2016 in Review

New developments marked the US music business in 2016, There was welcome growth in recorded music sales driven by more streams and streaming services. Still,…

Exclusivity and Its Limits

Major labels are pushing for the end of exclusive deals with streaming services as they are quickly realizing such a practice hinders the potential profit…

Beyoncé’s Makeover

In Lemonade, her new and celebrated hour-long visual album that was released without prior publicity or promotion, Beyoncé makes a departure. The storyline is personal,…

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…

The Value of Tidal

Before celebrity hip-hop mogul and businessman Jay Z came along, WiMP and Tidal hardly made an impact on music streaming. The two services are now…

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…

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…

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…

Music Meets Football

The Super Bowl is a TV extravaganza that has a special place in American life.  Viewers tune in regardless of the fortunes of their football…