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…

Pandora’s Evolution

Of late, the sustainability of streaming giant Pandora has become questionable. Losses are fivefold what they were a year ago, even though revenue has grown…

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…

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…

Sampling Without A License

Sampling has been controversial from the very start. Supporters of the practice argue that artists sample songs they love and build on them to create their…

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…

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 …

iCLOUD: The Devil is in the Details

On June 6th of this year, at its Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple announced at last plans for its iCloud service. Music, digital books, applications, photos…

Finance and The Majors: Dangerous Times

Peer-to-peer download sites, coupled with a crippling and consistent drop in physical record sales have left Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group,…