Thanks to a surge in digital sales and strong catalog sales -- and possibly the shutdown of a major P2P network -- music sales have jumped in 2011. A recent NARM-sponsored webinar by Nielsen examined the sales spike and showed a number of causes at work.
RootMusic, ReverbNation, Vevo are the top music apps on Facebook. Also, Barnes & Noble's digital strategy looks strong despite that $57 million net loss in the last quarter; Wellington, New Zealand tries free WiFi; Paul Krugman’s plea shows the best and worst of music recommendations; and Chicago finally gets an official music district.
Lady Gaga, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake are among the list of influential business people on Vanity Fair’s “New Establishment” lis, along with Sean Parker, Fred Wilson, Daniel Ek and expected list-toppers Mark Zuckerberg, Sergey Brin, Larry Page and Jeff Bezos. But who didn't make the list that might've?
Loudbytes has unveiled an advisory board with a number of well-known industry professionals, including Jason Flom (president, Lava Records), Scott Pascucci (Moneta 9), Jeff Kempler (COO, Sub Rosa) and Kevin Lyman (owner, 4FINI and partner, SideOneDummy Records)... Hollywood is selling fewer tickets but getting more revenue in the United States... It appears the headphone market is not too crowded. SOL Republic has launched with a line of four affordable headphones... And more.
Rumors about Facebook’s upcoming “music service” are heating up ahead of its f8 developer’s conference on September 22. But good luck trying to discern from the reports the type of service or partnership that might be unveiled...