Why AI Is the Future of Music

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

The music industry finally has some reason to celebrate, thanks to artificial intelligence. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) recently announced that music revenues in 2016 grew 11.4 percent to $7.7 billion -- the highest year-over-year growth rate since 1998. Although the industry is only half the size it was ...

Drake and Jay Z Write Rules for Music Moguls

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Drake and Jay Z are among the most successful musicians year after year. Between them, they earned $92 million in 2016 while making the list of Forbes highest-paid musicians, adding to the nearly $97 million they pulled down in 2015, and $93 million in 2014. Drake's 2016 album Views was ...

“How We Listen Now” Confronts the Music Industry

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Cortney Harding is on a mission to wake up the music industry. The writer and music industry consultant has recently published How We Listen Now: Essays and Conversations about Music and Technology, a provocative examination of two different worlds: on the one hand, consumers are experiencing music on their own time, in ...

Why the Beatles Are Streaming: Legacy, Baby

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

At a time when news headlines are dominated by disturbing stories about terrorism, social strife, and ugly politics, the world just found reason to rejoice: the Beatles are finally streaming their music. Everyone is reporting the announcement about the Beatles making their beloved catalog available to Apple Music, Deezer, Google Play, Microsoft Groove, Amazon ...

Adele and Taylor Swift: The Diva and the BFF

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

Adele and Taylor Swift succeed by writing and performing personal songs that connect emotionally with a fan base consisting mostly of women. But they have pursued markedly different approaches to building their personal brands, demonstrating that superstars can write their own rules. Taylor Swift, who turned 26 December 13, is all ...

6 Predictions for Music Streaming

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Forget Taylor Swift's futile Spotify boycott. The real news emerging from the music industry this week was the launch of YouTube's streaming service. The new service consists of YouTube with streaming functionality (as opposed to being a new product with a different name, thus benefitting from YouTube's brand reach). On ...

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 ...

How Soundrop Turns Music Discovery into a Social Experience Among Fans and Artists

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Imagine yourself discovering a hip new band on Spotify while you chat live with other fans -- or even with the band itself. Thanks to Oslo-based music start-up Soundrop, you can do just that. The two-year-old music service provides a social platform through which you can listen to music, share ...

How Startup F# Makes Spotify Friendly for Brands

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Nimble startups continue to change the music industry by capitalizing on the convergence between branding, technology, and entertainment. Case in point: F#, a New York company founded in 2012 with a mission to connect brands, musicians, and fans through playful experiences on social platforms like Facebook and Spotify. And F# ...

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 ...