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No Middle Class In World Of Pop 2013

By Iman Lababedi | October 23, 2013

The Indies are now completely screwed, with the brilliant idea in the 1990s of leaving the distribution to the majors and handling A&R themselves they thought they had it made

Billboard's Top Ten Singles Last Week All Released By Universal

By Iman Lababedi | September 17, 2013

The world of Music Labels got dramatically smaller when Universal bought EMI and the result is here at last for all to see. Not simply that all ten songs on the singles charts belong to major labels, that goes with the territory, but that they all belong to one label is unheard of.

"Get Lucky" Passes 100 Million Streams On Spotify

By Mahalia Dark | August 24, 2013

The next largest streamer on Random Access Memories was streamed 15 Million times aka $90,000. So now what? How high can the highest get to?

A&R Is Dead, Licensing Is Alive And Well

By Mahalia Dark | August 18, 2013

Remember when John Hammond was discovering Bob Dylan and Ahmet Ertegun was finding Aretha Franklin and Led Zeppelin, and working out their albums and Clive Davis was making Janis Joplin the face of Columbia. Well, forget about it, man. It doesn’t happen any more

Groupon Giving Discount To Friday August 30th, 2013 Electric Circus

By Iman Lababedi | August 15, 2013

The Friday October 30th general Admission ticket prices have been crucified from a buck 65 to sixty six bucks. That’s a saving of 40% on the nose.

Barclay Center Out Grossed All Arenas In First Six Months Of 2013

By Iman Lababedi | July 26, 2013

The point is Barclay Center sold the most tickets and made the most money in the first half of 2013.

Live Concerts For Sale At Soundhalo, Has Atoms For Peace Seal Of Approval

By Iman Lababedi | July 20, 2013

Soundhalo allows you to buy recent concerts for around ten bucks and Atoms For Peace are allowing them to film and sell the bands upcoming London shows

Cell Phones At Concert: I Hope You Realize This is War

By Iman Lababedi | July 12, 2013

The artists are saying that if you go to a concert you have to watch the show and not be distracted by cell phones, but if it is true of cell phones it must be true of everything

Bob Lefsetz And Apps As The New Beatles

By Iman Lababedi | July 12, 2013

This is a strange,wild, thrilling, messy, bizarre time for music, so hail a taxi

More On Cell Phones During Concerts, Or An Idea How Elliott Smith Would Have Handled Them

By Alyson Camus | July 11, 2013

I respond very badly to such authority, if you tell me I can’t use my phone because you, people in the band, are soooo important right now, I certainly will use my cell

You Still Think That Vinyl Sounds Better Than CD? Listen To The Experts

By Alyson Camus | July 7, 2013

Between Vacation vinyl, Origami vinyl, Amoeba, High Fidelity, Rockaway, Mono Records, Franky’s, Jacknife, Permanent Records,… I am surrounded by shops selling vinyl, and I am just talking about the closest ones! How did this happen?

The View From The Cheap Seats

By Iman Lababedi | July 3, 2013

They come on stage late, they lip synch, they insult the audience, they whinge about the fans taking pictures. They charge huge prices for terrible seats.

Rolling Stones Sign BMG Publishing Deal But Why?

By Iman Lababedi | June 29, 2013

Streaming is more complicated than they thought, too many people are using too many things, it is complicated.

Another Reason The Record Album Is Dying

By Iman Lababedi | June 28, 2013

Success is much more important on the singles charts where a song can hang out for months on end (look at “Mirrors”) and keep an album in the public eye. That’s why Bowie sunk and Justin didn’t

Live Music More Important Than Recorded Music In 2013

By Iman Lababedi | June 14, 2013

Ever since the advent of vinyl with its ease of distribution, music has been a recorded experience. Look at it this way. How many people have listened to the Beatles? Now how many people have seen them live?

ITunes Radio Is Hear: Tell Pandora Their 15 Minutes Are Up

By Iman Lababedi | June 12, 2013

Everybody from Pandora to IHEARTRadio are on high alert and I don’t see why it ight not wipe em both off the map

90% Of Concert Tickets are Sold On Presales

By Iman Lababedi | June 1, 2013

It comes with the fan who goes to concerts a lot job description, get an AMEX Card. Look at it this way, 5% of the possible audience may have Amex cards getting a crack at 35% of the tickets.

I Downloaded The New The National Off ITunes…

By Iman Lababedi | May 24, 2013

I am not a huge National fan, if I were I would have bought it on Tuesday when it was released, the same way I did with Vampire Weekend. Tuesday is new music day and there is so much on Spotify I won’t usually buy much off Itunes

Noel Gallagher Can't Be Bothered

By Iman Lababedi | May 11, 2013

While I didn’t like High Flying Bird all that much, many people did, and I did love Noel’s first three albums tons and to be honest I envy him the ability to do nothing

What is It With the Late Starts? Rihanna Goes On Stage Two Hours Late At Barclay On Sunday

By Mahalia Dark | May 8, 2013

“Really ?? Over two hours late and not so much as an apology, the concessions closed before the act even came on ! How is this tolerated ? People spend a lot of money to see an act and have to work the next day, it is the acts responsibility to be on time.”

The Rolling Stones Have A Hard Time To Sell Their Over-Priced Tickets And Release Low-Priced Seats At The Last Minute!

By Alyson Camus | May 7, 2013

It is their biggest tour for six years, Los Angeles was the opening night, Mick Taylor and guests were even scheduled to perform, however hundreds of seats were still available the day of the show, and the NY daily news reports that StubHub had more than 500 tickets available 24 hours before the show

The Vinyl Revival, Here’s The Stats

By Helen Bach | April 20, 2013

Other formats sound like an annoying frequency if listened to repeatedly, whereas vinyl has a much fuller organic sound. Also I think the sleeve and artwork on some records are just amazing and nice to have as a collection

How To Be An Opening Band

By Iman Lababedi | April 15, 2013

If you have are an opening band with one hit you must play the one hit. If you have three hits, play all three. People don’t really know who you are, it is up to you to sell the product and hard. If the audience recognizes a song, so much the better.

Kid Rock And The $20 Ticket

By Mahalia Dark | April 10, 2013

I forgive him his Romney endorsement even though I haven’t forgiven Springsteen his Obama endorsement. This is capitalism with a conscious, capital that appreciates that you can price yourself out of the business with $150 tickets for mid-level seating.

The Joy Of New Music

By Iman Lababedi | March 6, 2013

I ran right home, recorded it onto a cassette tape, went to a bar called “Uncle Sam” and the bartender played it all night long while me and my friend Jean Jacques got trashed on Almaza beer and shots of Southern Comfort while chain smoking Gauloise and Marlboro Reds, sometimes dosed with hashish

Billboard Adds Youtube to 200 -Now What?

By Iman Lababedi | February 27, 2013

But where does that leave those of us (wrongly, perhaps) who see music as an XTreme sport with winners and losers, or, to put it another way, how do we know what people are actually spending money on?

Amoeba Music Could Be In Trouble Because Of Their Vinyl Vault?

By Alyson Camus | February 23, 2013

‘We’ve been doing this a few years and in the course of buying stuff at our trade counter we’ve found some amazing vinyl artifacts that, [we’ve discovered] through our research, are not available digitally’.If most of the material is licensed, the problem is that Henderson has admitted that some is not.

Prince Is Charging You To Listen To His New Songs

By Alyson Camus | February 20, 2013

He probably realizes he is the only one doing this, every band in the world is posting a song or two for free download on their website, every album can be previewed on many websites before being streamed on Spotify, but you have to buy Prince’s stuff if you want to listen to it!

LiveNation And Rolling Stone Get Together To Con You…

By Mahalia Dark | February 10, 2013

Why am I being conned into doing business with Jann Wenner? Why should I have to cancell anyuthing? This is horrible and disrespectful to LiveNation’s clients, doesn’t the company make enough money without hoodwinking customers iinto subscribing to a magazine they have expressed ZERO interest in?

Do The Tuesday Morning Rock!

By Iman Lababedi | February 7, 2013

It was a busy Tuesday morning by anybody’s standards. 16 new releases, all some degree of major, all important for your music fan to have an idea about. And if he it wasn’t for Spotify, very very expensive.

Spotify: JUST TELL US WHAT NEW ALBUMS ARE STREAMING EVERY TUESDAY? I mean, really, how hard can it be???

By Iman Lababedi | January 26, 2013

The result is even a pro like me has difficulty in knowing what new releases are available. Spotify are a riddle of insolence and indolence and if they aren’t damn careful, obsolescence..

When Will Morrissey Record Again? Tony Visconti Provides A Clue

By Iman Lababedi | January 24, 2013

There are no limits to what Morrissey could do, he could build the cost of the album into the cost of a ticket. Can you imagine if Morrissery started a kickstart account? He could handle the US deficit singlehandedly. But Moz is an old fashioned fellow and he balks at changing his ways. More is the pity.

If You Write A Great Song, Does It Matter If Nobody Hears It?

By Mahalia Dark | January 16, 2013

“I think at some time I kept pushing myself to a success or glory and it didn’t really exist. I just knew that it was over, I would never get any bIgger than this and… I am nearly 30, I am not sure I felt it was ALL RIGHT… I CAN LIVE WITH IT. But can I?”

This Years Publicity Meme: The Sudden Song Release

By Mahalia Dark | January 15, 2013

Neither of the songs are all that but neither are disasters either. But were helped tremendously by a campaign of silence, the new meme: Say Nothing.

A Modest Proposal: The 10AM Concert

By Iman Lababedi | January 15, 2013

Some small pop up place with Mercury Lounge size bands performing three sets a day, Saturday and Sunday 10a, 12p, 2p, separate admission. I can’t think of a better idea than getting out of bed Sunday morning and rushing to a concert I really wanna see.

Bob Dylan Releases His rarest Album Ever

By Mahalia Dark | January 10, 2013

Because in Europe there is a “Use it or lose it law” that states if you own recorded music and haven’t released it within 50 years, you never will release it and so it becomes public property.

Streaming Didn't Kill The Radio Star

By Iman Lababedi | January 9, 2013

ITunes are having banner years every year, so why would they kill themselves by starting a subscription service?

Marshall Crenshaw Makes It Awful Hard To Be A Fan

By Iman Lababedi | January 8, 2013

“Success is a very hideous thing. Its false resemblance to merit deceives man.” I am all for Crenshaw having integrity to burn but not when he makes it impossible for people to buy his music.

YOUTUBE Remove Two Billion Views As Fake From Major Labels

By Mahalia Dark | January 5, 2013

OK stick with me here, because this is kinda complicated and I am not sure I understand it myself but Youtube has removed two billion views from Universal and Sony videos.

Are Albums Too Long Or Not Long Enough?

By Iman Lababedi | December 21, 2012

The answer is obvious. Shorter albums. Cut out the crap if it is crap. Better quality control. Stop filling space. It is like everybody has become Prince in the 1990s, they won’t stop releasing music. And stop with the remixes. Perhaps the music biz would make more money if they changed the recording music paradigm.

Ex-Soul Coughing’s Mike Doughty Wants To Sell You A Personalized Unreleased Song For A Lot Of Dough

By Alyson Camus | December 8, 2012

So what is ex-Soul Coughing’s Mike Doughty supposed to do? Selling personalized versions of unreleased songs,… for $35,335.53. According to the AV Club, Doughty has fixed himself the price to record ‘Dogs/Demons’, a never-played-live song, with some personalized message!

2012 Live On Stage And Very Well Paid

By Helen Bach | December 4, 2012

I found these figures rather surprisingly low. The order of value even more confusing Who would ever imagine that selling headphones for $110 million bucks. All he had to do was swing a pen around for that wad. Poor Adele.

Metallica Goes Indie, Regains Control Of Its Own Material, And Forms Blackened Recordings

By Alyson Camus | December 3, 2012

Metallica’s Lars Ulrich said in a statement: ‘It’s always been about control for us as a band. Forming Blackened Recordings is the ultimate in independence, giving us 100% control and putting us in the driver’s seat of our own creative destiny.’

Cheri Dahl Played The Delancey Friday Night: She Was Not Amused…

By Cheri Dahl | December 3, 2012

I will not go out of this world like a loser. When u finally get the chance to see me, u will hear that my voice is enormous and I never sing out of tune and there is no one, no one who can match me today.It is a fact.

The Only Way To Get The U2 Album Is By Joining Their Fanclub

By Iman Lababedi | November 15, 2012

He changed U2’s Fanclub into a cash machine, making presales available to fanclub members,w hich is OK business as usual, but also making the live from their 360 degree tour available only thru the Fanclub. It is easy to do the math her

Beatles Pop-Up Shops On Wheels To Hit The Streets Of New York And Los Angeles On November 13th

By Alyson Camus | November 12, 2012

And to finish with that, there will be listening parties all over the country, the same evening,… All right, I understand that these are remastered albums but people will really meet to listen to … the Beatles?

Top 10 Truths Of The Music Biz? According To Hypebot

By Iman Lababedi | November 10, 2012

According to Future of Music co-authors David Kusek and Gerd Leonhard, who I guess know this kinda stuff, here are the top ten truths of the music biz. After running a blog for nearly four years, all I have to add isI am fucking exhuasted… However, here is the top ten and here is my opinion of them

Rihanna's Very Expensive New Album

By Iman Lababedi | November 6, 2012

The platinum edition contains a number of exclusive items that won’t be available to buy separately. It includes a copy of the album, along with a 2GB credit card-style USB, a unisex T-shirt with a Michael Muller photo printed on, and seven art print 12×15 lithographs

The Independent Labels Market In Silver Lake. Saturday November 3rd 2012

By Alyson Camus | November 5, 2012

If you wanted to buy a Keith Morris doll, a Stone Throw poster or a Diplo t-shirt, this was the place to be on Saturday! In this day and age when music is downloaded (or stolen), streamed and does not have a physical life anymore, this was a way to restore this loss of identity, this was a way to restore a contact between the consumers and the producers

Spiritualized's Jason Pierce Thinks Music Festivals Are The Death Of Art

By Alyson Camus | November 4, 2012

When you get those awful sing-alongs, and a band’s ego kicks in when the crowd sing their words back. It’s as if they’re standing on stage thinking ‘this is what we’re worth’ and really the audience would sing ‘We’ll Meet Again’ if it was playing.