Revisiting That "Albums Aren't Selling" Comment (LOL)
February 22, 2013
"It's not an albums business any more, it's a singles business again and the industry has gone through that before. People are experimenting with streaming, with subscription services, whether it's a Spotify or a Pandora or a Rdio."
-- Lady GaGa manager, Troy Carter ( Source, 'From Lady Gaga to the future of social media'
I ran the above quote by Troy Carter last November 9th in the newsletter, with an article arguing exactly the opposite of what he was claiming.
This is part of what I wrote in that article: "Gee, I don't know if Taylor Swift, Adele, Lil' Wayne, Beyoncé, Mumford & Sons, Carrie Underwood, Susan Boyle, Wilco, and a whole lot of other Platinum and multi-Platinum album sellers would agree with you on that, Troy. This week Mumford & Sons went Platinum (one million units plus sold); Taylor Swift is already over one-and-a-half million sold in two weeks, I do believe Lady GaGa sold a million in her first week on the 'Born This Way' album, right, Troy? And you did that with a 99-cent deal as well, right? If you weren't interested in selling the album, why no just release the singles at 99 cents?
So again, the problem is the MUSIC. I think I've said that far too many times in the past month, but it's always worth repeating when albums sell millions at a time in the industry when we've been told too many times as well (and Mr. Carter repeats it) "the album is dead."
Last week The Grammy broadcast had (as usual) a big impact at retail on some of the big winners and performers on the show. Too see just how big an impact, you can check out this article on Billboard Grammy Awards Push Gains for 18 of Top 40 Albums on Billboard 200
From that article: "Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' is the big winner of this year's show, as album of the year returns to No. 1 for a fourth non-consecutive week with 185,000 (up 242%). It was No. 4 last week...Of the seven Grammy-related titles in the top 10, all but one jumped by more than 100% in sales this past week."
Thanks to their post-Grammys boost, Dualtone's The Lumineers have now sold over a million albums.
Yeah, Troy could say the sales are exceptional because of the Grammy broadcast, but he would be only partly correct. If the MUSIC on albums isn't exceptional, people don't buy them, no matter how many awards they win.
The simple truth is Mumford & Sons (now heading toward double-Platinum), Taylor Swift, the Lumineers, Fun, The Black Keys, Bruno Mars, Alabama Shakes, and all those who saw good increases, saw them because their ALBUMS filled with great music, not just one or two disposable/trendy tracks. Psy might've garnered tons of media and millions in sales with "Gangham Style," but when the artists I mentioned above are still making good albums and selling them in the future, Psy will be a trivia question.
All these albums selling by so many diverse and talented acts is good news for the industry.
MUSIC, it seems, is once again taking precedence over the marketing of mediocre artists via images put forth in over-expensive music videos.
THE 'A-SIDE' - TRACK 2
FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES: DON HENLEY & GLENN FREY REFLECT ON EAGLES HISTORY
If you don't have Showtime and didn't get a chance to see the terrific "History Of The Eagles" this past week, you missed a great documentary on America's biggest band ever. (Their 'Greatest Hits' album is now over 30 million plus) In the meantime, catch a great (but brief) conversation with Henley & Frey
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BILLBOARD WILL NOW USE YOUTUBE VIDEO VIEWS IN THE 'HOT 100', NIELSEN ALSO MAKING CHANGES
Well, I've been saying it for some time now (and there have been articles written about it): millions (sometimes tens of millions) watch YouTube music videos of certain songs way before radio catches on.
Now Billboard has decided "the magazine's 55-year-old singles chart, takes a evolutionary step by incorporating YouTube plays into its formula."
Nielsen will expand the definition of TV viewing it measures, rolling out "a comprehensive plan to capture all video viewing including broadband and Xbox and iPads," according to unnamed sources cited by Alex Ben Block.
By September Nielsen will implement tools measuring viewership on streaming and over-the-top services, on TV-enabled game systems and, in a limited way, tablet devices. A second phase, with "the overall goal to attempt to capture video viewing of any kind from any source," will roll out more slowly.
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MORE NETWORK TV PROBLEMS
You can always tell what the hottest TV shows are. People talk about them at work, on Facebook, and elsewhere.
But, it seems that most all of the shows people talk about now aren't on network TV anymore. I can't remember the last time someone even mentioned a network TV show to me. (Uh, wait ... that's not true. Dozens of people have e-mailed me commenting on how bad "American Idol" is now)
It's all meaning bad news about the current TV season: Not only are there few new hits, but "many veteran shows are also performing poorly," writes Joe Flint in the Los Angeles Times.
"So far this season, only a handful of returning programs are doing better than they were last season" -- including, of course, the hotter-than-ever "Big Bang Theory." Otherwise, such shows as Fox's "New Girl," CBS' "The Mentalist" and ABC's "Once Upon A Time" are tracking weak ratings. NBC did experience some rising ratings, but mostly last fall.
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APPLE BEATS SAMSUNG WORLDWIDE FOR BEST SELLING DEVICES
Apple's iPhone 5 outsold Samsung's Galaxy S3 by about 12 million units in the last quarter of 2012, Strategy Analytics reported on Wednesday.
That, according to the research firm, makes the iPhone 5 the world's top-selling smartphone. "That's not terribly surprising," Fortune notes. "What is surprising is that ... the iPhone 4S -- discounted by Apple when the new model came out -- also overtook the Galaxy S3."
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GOOGLE GETS RETAIL STORES, AND GOOGLE GLASS GETS READY TO ROLL
Like Apple and Microsoft before it, Google is reportedly developing a physical retail strategy in the U.S. The Wall Street Journal calls the would-be move "another sign the company is studying [Apple's] playbook for building a consumer-electronics brand."
We don't yet know when or when Google stores will start popping up, but they will surely stock Google-branded hardware. Colorful interiors are also likely.
Continuing to build buzz for Project Glass, Google on Wednesday released a video demonstrating how the high-tech glasses display interactions and services when in use. "The video demos voice interactions, photo and video capabilities, sharing features, turn-by-turn navigation and Google Now integration," The Next Web reports. Google has also expanded preorders for the glasses.
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49 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
Was it really that long ago?
Forty-nine years ago this past week, The Beatles made their debut on 'The Ed Sullivan Show.'
I thought I'd rerun The Beatles article I wrote on the 40th anniversary of that event, and a few times since. But since so many readers have e-mailed me each time I post the article, I thought it time to do so again.
"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
Yes ... very big indeed, once the "Lads from Liverpool" hit our shores and nothing was ever the same.
Their first appearance on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' was watched by an estimated 74 million people that Sunday night in February 1964, making it one of the biggest events in broadcast history, and the crime rate in U.S. cities dropped dramatically during the show's broadcast. It was indeed, as Ed Sullivan used to say, "A really big show!"
The assault on American radio and charts was equally overwhelming. In the past few decades you've all read about the chart accomplishments of such mega-artists as Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Madonna, and others, but they all pale in comparison to this statistic:
For the week ending April 4th, 1964 The Beatles had 11 singles on the BILLBOARD Hot 100 chart, including the first top five slots:
* #1* - Can't Buy Me Love
* #2* - Twist and Shout
* #3* - She Loves You
* #4* - I Want To Hold Your Hand
* #5* - Please, Please Me
* #31* - I Saw Her Standing There
* #41* - From Me To You
* #46* - Do You Want To Know A Secret
* #58* - All My Loving
* #65* - You Can't Do That
* #79* - Thank You Girl
Of course, if you're old enough to remember listening to your favorite Top 40 station back then, you remember hearing all these songs and more as the "British Invasion" started. It's almost impossible to imagine any artist or band being able to monopolize the charts and radio in such fashion today, and I don't think we will ever see it happen like that again. It was a different time.
Just how much The Beatles changed everything in pop culture has been the subject of many articles, books, TV specials, and now they teach courses on them in many colleges. Prior to The Beatles, Top 40 radio didn't play album cuts from best-selling artists ... not even Elvis at his height.
But when The Beatles released "Rubber Soul" and made the decision there would be no single released from the album for radio or retail (much to Capitol's dismay originally), radio programmers simply put "Michelle" on their stations along with "I'm Looking Through You," and about four other tracks from the album. The Beatles ruled at retail and requests, so radio had to respond.
But the fact is, NOBODY had ever achieved that kind of airplay (album tracks) at Top 40 radio previously. The Beatles were the first. Of course "Rubber Soul" wasn't the only album they released without a single for radio/retail. "Sgt. Pepper" (the first rock "concept" album) didn't have a single and neither did their double-album, "The White Album." But it made no difference; they were all over Top 40 radio. Of course, the release of "Sgt. Pepper" (and subsequent concept albums by the Stones, Who, etc.) gave birth to the notion that the radio audience might want to hear more than just singles, and great radio men in Boston, San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, and elsewhere, put FM stations on the air that played albums and "progressive radio" (the forerunner of all album radio that followed) was born.
Before The Beatles, there was no such thing as "stadium rock." Nobody had ever played arenas or stadiums before 1964. But The Beatles sold out Shea Stadium, Candlestick Park, and other stadiums around the country in mere hours after tickets went on sale, shocking those in the press and media who predicted the shows by the group ("a fad" as they were called back then) wouldn't sell tickets in those quantities. I was lucky enough to see them at Carnegie Hall, Forest Hills, and at both Shea concerts. The word mania doesn't begin to describe what occurred the minute The Beatles took the stage.
Long before MTV hit the air (13 years to be exact), The Beatles made a TV film called "Magical Mystery Tour." Though the critics in the U.K. panned it for the most part, in hindsight one can watch it and realize it was merely a long-form video with five separate concept videos to support their new songs. They were years ahead of the curve in realizing how music and video could be merged for greater audience.
Another amazing fact: "Sgt. Pepper" was recorded in four-track. Yup, that's right. Four track. Listen to it today and you realize what an engineering masterpiece it is, and how many tracks had to mixed down and on top of each other to make the final recording. Many albums made today use dozens more tracks and updated technology ... but sonically, Pepper remains a masterpiece.
I could go on and on ... I've been a Beatles fan for these past 49 years. I never imagined that night I watched them on the Ed Sullivan show that within five years I'd be lucky enough to get a job working for Capitol Records selling Beatles records, and then promoting them to the very radio stations I grew up listening to. When I worked for Capitol Records in 1970 and 1971 in New York City I was fortunate enough to meet John Lennon briefly. The first time I talked to him I got "mealy mouth," was nervous, and he asked me what was wrong. I mumbled and then said, "I ... I watched you on Ed Sullivan ..." And he said, "Ah ... well, that was The Beatles thing and all that ... I'm just John now ... so tell me what kind of music do you like?" We talked until the wee hours of the morning and I walked back to my apartment on a cold December morning with my mind racing.
The Beatles created the soundtrack for our lives back in the '60s and each song they sang made us feel like the wait wasn't going to be too long, and that sooner rather than later, we'd all be on our way to better lives. Maybe that's been only partly true, but it's what we all wanted to believe because their music made us feel such things. So we sang their songs loud, proud to claim them as "our own." But we should've known they belonged to the whole world and that the world we lived in was moving away from innocence.
John was right ... they were a "band that made it very, very big."
They were all that ... and a whole lot more. A helluva lot more.
THE 'A-SIDE' - BONUS TRACKS
* This is the perfect gift for the man who has everything. Including lots of money, because this is gonna' cost you. Check out C-Seed's Porsche-Designed outdoor television that comes out of the ground and unfolds to a big screen!
* The Brilliant Life and Tragic Death of Aaron Swartz: At 26, Aaron Swartz had established himself as a singular force bridging technology and activism, driven by the belief that information is the most valuable currency. On January 11th, two years after his arrest for hacking, he hung himself in his Brooklyn apartment. Read More
* Would you be surprised to hear that the human race is slowly becoming dumber, and dumber? Despite our advancements over the last tens or even hundreds of years, some 'experts' believe that humans are losing cognitive capabilities and becoming more emotionally unstable. One Stanford University researcher and geneticist, Dr. Gerald Crabtree, believes that our intellectual decline as a race has much to do with adverse genetic mutations. But there is more to it than that.
* Google Inc. shares surpassed $800 for the first time this week, setting a new record for the search engine giant.
* Smartphone Penetration in Top Digital Markets Set to Double by 2015: Read the whole story at Marketing Charts
* The HTC One, introduced this week, wows with stunning design and premium parts. The new flagship phone boasts a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, simultaneous photo and video shooting, and the best HTC display ever. Read more
* Apple could unveil iPhone Mini this summer, says analyst. Launched in China, a lower-cost iPhone might triple Apple's potential market share in the country, says a Morgan Stanley analyst. Read more
* Surface Pro Is Most Unrepairable Tablet to Date: Repair site iFixit has given Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet its lowest score possible: 1 out of a possible 10. "The display assembly is anchored down with the most adhesive we've ever seen on a small device," bemoaned iFixit. See what else makes the Surface Pro virtually unfixable. READ MORE
* This certainly won't help sales: Microsoft quietly raises price of Office for Mac by 17%
* End of an era: The publisher of the iconic 91-year-old magazine Readers' Digest, RDA Holdings, just filed for bankruptcy. "The company listed assets and debt of more than $1 billion each in Chapter 11 documents filed yesterday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in White Plains, New York
Short News Items ...
Perhaps this is what happens when you put someone "famous" for 15 minutes (Nicky Minaj) on the judges panel. Wednesday's "Idol' ratings were 5% lower than last Wednesday's, making it the lowest-rated Wednesday show since 2002. With a 4.1 in the key demo, "Idol" is losing its viewers week by week
CHUBBY IS NOT AMUSED:
Chubby Checker, the original singer of "The Twist," is suing HP over a novelty app bearing his name that allows users to guess someone's penis size, NBC reports. And size does matter: the singer – real name Ernest Evans – wants $500 million from the technology company, according to a lawsuit filed this week in a federal court in Florida. Willie Gary, an attorney for Evans, cited "irreparable damage" to his client's reputation and legacy.
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has plans for a "riffs album" with Queen's Brian May that would allow fans to build their own songs around the musicians' unused material.
GOOD OL' FREDA!
The Beatles have given their blessing to a new documentary about their former secretary by lending their music to the upcoming film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "Good Ol' Freda" tells the story of Freda Kelly, who ran the Beatles fan club and spent 11 years working for the band.
Fergie and her husband, Josh Duhamel, announced on their respective Twitter and Facebook pages this week that they are expecting their first child together.
GAGA GARGANTUAN DOLLARS LOST:
Lady Gaga's canceled Born This Way Ball – which was set to run 22 more nights at arenas through March 20th – will lead to nearly $30 million in refunds, according to estimates based on Pollstar data. And that's not counting the huge potential income losses from merchandise, food, beer and parking sales. Gaga announced on Tuesday that she was forced to cancel all remaining dates on the tour due to a labral tear to her right hip, requiring surgery.
BOWIE DOCUMENTARY WILL SHOW UP HERE EVENTUALLY, PROBABLY PBS:
David Bowie's return has received another boost, as the BBC will air a documentary on the rock great's life and career in May, NME reports. "David Bowie – Five Years" focuses on five key years for Bowie – 1971, 1975, 1977, 1980 and 1983 – as well as his comeback efforts for his forthcoming album The Next Day.
BONNAROO THUS FAR:
Paul McCartney, Tom Petty and Mumford & Sons are among the top acts just announced for this year's Bonnaroo, set for June 13th-16th in Manchester, TN. Also booked are Bjork, Wilco, Wu-Tang Clan, R. Kelly and more.
NOT A SURVIVOR:
CBS Television Distribution has decided to not go forward with a second season of ("Survivor' host) Jeff Probst's daytime talk show. (Anderson Cooper's daytime talk show was also cancelled last October)
NOT SO AMAZING ANYMORE:
The season premiere of CBS's "The Amazing Race" scored the series' lowest premiere ratings ever on Sunday night.
"CELEBRITY REHAB" DEATHS:
Mindy McCready is the fifth former cast member of "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew" to die in the past two years. Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr and former "Real World" cast member Joey Kovar also appeared on the show's third season. Starr died in March 2011 at 44, while Kovar, 29, died in August 2012. "Grease" actor Jeff Conaway, 60, who appeared on the show's first season, died of pneumonia in May 2011. However, the doctor who treated him for drug addiction for years told CNN it was his dependence on prescription painkillers that eventually cost him his life. Authorities said that Season 2 cast member Rodney King's death in June 2012 was the result of accidental drowning, but the alcohol, cocaine, marijuana and PCP found in the 47-year-old's system were contributing factors.
ACHIN' FOR THEIR MONEY FROM AKON:
Akon's attempt to create a social media website is blowing up in his face -- first, the site floundered ... and now a company that worked on it is suing him for more than $127,000 ... TMZ has learned. Atlanta Business Video recently filed the lawsuit in Georgia -- claiming it was hired in 2011 to cut video for "Fantrace" but never got paid a stinking dime. ( Source )
MALIBU? SURE? THIS HOUSE? NO!:
Dick Clark's Flintstones-themed house in Malibu is apparently unsellable. After nearly a year on the market, no one's bought it and now, the asking price has been heavily discounted by $250,000. (New price? Just a measly $3.25 million. But it comes with 23 acres of prime Malibu land)
AND OF COURSE THE INCIDENT WILL END UP IN HIS LYRICS SOMEWHERE, AND YADDA YADDA:
Rapper 2 Chainz was arrested in Maryland last week on drug charges after his van was pulled over for speeding, The Associated Press reports. The rapper, real name Tauheed Epps, was stopped near Easton and police smelled marijuana in the van. According to Maryland State Police spokesman Sgt. Marc Black, troopers found a backpack with a marijuana grinder and trace amounts of weed. Black said 2 Chainz claimed possession of the backpack and was arrested. He was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana and released.
BOYFRIENDS & HUSBANDS BEWARE:
'Les Misérables' is returning to Broadway. A new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's musical phenomenon will hit the Great White Way in March 2014, producer Cameron Mackintosh announced Tuesday.
COEN BROS UPDATE:
CBS Films has acquired U.S. rights for "Inside Llewyn Davis," the Coen Brothers' look at the Greenwich Village folk scene in the 1960s. The film stars scar Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, and Justin Timberlake.
PUPPET MOCKS 'IDOL':
The rejected "American Ido" Puppet re-emerges as a Rapper; Mocks Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey. In a new YouTube clip called "I'm OzCar," the yodeling teddy bear insists his career will flourish despite what the season 12 judges said. Read More
SPICE GIRL A JUDGE ON 'AMERICA'S GOT TALENT':
Spice Girl Mel B will replace Sharon Osbourne. The singer joins the talent show for its upcoming eighth season alongside returning judges Howard Stern and Howie Mandel.
Khloe Kardashian has been fired as co-host of 'The X-Factor.' (No loss there)
Tony Sheridan, the singer and guitarist who collaborated with the Beatles during the band's early days in Hamburg, died last Saturday at the age of 72, the U.K.'s Telegraph reports. The Beatles served as Sheridan's backing band at the Top Ten Club and cut their earliest recordings accompanying him as the Beat Boys on recordings of "My Bonnie" and "When the Saints Go Marching In." (The album they recorded was later released outside Germany as 'Tony Sheridan and The Beatles') Sheridan, who is credited with being the first British musician to play the electric guitar on television, went on to tour with Chubby Checker, Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry.
Country music singer Mindy McCready died at age 37. The singer died Sunday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot, the best friend of the singer told Dateline correspondent Andrea Canning. Her body was found in Heber Springs, Ark., according to a E! Online source.
Shadow Morton, (real name George Morton) the producer and songwriter best known for his work with the Shangri-Las "Remember," "Walking In The Sand" and "Leader of the Pack",' died on Valentine's Day of undisclosed causes. He was 72. Morton also produced Janis Ian's "Society's Child" and Iron Butterfly's "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida," and worked with fellow Long Islanders Vanilla Fudge.
Mark Kamins, 57, the legendary N.Y. club DJ who helped launch the career of his one-time girlfriend Madonna by presenting her demo to Sire Records' Seymour Stein, died of a heart attack last week. Kamins produced Madonna's first single, "Everybody," in 1982.
Kevin Ayers, best known as a founding member of Soft Machine, has died in France, The Guardian reports. He was 68. No cause of death has been announced.
Gary "Dutch" Schaffer, 71, passed away in St. Augustine, Florida. Gary had been retired for several years. He worked at WLOF in Orlando and WFUN in Miami with Dick Starr, then went to San Francisco with Dick and worked at KYA. From there he returned to Miami and went into the music business working at Tone Records and road managing KC and the Sunshine Band. (On a personal note: I had the privilege of meeting "Dutch: when I was Capitol's Florida promotion manager, he was a true professional and a good friend to all who knew him)
Jerry Buss, the billionaire Los Angeles Lakers owner who time and time again spared no expense in making his NBA team a top-notch title contender -- not to mention a premier entertainment attraction in Hollywood -- has died. He was 80.
Quotes of the week
THE HYPOCRITICAL QUOTE OF WEEK AWARD:
Goes to Maroon 5's Adam Levine who said this about launching his own fragrance:
"I laughed when they asked me about it. I got convinced to do [it] by some amazing creative people who I trust, and I want to make something that competes with real fragrances. I don't want to be another famous dude selling crap."
-- (Seriously Adam? Well, now you are just "another famous dude selling crap." Oh, and translation on this: "I got convinced to do [it] by some amazing creative people who I trust ..." Yeah, as soon as they opened up their checkbook)
-- Jack Nicholson's concise and accurate assessment of the key component of the Eagles' legacy, quoted by Glenn Frey in "History of the Eagles, Part Two," which aired on Showtime Saturday night.(And thanks, Jack, for saying what I've been saying for years: the greatest test of all is the test of time, and decades later the Eagles songs are still here because of their quality)
"[Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones] are Capricorns. They don't say a word. They're quite contained in their own worlds and they leave it to me. I'm not the bad guy . . . You need to see the Capricorns – I've got nothing to do in 2014."
-- Robert Plant, talking to Australia's '60 Minutes' and hinting he's open to Zeppeling reunion tour
"Most technology companies are culturally inept. The way content companies never get tech right, [tech companies] never get culture right. They can hire anyone they want to sing in front of advertisements, but they never get curation right."
-- The chairman of Interscope-Geffen-A&M, Jimmy Iovine, at the AllThingsD's conference in Laguna Beach (And I think every online music company that is profitable would have to argue that point)
"This is our project. Leave us alone."
-- Kylie Jenner, who along with sister Kendall, chose not to consult their fashionable siblings – Kourtney, Kim and Khloé Kardashian – for advice on their PacSun clothing line, to PEOPLE. (Leaving you alone would be a gift in the long run!)
"I'm always going to be a little weird."
-- John Mayer, when asked if he wished to get rid of his public persona, to CBS Sunday Morning. (Ladies beware)
The B-Side - 'Blips'
THE ONION (www.theonion.com) STORY OF THE WEEK:
Chris Brown's Agent Suggests Suicide Could Be Great Career Move
LOS ANGELES—Citing the positive impact it would likely have on the R&B star's image, SavMedia publicist Erica Sandoval reportedly suggested to Chris Brown today that taking his own life could be a "really smart move" at this point in his career.
The Music Industry Past, Present & Future, And The Internet I answer questions on EconTalk
I did an interview about the industry and the Internet at EconTalk with host Russ Roberts. Russ is also a professor of economics at George Mason University, blogs at Cafe Hayek, and has written three novels that teach economics. He's also the co-creator of the Keynes-Hayek rap video. (And if your understanding of the economic meltdown that occurred needs to be enlightened, this video will do it)
In the interview we talk about the evolution of the music industry, the impact of the digital revolution, and I give my reasons for believing in the virtues and potential of the Internet in enhancing the music industry. I point out, as I have many times here in the newsletter, that the internet allows numerous artists to make money from their music and it can enhance revenues from live performances by expanding an artist's base. We also discuss the challenges facing record companies and I suggest that the full potential of the Internet as a distribution channel has yet to be fully exploited. There's a lot of ground covered, but based on the comments already posted of those who have tuned in, they've enjoyed it.
Read more about it by clicking here.
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