The Hit that Broke the Mold

On December 12, 2013, Beyoncé released her fifth studio album exclusively on iTunes without any radio promotion, roadside billboards, or viral campaigning. By the end…

Beats v. Spotify

As of January 21st Spotify now has a legitimate contender in the music streaming market, as Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine’s Beats Music steps into…

A Note on SoundCloud

SoundCloud is one of the leading sources of audio sharing on the net, with 250 million active monthly users up from just ten million two…

ASACP’s 100

February 13, 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, known colloquially as ASCAP, the nation’s…

The Economics of EDM

The EDM industry has exploded into a lucrative business platform. Attendance at the top twenty global festivals jumped from 1.9 million in 2009 to over…

SFX and EDM’s Corporatization

SFX Entertainment (SFXE), the live music company owned by Robert Sillerman, launched an IPO recently, offering shares at $11 to $13 for $260 million. This…

New YouTube Awards

On September 30, 2013, YouTube debuted its own YouTube Music Awards (YTMA) show. YouTube has long played an important role in the music industry, exposing…

Twitter #Music

  Since being founded in March 2006, no social media outlet has done more to connect artists and fans than Twitter. The 140-character tweets have…

Music in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has earned itself the title of being ‘Asia’s World City’. It has an abundance of international corporations embedded in a diverse and global…

When Good Girls Go Bad

The MTV VMA 2013 held on August 25 at the Barclays Center saw many memorable performances, including the much anticipated ‘NSync reunion. However, an over…

The Cost of Free

When it comes to recorded music, today’s consumers enjoy a free ride and seem to have all the answers.  Song sharing is there for the…

Music Synchs Galore

Over the past fifty years, the music industry has benefitted from a steady and increasingly lucrative stream of revenue from synchronization licensing deals.  Traditionally, the…