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David Carr writing for the NY Times on the current state of the cross section of brands and music:
And in a move that might seem redundant given the irony that she had already coated herself with, Lady Gaga invited the performance artist Millie Brown on stage to drink a bottle of neon green liquid and vomit all over her. Her actions — to happily shill for Doritos, then deliver a lecture on the importance of independent thought — perfectly encapsulate the conflicted state of the industry.
Jason Tate on 03/19/14 - 08:53 PM
According to the annual report from the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry), total music sales revenues in 2012 increased by 0.3% from 2011. This marks the first time that record sales have increased since 1999. Revenue from digital sales increased by 9% from 2011, and revenue from streaming services increased by a whopping 44%. The report also tells us that the best-selling song worldwide last year was "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen (12.5 million units sold), and that for the second consecutive year Adele had the best-selling album, moving 8.3 million copies of 21 in 2012.
Chris Collum on 02/26/13 - 11:41 AM
Damon Krukowski of Galaxie 500 has written a column for Pitchfork discussing the business of royalties since releasing the band's first LP in 1988 to streaming services' payouts now.
From the ColumnTo put this into perspective: Since we own our own recordings, by my calculation it would take songwriting royalties for roughly 312,000 plays on Pandora to earn us the profit of one-- one-- LP sale. (On Spotify, one LP is equivalent to 47,680 plays.)
Adam Pfleider on 11/14/12 - 12:36 PM
This week's Consequential Apathy is dedicated to the bands that did their thing in a short time and made a mark for future bands to come, just their hometown or even a small group of friends. You can read my thoughts after seeing one of my close friend's band play their final show. I want you to think of all the bands that lasted for such a short time but made a huge impact in your life. Head to the replies and be "that guy" who saw "that band" when.
Adam Pfleider on 08/03/12 - 12:44 PM
You're going to need some time to sit down for this one this week. In case you haven't yet, please read NPR intern Emily White's blog. Then read professor and ex-musician David Lowery's response. Then read Travis Morrison of The Dismemberment Plan's response to Lowery. If you make it through all of that, I've got some thoughts on all three pieces here. What I want you to think about this week is the tangible ownership of music. If there's one vinyl record or CD in your collection that you would never part with, why? When and where did you get it, and is there a story behind it? Would love to hear why the tangible medium will never die from music fans instead of the press.
Adam Pfleider on 06/20/12 - 12:47 AM
In another interesting industry story, this article claims (behind quotes from anonymous "highly placed digital music sources") that Google has offered at least one record label over $1 billion "for all the rights in every country for every piece of music and for every platform." A piece of the article is below.
From the ArticleWhat, one may ask, is Google thinking? “Who knows,” said the source. “It really doesn’t matter because they would screw it up anyway (referring to the fact that Google’s music service has been less than dazzling). Evidently they have a big content group and they have to have something to do to justify their existence.”

So how have the labels responded?...
Thomas Nassiff on 05/16/12 - 08:50 AM
A jam-band called String Cheese Incident is buying a large amount of tickets to its own shows from Ticketmaster and re-selling them to its fans via its own website to help fans avoid Ticketmaster service charges. The band is simply eating the service charge costs themselves, in an attempt to "stage a symbolic protest as part of a decade-long conflict with Ticketmaster." A snippet of the article is below. What are your thoughts on Ticketmaster's service charges, which the article states can add 30-40 percent to the cost of an order?
From the Article“It costs us money to sell the tickets,” Keith Moseley, the band’s bassist, said. “But we are going to eat that cost this summer in order to...
Thomas Nassiff on 05/16/12 - 08:39 AM
This week's record sales charts are in, and it looks like Attack Attack!'s This Means War managed to sneak into the top 10 overall with 17,500 sold. Congrats to Rise Records. Perhaps more importantly, they outsold Nickelback - who came in at No. 11. Please leave your thoughts on this in .gif form in the replies. Also relevant: Adele sold under 100,000 units of 21 for the first time in a long time, but if you count sales of 19, she was still over that benchmark.
Thomas Nassiff on 01/25/12 - 09:01 AM
This weekend I wrote an extensive editorial about the importance of putting value in music both as artists and fans alike. You can read it here.
Adam Pfleider on 11/21/11 - 10:47 AM
A writer for the Boston Pheonix wrote an article earlier this month about the fall of the Columbia House subscription service and how it relates to present day online pirating.
QuoteAnd yet, the record club was one of the most ingenious marketing ploys of the 20th century, perhaps right up there with rock and roll itself. It introduced the notion of getting music for free — which may have ultimately led to its own destruction, when people stopped buying even CDs. But those of us who remember it in its prime find pause when pillaging a torrent site or googling for the .rar file of a new album, and remember the halcyon era when checking off which records to get for "free" with an...
Adam Pfleider on 11/18/11 - 10:30 AM
Edit: Whoops. We made a mistake. These numbers are only given about 54% of the total data. Sorry for the confusion.

Blink-182 sold just under 76,000 copies of Neighborhoods in its first week. That was good for third on the charts, behind J-Cole and Adele. The entire top 10 can be seen in the replies.
Thomas Nassiff on 10/04/11 - 06:30 AM
This week's Five and Alive is brought to you by "Theeee Siiimpsoooons...do do do dodo do do..." and includes commentary from Nick Reinhart of Tera Melos. If you love the show and want to read some thoughts about satire on the music industry written in 1996, I highly recommend that you check this one out.
Adam Pfleider on 08/12/11 - 08:09 AM
What are the odds of being successful as a band without a record deal? The math says: not good. Note: This research paper is written with the UK musician in mind. However, its findings may loosely translate to USA musicians and other territories.
Jason Tate on 06/23/11 - 10:51 AM
In an article that's a complete 180 from what seems to be the popular opinion here, Jeff Pollack of The Huffington Post argues in support of major record labels. What do you think?

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Matthew Tsai on 05/31/11 - 11:41 AM
Here's a lengthy look at how the music industry is ultimately killing itself.
ArticleThe battle to prevent filesharing has been lost, rightly or wrongly, but there are still plenty of honest folk out there willing to exchange cash for music in one form or another, and it's not that they don't want to recognise its value. It's that record labels no longer know how to earn their money, and can't decide how to let them pay for it anyway.


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Matthew Tsai on 05/31/11 - 11:36 AM
Last week, Punknews ran a poll and discussion about the business model of Kickstarter. Two days ago, booking agent Neil Rubenstein, a prominent figure for some time in the Long Island music scene, voiced his opinion on the subject. Of the people I've shown his blog to, some agree and some completely disagree with his thoughts on the contemporary model.

Since the '80s D.I.Y. punk and hardcore scene, bands have worked odd jobs, used illegal methods to go about booking tours and lived in absolute squalor in co-op style houses across America. This has been going on for years and still does to this day. At the turn of the new millennium, technology took over and as we all are more than...
Adam Pfleider on 04/15/11 - 12:32 AM
Check out an article that I wrote about the struggles of the music industry in early 2011 here. It includes quotes from Vinnie Fiorello (Less Than Jake/Paper + Plastick Records).
Thomas Nassiff on 02/24/11 - 01:00 PM
Move over illegal file sharers, the music industry has their sights on someone else.
Adam Pfleider on 07/14/10 - 03:11 PM
The fine folks over at Authentik Artists have released a new podcast, which centers on streaming music services available to artists. If you haven't checked out their other podcasts, they also have ones on DIY music marketing, production, publishing, and licensing.
Tony Pascarella on 01/15/10 - 06:17 PM
This week's Five and Alive comes from Jason Tate. He gives us five things we should watch out for in the next decade to come. Join his thoughts in the replies and discuss what you think worked this past decade and what may or may not work in the next one to come.
Adam Pfleider on 12/04/09 - 11:28 AM
Amanda Palmer is not afraid to take our money.

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Blake Solomon on 09/30/09 - 08:50 AM
Yesterday, the New York Times posted an interesting article about Polyphonic, which invests in rising bands outside of the scope of a record label. What do you think of this idea and what bands would you like to see take advantage of opportunities like this?
Tony Pascarella on 07/22/09 - 03:06 PM
Music labels fear Apple.
Drew Beringer on 02/02/09 - 10:46 PM
Mark Cuban does his best Jason Tate impersonation by weighing in on some music industry ideas and addressing the dismal state of the album.
Adrian Villagomez on 01/18/08 - 04:19 AM
Several influential music industry executives met privately on Wednesday to discuss rap lyrics.
Rohan Kohli on 04/20/07 - 08:26 AM
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