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Spotify’s Secret Weapon

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 in the music industry. Founded by MIT Media Lab doctoral students Tristan Jehan and Brian Whitman, The Echo Nest provided...

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The New Clear Channel

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 switching its ticker symbol to reflect the new name. The move reflects the media company’s growing momentum and reach of its...

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The Copyright Hearings

The Copyright Hearings

For more than a year now the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts,...

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Superfans and House Concerts

Superfans and House Concerts

For fans of mainstream pop culture and arena-filling acts, house concerts are...

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A DIY Playbook: I

A DIY Playbook: I

Editor’s Note: This is the first of two installments dealing with DIY issues...

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Music Finance 2.0

Music Finance 2.0

The famous economist Joseph Schumpeter once coined the term “Creative...

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Prioritizing the Net

Prioritizing the Net

Net neutrality has been making headlines for the past few months, and rightly...

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Apple Buys Beats

Apple Buys Beats

Apple needs to get a grip again on the music industry. The growth of iTunes...

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