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

Shelly Peiken | Posted 08.19.2015 | Arts
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 07.29.2015 | Entertainment
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 07.28.2015 | Entertainment
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 07.14.2015 | Business
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 07.07.2015 | Entertainment
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 07.07.2015 | Media
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 06.23.2015 | Entertainment
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 05.19.2015 | Arts
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 | Arts
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 | Arts
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 | Entertainment
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 | Arts
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 | Arts
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 | Arts
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.

The 'Zero Effect': Do New Consumption Charts Penalize Compilation Records and Artists Who Window?

Chris Castle | Posted 05.31.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Castle

The number of plays from some music streaming services are now being included with sales results to rank releases in various music industry "charts" -- the standard reference point for success in the commercial music business. What are these new charts actually measuring?

What's Up With the Single?:Album Sales and the Malleability of the Promotional Song

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 05.19.2015 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

The power residing in the single is malleable. Perhaps the time has come for musicians and label executives to begin treating singles and albums as two separate entities.

Confession of a Serial Songwriter: Why a Passion on the Side Is a Must

Shelly Peiken | Posted 04.15.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

Things happen mysteriously when we're not trying so hard to make them happen. Rain falls. Hits go up charts. Babies are born. Podcast get syndicated. Why does it feel like water boils so much faster when we're not tapping our foot and holding a tea bag.

One Girl

Shelly Peiken | Posted 03.25.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

I hope I encouraged one girl to find the joy in putting even painful words on paper. I hope I sang something that will help one girl look in the mirror tomorrow and like herself a little more.

Mini-Pad Girl

Shelly Peiken | Posted 03.08.2015 | Entertainment
Shelly Peiken

Now I'm not recommending that you affix a feminine hygiene product to your iPad when you're on your way to meet a prospective collaborator. This was something that happened quite inadvertently.

A Confessions of a Serial Songwriter Merry Bliss-Mas

Shelly Peiken | Posted 02.21.2015 | Entertainment
Shelly Peiken

Hopefully, sometime in the not too distant future, records will be flying off the shelves again. Well, probably not. But who could have predicted CDs? Or iTunes? Or Lady Gaga? It's hard to tell what will come about next.

And the Winner Is...

Shelly Peiken | Posted 02.02.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

Reality singing competitions are great opportunities for songwriters. After all, whoever wins is going to need an album's worth of material. But I h...

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Slumdog Millionairess

Shelly Peiken | Posted 01.21.2015 | Travel
Shelly Peiken

I went to India to clear my head, to give my songs a different point of view. But the Universe has a way of saying "Ha" all the time. Back in the safety of my Laurel Canyon nest, I couldn't write a word for weeks. In fact, a pop song was the last thing on my mind.

I'm a Pop Singer and Spotify Works for Me

Catey Shaw | Posted 01.12.2015 | Technology
Catey Shaw

To spend more of our time trying to push people back to buying records is an exercise in futility. The smart ones will find a different way. Spotify could be that way, and if it isn't, it can definitely help transition us into a world where streaming is key, and CDs are just plastic circles.

Taylor: Swift Boat or Love Boat

Shelly Peiken | Posted 01.10.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

Last week was a convenient window for Taylor Swift haters to come out. She pulled her songs from Spotify and now has the only debut album of 2014 to go platinum in one week. Is she a music creator advocate or a savvy business woman? Perhaps she is both.

So Your Kid Wants to Write Songs

Shelly Peiken | Posted 01.05.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

When parents ask me how they can help their child be a songwriter, I pause. I don't want to hurt their feelings. Sometimes I'm afraid to tell them what I think. It may not be what they want to hear.