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What I Wish Beyonce Told President Obama About Spotify

Shelly Peiken | Posted 08.16.2016 | Home
Shelly Peiken

Dear Beyonce, I heard you were invited (again) to President Obama’s Birthday Bash. I saw the pics on social media. Was it fun? Silly question. You l...

Guitars, Ghosts and Rockstars! Inside the mind of Paul Reed Smith

Brett Berhoff | Posted 01.31.2017 | Home
Brett Berhoff

Brett Berhoff invites us for an exclusive backstage experience in his Legends of Music series where he spends time with the most inspiring minds from ...

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: "Suddenly" (from my newly released book)

Shelly Peiken | Posted 05.31.2016 | Home
Shelly Peiken

SOMETIMES I HEAR Simon and Garfunkel singing, "Slow down you move too fast." They're in a little bubble following me around as I scurry about my day.

Let's Hail the Purple Prince of Musical Peace

Maya Mathias | Posted 04.28.2016 | Home
Maya Mathias

As a child of the 80s, I was more enthralled by mainstream Michael Jackson, Madonna and Cyndi Lauper than by edgy Prince. My life had little angst, so Prince's dark and dangerous persona held little appeal.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Nothing Compared 2 U

Shelly Peiken | Posted 04.25.2016 | Home
Shelly Peiken

Prince could do it all. Play everything. And he could dance to boot. In heels. The night he died there was nothing on my Facebook or Twitter feed but posts about him. We all expressed our sorrow in our own way.

Is MusicAnswers the Answer?

Shelly Peiken | Posted 01.31.2017 | Home
Shelly Peiken

Photo by SDRandCo/MorgueFile A few months ago I went to Washington, D.C. to advocate for songwriters' rights. Consent decrees that were established i...

The Record Business 1965-2015

William Buckley Jr. | Posted 01.18.2017 | Home
William Buckley Jr.

Growing up in the sixties and seventies music was everywhere, it was all we talked about. It was the invitation; want to come over and listen to the new Creedence Record? Meet me at the record store?

For Musicians, Singers, and the People Who Love Them

Peter Himmelman | Posted 12.03.2016 | Home
Peter Himmelman

I say this for my brothers and sisters who have elected to become soundwave-shapers, who have given their time, their sweat, and their waking (and dreaming) hours over to this strange and hallowed profession: The world would be a mighty desolate place without you in it.

Legal Questions When Creating a Musical Group or Band

Brad Reid | Posted 11.12.2016 | Home
Brad Reid

Like it or not, law permeates our society including the arts. Musical groups find themselves surrounded by legal questions. Frequently, default legal ...

Infographic: New Money in the Music Streaming Business

MoneyTips | Posted 09.25.2016 | Home
MoneyTips

Revenues from subscription streaming services for music in the U.S. accounted for 27% of music sales across all formats in 2014, surpassing CD sales for the first time.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Dear Daughter....

Shelly Peiken | Posted 09.14.2016 | Home
Shelly Peiken

When I woke up on the first morning after delivering you to college it was quiet. Really quiet. Just as I thought, nobody was in your bed. I knew you weren't at a sleepover. Or on a school trip. This was for real.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Dear Bob Lefsetz--Please R.S.V.P.

Shelly Peiken | Posted 08.19.2016 | Home
Shelly Peiken

Of course our largest area of discourse will be our polar opposite views on the way in which music creators are being compensated (or not compensated) in the current digital economy...(yours being: stream away and embrace the new era; mine -- fair market value for my content, please).

Music Publisher Jeff Waye: Synched Up to Industry Changes

Lisa Derrick | Posted 07.29.2016 | Home
Lisa Derrick

Ten years ago, the music industry suffered a major re-set -- or what those less optimistic termed a collapse.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Disney's 'Descendants' and the Journey of a Song

Shelly Peiken | Posted 07.28.2016 | Home
Shelly Peiken

Sixteen months ago as I was walking across the Wesleyan campus on a college tour with my daughter, my iPhone buzzed. I had told myself I would not be taking business calls on this trip. But this was different.

Golf and the Music Biz with Steve Rennie

Corey Ferrugia | Posted 07.14.2016 | Home
Corey Ferrugia

Steve Rennie is a former record label executive, talent manager, concert promoter, entrepreneur, and not to mention, an incredible golfer. In a recent article, Billboard Magazine ranked Steve No. 1 on their music industry golf leaderboard.

The Grateful Dead Bids Fare Thee Well to Fans After Fifty Years

David Meerman Scott | Posted 07.07.2016 | Home
David Meerman Scott

This past weekend -- July 3, 4 and 5 at Soldier Field in Chicago -- the "core four" surviving members of legendary rock band the Grateful Dead played their final three 50th anniversary Fare Thee Well #Dead50 reunion shows, a celebration of longevity, peace, friendship and love.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Play Me

Shelly Peiken | Posted 07.06.2016 | Home
Shelly Peiken

I've been thinking about the innovation of interactive streaming--how versatile, convenient and instantly gratifying it is. Interactive, however, means that before I take off for a drive to the mall or a run on the beach I have a decision to make: what do I want to listen to?

6 Ways to Improve Your Career as an Artist in the Music Industry

Patrick Hess | Posted 06.23.2016 | Home
Patrick Hess

While there's never an immediate knowing of how a decision can impact your career, the longer you're in the business, the more you learn about how to navigate choices toward hopeful results.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: F-F-F-Fifty?

Shelly Peiken | Posted 05.18.2016 | Home
Shelly Peiken

I often say (and you've probably heard me say it), that when I started out in this business of writing songs I was twenty. Everyone else was twenty. Now I'm fifty-something and everyone else is five. I'm exaggerating about the five, but you know what I mean.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: (Not So) Gently Down the Stream

Shelly Peiken | Posted 06.30.2015 | Home
Shelly Peiken

If you've been in the songwriting business for more that a few years, you've undoubtedly seen your royalty statements fizzle so I'm sure this statement will make you crazy: Spotify is worth more than the entire U.S. music industry.

Ted Gioia's Bar Talk: Can a Musicologist Make Club Owners Pay More?

Kurt Ellenberger | Posted 06.29.2015 | Home
Kurt Ellenberger

How many club owners would ask Lady Gaga or Keith Jarrett to play for free? None. Why? Because both artists can generate ticket sales and bar receipts that exceed their fees -- a mutually beneficial arrangement for both the club owner and the artist, which is how it must be.

5 Keys to Consider with a Label Deal in the Music Industry

Patrick Hess | Posted 06.21.2015 | Home
Patrick Hess

A fairytale ending can certainly happen for an artist in the music business, but it usually comes in the form of having a wise and learned advocate who can point out the dangers that lie ahead in hopes of helping them navigate the landscape.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Songland

Shelly Peiken | Posted 06.14.2015 | Home
Shelly Peiken

Songland will be giving the average American aspiring songwriter a chance to pitch their song to top artists and producers in hopes that it will become an international smash.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: How to Find That Magic Line... or Not

Shelly Peiken | Posted 06.07.2015 | Home
Shelly Peiken

I've learned from experience, the best way to recharge my brain is to turn it off -- for a half hour at least. When I wake, my synapses will be fresh. The word or the line that eluded me before, will reveal itself voluntarily. And I will feel like a fool for not having seen it sooner.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: On Broadway

Shelly Peiken | Posted 06.01.2015 | Home
Shelly Peiken

I took my 17-year-old daughter to see Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, over spring break. Before we went to New York, and in anticipation of the show, I'm happy to say she "pre-acclimated" herself with Ms. King's music and all of its non-Auto-Tuned perfect imperfection.