The Power of Playlisting

Before the era of streaming services, Internet radio, and digital downloads, it was essential for artists to utilize a label’s resources in order to mass…

The Rise of Curated Playlists

Artists have traditionally commanded attention, serving as the primary inspirations and icons for diverse communities of fan bases around the world. However, with the unrelenting…

Desert Trip’s Multiplier Effects

The Desert Trip music festival at the Empire Polo Club in Coachella Valley, Indio, California, has focused attention in the industry. This October offering was…

Sponsorship Lift Off

Not too long ago, recorded music sales were a dependable source of income for labels and their artists. Earnings from live music shows added substantially…

Keeping Track of Music Festivals

Summertime is the time of year to unwind under a 95-degree sun. For music fans especially, summertime is about enjoying music festivals. The nostalgia for…

Robert Sillerman’s SFX

The recent and sudden collapse of SFX is a sobering lesson for the live music market. The business has many intermediaries and is perforce regional…

Festival Turf Wars

The album is no longer the golden child of the industry. In 2014, recorded music dropped in overall sale value by 11%, deepening its decade…

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…

Money, Music, and Molly

The business of electronic dance music is undoubtedly booming. Worth globally $4.5 billion1, large-scale electronic dance music festivals often exemplify the industry’s increasing success. Dayglow,…

Billboard Touring 2012

The touring industry’s top minds gathered at New York City’s Roosevelt Hotel in November for the Billboard Touring Conference and Awards. Over two days, panels…

Branding in the Summer

Linking brands with music through advertisements or sponsorship of artists is hardly new. With Experiential Branding, however, a brand is supposed to become both a…