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Quack! Media Plans on Complete Musical Success in This New Recession Economynew

In an era when the bloated infrastructure of the music industry as we have known it for the last 50 years is imploding, it's refreshing to see a back-to-basics approach succeed, as in the case of the Ann Arbor multimedia company.
Metro Times  |  Chris Handyside  |  11-17-2009  |  Music

Radio Your Way: Pandora May Just Save the Music Industrynew

While Pandora makes money from ads on its site and commission from music sales through iTunes and Amazon, the company has never advertised, relying purely on word of mouth. When the Copyright Royalty Board ruling tripled its required royalty payments in 2007, Pandora was saved by their supporters.
North Bay Bohemian  |  David Sason  |  10-02-2009  |  Media

#thissongissogreat: How to Change This Band's Life, in 140 Characters or Lessnew

The Twitter paradigm reverts to the antiquated record-store clerk model, where you discover new music because you trust the person behind the counter who loves something you've yet to hear.
INDY Week  |  Grayson Currin  |  10-01-2009  |  Music

VIP FTW! Bands are Using VIP Packages to Give Fans More Bang for Their Bucknew

As the music industry struggles to (re)invent itself, more touring bands are tapping a new revenue source: themselves. From European cult bands to arena-size superstars, premium-package ticket deals are an increasingly popular part of the concert-business model.
Riverfront Times  |  D.X. Ferris  |  09-25-2009  |  Music

How Trikont is Saving the World, One Compilation at a Timenew

It's safe to say that Achim Bergmann of Trikont, Germany's oldest independent record label, has an affinity for the underdog. The label's eclectic catalog has been transcending language boundaries and international borders long before "world music" became a Billboard buzzword.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Nicole Gluckstern  |  09-22-2009  |  Music

Will Gossip Blog Notoriety Translate into Music Industry Clout for Perez Hilton?new

You could almost hear universal snickering in the music industry a few months ago when Perez Hilton announced his intention to start a label and become the next Jimmy Iovine. Now the industry watches to see what the Perezcious Music label will bring.
NOW Magazine  |  Jason Keller  |  09-21-2009  |  Music

Sub Pop Offshoot Hardly Art is Hardly Starvingnew

Like the now-defunct Sub Pop offshoot label Die Young Stay Pretty, Hardly Art receives financial backing from Sub Pop. But unlike DYSP, Hardly Art is determined to live to see middle age on its own dime.
Seattle Weekly  |  Sara Brickner  |  09-21-2009  |  Music

Why is Modest Mouse Frontman Isaac Brock Starting from Scratch With Obscure Portland Bands?new

Brock, 34, acknowledges that his new role as an indie label kingpin is a departure, though he's quick to add that he's always been interested in the business side of music.
Willamette Week  |  Casey Jarman  |  09-16-2009  |  Music

Radio Nowhere Trades Physical Dollars for Digital Dimesnew

After his band's popularity waned, Mike Baker began using social networking to write his music and build a buzz.
East Bay Express  |  Eric Rubin  |  08-12-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

The Blue Scholars are Turning the Artist-Label Relationship On its Headnew

Seattle hip-hop group Blue Scholars have brokered a deal in which New York hip-hop label Duck Down Records signed to them. Whether that's the most accurate way to put it is debatable, but the message is clear: things are changing.
Seattle Weekly  |  Jonathan Cunningham  |  08-10-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Music Companies Use 'Mafia' Strategies to Crack Down on Local Businessesnew

ASCAP, which touts itself as a performance-rights organization, has developed quite a reputation in Sacramento. Local business owners have complained of receiving unsolicited bills that demand immediate payment, repeat phone calls and visits from sales representatives, and even a bit of intimidation regarding fines and lawsuits.
Sacramento News & Review  |  Nick Miller  |  07-02-2009  |  Music

How a Gamer Used His Celebrity in 'World of Warcraft' to Launch a Music Careernew

Even Michael Bailey -- or Fony, as he's known to fellow WoW gamers -- couldn't have predicted that one day his cyber-world celebrity would bring his real-world electronic music group hundreds of digital download sales and a burgeoning international fanbase.
East Bay Express  |  Nate Seltenrich  |  07-02-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

If Your Love is Cheap, Windows Loves Your Bandnew

Microsoft's Sponsored Songs program is the latest in a series of variably successful attempts by large companies to use independent music to reach a new audience. If it is to be a long-term strategy, though, many say it must form a stronger bond between the bands and brands it links.
INDY Week  |  Grayson Currin  |  07-02-2009  |  Music

'Appetite for Self-Destruction' Looks at the Collapse of the Record Industrynew

If you take one jewel of wisdom away from this book, it is this: The reason many crappy musicians have gotten the limelight, the reason most people turned off their radios and stopped watching the Grammys and instead started downloading music from the internet, is money.
Jackson Free Press  |  Andi Agnew  |  06-26-2009  |  Nonfiction

Used MP3s: Hawking 'Old' Digital Music Files Through New Websitenew

A new crop of consumer-facing music stores is focused on helping fans resell "used" digital music the way they do CDs. But the big conundrum with digital music is that there's no way to prove sellers legally own the songs on their computers.
Nashville Scene  |  Eliot Van Buskirk  |  06-19-2009  |  Music

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