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 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 Case For SoundCloud

SoundCloud’s mission has been to offer a free-to-register music platform with little or no advertising. It has gained a reputation since its foundation in 2007…

Music 360º

Nielsen recently published its annual Music 360 Report, detailing consumer spending in music, especially subscription services. According to Nielsen, the appetite for music in the…

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 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…

A Trojan Horse

Amazon, one of the most storied online companies ever, may soon add music streaming to the list of services and industries it is a player…

Spotify’s Time

The music industry once again is on the tipping point of another digital transformation, this time moving away from CD’s and downloads and into the…

A Note on SoundCloud

SoundCloud is one of the leading sources of audio sharing on the net, with 250 million active monthly users up from just ten million two…

New YouTube Awards

On September 30, 2013, YouTube debuted its own YouTube Music Awards (YTMA) show. YouTube has long played an important role in the music industry, exposing…

The Peddling of Recording Rights

Recent negotiations between Clear Channel Communications and Warner Music Group have sent shockwaves throughout the recording industry. For the first time on a major scale,…

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…