April 7, 2016

9 New Rules For Success In Today’s Music business

Success in the music business

We’ve gone through a mighty change in the music business over the last 10 years, and it keeps on morphing and evolving every day. Since these changes are constant, many of the old school rules pertaining to success in the music business no longer apply. Here’s an excerpt from the latest edition of my Music […]

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YouTube To Introduce A Live Streaming App

YouTube Connect

Where once we lived in a world of pre-recorded video, that’s changing rapidly as millennials increasingly show how much they love live streaming. For instance, Periscope has posted more than 100 million broadcasts since its debut in March of 2015, and Snapchat Live Stories has as many as 100 million users per day, which has […]

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New Apple Technology Rids Songs Of Swear Words

Free Speech with conditions2

Here’s one for the 1st amendment. Apple has been granted a patent named “Management, Replacement and Removal of Explicit Lyrics during Audio Playback” for technology that can automatically scan a song being streamed and edit out any swear words in the lyrics. According to an article in Business Insider, the technology is different from automatic beeping […]

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SoundCloud Launches Its Subscription Tier

Soundcloud Go

It’s been rumored for months, and it’s finally happened. SoundCloud has launched a subscription tier to its streaming service called SoundCloud Go and it’s priced at what’s now become the standard – $9.99 per month ($12.99 for iOS). The fact of the matter is that SoundCloud Go seems like it’s more to appease the major labels […]

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U.S. One Of 4 Countries That Doesn’t Pay Artists For Radio Airplay

Car Radio

Radio is still a big part of an artist’s success, but did you know that an artist doesn’t get paid for radio airplay in the United States? Songwriters get paid from money collected from broadcasters by ASCAP, BMI or SESAC, but there’s no mechanism in place for an artist to get paid for the same airplay. […]

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Branding For Musicians Quick Overview

Branding For Musicians

Last summer I was a thought-leader at David Cutler’s wonderful SAVVY Musician program at the University of South Carolina, which is basically a mini-MBA program for musicians. The program not only teaches you have to think like an entrepreneur, but produce results as well. Here’s a brief branding outline that I gave while there, which […]

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March 23, 2016

Twitter Can’t Get Young Users

Twitter not for Gen Z

If you’re an artist or in a band then you’re probably on social media to reach your existing fans and to expand your fanbase. There’s a problem though, in that it’s getting a lot harder to do that, especially with the biggest social platforms available. This is especially evident with Twitter, which still has 320 […]

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Former Taylor Swift Manager Rick Barker On My Latest Inner Circle Podcast

Rick Barker and Taylor Swift

This week’s guest on my Inner Circle Podcast is Rick Barker, who helped launch the career of Taylor Swift as her first manager. In the interview, Rick provides an overview of how Taylor became such a huge star, and gives us some insights into how the music business has changed since she hit the scene. […]

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