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Mike McCready
Mike McCready is co-founder and CEO of Music Xray, the largest online community of music industry professionals who use the site to find new talent and music.

He has a leading voice of the emerging new music industry and in 2005 Harvard Business School published a case study on his and his team's work in the fields of marketing and strategy at a music business start-up. The case study, called Polyphonic HMI: Mixing Music & Math, continues to be taught at Harvard, Wharton, Columbia, Kellogg and many other top business schools around the world.

Mike grew up in Nebraska and now lives in Manhattan and Barcelona, Spain and spends much of his time traveling to the world on business.

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Entries by Mike McCready

Is Snowden Working for an Enemy of the US?

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 9:29 AM

Edward Snowden is likely either working for someone or he didn't think this all the way through. It seems to me that if he were a true whistle-blower, certainly he had better options than creating the current scenario. Remember, he had not been caught. Snowden revealed himself. Why did he...

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What Is On The Line For Nebraskans on Tuesday?

(1) Comments | Posted November 3, 2012 | 8:27 PM

From time to time, our major political parties are taken over and held hostage by the most extreme wing. This time it's the Republican Party's turn. It's unfortunate for the people who regard themselves as life-long centrist, family value conservatives but who don't see eye to eye with the Tea...

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What Is "Occupy Wall Street" Really About?

(20) Comments | Posted October 26, 2011 | 2:48 PM

For a long time, it has been getting harder to achieve the American dream. While average income for a full-time working male, adjusted for inflation, has remained pretty constant since 1973, the top 1% of US earners has gained ground decade after decade.

The objective economic data supporting those facts...

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Spotify Has More of a Fighting Chance Against Apple, Amazon, & Others

(12) Comments | Posted July 21, 2011 | 11:17 AM

There are those who disagree, but I think Spotify has a real shot at winning the music game in both the US and Europe -- if not beyond.

Spotify makes almost all the music in the world available to you on-demand, 24x7. That's just going to beat any cloud...

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My Celebrity Night at Ground Zero

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2011 | 10:46 PM

I live about four blocks from Ground Zero, and when I heard bin Laden had been killed by U.S. forces, I knew the celebration was something I didn't want to miss. I knew a crowd would be forming so I grabbed my iPhone, my iPad and hit the street. What...

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An Emerging Musician You Should Know About: Marina V

(2) Comments | Posted June 25, 2010 | 11:34 AM

Look back on the past few years of your life and take stock of how much music radio listening you do. Is it as much as it used to be? Chances are you've phased music radio out of your life and you haven't missed it too much. I know that's...

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How to Make It As an Artist in the New Music Business

(7) Comments | Posted May 17, 2010 | 4:26 PM

"The music industry is a cruel and shallow money trench. A long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side." - Hunter S. Thompson (misquoted)

That quote is attributed to the late Hunter S. Thompson, a music journalist from...

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Melting Pop? Latin Music in America Is Sounding More Like Pop

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2009 | 9:34 AM

Spanish language music in the US has typically been heavily influenced by Latin American beats, tropical grooves and sounds from south of the border. That's natural since this country's Latin heritage comes from those regions.

However, I've noticed a minor trend in Spanish language music becoming more influenced by American...

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A Song Review: "Faith In A Minute" by Rob Peterson

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2009 | 4:52 AM

Anything that's worth achieving typically isn't easy. The value of a lofty goal comes from the fact that not everyone has the combination of skill and drive to accomplish it. The road is tough, lonely and those who love you and support you can also have their doubts about your...

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Get It Off Your Chest -- Create A Layer Over Joe Wilson's Webpage

(7) Comments | Posted September 10, 2009 | 3:13 PM

After last night's occurrence when Congressman Joe Wilson heckled President Obama by yelling "You lie!" during Obama's address to a joint session of Congress, Wilson's official website was overrun with traffic. The site has been taken down to prevent those of us who would have liked to send him a...

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"Human Drama" by Truth Panel: Is It An Ear Worm?

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2009 | 10:21 AM

Sometimes it takes a couple listens for a song to sink in; to grow on you. Then a there are songs you just can't get out of your head after one listen. Germans call that kind of song an ear worm because it bores into your brain and begs another...

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A Song Review: "2 Scoops" by Michelle Harding

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2009 | 12:18 PM

I started a song-a-day blog a couple weeks ago where each day I post a song I like. I either find these mostly-obscure songs during the course of my day job or artists submit them to me for me to consider. The blog was chugging along...

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The High Line -- New York's Latest Public Park Where Apparently Nudity Abounds

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2009 | 1:47 PM

All last year and early this year there was a lot of anticipation in the neighborhood about the High Line, a new elevated park in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan's West Village. Personally, I didn't realize what a big deal this was for everyone but since it opened we've probably...

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A Song Review: "Every Single Day" by Jennifer Daniels

(1) Comments | Posted August 24, 2009 | 4:07 PM

I'm a sucker for a good love song but these days you don't often come across love songs that strike the right balance. They're either clichés of themselves, cross the frontier into corny or they're more about sex appeal and desire than about heartfelt, honest, old-fashioned yet never-out-of-style love.


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Jon Stewart Exposes Fox News as the New Liberals (VIDEO)

(9) Comments | Posted August 20, 2009 | 1:00 PM

Jon Stewart exposes Fox News for their hypocrisy, their double standards and their casual relationship with the facts.

If you grew up during the cold war like I did, you probably remember being told how lucky we were to not live in the Soviet Union because their media was biased...

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Social Media -- Is it a Fad?

(11) Comments | Posted August 14, 2009 | 10:51 AM

Erik Qualman has been doing his homework on the social media phenomenon that has been spreading faster than (insert your own tasteless swine flu metaphor here).

His new book called Socialnomics comes out later this month. I think you'll be hearing a lot about it in the days to...

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Being Frugal Is In Vogue - The Cheap Song By Al Lorden

(1) Comments | Posted May 4, 2009 | 9:27 AM

I'm cheap. I'm like Clark Howard. When I get money hey I feel empowered. - Al Lorden (The Cheap Song)

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This weekly song review I've started doesn't exactly do for a songwriter what Oprah's book club does for an author but let's...

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Song Of The Week - Never Really Cried by Simon Fagan

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2009 | 11:44 AM

Give it up to your teasing babe. Lead me astray. Never knew that love could ever feel this way - Simon Fagan (Never Really Cried)

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Some estimates suggest that there are more than a million songs uploaded to the Internet each year by independent...

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A Review of Rob Thomas' New Single: "Her Diamonds"

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2009 | 12:38 PM

"Her tears are like diamonds on the floor and her diamonds bring me down" - Rob Thomas (Her Diamonds)

Today is the official release date of three time Grammy-award winning artist Rob Thomas' new single called Her Diamonds. It's the first single from his upcoming album entitled Cradlesong which hits...

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The Future of the Music Industry - Part II

(56) Comments | Posted April 3, 2009 | 4:17 PM

Click here to read Part I

"It's not show friends. It's show business. " - Bob Sugar (Jay Moore): Jerry McGuire (1996)

What will happen to the major labels?

The labels were only ever going to survive as long as they remained the powerful gatekeepers between the artists and...

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