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Creators are the messengers of humanity. Don't kill the messengers.
The World's Hottest Digital Markets: A Music Map
By Robert Andrews -- Record labels' new-found enthusiasm for ending their iTunes dependence has created an opportunity for new digital music services...But, as the services embark on the VC-funded globalisation, which are the world's most competitive, most lucrative and most digital music markets?
Myths From The Birth of US Copyright
By Terry Hart
What's Copying Your Music Really Worth to You?
By Andrew Orlowski -- Quite a lot, it seems...Oliver & Ohlbaum Associates asked over 2,200 people about their music habits...Almost three-quarters of respondents valued their digital music collections as the most important commercial data of any kind in their possession - ahead of games, books, TV and movies.
The Comeback Of A&R (Or The Role Of A Record Label)
By Wesley Verhoeve -- Jac Holzman's Elektra Records was built on taste, quality and customer trust, Tommy Mottola's Sony was built on pure promotion and distribution power. With this power base nearly decimated, we're back to a place where the Jac Holzman's of the world are starting to make an impact again.
Report: Facebook Plays a Relatively Minor Role In Music Discovery...
By Paul Resnikoff -- ...according to a new finding from NPD Group, social media's role in music discovery is actually minor compared to other formats...Check out this breakdown from NPD Group researcher Russ Crupnick, who decided to ask music fans a fairly simple question: "How did you first hear about (whatever song) you wanted to hear again?"
Covers and Tributes Make Up 90% of Digital Music Service Catalogues
By Mark Mulligan -- The pseudo long tail is killing the real long tail...
5 Reasons Why Facebook Won't Spend its IPO Money on the Music Business
By Glenn Peoples
7 Social Networking Apps for When Facebook Jumps the Shark
By Christina Bonnington
Pandora Is Second Only To Google In Monetizing Mobile
By Jennifer Lane -- Pandora now has more than 150 million registered users, and more than two thirds of that number has listened on a smartphone or tablet. More than 70 percent of all listening to Pandora occurs on a mobile device. To that end, mobile revenues grew from $25 million in 2011 to $100 million in 2012 for the most listened to online radio platform in the US.
In Four Years, Most Cars Will Work With Smart Phones
By Matthew de Paula -- By 2016 most cars will have smart phone integration, according to a new report from Juniper Research, a wireless technology research firm based in Hampshire, U.K. Aftermarket systems offered by companies like OnStar will help grow the sector to $14.4 billion in four years and give 92 million vehicles Internet connectivity.
Enforcing Copyright is a Win for Both U.S. Media and the World's Creative Upstarts
By Prof. Mark F. Schultz -- Working with our trading partners to modernize intellectual property (protection) is the smart thing to do economically. It's also the right thing to do. Creators deserve to be paid for their work...Despite predictions that U.S. culture would overwhelm the world, plucky young creative industries-"creative upstarts"-are emerging world-wide in the toughest of conditions.
Finally Someone Builds a Digital Music Service the Way It's Meant to be Built!
By Mark Mulligan -- ...it doesn't come from one of digital music's big players, nor from a major record label, but instead New York dance label Fools' Gold Records with their Fools Gold: The Goldmine subscription service.
iDrum Lets You Rock Out Like Animal on Your iDevice for $70
By Alexis Santos
Why Some Artists Fail And Others Succeed
By Vinny Ribas
[Sid Caesar in reverse. - Boy, if you are old enough to get that reference, may I borrow some liniment?]
What English Sounds Like To Those Who Don't Speak It:
By Eric Barker -- "An Italian singer wrote this song with gibberish to sound like English. If you've ever wondered what other people think Americans sound like, this is it." [Thanks to Neil Turkewitz for the link.]
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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