Category Archives: Music

Why Sprint and Tidal Are Hustling Music Together

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 … Continue reading

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When Artists Lead an Audience

“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 … Continue reading

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Snapchat and Ed Sheeran: 21st Century Radio

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 … Continue reading

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Can U2 Be Cool Again?

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. … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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Memorable Album Covers of 2016

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 … Continue reading

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Al Green and the Family War

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 … Continue reading

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Every Picture Tells My Story

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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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Memorable Album Covers: “Exile on Main St.”

Whenever I see the cover of Exile on Main St., I think of my courtship with Janice Deal in the late 1980s. We learned about each other through our vinyl collections during that time. Jan’s Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel … Continue reading

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