The Power of False Pretense

They say that money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy likes, views, shares, or followers. From the beginning of social media, users have sought…

Haute Couture for the Red Carpet Star

Beyoncé in Versace; Taylor Swift in Kaufman Franco; Pharrell Williams wearing Vivienne Westwood. Musicians and fashion labels are linked far beyond the beats played on…

Protecting the Living Dead

There are many stars who left the stage far too soon, among them John Lennon, Aaliyah, Whitney Houston, and Kurt Cobain. In the aftermath of…

K-Pop’s Ambitions

Ever since Psy went viral on YouTube and ‘Gangnam Style’ made it into the pop culture lexicon in America and the rest of the world,…

Game Changing Data

Knowledge is power. Francis Bacon knew this 400 years ago. In business-to-consumer businesses, where knowledge of the customer base is a key asset, his dictum…

Reporting on SoundCloud

In the years since the rise and subsequent fall of Napster, the distribution of recorded music has, for better or worse, become primarily about maximizing…

Live Performance 2.0

Although technology may have destroyed the recorded music market, it has played a significant role in enhancing live performances. Recent developments need to be heeded…

Conflict over Consent Decrees

In early June, the United States Department of Justice announced that it would be launching a review of the consent decrees governing the nation’s two…

Apple as a Record Label

Apple unveiled  new products as usual, and this year it put out the iWatch  and a new iPhone. But its partnership with Irish rockers U2 …

Smart Artists, Smart Fans

The Internet age has drastically altered the dynamics of the interaction between corporations and their customers. Talking down at consumers, for instance, is less preferable…

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,…

Artist Progress, Pre-1972

U.S. copyright law currently has an odd loophole that limits federal protection for sound recordings to those made on or after February 15, 1972. This…

Automating Creativity

Karl Marx famously said that man is himself and his instruments of production.  Musicians, of course, do not live alone in their own creative bubble.…