January 02, 2013

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Wednesday, January 2

The ASCAP Daily Brief

Cutting through the media clutter to bring you relevant news and commentary on the rapidly evolving music industry and how it affects your livelihood.

How do we know, for certain, that the world didn't end?
(Damn that Twilight Zone Marathon!)

What Turned Jaron Lanier Against the Web?
By Ron Rosenbaum -- Jaron Lanier wants to subvert the "hive mind," as the web world's been called, before it engulfs us all, destroys political discourse, economic stability, the dignity of personhood and leads to "social catastrophe."

Down By Law: The Year Downloading Took a Dive
By David Peisner -- How streaming music services are beginning to win the battle for the hearts and minds (not to mention wallets) of music fans.

The State of Music Subscription, December, 2012...
By Paul Resnikoff -- So this is how the year ends. Here are the paid subscriber totals we know. Complete methodology and source information below.

Mobile Devices, Especially Tablets, Have Huge Christmas
By Glenn Peoples

Infographic: From Vinyl LP to MP3, The Digitization of Music
By Stephanie Mlot -- Music distribution has evolved so much in 35 years that a succession of once-thriving platforms including vinyl records, 8-track players, and cassette tapes have all been consigned to spots in our cultural history museum.

Why 2012 Was Not The Year of Social Business or Social Media
By Haydn Shaughnessy -- Towards the end of 2011 I was convinced 2012 would be the year of social. Social Business. And Social Media. Two socials. Work and Leisure. As 2012 closes out that prognosis looks very wrong. In 2013 I expect the skepticism will grow. Why?

What Really Happened to Sony and Universal's 2 Billion Missing YouTube Views
By Alex Pham -- On Dec. 20, when YouTube sent out its regular reports on view counts, one data company, SocialBlade, noticed that the channel views for Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group saw its channel count sliced by about 2 billion views. That led some folks to conclude that the views were "fake" and that nefarious "black hat" techniques were being cooked up by the labels to falsely inflate their views. The truth, however, isn't nearly as sexy...

Rizvi Traverse On Verge of Acquiring SESAC
By Ed Christman -- Rizvi Traverse, a private equity firm, appears to be on the verge of acquiring SESAC, according to a filing with the SEC earlier this month indicated a deal is in the works. [Unlike 'not for profit' ASCAP, SESAC is a 'for profit' business... meaning some of the moneys collected wind up in the pockets of the corporate owners. The owners of ASCAP, on the other hand, are it's members (writers and publishers)...every dime collected, after deducting the lowest PRO overhead expenses in the world, go to them.]

Is Your Music App Compliant?
By Daniel Turner -- As any developer or technology industry insider also knows, there always exists a significant "law lag" between policy and technological innovation. When it comes to apps, the story is no different.

Abject Looting Continues at Pandora...
By Paul Resnikoff -- If Pandora executives don't believe in their own stock, why should investors? According to the latest batch of SEC financial disclosures, Pandora executives cashed more than $1.33 million worth of shares in December alone, another chunk in a broader, post-IPO cashout that now totals $73.4 million.

2012: When Mobile Shaped the Future of Computing
By Devindra Hardawar

The Top 10 Embarrassing Tech Flops of 2012
By Salvador Rodriguez and Deborah Netburn

New Music Streaming Service Hacks Your Brain to Make You a Better Employee
By Kwame Opam -- A new startup, focus@will, claims to have found the secret to music actually making you productive instead of distracting you.

Musicians: Learn The Power Of The Pivot
By Hisham Dahud -- The Beastie Boys did it, Katy Perry did it, and the Black Eyed Peas did it among many others. At one point, these artists shifted their focus towards a newly refined target audience after realizing that their existing audience responded well to subtle facets of what they had to offer, and in some cases, embraced a completely new direction all together.

[In the past we've discussed pizza as an essential ingredient in the creative process, but let's not forget the contribution of the venerable chicken...]
The Lost History and Unintended Consequences of the Chicken Nugget
By Maryn McKenna

The Best Music Books of 2012
By Maria Popova -- From the neuroscience of talent to the illustrated Beatles, by way of Zen Buddhism and how creativity works. [Thanks to Neil Turkewitz for the link.]

Dean Kay


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. He has served on the Boards of Directors of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA), the Harry Fox Agency, Inc. (HFA), the Country Music Association (CMA), the Academy of County Music (ACM), the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP), and the California Copyright Conference (CCC). Click here to read his full bio

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