Back and Forth in China

China, the second largest economy in the world, should be a beacon for the future of the music industry. Communism has given way to a…

The Billboard Power 100

One could do worse than write a history of the business from the pages of Billboard’s Power 100 rankings. This year the venerable music industry…

The Spell of Virtual Reality

The next frontier of a musical experience may well happen inside a specially designed virtual reality headset. Developers like Oculus, Microsoft, Samsung, and Sony are…

Gender in the Music Industry

Gender inequality is a big issue in the music industry. At first glance, it may not seem so. Names like Aretha Franklin, Taylor Swift, and…

MIDEM in the Music Industry

MIDEM, the music industry conference held in France that is owned by communications company Reed MIDEM, targets the creativity and synergy of musicians, music entrepreneurs,…

Your Heart on Your Sleeve

In recent years, the evolution of wearable technology has resulted in an explosion of opportunities in the digital space. Wearable devices such as Google Glass,…

YouTube’s Music Pangs

It’s been rumored for quite some time that Google is working on an on-demand music streaming service to be run through their video streaming service…

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…

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 …

The Hit that Broke the Mold

On December 12, 2013, Beyoncé released her fifth studio album exclusively on iTunes without any radio promotion, roadside billboards, or viral campaigning. By the end…

Apple Takes on Radio

When Apple held its annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference in San Francisco on June 10, it launched a new operating system and a new Mac Pro.…

A Drum, A Drum! Xbox Doth Come

Microsoft’s new “Xbox Music” service is the company’s latest dive into a burgeoning market for music streaming and a lifestyle approach towards media consumption. The…