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January 01, 1990 - May 04, 2013 + On the Beat

Change or Die listen

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Music is a fast moving, trend-setting culture, but the majority of the businesses that manage that market have walked slowly along the road of change. Instead, they've...

The People Meter listen Download

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The big news in the music industry this week came from Arbitron. Arbitron is the ratings service that measures the listening audience of commercial and non-commercial radio...

New Revenue Streams listen Download

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The bean counters in the music business are in for some surprises...

360's aka Blind Ambition listen Download

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Last Sunday, Jeff Leeds of the New York Times outlined 360 contract deals -- the major labels' latest attempt for a better financial relationship with recording artists....

Unable to Strike, Musicians Revolt in Their Own Way listen Download

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While the film and TV writers strike in Hollywood for more financial compensation from their work in new media, recording artists look on with envy. ...

The Sound of One Satellite Broadcasting listen Download

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Over a decade ago, the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, agreed to license the right to broadcast through the satellite radio medium. They did this under the...

The Radiohead Equation listen Download

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The CMJ music marathon was held last week in New York City. The event is called the Marathon because of its nonstop entertainment. College radio...

Madison Avenue and the Music Business listen Download

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Lots of news in music this week. Snocap, the online music retailer, announced they would be cutting staff by 60% and putting the company up for sale....

Starbucks and iTunes Bridging the Digital Divide listen Download

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Industries rarely transition smoothly, and change is often clumsy. Case in point – the record business. The market has become bifurcated with two distinct paths,...

Radiohead, AmazonMP3 and iTunes listen Download

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In a move that has just about everyone in the record business talking, British rock band, Radiohead, shocked the industry with news of their next...

The September Concert listen Download

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Having lived in New York City through the events of 9/11/2001, I feel particularly close to the people there.  Though the city has rebounded with...

50 Cent and Kanye West: The Back-to-School Frenzy listen Download

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For decades, the record industry has counted the period between Thanksgiving and New Years, the week before Valentines Day and the September "back to school" frenzy as...

Rick Rubin: What to Do Next listen Download

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Last weekend, the New York Times Sunday Magazine featured one of America's most innovative record producers on the cover, with the headline, "Can Rick Rubin Save the...

What's in Merlin's Bag? listen Download

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This week, the newly formed world trade organization for the independent record sector, called Merlin, announced the appointment of their 15-person board...

Money, Money, Who's Got the Money? listen Download

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Ordinarily, August is "sleep mode" for the record business. Traditionally, record executives flee their jobs this time of year to rest before the September Back-to-School craze of...