- Trent Reznor "I have a love-hate relationship with the Grammys because I don't see the music world as a ...
January 24, 2014STILL "THE BOSS" IN 2014
"Pessimism and optimism are slammed up against each other in my records, the tension between them is where it's all at, it's what lights the fire." -- Bruce Springsteen Bruce Springsteen earns his 11th # 1 album on the Billboard Top 200 Album ...
January 17, 2014A Check-In With Mojo Vinyl And An Old Friend
"Vinyl is the real deal. I've always felt like, until you buy the vinyl record, you don't really own the album. And it's not just me or a little pet thing or some kind of retro romantic thing from the past. It is still alive." -- Jack White ...
January 3, 2014WELCOME TO 2014 ... EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN
It's a new year, but in case you missed it, a couple of things that happened during the holidays: a) In the first 10 days after its surprise release, Beyonce's new album sold just a shade under a million copies, according to Musicmetric and Billboard; b) In her latest ...
December 6, 2013FROM DELANCEY PLACE.COM: 'THE STONES WERE BROKE'
I've posted excerpts from delanceyplace.com before, and I thought two that came in over the Thanksgiving holidays would provide a great read. The first is from 'The Last Sultan' by author Robert Greenfield (Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Date: Copyright 2011 by Schoolyard ...