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January 01, 1990 - January 13, 2013 + On the Beat

Rethinking Everything: How The Long Tail Changed the Record Business listen Download

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In 2004, Chris Anderson, the editor in chief of Wired magazine, wrote an important article about the changing business models in the digital age, from...

My Space listen Download

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The ratings organization, Nielsen, list MySpace as the number one social networking site in America. The site also ranks high in repeated viewings. More...

Arif Mardin listen Download

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It's important to remember where you came from, and who brought you there. My road into adulthood was carried by many of the songs...

New Orleans Calling listen Download

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Last week, I visited New Orleans. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the city has changed dramatically. The historic French Quarter, which is...

Let the People Decide listen

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Last week two kingpins of the record industry left their longtime gigs and an era definitely ended for Sony Music. The Chairman Donnie Ienner and...

Independent Labels Thrive Online listen

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This week, several record industry veterans left their posts at major labels after decades of service. I imagine we---ll see many more veterans depart in...

How Consumers are Driving the Conversation about Music listen

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True hit singles only come around every few years. They are rare, and when they arrive, their presence is most often immediately felt...

Band Names listen

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When Shakespeare said, &quotA rose by any other name would smell as sweet,&quotI don't think he was thinking about rock and roll...

The Revolution Is Now - How Neil Young Stole The Show listen

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Revolution is a rolling thunder. It has no off switch, no expense account, no power point presentation and no manager models. It---s the...

Tunecore listen

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As the digital age continues to mystify and terrorize the record business we've always known, it's fascinating to see folks who have adjusted to the...

Off the Beat News listen

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It appears that Apple is in negotiations with several in-flight entertainment companies to offer music downloading on airplanes. Offering itunes in flight makes a lot...

Why Commercial Radio is Scared listen

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Last week, the LA Times ran a front page article claiming that commercial radio stations around the country were taking a conservative music programming approach...

Sony & BMG D-I-V-O-R-C-E listen

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Sony/BMG, now the second largest music conglomerate since their merger just 2 years ago, might be looking for a separation. It seems that the 170...

The Devil Within: The Story of Daniel Johnston listen

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Kurt Cobain idolized him, Sonic Youth protected him. And dozens of the biggest names in contemporary rock have recorded his music, yet few people...

South by Southwest 2006 listen

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Members of the music industry made their annual pilgrimage to Austin, Texas last week. For 20 years, the South By Southwest music festival has...