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. 

Backbeat: Fashion's Night Out NYC: St. Vincent at Rag & Bone, Chairlift at Prada

Backbeat: Fashion's Night Out NYC: St. Vincent at Rag & Bone, Chairlift at Prada

At Fashion's Night Out in NYC, teeming masses of well-heeled-and-accessorized fashionistas overran the streets of downtown Manhattan. Mixed in with their sartorial spleandor were musicians who performed throughout the evening at a variety of spaces, including, among many others, St. Vincent who played Rag & Bone and Chairlift who played the Prada store.
Morning Fix: Apple's Pandora-Rival Plans; Obama, Madonna & Twitter; MTV's Not-So-Shocking VMAs

Morning Fix: Apple's Pandora-Rival Plans; Obama, Madonna & Twitter; MTV's Not-So-Shocking VMAs

Today, we're admittedly trying to energize our base with this morning's music news round-up. Today, One Direction and Rihanna find love and moonmen at MTV's not-so-shocking VMAs; Apple's getting into the Pandora business; Obama smashes political Twitter record (but not Madonna's); Lady Gaga's premium app model; France's Hadopi touts its successes; way more.  
Morning Fix: Bankers Big Winners in EMI-UMG Deal; SEO B.S.; VMAs Relevance; Matchbox 20 Aim For No. 1

Morning Fix: Bankers Big Winners in EMI-UMG Deal; SEO B.S.; VMAs Relevance; Matchbox 20 Aim For No. 1

With the new school year upon us, you can cross your morning music news fix off your supplies list. Today, Bankers to rejoice most if UMG-EMI deal is approved; MTV's VMA's fight for relevancy and choreographed outrageousness; Matchbox 20 aim for the top; HMV shuts nine stores;  brands hire YouTube stars; top hip-hop moguls; way more. 
Morning Fix: Bob Dylan Streaming & Reopening; Spotify Unhitches Facebook; iPhone 5 Predictions

Morning Fix: Bob Dylan Streaming & Reopening; Spotify Unhitches Facebook; iPhone 5 Predictions

While you peacefully slumber the music news is flooding the interweb as the busy fall season gets underway. This morning: Dylan streams his 35th album & reopens an historic venue; Spotify untethers  from Facebook; bold predictions for the iPhone 5, which should launch next week; Kickstarter's non-refund policy; Taylor Swift's single outsells albums; and much more.
Morning Fix: EMI/Universal; Scooter Lands Psy; AEG's Michael Jackson Emails

Morning Fix: EMI/Universal; Scooter Lands Psy; AEG's Michael Jackson Emails

Top o' the mornin.' It's September, FYI, and there's a ton 'o music happenings: The E.U.'s reportedly on the verge of approving the UMG-EMI deal; Scooter Braun has signed Korean viral video sensation Psy; AEG execs' emails on Michael Jackson's health come to light; Liberty Media inches closer to Sirius XM takeover; A2IM goes to Asia; and way more.
Morning Fix: Bertelsmann Wants EMI Assets; Jay-Z's 'Made In America' Costs; Twitter's New Tools

Morning Fix: Bertelsmann Wants EMI Assets; Jay-Z's 'Made In America' Costs; Twitter's New Tools

It's Labor Day weekend, why go down the rabbit hole of web surfing for music news when we've got it all right here? Today, Bertelsmann is looking to snap-up sold-off EMI assets; Philly's mayor leaves out one important detail of Jay-Z and Bud's "Made In America" shows; Twitter has new ways to target you; Emeli Sande's 2012 UK album sales surpass Adele's; and way more.

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