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

The End of the Endless Summer listen Download

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Albert Einstein said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Based on that, the record business...

The Games People Play listen Download

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For the last month or two, I've been following the Internet-radio royalty beat with interest and so has the American public. In March, the Copyright...

Princely Guidance listen Download

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Prince, the irrepressible Prince. He defies convention at every turn. His latest twist sent the UK record business into a tailspin. For the launch of...

When Our Leaders Fail Us listen Download

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Last week, I discussed the overpriced new music royalties facing all Internet radio stations.  The deadline to pay these new and retroactive fees is this Sunday...

Cloudy Issues Surround Internet Radio listen Download

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The current issue facing internet radio streaming has heated to unprecedented levels. On June 26, KCRW participated in a "Day of Silence" for listeners to...

Magnatune listen Download

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Most of the record industry has been trying to figure out how to make money in this declining market doing the exact same things they've...

Music for Social Change listen Download

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For many, music is the universal language that speaks when ordinary words cannot. Often an instrument for social change, music will be speaking very loudly next month,...

Social Hedonism and Deconstructing iTunes Plus listen

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A few weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal announced that promoters, Bulldog Productions, were touting a special five concert series to be held in East Hampton, New...

Current TV listen Download

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In 1981, the music business and youth culture were given a huge boost, with the advent of MTV.  That one television channel revolutionized how we experienced music,...

EMI Merges With...(Insert Name Here) listen Download

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It’s been an interesting couple of weeks for the record industry as the decline of sales continues to force shifts in the market.

Exploding Access in the Record Business: Why More Is Less listen Download

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Here's an ironic paradox. CD sales continue to spiral downwards, while Americans are exposed to more music than ever before...

Blame It on the Attorneys listen Download

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Broadcast Radio versus the Recording Industry listen Download

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According to Roll Call, which is the Congressional newspaper, the Recording Industry Association of America, or RIAA, is joining forces with several artists’ organizations to...

Internet and Satellite Radio listen Download

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The beauty and the brilliance of newfound advances in radio have inspired and reignited listeners. Just when radio was losing out to television, DVD's and...

The Record Business vs the Music Business listen Download

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The record business is fading deep into the fabric of the American culture, where online gaming, on demand television, and youTube reality outtakes competes with the excitement...