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What It Takes to Be a Rockstar

Christos Terzides | Posted 04.29.2015 | Entertainment
Christos Terzides

If you want to be a rockstar, don't pay heed to the article's title. And most of all, don't expect to find an answer to your quest or some secret formula here. I'm just offering some thoughts around what's currently the worst industry in the world.

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

Kurt Ellenberger | Posted 04.29.2015 | 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.

A Trojan Horse Called Tidal: It's the Strategy That Matters

Seth Schachner | Posted 04.28.2015 | Business
Seth Schachner

Barely a month after the launch of Jay Z's Tidal, with major artists lining up to show support and journalists signaling the arrival of a big new digital music gorilla, the tide of opinion seems to have dramatically turned.

After a Tidal Wave: Why the Music Industry Has Its Finger in a Dyke

Kat Bailey | Posted 04.28.2015 | Entertainment
Kat Bailey

The music industry must wake up and control the tide. Times have changed and we need to do a total 180. If we listen, understand and change before it's too late, the damage done in the past decade is reversible. If we don't, we'll be washed away by a tidal wave of our own making.

Touring Virtually: A New Way for Artists to Reach Their Fans (and Get Paid)

Tajci Cameron | Posted 04.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Tajci Cameron

My kids ask me why I like to work so much, and I tell them it's because I love what I do. I tell stories -- whether it's through music, video, a live ...

PART 1: The Real Cost of Production in the Music Industry

Patrick Hess | Posted 04.22.2015 | Entertainment
Patrick Hess

In 1985, Austrian artist Falco released his eventual number one Billboard single Rock Me Amadeus and introduced me to a technology in the music industry that hadn't really been exposed to the masses at that level.

Part 2: The Real Cost of Production in the Music Industry

Patrick Hess | Posted 04.22.2015 | Entertainment
Patrick Hess

The cost of production is often calculated on where you invest your budget and time. Creativity will always be subjective to the listener, but indifference to the notes in a song and focus on what the ear is hearing is a different prospect altogether.

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

Patrick Hess | Posted 04.21.2015 | 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.

Is Music Dead? (Thoughts on the Music Industry After SXSW 2015)

Christos Terzides | Posted 04.10.2015 | Entertainment
Christos Terzides

We live in an era when the music industry changes track almost every six months. The reason is the grown of digital marketing and social media. Many in the industry believe that this is what new artists should target.

Why TIDAL Is a Huge Money-Making Joke

Ernest Owens | Posted 04.03.2015 | Technology
Ernest Owens

Will I subscribe? I can't decide. But seriously, if the world's best musicians really think that they are "taking a stand" by charging us more money to stream their music in the name of "high-fidelity" sound... then they are seriously out of touch in more ways that I ever thought was imaginable.

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

Chris Castle | Posted 04.01.2015 | 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.

Streaming Music Finally Makes More Money Than CDs

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 03.19.2015 | Technology

Wait, people still buy CDs?

Michael Jackson's Xscape Origins: The First Review

Charles Thomson | Posted 05.18.2015 | Books
Charles Thomson

Hundreds of books have been written about Michael Jackson, but this is one of the very few must-reads to have been published since his death, forgetting his much-debated private life and shedding light on the one area most people appear least informed about; his work.

Mentoring More Women in Music Production

Diane Propsner | Posted 05.17.2015 | College
Diane Propsner

In 2013, Gender Amplified produced a highly successful music festival, which was held at her alma mater, Barnard College in NYC. Ebonie is at it again, this time partnering with the Apollo Theater Education Program to facilitate a music engineering and production workshop.

KC And The Sunshine Band Frontman Talks Recovery After Going 'Crazy On Drugs'

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 03.10.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

You know KC and the Sunshine Band from some of their biggest old-school hits, including "Get Down Tonight," "That's The Way (I Like It)" and "(Shake, ...

Mentors We Don't Realize Exist

Patrick Hess | Posted 04.25.2015 | Religion
Patrick Hess

Sitting around arm and arm with my siblings, aunts and mother eight years ago as my dad struggled for each breath is a moment in my life I will never forget.

Artist Development: A Key to Unlocking Your Purpose in Life

Corey Ferrugia | Posted 04.22.2015 | Education
Corey Ferrugia

What makes an "artist" an artist is actually in their point of view, their intention, their approach and in the way they live their lives. In this light, becoming an artist isn't a destination; it's a way of traveling.

An Open Letter to Artists, Present and Future

T-Boz and Chilli | Posted 04.19.2015 | Entertainment
T-Boz and Chilli

We are at a place in time when fellow artists can raise one another up and sponsor one another into an age of creative freedom. And in the future ahead, what we have to look forward to, as a community, is a new wave of creative expression.

Copyright is Broken. Can Congress Fix It?

William Buckley Jr. | Posted 04.12.2015 | Media
William Buckley Jr.

With the exception of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, enacted in 1998, just one year before Napster and the beginning of online piracy, many of today's copyright laws and regulations date back to 1976.

The Waiting Game in the Music Industry

Patrick Hess | Posted 04.06.2015 | Entertainment
Patrick Hess

It was during this conversation that I witnessed Spencer's eyes sparkle in a different way. For him, he knew that he had ability and some talent. He also knew he wasn't a prodigy. For Spencer, he came to understand that this mentor was talking about the layaway plan.

Vinyl Isn't As Big Of A Thing As You Think

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 01.22.2015 | Entertainment

In comparison to recent years, vinyl has made a significant surge, clawing back from what seemed like extinction. With a 52 percent increase in vinyl ...

Multi-Platinum Winning Songwriter and Poet IN-Q Talks Poetry and How to Break Into the Music Industry

Quora | Posted 03.08.2015 | Entertainment
Quora

It's easy to build on an idea if it sparks me. That being said, sometimes it's harder to find the spark than it is to fan the flames, so I am very aware of making sure I take every opportunity that comes my way.

The Top 5 Makeup Mavens in Music

Napoleon Perdis | Posted 02.16.2015 | Style
Napoleon Perdis

I've selected five of my favorite musical artists not just crushing the competition with their work, but also with their choice of beauty looks. These aren't just the ladies I'm rocking out to; these are the ones that have really impressed me makeup-wise.

Let the Music Play... Err, Stream

David Sable | Posted 02.14.2015 | Business
David Sable

Look, I don't mean to give you a history lesson or bore you with my routine. My point is simple: The debates around format or how people listen are foolish and wasted. Follow the music.