May 9, 2013

Making New ‘Friends’

Portugal. The Man prepares to release their next album with help from producer Danger Mouse

(from Billboard Magazine, May 11, 2013)  Following the tour for their 2011 album, In the Mountain in the Cloud, Portugal. The Man felt ready to seize full creative control of their next album.  That all changed when Danger Mouse, producer of Black Keys fame, offered to collaborate.  “Two weeks in, after everybody is saying we […]

April 25, 2013

Saving Fall Out Boy

Fall Out Boy returns with a North American tour and album both planned in total secrecy.

(from Billboard Magazine, April 20, 2013)  When asked about planning Fall Out Boy’s comeback from indefinite hiatus, bassist Pete Wentz responded by asking, “What if The Smiths got back together?  I’d want a song right away, shows right away, and by the way, they’ve already recorded the album.”  After three years of silence, the pop-punk quartet […]

April 11, 2013

Band From The Hotel

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(from Billboard Magazine, April 13, 2013)  Concerts in hotels may sound like a recipe for disaster, but that’s exactly what Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is using to build up their guest-rewards program, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG).  In partnership with Live Nation, Starwood will turn its signature hotels into venues for intimate acoustic sets by […]

March 7, 2013

The Gift of Video

One Direction's video for "Kiss You" nearly broke Vevo's record for most views in a single day, with the help of small files called GIFs

(from Billboard Magazine, March 9, 2013)  Within 24 hours of releasing the video for “Kiss You,” One Direction scored 10.4 million Vevo views, almost breaking the record for most views in a single day.  This achievement highlights a growing trend in the digital music realm—the use of Graphic Interchange Format or GIF files to engage […]

February 20, 2013

New Radio Formats Shut Out Latin Pop

The 21st Billboard Latin Music Awards underscored an emerging trend in Latin music.

(from Billboard Magazine, February 23, 2013)  The 2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards saw reggaeton singer, Don Omar, leading the pack with 18 finalist nods, increasing from the 16 he received in 2012.  Although his continued success demonstrates the importance of digital business to Latin music, Don Omar’s popularity can also be attributed to the blurring […]

November 29, 2012

Scalping for Profits

AEG has partnered with StubHub during a ticketing controversy.

(from Billboard Magazine, November 24, 2012)  The recent partnership between AEG and StubHub appears to be both a business and a political decision.  Beginning in 2013, AEG’s AXS ticketing service will direct ticket buyers to StubHub when tickets are no longer available at face value.  By facilitating access to the secondary market for AEG, StubHub […]

November 8, 2012

All Hail Taylor

Taylor Swift's latest album is smashing sales records.

(from Billboard Magazine, November 10, 2012)  Taylor Swift’s new album Red is breaking sales records and setting several new ones.  With Red, she became the first female artist to capture a million-unit debut week twice, selling 1.2 million according to Nielsen SoundScan.  Considering there are 604,800 seconds in a week, her sales averaged to two […]

October 25, 2012

Music Marketing 101

Indie band Aranda partners with University of Central Oklahoma to revamp its marketing scheme.

(from Billboard Magazine, October 20, 2012)  In February, Indie band, Aranda, approached Trey Rick, Coordinator of Academic Operations at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma, with the prospect of Rick’s students marketing their second studio album, Stop the World.  The album had already released six months earlier via digital distribution, […]

October 11, 2012

Will Internet Radio Raise or Shrink Royalties?

Two bills seek to equalize royalties paid by Internet Radio to Sound-Exchange.

(from Billboard Magazine, October 13, 2012)  The stage is set for a conflict regarding internet radio royalties in the coming year.  In the most basic terms, the conflict’s major players are internet radio provider Pandora and Sound-Exchange, the organization responsible for collecting royalties due to artists and recording owners.  Currently, Pandora pays 63.9% of its […]