While Spotify might be music for everyone, a select few subscribed to a streaming music service in the US.

Congratulations subscription music! You are finally a billion-dollar industry. The IFPI, the trade organization for the worldwide recorded music industry, last week reported that subscription streaming music revenues finally broke the billion dollar mark in 2013. Let’s mark this moment. It’s a huge number for the industry and at long last a confirmation of what […]

Do billions of YouTube views of Gangnam Style translate to millions for Psy?

This was originally included in Billboard’s print edition dated March 4, 2014. The entire article is not available online without a subscription, but I’m reposting it to my network. And no, I didn’t write the headline or the deck. Opinion Column: Screwed By YouTube? 40 percent of its plays are music – even as its […]

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De La Soul faced a problem. None of the band’s revolutionary records were available in digital form. Sure you could still buy the CDs, if you cared to, but you couldn’t buy them on iTunes store or stream them anywhere. In this day and age if you’re not on Spotify or Beats, you might as […]

Game of Thrones

In Time Warner’s recent earnings it was reported that HBO saw continued growth of subscriber numbers and CEO Jeff Bewkes commented that he didn’t see any reason to change the company’s primary revenue model of bundling the service with pay television providers. Many were disappointed, as they would like HBO to be freed of the tyranny of […]

DirecTV

I’ve been a strong advocate of satellite television and have been a subscriber for over a decade. And to that end I’ve been extremely loyal to my provider, DirecTV. I’ve had the service in three different residences. I paid for the highest tier of service just to get everything–no need to mess around with the […]

Streaming services could get fans as close to their favorite artists as they get at SXSW.

Perhaps it’s the news cycle, the launch of the next-big-thing or just simply boredom with the topic, but it sure seems like we’ve forgotten the meme of artists getting ripped off by music startups. Nearly all last year this was a huge topic with artist like Thom Yorke and David Lowery menacing pitchforks at Spotify and Pandora. One of the […]

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Broken Bells, the project of super producer Danger Mouse and Shins frontman James Mercer, released its second record today. You can go buy After The Disco on Amazon or iTunes. But if you’re one of the many people subscribing to a streaming music service like Spotify, Rdio, Rhapsody or the new entrant into the space, Beats […]