The Hint of Blockchain

One of the biggest problems the music industry faces today is knowing which labels and publishers, performers, songwriters and producers own the rights to songs…

The Tale of Apple’s 69¢ Songs

iTunes has recently given independent artists and others the choice of selling singles for 69¢. Prior to this, and since variable pricing was introduced close…

Berklee’s Open Music Initiative

In early June Berklee announced the beginning of the Open Music Initiative (OMI), a collaboration between the Berklee Institute of Creative Entrepreneurship, the M.I.T. Media…

Back and Forth in China

China, the second largest economy in the world, should be a beacon for the future of the music industry. Communism has given way to a…

Keeping Track of Music Festivals

Summertime is the time of year to unwind under a 95-degree sun. For music fans especially, summertime is about enjoying music festivals. The nostalgia for…

The Drama of Artist Payments

In recent times, artists/songwriters, who once made their living recording and writing songs, have been severely affected by the slump in royalty revenue coming from…

Gross Margin Blues

There has been a lot of excitement around streaming lately. At the end of last year, Apple launched their own service that amassed over ten…

Christian Music

Modern Christian music, i.e. contemporary Christian, Gospel, Worship, and Christian Rock, may be an afterthought for some analysts and secular consumers in North America. This…

The Fall of American Idol

Last year American Idol experienced its lowest viewership since the show began, down to eight million from a peak of thirty-eight million fourteen seasons before.…

The Non-Profit Dance

Coverage of music industry news tends to follow, as this Journal does, the for profit sector. Corporate market leaders, like Apple, Spotify, and Live Nation,…

The Billboard Power 100

One could do worse than write a history of the business from the pages of Billboard’s Power 100 rankings. This year the venerable music industry…

Robert Sillerman’s SFX

The recent and sudden collapse of SFX is a sobering lesson for the live music market. The business has many intermediaries and is perforce regional…

Long Live EDM

The electronic music industry has grown up. Attendances at Electronic Dance Music festivals in the United States exploded between 2007 and 2014, going from 145,000…

Pandora’s Evolution

Of late, the sustainability of streaming giant Pandora has become questionable. Losses are fivefold what they were a year ago, even though revenue has grown…