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Today, a look at RCA Records' strategies as we head into this important time of year, as well as an extended interview with Tom Corson and Peter Edge, RCA's president/COO and CEO, respectively. Here they discuss their label's breakout year, releases by Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, their retail strategy and the adult Xmas market, "focusing on hip hop and rock." and much more.
Owners of small to midsize music venues traded notes and beverage control horror stories yesterday at a panel organized by Bedford + Bowery. The panel, hosted at B+B’s space in Williamsburg, featured the proprietors of influential Brooklyn fixtures including Brooklyn Bowl, Glasslands, 285 Kent, Cameo Gallery and Bossa Nova Civic Club.
Though digital pipelines continue to put downward pressure on the price of music, rapper Nipsey Hussle (aka Ermias Asghedom) has market evidence that his songs are worth a premium. Hussle's latest mixtape, "Crenshaw," stunned some skeptical observers on Oct. 15 when an initial pressing of 1,000 CDs priced at $100 each sold out in 24 hours.
Think rock bands are like democracies with each band member holding equal say about where to tour, creative decisions and who to hire? Think again. Today's lesson in intra-band politics comes from Third Eye Blind, which hit it big in the '90s with chart-topping songs like "Semi-Charmed Life," "Jumper" and "How's It Going to Be."
Apple unveiled a new, thinner, lighter tablet called the "iPad Air" along with a slew of new Macs ahead of the holiday shopping season as it faces growing competition from rival gadget makers.
In what appears to be a purely protectionist move, British-based retail chain HMV's new app was removed with Apple suggesting the software was “violating App Store guidelines.” Apple had previously approved the feature.
The 30-year old singer (who was born Robert Mawhinney) applied for over $11 million in loans ($6.2 million of which he received) in order to fund his elaborate music career. To back up his claims, he provided falsified documents saying he had nearly $8 million in funds.
India is uniquely well-suited for Apple to steal APAC market share from Android; even though iPhone sales grew 400 percent in India in Q2, Apple has a wide berth for growth, as it still commands just 2.3 percent market share there. If Apple returns to the root of its original success – music – and leverages iTunes Radio, it can drive real, sustainable growth in India.
The Next Web
One of the world’s largest sites dedicated to converting YouTube videos to downloadable MP3s has lost a court battle with representatives from the music industry. YouTube-MP3, a site that was also threatened by Google in 2012, agreed to cease and desist from its current mode of operation after it was revealed it was not only ripping music from YouTube, but also archiving the MP3s for future download. Despite the loss, the site remains online – legally.
Morrissey's long awaited autobiograohy has beaten the new Bridget Jones novel to top the best sellers chart in its first week of sale.
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