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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Meet the New Music Moguls

Monday, January 4th, 2016

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 launching their own business ventures. Consumers just don't buy enough recorded ...

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

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

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 the point of  Wu-Tang Clan's strategy: create intrigue for a ...

The Long, Strange Trip of the Ron Burgundy Brand

Monday, January 20th, 2014

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 are marketed" (in the words of Adweek's Chris Heine) through original ...

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 ...

It’s Time for a Digital Intervention

Monday, August 27th, 2012

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 Abandoners," both of which warn that excessive use of digital is ...

Does winning matter in Major League Baseball?

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

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 zero World Series appearances in 2008.  But we should not ...