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Apple Music and the Race to Coexist

Seth Schachner | Posted 06.12.2015 | Media
Seth Schachner

Apple Music could have a future that more closely resembles music services from large tech titans like Amazon, Google, or Microsoft's Xbox Music. All of these have respectable if not game-changing digital music services.

Unlocking The Truth's Journey From Viral Craze To Label Hostages

The Daily Beast | Marlow Stern | Posted 03.27.2015 | Black Voices

People tend to romanticize the music industry. Behind every successful band is, it seems, a story of a renegade A&R representative who discovered them...

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.

The Music Industry Formula for Success Does Exist

Patrick Hess | Posted 11.08.2014 | Entertainment
Patrick Hess

Most recipes have an order or priority when adding ingredients. They are sometimes laid out in a particular order because it makes the end meal taste better. In the case of music, the order isn't always as critical as the time needed to prepare and cook the meal.

The Ever Changing Face of the Music Industry

Reyne Haines | Posted 10.21.2014 | Entertainment
Reyne Haines

The major labels have the money and the marketing machine to get their artists to the marketplace. The independent labels rely heavily on word of mouth via social media outlets.

How the Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian and Businessman Todd Kwait Gave New Birth to Folk Music

Lesley Daunt | Posted 08.08.2014 | Entertainment
Lesley Daunt

I recently did a post on the Ezzie Films "For the Love of the Music: the Club 47 Folk Revival" and in researching for the story found the history behind Kingswood Records, the label responsible for the unique soundtrack of the film, was as interesting as the movie itself.

5 Myths About Launching a Music Career

Patrick Hess | Posted 05.19.2014 | Entertainment
Patrick Hess

The problem I've always had with reading definitive "how-to" lists is that depending on the individual, the lists may show too much bias one way or an...

Sasha Belenky

Iran's Financial Juggernaut, The Future Of Pop Music, The First NSA Whistleblower & More Must Reads

HuffingtonPost.com | Sasha Belenky | Posted 11.15.2013 | Politics

1. The Supreme Leader's Financial Juggernaut The New York Times reported last week that Bloomberg News shelved a months-long investigation into...

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...

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...

Independent Musician Joins YouTube Conversion Site's Battle Against Google

Michael Varrati | Posted 09.25.2012 | Technology
Michael Varrati

Artists like Alex Day are lending their support to online music availability options like YouTube-MP3. Rather than resist change, people like Alex are meeting it with open arms, hoping it will lead to new opportunities for them and their audience.

Jay Frank of DigSin: Reinventing the Record Label, Part 2

Chris Castle | Posted 08.21.2012 | Entertainment
Chris Castle

DigSin signs new artists to deals that leverage new platforms, social networks and analytics that expose music to a wider audience, building popularity outside of traditional methods.

Spotify Gets New Apps

The Huffington Post | Jason Gilbert | Posted 03.22.2012 | Technology

Spotify is continuing its push to become a robust music platform, not just a music player. The company has announced a big batch of new apps that will...

Zach Carter

ERROR 404: Congress Wants To Break The Internet

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 11.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- At a House Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, Democrats and Republicans joined together to voice support for legislation that would ...

Red Bull Records Scores with Artist Development

Tamara Conniff | Posted 01.01.2012 | Entertainment
Tamara Conniff

Red Bull Records has stayed under the radar, silent under the umbrella of the massive beverage company, putting the artists first, and doing something very old school -- artist development.

Apple iCloud -- Amnesty for Music Pirates?

David Kusek | Posted 08.07.2011 | Arts
David Kusek

For slightly more than $2 a month, everybody will soon have access to all the music they can find, steal, share, rip, produce, morph or buy using iTunes Match. Is this amnesty for all the music pirates? I hope so.

Why The Major Labels Might Be Right This Time

Jeff Pollack | Posted 07.29.2011 | Arts
Jeff Pollack

If you're one of those that feels that major labels are the root of all evil, you may want to skip this post altogether because this time I'm sticking...

Musicians May Be Owed BILLIONS In Unpaid Royalties

David Kusek | Posted 06.07.2011 | Arts
David Kusek

If you are a recording artist or a manager and have been distributing music on iTunes under a deal with one of the big record labels, pay attention. ...

Debating the Future of the Music Biz: Big Bang Forum Stirs it Up

Jeff Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Jeff Pollack

This is not a signal of the death of the music industry, but proof that there is a vast market out there full of consumers willing to spend money.

Music in Free Fall

Jeff Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Jeff Pollack

I was watching the Isle of Wight documentary from 1970 when I realized that the emergence of Napster was in fact nothing new, but rather the latest skirmish in the battle for putting a price on music.

Time for the Boulez Blimp?

Albert Imperato | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Albert Imperato

In the post-O.J. media age, the bar has been raised and us classical music promoters are going to have to jump a bit higher to get people's attention. Boluez Blimps. DiDonato Dirigibles.

Apple Joins Forces With Record Labels

Financial Times | Matthew Garrahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Apple is working with the four largest record labels to stimulate digital sales of albums by bundling a new interactive booklet, sleeve notes and othe...

On My Mind: The State of the Music Business

John Mellencamp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Mellencamp

Had the music industry not been decimated by a lack of vision caused by corporate bean counters obsessed with the bottom line, musicians could still create music rather than having to market it as well.

Making Music Green

Cliff Hunt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Cliff Hunt

In Canada all four major labels have exclusively switched to digital distribution for promotional releases, preventing the manufacture and shipping of millions of ecologically harmful CDs.