Ken Parks

  1. Spotify's Ken Parks on an IPO, the Echo Nest Purchase (Q&A)

    March 11, 2014 4:59 AM EDT The past couple of weeks have brought a flurry of headlines about Spotify, beginning last week when it announced its acquisition of the Echo Nest for a reported $100 million and continuing with news this week of a $200 million credit line , leadi ...

  2. Spotify Content Chief Ken Parks Discusses Artist Royalty Payments Controversy, More with Mediaorite's Jason Herskowitz (Podcast)

    December 20, 2013 3:28 PM EST Spotify Chief Content Officer Ken Parks sat down for an extended discussion with leading industry thought leader Jason Herskowitz of Mediaorite about the controversial topic of artist royalty payments. Spotify has been keen to be as transparent an ...

  3. Does Streaming Cannibalize Albums?

    December 14, 2012 7:25 AM EST (Illustration by Jan Feindt) Meet Michael Acton. In many ways, he represents the past, present and future of the music business. As a teen growing up in Buckinghamshire, England, in the 1980s, Acton trawled record stores for vinyl. In his 20s, he ...

  4. The Importance Of Album Track Order In The Digital Age

    December 04, 2012 12:30 PM EST The sequencing of tracks on an album may have long been subject to artists' creative muses, but, according to A&R and streaming services decision-makers, the order in which songs appear on a set can have far-reaching effects on an acts� ...

  5. 600,000: Mumford & Sons

    October 08, 2012 1:31 PM EDT Sound the banjos! A look at how Mumford & Sons' unique touring strategy and three years of hard road work paid off. "That was quite a sunset!" Marcus Mumford, clutching an acoustic guitar against his white button-up and olive- ...

  6. Business Matters: Accounting Explains How Spotify's Business Model Can Succeed

    October 05, 2012 6:15 PM EDT A website that posts the financials of privately held companies has revived the debate about the sustainability about Spotify's business model. This is a debate worth having, but a tweak to Spotify's income statement may lead to a more i ...

  7. From This Week's Billboard: How Mumford And Sons Scored Highest First Week Sales This Year (So Far)

    October 05, 2012 4:02 PM EDT Below are excerpts from the cover story "600,000" -- an in-depth look at Mumford & Sons' album Babel which scored the highest debut week of 2012 -- from this week's edition of Billboard Magazine, which also features a featu ...

  8. Mumford & Sons' No. 1 Record Offers 'Validation To Be an Independent,' Says Daniel Glass

    October 04, 2012 12:59 PM EDT With 600,000 copies sold in its first frame according to Nielsen SoundScan, Mumford & Sons' Babel not only scored the biggest debut sales week of any album this year in the U.S. and the biggest sales week for a rock album in nearly four y ...

  9. Business Matters: Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' Smashes Spotify Streaming Record

    October 02, 2012 8:35 PM EDT The argument that subscription services cannibalize sales hit a bit of a snag last week. Mumford & Sons' sophomore release, "Babel," blew past Spotify's record for streams from an album in a single week. Spotify users in th ...

  10. Spotify Reveals New Numbers: Over 4 Million Subscribers and 15 Million Active Users

    July 31, 2012 11:25 AM EDT Spotify now has 15 million active users and over 4 million subscribers. The new numbers were revealed by chief content officer Ken Parks at the Global Business Summit on Creative Content in London. Put another way, Spotify added over 1 million sub ...

  11. Music Matters Conference Recap: Troy Carter; Spotify; The Rise of Asian Music Fests

    June 01, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Lady Gaga manager Troy Carter delivering the keynote address at the Music Matters conference in Singapore. (Photo: Crowded Studios) Music Matters , Asia's premiere music conference, held another successful edition, its 8th, digging into subst ...

  12. Business Matters: Critics of Universal-EMI Merger Still Lining Up, But Outcome Still in Doubt

    May 17, 2012 6:30 PM EDT UMG's Acquisition of EMI Expected to Experience Bumpy Road to Approval Universal Music Group's planned acquisition of EMI's recorded music division continues to spark commentary and criticism. European regulators approved the acquis ...

  13. Business Matters: Can Spotify Catch iTunes in Two Years? The Numbers Behind Sean Parker's Prediction

    March 16, 2012 10:20 PM EDT Can Spotify Catch iTunes in Two Years? The Numbers Behind Sean Parker's Prediction -- Sean Parker, entrepreneur and investor (in Spotify and other companies) predicted at SXSW that Spotify, at its current growth rate, will overtake iTunes wit ...

  14. Spotify's Ken Parks @ SXSW Panel: No Reason Why Music Biz Can't be 'Multiples of Size' Larger

    March 13, 2012 8:19 PM EDT Left to right: Billboard editorial director Bill Werde and Spotify chief content officer Ken Parks. (Photo credit: Glenn Peoples) No other digital music company -- perhaps with the exception of Apple -- has been so closely covered in the last two ...

  15. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog

    March 09, 2012 2:42 PM EST March 13, 2012 | EXCLUSIVE Exclusive: Ginger Baker Documentarian To Next Tackle Bill Laswell "Beware of Mr. Baker" director Jay Bulger (center) and producer Fisher Stevens (right) are interviewed during the film's press day on Sunda ...

  16. SXSW Interactive What to Watch For: Apps, Panels, More

    March 05, 2012 6:00 AM EST While South by Southwest's Interactive (SXSWi) and Music festivals are essentially two separate events, they do have one major thing in common: music. Many music companies will be at both conferences, having meetings, speaking on panels and n ...

  17. Business Matters: Are Royalties and Windowing Legitimate Controversies for Subscription Services?

    February 28, 2012 7:50 PM EST Are Royalties and Windowing Legitimate Controversies for Subscription Services? -- The recurring theme -- or broken record -- of digital music in the last few months has been the "controversy" regarding artists' discontent with subs ...

  18. Business Matters: A New Look at an Old Survey Finds P2P Hurts Music Purchases

    February 02, 2012 9:11 PM EST A New Look at An Old Survey Finds P2P Hurts Music Purchases -- A controversial 2007 paper on P2P's impact on CD purchases has got a second look -- with conclusions the music industry will like. A new paper based on the same survey data used i ...

  19. Spotify Up to 3 Million Subscribers Globally

    January 27, 2012 12:15 PM EST Spotify now has 3 million subscribers across its 12 markets. Chief content officer Ken Parks revealed the latest number at an event at the Universal Music UK offices, according to media reports . It's safe to say Spotify is on something of a ...

  20. Spotify Staffing Up for U.S. Launch: Who's On The Team?

    March 01, 2011 5:02 PM EST Spotify may still be missing two key major label licensing deals needed to launch. But it appears to be confident enough in its progress to staff up a U.S. team in preparation for bringing the popular European streaming music service to domestic s ...

  21. Parks Splits EMI For Qtrax

    December 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST Ken Parks, EMI's digital business development executive, is exiting the company to head operations at ad-supported music service Qtrax. Parks will serve as COO of Qtrax parent company Brilliant Technologies Corp. Parks is based in New York an ...