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Of Monopolies and the Music Business

At the urging of MAX’s founder, Nathan Hanks, I devoured Peter Thiel’s new book From Zero to One over Thanksgiving the way some people devour turkey. It’s a must-read. Thiel is certainly one of the more qualified people to write [...]

December 14, 2014 Featured, Music Industry

Nick Messitte at Forbes Weighs In On Payola Laws

A couple weeks back I wrote a piece here, on Music Marketing Money, explaining why Payola Laws distort the market in the music industry ensuring that independent artists are rarely heard by the general public on radio and streaming services. I recently [...]

December 7, 2014 Featured, Music Law & Legislation

Fixing Radio

I’ve written at some length about the difficulties surrounding getting your music played on radio. The bottom line is that unless you’re an artist signed to a major label the chances of you getting any significant radio play for your [...]

November 30, 2014 Featured, Music Industry, Music Law & Legislation

Payola Laws & The Greatest Music You’ve Never Heard

The laws and regulations our politicians and governmental agencies put into place can distort markets and restrict our options as consumers. Lately the media has been shining a light on legal protections for taxis and hotels that prevent innovative companies [...]

November 22, 2014 Featured, Music Industry, Music Law & Legislation

Taylor Swift & The Streaming Debate: Why Everyone’s Got it All Wrong

The recent firestorm of controversy over Taylor Swift’s decision to pull her catalogue from Spotify (the ramifications of this covered nicely by Harvard Business Review) is a classic red herring. Ms. Swift sitting at the center of the streaming royalties [...]

November 17, 2014 Brand Marketing & Music, Featured, Music Industry

No One Knows About Your Music? Let’s Change That!

This article in Music Times that expands upon a study from Next Big Sound stating that 90.7 percent of “music artists are complete unknowns” pisses me off. Beyond the fact this it’s a blatant link-bait approach to “statistics” (remember: 1. figures [...]

November 11, 2014 For Artists, Music Industry

Why Taylor Swift Really Dropped Spotify

Some are hailing Taylor Swift as the most important musician today – not just as an artist, but as a businesswoman – noting her recent decision to pull her entire music catalog from Spotify. Ms. Swift took a strong position in [...]

November 6, 2014 Featured, Music Industry

The Balance of Power in the Music Industry is a Mess…

Good article (link below) regarding the balancing of royalty payments on streams. It’s a good opening for me to continue a discussion I began last week (see this article on Neighboring Rights) about some music business essentials. In that article, [...]

November 2, 2014 Featured, Music Industry, Music Law & Legislation

Streaming Wars: Deezer’s Deal with Sonos Aims for Audiophiles

I’ve tried the Deezer service out. I was able to do this because they made a deal with Sonos, where those with Sonos gear (and if you don’t have Sonos gear, I’m not sure we can still be friends) can [...]

October 17, 2014 Featured, Music Industry, Music Technology