Michael Kurtz

  1. Record Store Day Retailers Report Big Spikes, Best-Ever Sales

    April 24, 2014 7:00 AM EDT In a week when overall U.S. album sales were down 2.2% over the same week in 2013, the independent record store sector collectively rode the Record Store Day sales bonanza to an 11.2% gain, according to Nielsen SoundScan (charts below). Indie ...

  2. Record Store Day’s Michael Kurtz on Exponential Growth, Not Selling Out (Video Q&A)

    April 17, 2014 3:34 PM EDT  As Record Store Day's stature has grown over the last seven years, it's easy to lose sight of the international music retail celebration's humble beginnings. Here, on the eve of Saturday's (April 19) event, Billboard sat down ...

  3. Bringing Record Stores Back to Black: Record Store Day's Carrie Colliton on U2, Retail Celebration and... Cassettes?

    November 27, 2013 12:18 PM EST When Record Store Day's Black Friday event was launched in 2010, the idea was to take advantage of the increasing profile of the annual brick-and-mortar celebration at a time when customers were (quite) receptive to spending money on their lo ...

  4. Morning Fix: Steve Barnett Officially Head of Capitol; U2's McGuiness On Frank Barsalona; Berklee Study on Music Biz Jobs, Salaries

    November 27, 2012 7:55 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business e-newsletters UNIVERSAL OFFICIALLY NAMES STEVE BARNETT CHAIRMAN/CEO OF CAPITOL MUSIC GROUP: Universal Music officially named former Columbia Records COO ...

  5. Global Retail, Labels Plan For Record Store Day 2013 at NARM

    May 10, 2012 10:31 PM EDT While this year's Record Store Day was a resounding success, retailers and labels met in a townhall meeting to figure out how they can make next year's event even bigger. The meeting started with a report from a couple of international p ...

  6. Record Store Day Co-Founder Eric Levin on In-Stores, Exclusive Releases, Iggy Pop's Ambassadorship

    April 20, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Eric Levin is a co-founder of Record Store Day (RSD), owner of Atlanta's Criminal Records and head of the Alliance of Independent Media Stores. Though this year he's scaled back his involvement with RSD to focus on his retail business ( ...

  7. Indie Retailers Bring Exclusive To Black Friday

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The organizers of Record Store Day are bringing a slew of exclusive releases to independent music retail for the upcoming "Back to Black Friday" promotion on November 26. The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally the busiest shopping d ...

  8. One Last Thing On Record Store Day...

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It keeps snowballing, doesn't it? By all accounts this year's Record Store Day was, again, a success when measured by awareness, turnout and sales. And because many Record Store Day reports tend to be anecdotal, it's nice to get a l ...

  9. Stores Gear Up For Record Store Day

    April 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While Record Store Day is a coordinated event launched by the three national retail coalitions, its up to each individual store to create their own magic, says Music Monitor Network executive director Michael Kurtz, one of the organizers of the da ...

  10. Reports: Traffic, Sales Up At 2009 Record Store Day

    April 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Thanks to the 82 exclusive releases and limited availability, customers lined up at record stores all around the country on Saturday morning and helped kickoff Record Store Day 2009 with a bang. Reports suggest traffic pick-ups and sales volume th ...

  11. Music Monitor Network Goes West

    February 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST Michael Kurtz, the head of indie record store coalition Music Monitor Network, is to relocate his office from New York to Los Angeles at the end of February. Kurtz cited two reasons for the relocation, stating, "As a group, MMN blew past the ...

  12. NARM Coverage: 'Winning At The Digital Game'

    May 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Orchard's VP of global licensing Brad Navin called upon independent retailers to more aggressively launch digital download stores. Speaking on an indie retail panel at the annual NARM convention in Chicago, Navin observed that he hasn ...