Will the Music Industry Enjoy an “Adele Effect”?

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

When Forbes publishes its annual list of highest-earning musicians in December, Adele's name will surely be on it. Her astronomical album sales, even surpassing the standards of the pre-digital era, will be a large part of the story. Within its first seven weeks of release, 25 had sold 15 million ...

Every Day Is Black Friday

Monday, February 1st, 2016

For years I used to wake up in the dead of night the day after Thanksgiving and interview Black Friday shoppers while they stood in line, enduring cold weather as they waited for stores to reward their patience with door buster sales. Eventually I stopped doing so, mostly because Black ...

Rihanna and Samsung Create an “Anti” Moment

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Rihanna's Anti went platinum in 15 hours. But before you think, "albums are back!" bear in mind a big caveat: Samsung bought one million copies of the album and gave them away. For Rihanna and Samsung, Anti going platinum is not about record sales -- it's about creating a moment ...

Why Kanye West Should Be Twitter’s CEO

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Twitter should ask Kanye West to be its CEO -- or at least a member of its board. In 72 hours, Kanye has done more to make Twitter relevant and compelling than anything its beleaguered executive team has done during the past year. First came the #SWISH moment on January 24, when ...

Millennials and Old People Rule the Music World

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Music fans have always reserved the right to identify with the popular artists of their time while harshly judging the tastes of the generations that follow them. Those who came of age during World War II had Frank Sinatra, and they recoiled in horror when children of the 1950s embraced Elvis ...

Snapchat and Vine: The Disruptor and Disrupted

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Remember when Vine was cool and Snapchat was dirty? How quickly their fortunes have changed. Vine, once the darling of visual storytellers, is losing brands and attention, sinking in popularity on the app store. Meantime, Snapchat has overcome its reputation as a fringe app run by a badly behaving frat ...

Glenn Frey and the Art of Collaboration

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Glenn Frey, who passed away January 18 at age 67, did not shine in the spotlight like David Bowie did. His solo career was somewhat successful and had its moments, notably with the 1980s hits "The Heat Is On" "Smuggler's Blues," and "You Belong to the City." But he really ...

Will the Women of Country Music Flourish in 2016?

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Country music produced several big moneymaking superstars in 2015, but none of them were women. To wit: in December, Zack O'Malley Greenburg of Forbes published his annual list of the world's highest-paid musicians. Of the 30 names on the list, seven were country stars, and, boy, did they make some ...

When Strangers Mourn

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

Facebook elevates the loss public figure into a global events for widespread mourning. When David Bowie and Alan Rickman died the week of January 10, we posted our favorite video clips of Bowie singing and Rickman acting. On our Facebook walls, we wrote mini-essays about their impacts on our lives. We ...

Are You Ready for the Self-Driving Car?

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

A few weeks ago, Adweek's Chris Heine asked me how soon Americans will accept self-driving cars -- or vehicles that do all the driving while everyone in the car kicks back and enjoys the ride, freed up to bury our noses in our mobile phones, watch movies on longer drives, ...