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…

The Copyright Hearings

For more than a year now the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet has been conducting a series of hearings as…

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…

Prioritizing the Net

Net neutrality has been making headlines for the past few months, and rightly so. It is an issue in which the wrong outcome will not…

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…

Futebol

Music has become a staple of the World Cup ever since ‘El Rock del Mundial’, a song by the unknown Chilean group Los Ramblers, was…

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…

Pre-1972 Sound Recordings

Certain sound recordings from decades ago are still considered commercially viable today.  In fact, songs by Frank Sinatra, Etta James, and the Beatles are still…

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…