Andy Gensler

Billboard.biz Contributing Editor

Billboard.biz contributing editor Andy Gensler is a writer, editor and enthusiastic dancer who has worked at and written for the New York Times, Rolling Stone and Spin. He co-founded the Mishpucha music collective and the No Dancing Allowed political organization fighting NYC's restrictive cabaret laws. He also edited the Daily Swarm and played guitar in the Homefries, an eclectic folk-metal-country-gypsy-punk band. 

Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan and David Bowie: Classic Rock Icons in the Digital Age

Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan and David Bowie: Classic Rock Icons in the Digital Age

It’s been an extraordinary last couple of days for three icons of classic rock who this week faced a music industry they couldn’t have possibly imagined in their heydays. Yet each of Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, and David Bowie faced unique and very different sets of circumstances -- music streaming services, reversion rights and releasing a global digital single.
Philly Fourth Of July Jam Partners With VH1 on Nat'l Broadcast, Live Streaming

Philly Fourth Of July Jam Partners With VH1 on Nat'l Broadcast, Live Streaming

The annual Philly Fourth of July Jam announced today it is partnering with VH1 for exclusive broadcast, digital and live streaming rights. The concert will be available nationwide through live broadcast on VH1 and high-definition music channel Palladia and live streaming on VH1.com. The deal was negotiated by Shawn Gee of the Blueprint Group and Scott Mirkin, the festival's executive producer.
Morning Fix: CES Round-Up; EMI Layoffs; David Bowie's New Single; Muve Hits 1.1 Million U.S. Subscribers; Elvis' Top Billboard Feats

Morning Fix: CES Round-Up; EMI Layoffs; David Bowie's New Single; Muve Hits 1.1 Million U.S. Subscribers; Elvis' Top Billboard Feats

What a Fix. Today, more EMI layoffs; Rizvi Traverse buys 75% of SESAC; Consumer Electronics Show kicks-off; Muve in dead heat with Spotify; Thin White Duke drops first single in a decade, new album coming; Sony releases Dylan copyright extension album; coroner confirms Amy Winehouse cause of death; Ticketmaster's inauguration glitch; way more. Also, a very happy Elvis' birthday to you!
Morning Fix: Sony and BMG's Joint Parlophone Bid; Max Hole Named UMGI CEO; CES Preview

Morning Fix: Sony and BMG's Joint Parlophone Bid; Max Hole Named UMGI CEO; CES Preview

Rise and shine, it's time for your Morning Fix: Today, Sony & BMG join forces n UMG's EMI divestment bids; Max Hole named UMG Int'l chairman/CEO; Consumer Electronics Show preview; streaming and 2012's digital numbers; Sony's UK's financials; Varese Sarabande gets bought; Vimeo lawsuit; Rolling Stones, Coachella and a polo ball; way more.
Max Hole Named Universal Music International Chairman and CEO

Max Hole Named Universal Music International Chairman and CEO

Max Hole has been named chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group International, Group CEO and Chairman Lucian Grainge announced today. Hole will be based in London and responsible for the company's global operations outside the United States and will also oversee UMG's worldwide classical music business.
The Year in International: Think Globally, Act Globally (Like PSY)

The Year in International: Think Globally, Act Globally (Like PSY)

The music business in 2012 continued its inexorable march towards increased globalization at an ever-greater velocity. The year’s biggest industry stories often weren’t limited to just the top music markets -- the U.S., Japan, Germany, the U.K. and Australia -- but the entire globe as artists, labels, promoters, retailers, tech companies -- and especially a certain pudgy Korean rapper -- both thought and acted globally.

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