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Do Catalog Releases Make The Charts Inaccurate?

frontline vs catalog

It’s been a fact of life in the recorded music business that the records known as “frontline” releases get all the attention. The big marketing dollars, the promotion, and any sales push is reserved for only the latest releases, and that attention changes pretty quickly on to the next new one unless it’s a big […]

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Artist Visits To Streaming Services Show Why Radio Feels Old

Radio old

If ever there was a sign that radio is a promotional thing of the past when it comes to breaking a record, Pink recently visited every Spotify office and Apple Music headquarters in order to muster support for her latest release. This seems to be a growing trend, where artists are ignoring terrestrial radio in […]

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October 16, 2017

Avenged Sevenfold Lawsuit Could Change Label Contracts Forever

Avenged Sevenfold

It doesn’t matter whether you know who Avenged Sevenfold is or not, the Huntington Beach, CA metal band is attempting something pretty rare in the music business that could end up changing how record label contracts are forever written. The band is challenging what’s known as the “7 year rule” that labels have employed in […]

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Taylor Swift Makes A Bundle Since Returning To Streaming

Taylor Swift back on streaming

One of the reasons that management pulled the Taylor Swift catalog from all streaming services in 2014 was that the revenue from streaming wasn’t sufficient to warrant it being there. Swift was the biggest artist in the world at the time and didn’t need the additional exposure, and she was still selling CDs, so other […]

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Most Billboard Album Charts To Now Include Streaming

Billboard 200

After updating the Billboard 200 chart to reflect both streaming and track sales a few years ago, Billboard is now doing the same for most of it’s other genre-based album charts as well.  The following charts will now reflect the new measurement methodology starting this week: Top Country Albums Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, plus: -R&B Albums -Rap Albums […]

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Music Industry News Roundup For The Week Of 12/30/16

Music Industry News Roundup

Here’s the Music Industry News Roundup for the week of December 30th, 2016, the last week of the year. As expected, there hasn’t been much in the way of blockbuster news, but there have been some interesting pieces. Mozart was not #1 in album sales. A story made the rounds that a box set by the […]

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The Album Is Dying, And Good Riddance

Album sales

The music business was once all about the single song, transitioned to the album, and looks to be transitioning back again, as album sales sink lower and lower. While the writing may be on the wall that the concept of an album may be as outmoded as a buggy whip, artists, bands and record labels […]

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Steve Miller’s Rock n’ Roll Hall Of Fame Rant

Steve Miller 2010

I’ve been no fan of the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, as you probably know if you read this blog. I don’t believe there should be such an institution, since there’s really no way to quantify who should be in it, unlike a sports HOF where there are plenty of statistics to gauge someone’s […]

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Your Cover Songs May Not Be Streamed

Mobile Cover Songs

Doing a great cover version of a hit song has been a successful tactic in helping to raise the visibility of an artist or band for some time, but that practice may soon come to an end thanks to new efforts by iTunes, Spotify and other streaming services. More and more, digital streaming services are […]

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