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Loudr CEO Chris Crawford On My Latest Inner Circle Podcast

Loudr CEO Chris Crawford

If you ever recorded a cover song for an album or YouTube you know how time consuming getting a publishing license can be. Loudr makes that process easy for indie artists, and went one step further by taking its technology and making it easier for publishers to get paid from streaming services as well. Loudr […]

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Why Make An Album When Nobody’s Buying Them?

Album dying

We now live in a singles world, and nowhere is this more obvious than in the recent Nielsen Music Half-Year Report. Album consumption has taken a dramatic turn for the worse, as even superstar artists aren’t seeing anything near the numbers of the past. For instance, here’s the top 10 (for the U.S.): 1 Ed […]

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How To Get In On Spotify’s $40 Million Songwriter Settlement

Spotify Settlement

If you haven’t been paying attention, Spotify recently settled a lawsuit over unpaid mechanical royalties to songwriters. The suit maintained that the company didn’t have the license to play some of the music available, while Spotify claimed that it didn’t have the information to adequately disburse the payments. Instead of fighting the lawsuit in court, […]

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Warner Music Has Best Quarter In 14 Years

It wasn’t that long ago that the recorded music industry was completely in the doldrums, knocked down to less than half its peak business by a failing physical recording business that showed no signs of being replaced by downloads. Everyone predicted the worst  as there was absolutely no faith that the fledgling streaming services could […]

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Studio Tech Gary Myerberg-Lauter On My Latest Inner Circle Podcast

Gary Myerberg-Lauter

My guest for this week’s podcast is Gary Myerberg-Lauter, who has installed and maintained studios for major facilities and superstar artists. Gary’s worked at the famed A&M Studios during its heyday, set up a major portable recording rig for Bruce Springsteen, helped run LA’s famous Cello Studios then brought it back to life as East […]

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Facebook Acquires Source3 To Take Another Step Towards Music

Source3 acquired by Facebook

Music hasn’t been a huge priority on the Facebook platform until now, but there’s a lot going on behind the scenes to make you think that it will be in the future. The latest move in that direction involves Facebook acquiring rights management startup Source3, which specializes in analyzing branded intellectual property in user-generated content. But […]

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Spotify Passes 60 Million Paid Subscribers

Spotify paid subscribers

Remember back a few years ago when many in the music industry thought that we’d never get over the 100 million total paid streaming subscriber benchmark? Remember when they predicted that Spotify had plateaued at 30 million? Remember when they opined that streaming revenue would never make up for physical product and downloads? All those […]

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AES President-Elect David Scheirman On My Latest Inner Circle Podcast

David Scheirman

It’s fair to say that AES president-elect David Scheirman is a live sound expert, since he’s done everything from mixing bands like America and Electric Light Orchestra to designing sound systems for the New York Philharmonic and the Atlanta Olympics. He’s also spent time on the manufacturing side as well in executive positions at JBL […]

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Radio Faces A Big Test In Pennsylvania That Will Affect The Country

radio

Having grown up in Pennsylvania and returning there frequently to visit family, I can tell you with some certainty that the state isn’t exactly on the bleeding edge of radio. In fact, I’m always struck by the fact that it seems stuck in the 1970s, because you hear songs predominantly from that era most any […]

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July 27, 2017

The New Song Release Schedule Explained

song release schedule

Our current Music 4.0 world requires new thinking regarding song releases. Here’s an excerpt from my Music 4.1 Internet Music Guidebook that outlines the new release schedule and it’s benefits. “If we go back to the ’50s, vinyl singles had a notoriously fast manufacturing turnaround time, despite the labor-intensive process required to make a vinyl […]

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