Music

Drake and Jay Z Write Rules for Music Moguls

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Drake and Jay Z are among the most successful musicians year after year. Between them, they earned $92 million in 2016 while making the list of Forbes highest-paid musicians, adding to the nearly $97 million they pulled down in 2015, and $93 million in 2014. Drake's 2016 album Views was ...

Why Sprint and Tidal Are Hustling Music Together

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Tidal needs a financial partner. Sprint needs new customers. The two businesses just took a step toward addressing each other's needs. Sprint has announced a 33-percent stake in Tidal, which will "give Sprint’s 45 million retail customers unlimited access to exclusive artist content not available anywhere else," according to a press ...

When Artists Lead an Audience

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

"Are there any paranoids in the audience tonight?" With those caustic words, Roger Waters introduced "Run Like Hell" in concert in 1980. Waters continues to taunt and provoke his audience 37 years later when he performs music from his Pink Floyd catalog and solo career, often by injecting venomous statements against ...

Snapchat and Ed Sheeran: 21st Century Radio

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

The phrase "music distribution" sounds boring. And yet music distribution is where brands inside and outside music can learn about innovation, as Ed Sheeran and Snapchat have demonstrated. A new Snapchat lens makes you appear as though you're wearing a pair of blue sunglasses while listening to a clip of one ...

Can U2 Be Cool Again?

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

U2 has something in common with its corporate partner Apple: they both make a lot of money. And they both struggle to be cool. U2 earns gigantic paydays with high-profile concert tours that appeal to its Baby Boomer fan base. According to Forbes, U2 was one of the highest paid musical ...

How DJ Khaled Uses Visual Storytelling to Sell His “Keys”

Saturday, December 24th, 2016

Even though album sales continue to decline, album cover art is more important than it was during the days when vinyl ruled the world. As I have discussed on my blog, today album cover art acts as a visual imprint repeated across a number of touch points: the artist’s website, social ...

Memorable Album Covers of 2016

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

http://www.slideshare.net/davidjdeal1/memorable-album-covers-of-2016 The success of Adele's 25 triggered speculation that maybe, just maybe, record albums were coming back as an art form following years of declining sales. But by July, album sales figures released by Nielsen Music brought those hopes crashing down to an ugly reality. Consumers had purchased 100.3 million album ...

Al Green and the Family War

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Art can divide a family. In 1973, my family lived near a network of ponds and fields on the northern fringe of Battle Creek, Michigan. You can visit the neighborhood anytime through Google Street View and even check out our old house at 242 Wanondoger Trail. The area still looks pretty ...

Every Picture Tells My Story

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

When you reach your 50s, you start to experience the cruelties that life visits upon you if you hang around long enough, such as losing people you love or a job that puts bread on the table. The 50s are also a time of reflection, whether you're patting yourself on ...

Why Ed Sheeran Might Need to Pay up in Copyright Infringement Lawsuits

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Ed Sheeran is having a tough summer. In June, the writers of Matt Cardle’s single "Amazing" slapped Sheeran with a $20 million copyright infringement lawsuit, claiming that Sheeran's 2014 song "Photograph," from his album X, copied "note-for-note" Cardle's "Amazing," written in 2009. On August 10, Sheeran was hit with another ...