Dan Rys is the news director at Billboard, who has written for Rolling Stone, Vice and the Village Voice, and most recently worked as the senior editor of XXL Magazine. He probably likes funk music more than you do.
As the founder of Island Records, Chris Blackwell guided the careers of Bob Marley, U2, Cat Stevens and more. Now, with the label he launched turning 60, one of the music business’ greatest-ever moguls looks back on a career, and a life, well-lived.
If three makes a trend, the music industry is in full-on rebound mode. In 2018, for the third straight year, recorded-music revenue grew by double-digit percentages in the United States, according to the RIAA, up 12 percent to $9.8 billion.