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Is Former Stones' Manager The Ultimate Hustler?

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.19.2013 | Fifty
Michael Sigman

Stein is a colorful record biz icon who has played an integral role in the careers of such superstars as the Ramones, the Talking Heads, the Pretenders and Madonna.

Why Music, Part 7: Beyond Genre

Frank Fitzpatrick | Posted 05.01.2013 | Arts
Frank Fitzpatrick

Although genres in music may be useful in helping us organize our song libraries, like any labels -- racial, cultural, artistic or spiritual -- genres can limit the potential to staying open to more encompassing visions and a greater sense of personal connection.

From The Voice to PBS: Reality TV Might Save Arts Education in America

Chris Mann | Posted 04.30.2013 | Entertainment
Chris Mann

I was halfway through the press line answering questions like, "What's your favorite Christmas song? What was it like singing with Christina Aguilera? What's your favorite holiday memory?" Then I was hit with an unexpected question: "Do you think there are too many singing competition shows on television?"

Freegal: Emphasis on the the Free Public Library of Cool

The Los Angeles Public Library | Posted 04.30.2013 | Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Public Library

I write here about my experience not as an administrator since I am not one of those, or even as a librarian although I am one of those. I offer this opinion only as an impenitent bin rat that has collected songs going back to the original days of vinyl.

The Best Music News Since 1999

AP | RAPHAEL SATTER | Posted 04.28.2013 | Entertainment

LONDON — More than a decade after online file swapping tipped the music industry into turmoil, record executives may finally be getting a sliver...

Eagles Land, Then Soar in New Documentary

Michael Sigman | Posted 04.20.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

The band reached its highest altitude during the mid to late 1970s, when the single and album Hotel California cemented what Rolling Stone called their "note-perfect Hollywood-cowboy ennui."

Not the Lefsetz Letter

Seth Hurwitz | Posted 03.29.2013 | Entertainment
Seth Hurwitz

Whether it's Rebecca Black's "Friday," or that OK Go video with the treadmills, or Taylor Swift's gaudy parade of tabloid heartbreaks, fans just need the connection. Does your song capture the sweeping terror and fragile brevity of human experience?

The Latest Tectonic Shift in Music

George Howard | Posted 03.05.2013 | Entertainment
George Howard

A quick perusal of both the Grammy nominations and the charts leads to only one conclusion: The music business is in one of its periodic re-imagining phases.

Dearly Beloved, Let's Get Crazy With Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra on New Years Eve in New York City

Holly Cara Price | Posted 12.28.2012 | New York
Holly Cara Price

2012 has been quite the year by all accounts. The music industry -- which is still trying to figure out what happened to its former self -- took a serious blow by the concept of crowdfunding this year. And by concept I mean runaway success.

Huffington This Week: A Battered Borough and a Controversial Merger

Arianna Huffington | Posted 02.13.2013 | Green
Arianna Huffington

In this week's issue, Saki Knafo and Lila Shapiro put the spotlight on Staten Island, telling the story of how Hurricane Sandy collided with one man's version of the American Dream. And Jason Cherkis and Zach Carter write about a potential shakeup in the music world: a controversial merger that would give Universal Music control of 40 percent of the industry.

Hip Hoppers & Occupy -- Are We the Music We Have Been Waiting For?

Jerry Ashton | Posted 12.11.2012 | New York
Jerry Ashton

There is something about the Occupy Movement -- and especially in its recent incarnation as "Occupy Sandy" -- that brings out the best in us. And the best in us is increasingly found in the music we call Hip Hop.

Tips From the Rock n' Roll CEO No. 10: When That 'Oh Sh*t' Moment Happens, Don't Panic!

Jared Gutstadt | Posted 01.30.2013 | Small Business
Jared Gutstadt

Have you ever shown up to a major presentation, or a big meeting, or a conference, or a job interview, only to be overcome with a panic-stricken feeling when you realize, to your horror, that you forgot something huge?

How Are Songs Changing in the Move From Physical to Digital?

David Hunt | Posted 01.20.2013 | Media
David Hunt

The "hit song" is used to quickly leapfrog into another branch of entertainment or advertising -- the edges are scrubbed off of all the different genres and rap and rock and pop and electronic are melded into a vast, marketable mid region.

A Few Too Many Words in Defense of Record Store Day's Black Friday

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 01.19.2013 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

on Friday, November 23 a whole bunch of records are going to come out, and I'm going to buy some of them. Record Store Day and all its appendages remain worthy of our attention, and quite possibly our dollars too.

Good News! Ten Commandments Reduced Now to Only Nine

John Mellencamp | Posted 12.25.2012 | Entertainment
John Mellencamp

The entertainment business has been criminally assaulted by wrong-headed thinking that says we need to keep up with the Internet. No, search engines need to abide and adhere to the laws that have governed this country for over 200 years. It's a moral imperative. Thou shalt not steal.

Why Commercial Hip Hop Is A Joke

Homeboy Sandman | Posted 12.22.2012 | Arts
Homeboy Sandman

Hip hop is hurting, and so are we the members of the hip hop community. It's gotten so bad that the term "commercial rap," has gone from meaning rap that is commercially successful, to meaning rap that is actually a commercial.

Songs of Hope VIII: Helping Those With Cancer at City of Hope

Brian Lambert | Posted 12.17.2012 | Impact
Brian Lambert

Winning this kind of battle gives you great perspective on how you spend your time. I have gained an unusual confidence to prioritize my time and enjoy life (and spend as little time as possible focusing on the negative).

Did the New OneRepublic Song Rip Off Florence + the Machine?

Nico Lang | Posted 12.16.2012 | Chicago
Nico Lang

No one would credit Top 40 for being innovative, but there's a difference between "everything on the radio sounds the same" and "beyotch stole my track." Ryan Tedder's rampant recycling sends a bad message about being successful in the music industry.

Music Lessons

Jon Foreman | Posted 12.05.2012 | Arts
Jon Foreman

Will you raise your voice and sing or will you look the other way? All around us, beauty and pain are exploding into being. The song of humanity is bursting into life, tension and resolution, full of dissonance and harmony.

The Case for Vinyl

Kayley Kravitz | Posted 11.25.2012 | Arts
Kayley Kravitz

There's nothing quite like the crackle of vinyl as the speakers warm up. Mp3 files are ridiculously compressed -- you don't get that with vinyl. It's one of the purest ways to listen to music.

Zach Carter

FTC Gives Major Music Merger The All-Clear

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 09.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Trade Commission on Friday voted to approve Universal Music Group's controversial acquisition of EMI with no strings attach...

Zach Carter

Universal-EMI Merger Expected To Clear FTC Vote On Friday

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 09.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Trade Commission plans to vote on the controversial merger between Universal Music and EMI on Friday, and is currently expec...

Zach Carter

The Day The Music Died? The Dangers Of A Universal-EMI Merger

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Today, music lovers have more ways than ever before to access their favorite songs and discover artists they've never heard of. Can't li...

Amanda Palmer Wants You To Play For Free

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.14.2012 | Arts

Amanda F***ing Palmer is the queen of crowd-sourcing. She raised an impressive $1.2 million over Kickstarter this year to pay for her newest album, "T...

Universal's Gambit Poses Peril for Music Biz

Chris Sagers | Posted 11.10.2012 | Entertainment
Chris Sagers

The digital distribution cases have a certain special place, because they tell us something about how easily businesses can talk us into betraying our own common sense.