2014: Year in Review

Records and live performances define the state of the music market. 2014 was special for two things: a consumer preference for accessing a recording with…

A&R in a Digital Age

A&R executives are being forced to change their game. This is in part because streaming services such as Spotify and YouTube are fragmenting the music…

Hi Fi Streams

Jay-Z has just launched a successful bid of $56 million to acquire Aspiro, a Swedish streaming company belonging to the larger Norwegian media conglomerate Schibsted.…

Shazam!

Music identification technology has changed the way consumers and brands interact, both by creating new ways to consume and discover content and by influencing how…

Internship Woes

As employers increasingly weigh value in real-world experience, internships have proven to be a major way for students to leverage job opportunities in their respective…

Deezer USA

French, web-based streaming service Deezer, which has yet to officially launch in the U.S, has been vamping up its efforts here for the past couple…

Copyright in Public Places

“All the world’s a stage,” wrote Shakespeare in As You Like It, and he said as much in other plays. The public performance of creative…

Song Catalog Finances

After the music industry was shocked in the early 2000s by the growth of piracy and file sharing, many investors were skeptical about the future…

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…