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This daily email, compiled by ASCAP Board member, music publisher and songwriter Dean Kay, cuts through the media clutter to bring you links to the most relevant news and commentary on the rapidly evolving music industry and how it affects your future livelihood. Now the ASCAP Daily Brief can be accessed on the Headlines page of ASCAP.com and in the ASCAP RSS Feed.
When CONSUMERS and CREATORS are happy
everyone in the middle will have gotten digital distribution right
CES 2012: Here's What The Music Biz Will Be Watching For
By Andrew Hampp and Glenn Peoples -- The International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, long the go-to event for the tech and mobile industries, is increasingly becoming a magnet for music-based services and media companies.
The 'CES Curse?' Gadget Show Has Poor Record
By Peter Svensson — The largest trade show in the Americas must be a great place to show off new products, right? Wrong. The International Consumer Electronics Show is quickly becoming a launch pad for products that fall flat.
Forbes: Spotify's Daniel Ek Is ‘Most Important Man in Music'
By Eliot Van Buskirk
Spotify Doesn't Sound So Great to Some Artists
By Andy Fixmer -- Big acts like Adele and Coldplay are withholding their music from streaming sites.
WARNING: All That Free Spotify Music You've Been Enjoying Is Going To End Soon
By Steve Kovach
Fans On Facebook: What To Do Next to Engage Your Fans, Increase Your Sales and Grow Your Relationship
By Carl Jacobson
Nothing Funny About Rampant Online Piracy
By Matt J. Duffy -- While religious upbringing may make it clear that stealing is wrong, downloading music or movies illegally never seems to fit in the equation...
Ninjavideo "Queen" Gets 22 Months in Jail, Owes $200,000 to Hollywood
By Nate Anderson -- A federal judge today sentenced Hana Amal "Queen Phara" Beshara to 22 months in a West Virginia prison. Beshara was the public face of NinjaVideo, a major US-based movie download site trafficking in hot Hollywood movies, sometimes before they were released.
Pandora Is Still "Growing at an Extraordinary Pace", Mostly from "Word of Mouth"
Face The Music, Pandora Stock Isn't Worth $10
By Trefis Team -- Pandora is the leader in Internet radio and offers music that allows for a personalized experience for each listener based on their preferences and feedback. While Pandora continued its rapid user growth over the course of the year, competition has intensified from Spotify and Sirius XM Radio.
The Death of the Album Review?
By Glenn Peoples -- Is the album review destined to decline in importance as the album format loses ground to songs and playlists? LA Weekly's Ben Westhoff mentioned - almost in passing - that the alternative weekly has stopped printing album reviews and admits this might not be a big loss.
[Great insider interview with the authors of one of the very few books always within reach in my personal music industry reference library ...]
This Week in the Hot Seat with Authors Todd Brabec, and Jeff Brabec
By Larry LeBlanc -- Twins Todd and Jeff Brabec are co-authors of the influential music industry primer, "Music Money And Success: The Insider's Guide to Making Money in the Music Business" (Schirmer Books), now in its 7th edition.
Kids Might Actually Care About Sound Quality
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- A new study indicates that the kids' ears are alright, in that they prefer the sound of lossless music to MP3s, and flat-response speakers to those that distort sound in favor of bass or other frequencies.
Holocaust Survivor Saves Father's Music for 70 Years
By Marissa Bagg - Lyrics of hope and peace, the music was written by a victim of the Holocaust, Samuel Blasz. The pages could've easily been lost amid the genocide. But Blasz's daughter, Eva Blasz Egri, a Holocaust survivor herself, held the original music sacred and secret for seventy years after she was liberated. The music came alive Thursday as Egri listened to it alongside her family for the first time since her childhood.
Dean Kay has been at the helm of some of the most highly respected and forward thinking music publishing companies in the world, first as COO of the Welk Music Group, then as President/ CEO of the US division of the PolyGram International Publishing Group, and now as President/CEO of his own precedent setting venture, Lichelle Music Company. Prior to his involvement in publishing, he was a successful songwriter, having had hundreds of his compositions recorded - including "That's Life" by Frank Sinatra. Mr. Kay has been a member of the Board of Directors of ASCAP since 1989 and is Chairman of its New Technologies Committee. He is also on the Board of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA).
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