Apple Pays Dearly for U2’s “Free” Music

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Photo credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP Let's get something straight: U2 did not give away its new album, Songs of Innocence. To be sure, if you have iTunes, on September 9 you received a free copy (without asking for it) of Songs of Innocence. But Apple paid U2 an undisclosed amount ...

Music Streaming: The Haves and the Have-Nots

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

In recent days, I have blogged about the vast divide between the music industry elite and the have-nots. Last week I focused on the music elite via my post about Jay Z's relationship with Samsung. (Jay Z responded defiantly by removing the hyphen in his name.) Yesterday my post about ...

Thom Yorke: Crusader or Crybaby?

Friday, July 19th, 2013

I can't decide whether Thom Yorke is a petulant child, cynical operator, or a hero to artists. Maybe he's all three. On July 14, Yorke declared war on Spotify, removing from the popular streaming service his solo music and that of his experimental band Atoms for Peace.  On Twitter he and ...

Jay-Z Writes New Rules for Music Millionaires

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Jay-Z says he's writing new rules. But for whom? The multi-millionaire rapper created a firestorm of PR by launching an innovative deal with Samsung to distribute 1 million copies of his new Magna Carta Holy Grail album through a special app exclusively on Samsung phones before the album went on sale ...