Category Archives: The Biz

Does “Mid-turbo” Equal “Wimpy”?

There have been a couple of interesting pieces in Billboard recently by Sean Ross, who worries (I think) that pop radio is in danger of becoming “wimpy”. This would appear to be a bad thing. It’s hard to tell, since … Continue reading

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Stating the Obvious

Sometimes you need to hit them over the head with it: HT: Chris Weingarten

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Bad Example: Why Cat Power Shouldn’t Be the Poster Child of Indie’s (Supposed) Collapse

I hope I don’t sound like too much of a jerk for what I’m about to say. Let me just point out at the very beginning that I have all the sympathy in the world for what Chan Marshall (aka … Continue reading

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Selling Music the Old-Fashioned Way?

That Taylor Swift’s Red had the biggest first week sales since 2002 isn’t much of a surprise. Swift has done everything she needed to do and then some to hold onto her fan base for the last two years, and … Continue reading

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Giving Credit

A couple of weeks ago I attended a “Summer Social” at the Rhapsody offices here in Seattle. They opened the place up in the early evening so people could come by, take a tour, talk to staff, and, if they … Continue reading

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Market Forces

While Simon Reynolds and Maura Johnston have both offered elegant, convincing theories as to why catalog sales have been beating current product over the last few months, Jay Frank at FutureHit.DNA offers a simpler, market-driven solution. [Catalolg sales] have been … Continue reading

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“I’m About to Own the Music Industry, So Let Me Tell You How I’m Going to Run It”

In an interview with the Financial Times (registration required), Universal CEO Lucian Grange, who’s awaiting approval to buy EMI’s recorded music division (Sony scooped up their publishing last week), says he’s working on a collaborative “manifesto for the new music … Continue reading

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Some Things Never Change

Back in January, American Idol alum Kellie Pickler released her third album,100 Proof. Opening with “Where’s Tammy Wynette”, the album’s a fascinating throwback to the country style of the late 60s and early 70s. Despite being the best country album … Continue reading

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Yep, that’s about it

All Of The Arguments About Digital Music, Summarized You only need to read the last two lines to get the whole picture.

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Boycott/Not Boycott

So I’m working on the latest Hot 100 Roundup, putting together the Spotify playlist. Uh-oh, I think, The Black Keys, who have probably gotten more publicity for boycotting Spotify than they have for their music, are on the list; I’ll … Continue reading

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