The Muse of the Grammys

In a creative industry, what pattern of artistic influences increases the likelihood that an artist will produce innovative products? This research examines all major artists…

SOPA, PIPA, and Music

Recent debates over a pair of proposed Hollywood backed antipiracy bills have highlighted the public’s concern in allowing government control over major parts of the…

Kim Dotcom

In Hollywood, they call him Dr. Evil.  According to the U.S. Department of Justice, his company has stolen over half a billion dollars from copyright…

A Note on Grooveshark

Grooveshark has been in the news lately. Many of the major music companies have filed suit. Proceedings against Grooveshark started in November 2011, with Universal…

ReDigi

The concept of going green assumes a change in behavior. For the past few decades, we have become more and more educated about saving energy,…

A Year in Review

2011 was a year of hit records, powerful female artists, the discovery of electronic dance music within the US, and more genre crossovers into the…

Toward Global Rights

Music is a complex commodity bundled with many rights. As intellectual property, it requires licenses to transact legally. But in today’s marketplace, clearances from owners…

Google’s Music Offensive

Google announced a new addition to its roster of digital offerings, Google Music. This long awaited service followed trials of its beta version (see MBJ,…

disenchantment and beyond

Beyond Social Media

The purpose of this article is to suggest some reasons for the failings of social media, as well as to offer suggestions for its better…

sponsors take over

Sponsors Take Over

In the 1960s and 1970s, the consensus among major artists was to avoid corporate sponsors. The only true sponsor was an artist’s record label. Musicians…