Lessons for DIY Musicians: II

Editor’s Note: This is the second of two installments dealing with DIY issues. We printed the first in August 2014. There, Fuller covered music production,…

BABA & Music

On September 19th, the Alibaba Group had its Initial Public Offering, the largest in history, on the New York Stock Exchange. Alibaba quickly became the…

Spotify’s Secret Weapon

Spotify announced in March the acquisition of The Echo Nest, the industry’s leading music intelligence company. The deal signals the rising importance of big data…

The New Clear Channel

On September 16th, the world’s largest mass media company, Clear Channel, announced that it had officially changed its name to iHeart Media.1 Clear Channel is also…

Superfans and House Concerts

For fans of mainstream pop culture and arena-filling acts, house concerts are an unheard of phenomenon. You won’t see Katy Perry or Kings of Leon…

A DIY Playbook: I

Editor’s Note: This is the first of two installments dealing with DIY issues in music production, distribution, and promotion. The article will continue next time…

Music Finance 2.0

The famous economist Joseph Schumpeter once coined the term “Creative Destruction” to describe the process whereby we constantly destroy old business models by innovating and…

Apple Buys Beats

Apple needs to get a grip again on the music industry. The growth of iTunes has been compromised by the rise in popularity of streaming-services…

Amazon’s Hook

Earlier in June, Amazon officially launched “Prime Music”. This is a music-streaming platform for its  “prime” users only. Rival Spotify has a catalog of over…

A Hybrid Record Label

In February of 2014, Warner Music Group and Shazam announced that they would enter into a “strategic collaboration” in which Warner would have access to…

A Trojan Horse

Amazon, one of the most storied online companies ever, may soon add music streaming to the list of services and industries it is a player…

Spotify’s Time

The music industry once again is on the tipping point of another digital transformation, this time moving away from CD’s and downloads and into the…

A Singular Idea

The Wu-Tang Clan has been making headlines in past weeks as they recently announced that their new record, The Wu – Once Upon a Time…

Ad Nauseam

Advertising revenue is quickly becoming critical in the music industry. This is in part because general mobile and tablet advertising income currently exceed desktop ad…