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Will the Music Industry Enjoy an “Adele Effect”?

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 … Continue reading

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Millennials and Old People Rule the Music World

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 … Continue reading

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Will the Women of Country Music Flourish in 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, … Continue reading

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Meet the New Music Moguls

How do the world’s highest-paid musicians make their money? Not by making music. As shown in the Forbes list of the world’s highest paid musicians of 2015, elite stars cash in from touring, forming endorsement deals with brands, and by … Continue reading

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Can Wu-Tang Clan Save the Record Album with “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin”?

When I first heard that trailblazing rap collective Wu-Tang Clan intends to release just one copy of its new album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, I stopped what I was doing and had to learn more. And therein lies … Continue reading

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The Long, Strange Trip of the Ron Burgundy Brand

What to make of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues? The sequel to the popular 2004 Anchorman comedy dominated the cultural landscape months before the movie opened December 18 thanks to an inventive marketing campaign. However, after “changing the way movies … Continue reading

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Thom Yorke: Crusader or Crybaby?

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 … Continue reading

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It’s Time for a Digital Intervention

Take control of digital technology before the digital world takes control of you. That’s a key message of a July 16 Newsweek article by Tony Dokoupil, “iCrazy,” as well as an August 6 Forbes article by Kashmir Hill, “Beware, Tech … Continue reading

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Does winning matter in Major League Baseball?

Recently Forbes updated its ranking of the most valuable Major League Baseball teams from a financial standpoint.  The top 5 teams — the New York Yankees, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Chicago Cubs — had … Continue reading

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