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LimeWire and the RIAA01/06/11
At the behest of record labels, last October, US District Judge, Kimba Woods ordered LimeWire, the popular file-sharing service to suspend its peer-to-peer site. The judge ruled that LimeWire had committed copyright infringement, was engaged in unfair...
No doubt about it. The most exciting growth in the record business this year has come from Apple. In fact, Apple has dominated the last decade of excitement in the record business with the iPod, iTunes, and the iPad. The iPad applications have taken...
EMI, Spotify and Google
Guy Hands may finally be losing control of his company, EMI Music Group, to their chief investor, the financial bank Citigroup. EMI owes Citibank almost $3 billion. Mr. Hands recently signaled to his closest allies to expect the worst...
As we come upon the close of another year, it's hard not to be just a little nostalgic. Think about how much has changed in your life in the last ten years. How much of that change has been built on the backs of hard work and creative vision...
Advertising as Marketing
Pomplamoose, the Bay area music duo, have done it again. Nataly Dawn and Jack Conte had already built a strong following around the country, making quirky music videos at home. Last year, they sold over 100,000 tracks out of their living room with...
The Beatles - The Long Now
The Beatles catalog has finally made it to ITunes. It?s a business deal ten years in the making.
Punk rock music had its roots in the mid 1970's with bands like The Ramones, The Sex Pistols and The Clash. The defiant act of getting onstage, regardless of one's music experience, and embracing your unguarded truth in electrified raw sound created...
The SoundExchange Debate
The record business has notoriously been a closed mouth business. There's been little airing of laundry in public. But the digital music business is a bit more progressive...
The Record Business Is Volatile
Predicting the future is often a fool's game, especially in the record industry. The business is a complex environment, with many micro-climates ? each one affecting the next. One significant shift of a large retailer, a talent agency or technology...
Living Room Access
Since the 1960's, television has had an inextricable relationship with music. Whether Ed Sullivan and The Beatles, Michael Jackson with MTV, Eminem, Lady Gaga, or ?name your favorite artist, it's hard to recall the song, without remembering the...
How Did We Get Here Anyway
While many believe the decline in the US record market is due to digital technology, I believe it is in fact due to a series of business decisions, made over fifty years, dating back to the 1940?s...
Last Friday, the documentary Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him) opened in LA at the Laemmle Sunset 5. For those who may not know, Harry Nilsson was an interesting singer/songwriter from the 1960's and 70's. His work was...
Recently, I was walking in a crowded San Francisco farmers' market. While checking out the strawberries, I heard three female voices cut through the din of shoppers. These ladies were good! Singing in vocal harmony, each played a ukulele, in a style...
Apple, Facebook and Google, Oh My!
The big news in the music business is that Apple has just announced the launch of its own social networking site, Ping. There are many good reasons Apple is getting into social networking...
Jay Frank and Cee-Lo
When I first picked up Jay Frank?s book, Futurehit.DNA, I couldn?t get past the first line in the prologue. It read, ?Technology dictates music creativity, not the other way around.? I was so appalled at that idea it took me another year to read the...
Is a Radio Button Coming to Your Smartphone?
The record industry used to be the model of a closed loop marketing system. Record labels controlled the stream of music. Radio supported the releases, as did press and retail. Each area was paid indirectly or directly for their loyalty. And by...
Summer Signup 2010
Greatness Will Be Our Salvation
Remember the first time you heard The Beatles. Or The Who? Or Nirvana? These artists broke through the clutter of the ordinary, inspiring us to want to be part of the world of rock n roll.
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