Tag: Music Industry

By October 26, 2010
Napster Founder Says War on Music Piracy is a Failure

Sean Parker, Napster co-creator and real-life inspiration for Justin Timberlake’s character in The Social Network, revealed the business strategy of his returning act Spotify at The Daily Beast’s Innovators Summit. “The ultimate answer is you have to accept that the war on piracy is a failure,” he said. Trillion’s of illegal downloads vs. 4 billion […]

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By October 20, 2010
90% Of Longstanding Music Artists Could Be Eligible for Additional Royalties

Eminem is the type of multi-platinum, long-term superstar that labels dream of. But a successful lawsuit by Eminem’s original publisher against Universal Music Group could end up triggering a massive financial sinkhole on the digital side – and make Universal seriously regret the signing. How bad could the damage be – for all the labels? […]

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By October 11, 2010
Converse Opens Music Studio

I’m not sure if this is some sort of press op or whether they are really serious with this music thing, but either way, I can support the cause. This is being called the Converse Rubber Tracks project. Click below to check out the full press release on the project:

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VEVO Generates Heafty Revenue, Although Not Profitable…Yet
By October 1, 2010
VEVO Generates Heafty Revenue, Although Not Profitable…Yet

According to VEVO CEO Rio Caraeff, Vevo is currently seeing tens of million in revenue, through sponsorships and advertising, with more than 50% of that revenue going back to the labels and artists. Attempting to “restore the luster of video advertising,” Vevo’s advertising rate is comparable to broadcast, with CPMs north of $20. Caraeff insists […]

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Retailers Worry Lil Wayne Album Will Set Digital Trend
By September 26, 2010
Retailers Worry Lil Wayne Album Will Set Digital Trend

Via Billboard: Lil Wayne is giving himself a nice birthday present on Monday (Sept. 27), but brick-and-mortar merchants haven’t been invited to the party. The rapper will release his next album, “I Am Not A Human Being,” initially through digital channels only, with the physical release coming out two weeks later on Oct. 12. The […]

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Billboard’s List for Album/Artist “Maximum Exposure”
By September 24, 2010
Billboard’s List for Album/Artist “Maximum Exposure”

Billboard has compiled a nice list of the top 25 ways music artists can get exposure nowadays. Big budget promo and marketing is – in my opinion – the thing that sets majors away from independent labels. From staging events to getting your album cover in the Best Buy circular, here are the top 25 […]

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Branding 101
By August 11, 2010
Branding 101

I was browsing my usual sites when I read this blog entry from the guys of The Hundreds. It’s about branding – something that is needed if you want to stand out and rise above…and that goes for music, clothing, art, writing, sports, etc. As an up and coming artist, do you hold the characteristics […]

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Warner/Chappell Music Announce Signings With Producers The Stereotypes, T-Minus & Jay Fenix
By August 5, 2010
Warner/Chappell Music Announce Signings With Producers The Stereotypes, T-Minus & Jay Fenix

Warner/Chappell Music announced that it has signed a worldwide co-publishing agreement with two members of the Grammy nominated, LA-based production team The Stereotypes. As part of the agreement Warner/Chappell will co-publish and administer the worldwide publishing rights of Jonathan Yip and Jeremy Reeves of The Stereotypes. The Los Angeles-based production team consists of Jon Yip […]

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As Major Label Employees Drop, Music Shipments Drop
By July 26, 2010
As Major Label Employees Drop, Music Shipments Drop

A graph makes everything a little bit easier to take in, doesn’t it? Billboard just posted a new article on how artists are not taking the initiative to create as much label-released music anymore. The graph says a few things: album sales don’t necessarily correlate to people not buying music, but that actual label-signed music […]

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Capitol Records Opens Legendary Recording Studios To Public For Rare Tour This Sunday
By July 24, 2010
Capitol Records Opens Legendary Recording Studios To Public For Rare Tour This Sunday

In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Hollywood Walk of Fame through the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Capitol Records are opening their doors to the public for a once in a lifetime opportunity to tour the legendary A and B recording studios this Sunday, July 25th starting at 11:00 am. Capitol Records is located […]

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Live Nation Screwing Itself Over
By July 16, 2010
Live Nation Screwing Itself Over

Looks like investors aren’t too pleased with the service, since ticket sales are down about 12% and earnings are down significantly. How about not charging rape prices for shows and then adding on absurd fees? The ticket service “promises” prices will go down in 2011. Yesterday, Live nation’s stock tumbled more than 16 percent, bringing […]

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Sony Music Seeking New CEO
By July 15, 2010
Sony Music Seeking New CEO

via New York Post Sony Corp. has quietly started a preliminary search for a new chief of its Sony Music Entertainment division, according to several industry executives. Current CEO Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, who guided the division to an increased market share in the first half of 2010, splits his time between Germany and the US, and […]

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Jim Jonsin: EMI Music Publishing Extends Worldwide Agreement With Producer
By July 14, 2010
Jim Jonsin: EMI Music Publishing Extends Worldwide Agreement With Producer

The man behind the boards crafting hits for Beyonce, Lil Wayne, T.I., Eminem, etc., Jim Jonsin gets a renewed lease on life as EMI Music Publishing announces the extension of their co-publishing agreement with the Floridian based music producer. Big Jon first signed me without having a song out and he signed our deal off […]

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Gross Tour Money Down $197 Mil From Last Year
By July 13, 2010
Gross Tour Money Down $197 Mil From Last Year

Hey Live Nation, why don’t you make ticket prices and fees a little more accessible to the masses so they would have to stop canceling tours because no one can afford to buy tickets for them. Via Pollstar: Our Top 100 Tours for the first six months have a combined gross of $965.5 million, down […]

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