Why Sprint and Tidal Are Hustling Music Together

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Tidal needs a financial partner. Sprint needs new customers. The two businesses just took a step toward addressing each other's needs. Sprint has announced a 33-percent stake in Tidal, which will "give Sprint’s 45 million retail customers unlimited access to exclusive artist content not available anywhere else," according to a press ...

Snapchat and Ed Sheeran: 21st Century Radio

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

The phrase "music distribution" sounds boring. And yet music distribution is where brands inside and outside music can learn about innovation, as Ed Sheeran and Snapchat have demonstrated. A new Snapchat lens makes you appear as though you're wearing a pair of blue sunglasses while listening to a clip of one ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

5 Marketing Lessons from the 121212 Concert for Sandy Relief

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Rock concerts for causes have come a long way since George Harrison and Ravi Shankar organized the Concert for Bangladesh in 1971 and raised $250,000 to help refugees in war-torn Bangladesh. The Concert for Bangladesh was an untelevised rock show (actually two of them) witnessed by 40,000 people in Madison ...