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. 

Neil Young Announces Launch of PonoMusic, Kickstarter Campaign

Neil Young Announces Launch of PonoMusic, Kickstarter Campaign

PonoMusic, an online music store and a playback device conceived by Neil Young, is finally coming to market. The music system, which focuses on high fidelity digital audio playback and claims to improve upon the sound MP3s offer, will first enter the market through a campaign on a crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.
Spotify Obtains $200 Million Credit Line In Advance of Possible IPO (Report)

Spotify Obtains $200 Million Credit Line In Advance of Possible IPO (Report)

Spotify, one of the world's largest music subscription services, has obtained a $200 million credit facility from lenders which may indicate an initial public stock offering is in the works, according to a report in the Financial Times. The credit was financed at the end of last year by Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs.
Midem 2014: Takeaways & Survival Tips



Midem 2014: Takeaways & Survival Tips



While its impossible to take in the entirety of Midem, the international music conference, over the course of its four bustling days several recurring themes became readily apparent, including, Google bashing, going all-in on streaming and major news announcements. And, by its end, we had pretty much figured out how to survive with our wallets and sated appetites mostly intact.
The Int'l Power Players Speak: Seymour Stein, Martin Mills, Alison Wenham, Frances Moore, Willard Ahdritz on Paul McGuinness, Midem & More (Q&A)

The Int'l Power Players Speak: Seymour Stein, Martin Mills, Alison Wenham, Frances Moore, Willard Ahdritz on Paul McGuinness, Midem & More (Q&A)

It only makes sense that at this year's Midem a large contingent of Billboard's International Power Player list would be in attendance. Here, at Billboard's event honoring longtime U2 manager Paul McGuinness, we caught up with a power coterie that included music legend and former Billboard Industry Icon Award winner Seymour Stein, Beggars' Martin Mills, IFPI's Frances Moore, AIM's Alison Wenham and Kobalt's Willard Ahdritz
Business Matters: World Coming Around to U2 Manager Paul McGuinness' Piracy, ISP Views

Paul McGuinness on Life After U2, Midem, Calling Out Tech Companies (Q&A)

Paul McGuinness, legendary U2 manager and winner of this year's Billboard Industry Icon Award, does not mince words. Not only did he deliver one of Midem's best speeches at the award's ceremony, but he also gave a fantastic follow-up interview discussing life after U2, his thoughts on major tech firms, the Midem conference and why he's not afraid to jump into the fray.
Facebook Turns 10: Ime Archibong on Paper App, Going Global, Value to Music Biz (Q&A)

Facebook Turns 10: Ime Archibong on Paper App, Going Global, Value to Music Biz (Q&A)

On the occasion of the platform's 10-year anniversary, Billboard spoke with Facebook's Strategic Partnerships lead Ime Archibong at Midem, who was at the industry conference networking with and learning from the music business. Discussed: How the company's move to mobile worked successfully, why the kids still care about Facebook, the just-launched Paper and more.

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