November 12, 2013

Sleep No More

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(from Billboard Magazine, November 9, 2013)  Aloe Blacc – a California songwriter/musician – sings in and co-wrote the Avicii’s single “Wake Me Up!” that has become one of the biggest hits of the year. Earlier in his career, Blacc was part of a hip-hop duo, Emanon, that has been releasing music independently since the late […]

October 31, 2013

The $100 Dollar Mixtape


(from Billboard Magazine, October 26, 2013)  Nipsey Hussle (aka Ermias Asghedom) has market evidence that his songs are worth a premium, despite digital pipelines continuing to put downward pressure on the price of music. Hussle has a bold approach for his latest mixtape, Crenshaw, initially pressing 1,000 CDs priced at $100 per “deluxe edition” CD; […]

October 17, 2013

Renegade Pop Star


(from Billboard Magazine, October 12, 2013) Sky Ferreira, 21-year-old pop star, signed to Capital Records when she was 16 years old. Ferreira started to discover herself and her sound in her debut album, Night Time, My Time. The album’s debut single, “Obsession,” was resented by Ferreira because the song did not match her personality. There […]

April 4, 2013

Spotify Debuts First TV Commercial During NBC’s ‘The Voice’ As Part of $10M Ad Campaign

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(from Billboard Magazine, March 25, 2013) The launch of Spotify was about two years ago and quickly spread through word-of-mouth. Recently, on March 25, 2013, Spotify had their first commercial air on NBC’s “The Voice,” followed by another two commercials that would later play on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with […]

March 21, 2013

eMusic Merges with E-Book Distributor K-NFB Reading

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(from Billboard Magazine, March 18, 2013) The online music service eMusic merged with an e-book distributor K-NFB Reading to form a new company, Media Arc Incorporated. The Chief Executive of eMusic, Adam Klein, is moving on from his current position at eMusic by stating that, “I was brought in to turn it around and reposition […]