As the old ways of operating in the music business adapt to the digital age, the very definitions of the central pieces of the puzzle—the most popular music and the companies that distribute it—are ripe for re-examination. The idea was among numerous topics at the "Making and Selling Recorded Music" panel at the second annual Billboard Country Music Summit on Tuesday.
Moderated by Country Weekly managing editor Ken Tucker, "The Country Radio Dead Or Alive?" panel at the Billboard Country Music Summit explored the questions of how and why country radio thrives while other formats are struggling. Some panelists suggested its success has to do with difficult and uncertain times.
Taylor Swift launched her Speak Now tour in the U.S. this past weekend with an impressive two-hour production that included pyrotechnics, aerialists, nine costume changes, a satellite stage and a gazebo-like lift that takes her over the crowd. For Swift, who conceived of the show’s themes and visuals, what inspired her most was Broadway shows like "Wicked."
A survey unveiled at the Country Radio Seminar indicates the genre’s primary listeners make more money than the industry realized, they’re happier with the music than the industry knew, and they’re more technologically savvy than expected.
If anyone attending the Country Radio Seminar still doubted the troubles facing the recording business, a presentation of case-study profit-and-loss statements by artist and label representatives cemented the position Wednesday during “Show Me The Money: The Economics of the Radio and Music Industry."