Turns out that Urban Outfitters' claim of being the world's largest vinyl retailer isn't true, according to Billboard. Looks like it's actually Amazon, who hold roughly 12% of the U.S. market compared to UO's 8%. The Billboard article is also delightfully snarky:
The end result: Urban Outfitters is like Avis, and has to try harder. A Billboard analysis shows that Amazon is the largest seller of vinyl in the U.S., with about 12.3% market share, followed by Urban Outfitters with 8.1% market share. Rounding out the top five retail accounts selling vinyl, the next-largest is Hastings Entertainment with 2.8% of the market; Hot Topic with 2.4%; and Trans World Entertainment with 2.2%....
Ryan Dennehy on 09/29/14 - 05:40 PM
Somehow the Grammys had yet to allow songs featuring sampling (primarily hip hop) or interpolation to be considered for every category, including majors like Song of the Year. That changed today, with the Recording Academy announcing a number of rule and name changes that included making songs that sample valid contenders for every category.
Ryan Dennehy on 06/12/14 - 01:59 PM
Honda is putting over $50 million dollars into their advertising strategy centered around music.
Peyton also reports a direct impact on car sales from the Civic Tour over the years, but declined to share specifics. Instead, he points to a 34% lift in purchase-consideration as measured from ticket-buyers when compared to prospective auto-buyers who didn’t attend the tour. “It helps us know that we’re fishing exactly where the fish are,” Peyton says. [...] Honda's amped-up investment immediately places the brand among the most active spenders in music, let alone automotives, which for years have been led by Chevrolet.
Jason Tate on 06/12/14 - 12:34 PM
The Soroka Agency has expanded its roster of agents to include Jason Parent and Dan Campbell, formerly of Parent's Hope This Helps Booking. Among other bands, Parent and Campbell bring Real Friends, Citizen, Mixtapes, Pentimento, Living With Lions, City Lights and Turnover to The Soroka Agency's existing roster, which includes The Story So Far, Action Item, Alex Goot, Set It Off, State Champs and more. A full press release is in the replies. Congratulations to all involved!
Thomas Nassiff on 10/02/13 - 01:25 PM
An awesomely thorough study on how musicians make money has been published by The Future of Music Coalition.
From the ArticleFor musicians that perform (which the majority of those studied consisted of), live performance is the essential revenue stream. In nearly every instance, a performing musician's annual income is highly dependent on the number of shows they played. Live performance is not only important because it is a creative choice (all of the subjects indicated that they enjoy playing music for live audiences), but because it is also a controllable source of income.

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Jason Tate on 03/27/12 - 11:06 AM
According to an article in the NY Times, songwriters will soon be able to file to reclaim publishing rights from record labels.

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Matthew Tsai on 08/16/11 - 01:39 PM
Watch a video in the replies with Sumerian Records owner Ash Avildsen talking about the music industry.
Christian Wagner on 03/21/11 - 03:21 PM
Read a Wall Street Journal article by OK Go frontman Damian Kulash about the future of the music industry here.

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Matthew Tsai on 12/22/10 - 08:52 PM
This past Sunday, I sat down with Max Bemis (Say Anything), Kenny Vasoli (The Starting Line/Person L) and Chris Conley (Saves the Day) to discuss the current state of the music industry and life after being a part of a major label. Head here to read the hour long discussion, and hit the replies with your thoughts. Where do we stand? What do bands have to do to succeed? Is this all forcing creativity and weeding out bad personal investments in bands that will just break-up in a year anyway? Is the idea of the rockstar dead among the underground, or is the underground the new bohemian rockstar? Will the majors eventually fold, and there will be a level playing field amongst any and all...
Adam Pfleider on 11/24/10 - 09:27 AM
Authentik Artists CEO Scott Austin has written a new article for The Comet about the current state of digital revenue and Warner Music Group.

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Matthew Tsai on 11/19/10 - 08:04 PM
This week's interview comes from Ethan Diamond, the brains behind the popular digital distribution system known as Bandcamp. Head here to see how it all started and some interesting results on who's gaining the most momentum and sales by using the model. What do you guys think of the site? Do you think offering countless plays and full streams is way to combat leaks? Do you think the United States still needs to gain a system such as Spotify? For Rdio users and former Lala users, did it help in discovering new music without the guilt or need to download illegally? With the recent pass of the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeit Act this week, do you think some will slow their...
Adam Pfleider on 11/19/10 - 11:48 AM
This past weekend I attended Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest. The festival is put on by Transmission Entertainment. The booking agent behind TE: Graham Williams. Williams took some time to sit down and talk about his job and where he sees the touring and show scene going from his earlier roots. Is the market overly saturated with bands? Are local communities the way to go right now? How many shows can the general public afford a month, let alone in a week? Is touring the only way for bands to make money due to illegal downloading? Most important, is it the ultimate test to see if a band can and will make it? Hit the replies and last have an after class discussion.
Adam Pfleider on 11/11/10 - 03:55 PM
To end our week of band interviews, Matt sat down with John Gourley of Portugal. The Man to discuss the band's success coming out of having every album leak early and speaking out about it during each release. This brings up the interesting question of whether it's okay to download in the spectrum of being a fan, if you've constantly supported said band before and later. Are leaks and illegal downloading as hurtful as we make them out to be? Is there a difference between sharing mixtapes back in the day and flat out libraries online now? Hit the replies and let's discuss.
Adam Pfleider on 11/05/10 - 09:02 AM
Today's interview comes from Envy, with whom I recently spoke on their final show in the States after their first tour here in four years. Tetsuya Fukagawa talks a bit about how local acts start up in Japan. For our users in other countries, how are your music scenes? How do they run, especially the D.I.Y. ones? Do you think if we weren't as flooded with music and almost spoiled with numerous tours here in the United States, do you think there would be a greater appreciation for music and live shows? How would you feel to be able to only see your favorite band play every four years since they were not from your country? Hit the replies and get the discussion going.
Adam Pfleider on 11/04/10 - 12:22 PM
Continuing this week's string of interviews, Thomas recently spoke with Man Overboard about the leak and success of their album Real Talk which was released earlier this year. Head here to read the short interview. I'd like to get some discussion going today too. Do you think bands need to begin releasing their albums digitally right away? Is marketing obsolete once the public knows a record is ready to be released? Are special packages for pre-orders a great way to keep physical mediums alive amongst not only fans, but listeners as a whole? Hit the replies and let's talk. Real talk.
Adam Pfleider on 11/03/10 - 10:43 AM
This month, we'll be featuring interviews with bands, distributors and the inside men/women of the music trenches as they discuss the current industry of marketing, touring, digital distribution and trying to plug those Internet leaks. Today's interview comes from Such Gold, who recently had their new album leak in an un-mastered, un-mixed format. Head here to see what they had to say.
Adam Pfleider on 11/02/10 - 10:58 AM
Bomb The Music Industry! have released their new EP, which is pay what you want as usual.
Keagan Ilvonen on 02/13/10 - 10:52 PM
Georgia-based ska-punk collective Bomb the Music Industry! have posted four new demo tracks, all of which were recorded during the Get Warmer sessions, on their MySpace page.

The group released their third, full-length release, Goodbye Cool World, earlier this year via frontman Jeff Rosenstock's newly-founded, donation-based record label, Quote Unquote Records.
Brandon Allin on 12/04/06 - 03:18 PM
You can read an in-depth update from Jeff Rosenstock, frontman for "digital pioneers" Bomb the Music Industry!, below, in which Jeff discusses the group's forthcoming tour schedule, a split release scheduled for the new year, his ongoing recording process, the formation of a new side project, the vinyl release of Goodbye Good World, the band's previously digital-only release, and much more.
Bomb the Music Industry! UpdateUgh, man. Flood and Asbestos Records keep bugging me about getting my artwork finished for Goodbye Cool World before I go to England. What a bunch of gold diggers. Ever since punknews.org declared Bomb the Music Industry! the pioneers of digital D.I.Y., everyone's been...
Brandon Allin on 11/13/06 - 04:12 PM
Our Bomb the Music Industry! contest has closed it's doors, and our eleven, lucky winners, whose names can be found in the replies, have been chosen. We'd like to take a moment to thank each and every one of you who tested your luck, and our gratitude goes out to Asbestos Records for sponsoring this lovely event.
Brandon Allin on 11/02/06 - 04:35 PM
You can download a live show from Bomb the Music Industry! in it's entirety right here.

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Brandon Allin on 10/30/06 - 08:21 AM
Bomb the Music Industry!, the brainchild of ex-The Arrogant Sons of Bitches frontman Jeff Rosenstock, has posted two, brand new live recordings on their official MySpace page. The tracks were recorded live on October 14th at the Knitting Factory in New York City on the Skank and Destroy tour, which featured headliners Mustard Plug, as well as additional support acts Against All Authority and Westbound Train.
Brandon Allin on 10/29/06 - 02:39 PM
Just a quick reminder that our Bomb the Music Industry! contest comes to a close tomorrow, so be sure to enter for your chance to win while you still can. Also, please don't hesitate to check out all of our other contests, in which you can win a handful of great prizes from our wonderful partners.
Brandon Allin on 10/26/06 - 08:08 PM
We've teamed up with Asbestos Records and Bomb the Music Industry! to present you, our readers, with a brand new contest, in which one lucky winner will receive a test pressing of the band's forthcoming, 12" LP, To Leave or Die in Long Island, and ten runner-up winners will snag a Bomb the Music Industry! tour poster. For more information on the contest, as well as instructions on how to enter, please visit our official contest page. To Leave or Die in Long Island, which will be available on limited edition, coloured vinyl, is scheduled to see release this November via Asbestos Records.

Furthermore, please don't forget to enter all of our other contests for your chance to win a...
Brandon Allin on 10/23/06 - 01:32 PM
Bomb the Music Industry! will be releasing their sophomore, full-length effort, To Leave or Die in Long Island, on limited edition, coloured vinyl this November. For information on how to pre-order the release, please visit the Asbestos Records website. Furthermore, the album artwork has been placed in the replies for your viewing pleasure.
Brandon Allin on 10/16/06 - 07:49 PM
As promised, I had the opportunity to sit down for an extensive, informative discussion with Jeff Rosenstock of Bomb the Music Industry!, in which Jeff gives explains to readers his thoughts on the current state of mainstream music, major record labels, and more, as well as dispells rumours, and informs fans of what's next for his indepdendent project. You can read the interview for yourself right here.
Brandon Allin on 10/11/06 - 08:55 PM
In the very near future, I am scheduled to sit down for an interview with Bomb the Music Industry! As always, if you have any questions for the band, please leave them in the replies and I will do my best to get them answered.
Brandon Allin on 10/11/06 - 07:04 AM
You can listen to a brand new song from Bomb the Music Industry! entitled "The Soul Crushing Northeast" on the Quote Unquote Records music player. The track is set to appear on the band's forthcoming EP, No No New York, which is scheduled to hit stores on an unannounced, later date.
Brandon Allin on 10/10/06 - 08:01 PM
You can listen to and download a new interview with Bomb The Music Industry! on the twenty-fifth installment of the Top Welt podcast. As always, you can purchase a higher quality version of the podcast from the iTunes store.

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Brandon Allin on 09/26/06 - 07:07 AM
MTV's segment on MySpace and its role in the music industry will be airing during the times below (EST). The piece features Cute Is What We Aim For, as well as A&R reps from Atlantic (Sickamore) and Virgin Records (David Wolter, Don Rohr):
Air TimesMTV
Fri 6/16: 8:50pm
Sat 6/17: 6:50am, 4:50pm
Sun 6/18: 5:50am
Mon 6/19: 6:50am, 8:50am

Sat 6/17: 4:30am, 5:30am, 6:30am
Sun 6/18: 4:30am, 5:30am, 6:30am
Mon 6/19: 3:30am, 4:30am, 5:30am, 6:30am

Fri 6/16: 745pm, 945pm, 1045pm
Sat 6/17: 12:45am, 2:45am, 4:45am, 6:45am, 8:45am, 10:45am, 12:45pm, 4:45pm, 6:45pm, 8:45pm, 10:45pm
Sun 6/18: 12:45am, 2:45am, 4:45am, 6:45am, 8:45am, 10:45am, 12:45pm, 2:45pm, 4:45pm,...
Rohan Kohli on 06/16/06 - 06:36 PM
According to RollingStone.com, 2005 was the worst year ever for the music industry.
Frank Giaramita on 01/15/06 - 10:04 PM
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