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Music events around next year’s Super Bowl will reach a record volume of activity. Leading the pack will be the National Football League and VH1, who've teamed to host six concerts in the week leading up to the big game.
They're showing investors a different way to think about music business models in a digital world. They're indirectly making the argument that music, just like technology, should be a consumer-facing platform around which one builds a business rather than battling to own rights as a lower-margin music "supplier" like a label or publisher.
Sarah Moll saw Bruno Mars three times this summer on his Moonshine Jungle tour. But it was halfway through the second show at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center that she knew she wanted to book him for the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show, the most-watched U.S. television event of the year.
Here, McDonald discusses the value of a college-radio-based confab in today's increasingly-digital world, the event's growing global footprint and how he sees CMJ evolving into the future.
Iconic American electronic music label Astralwerks announced this morning that it has inked a deal with headline-grabbing, Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Deadmau5 (aka Joel Zimmerman) through the artist's own mau5trap imprint.
Imagine for a moment never hearing another Beatles song at a bar, rarely ever seeing The Rolling Stones perform their early work again on television and witnessing digital services like Pandora barred from streaming any sound recording made prior to 1972 without explicit permission from rights-holders.
This semester, NYU's Steinhardt School's Village Records class and label has a new class project: working with CMJ to break an Australian band called Tigertown. Two students from Village Records are documenting the class' progress for Billboard.Biz. In this first installment we find out how the class is structured and how the band got "signed."
The Rough Trade record store brand, which includes the original Rough Trade West shop, is doing so well that it is about to open a 15,000 sq ft sister shop in Williamsburg, New York, next month.
Apple has poached high-profile Burberry chief executive Angela Ahrendts as it seeks to deepen its push into China and looks for new ways to excite consumers about its products.
The party line on whether on-demand streaming music cannibalises radio is that they’re complementary, but is that really the case? BBC Radio director Helen Boaden has given a speech admitting that there is competition too, particularly for younger listeners.
Allen singles out Byrne and Thom Yorke's criticisms of the music streaming business and argues, in effect, that they're missing the point. "The Internet and Spotify," he writes, "are not to blame for musician’s problems. It is hard for me to understand why intelligent men like David Byrne and Thom Yorke, along with David Lowery, do not appear to understand that we are in the midst of new markets being formed."
Sure, this particular guy might be a geeky early adopter type, but there’s an interesting interplay between the technology that Google makes to run its own business and sells to run other people’s businesses and help them be productive in their own lives.
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