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 ...

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 ...

Rapper Mike Lo: “Those Beats Talk to Me”

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

He's Mike Lo if you didn't know. Underground rapper Mike Lo sings with the swagger of Eminem and smirks like one of the Beastie Boys. He lives in two worlds -- the one he needs to make ends meet and the one he creates for himself. His day job consists of ...

Billy Corgan, Brian Solis, and the personal touch at SXSW

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

My experience at SXSW Interactive this week was marked by catching up with friends, a massive amount of networking, very little sleep, and some inspirational content, most notably the Billy Corgan/Brian Solis session about Corgan's uneasy relationship with a music-buying public that (in Corgan's view) uses social media to attack artists ...