October 31, 2013

Clarkson in the Red Zone

Kelly Clarkson "Wrapped in Red"

(From Billboard Magazine, Oct 26, 2013) Kelly Clarkson has always wanted to do a Christmas CD, and this year her Christmas wish is coming true. Wrapped in Red will be released on October 29, and RCA believes it will become an immediate hit based on Clarkson’s popularity and ability to cover different genres of music. […]

October 31, 2013

Sia: The Billboard Cover Story


(from Billboard Magazine, October 25, 2013) Three years ago Sia Furler tried to pull off a disappearing act that hasn’t worked out so well. After a solo career that began in 1997, Sia wanted to stop recording under her own name and simply write for others. The hits came quickly, some featuring her vocals. Her fame […]

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 31, 2013

MLB Protects Sponsors At All Costs

(from USA Today, October 23, 2013) Sponsorships in Major League Baseball are almost as important as the games being played. They become even more important during the postseason, specifically for the All Star Game and the World Series. With 19 national sponsors affiliated with the MLB, there is a level of expectations that come with […]

October 31, 2013

Texas Christian University’s Move To The Big 12 Brings More Money And Applicants To The University

(from Forbes Magazine, October 26, 2013)  Over the past decade there has been change in NCAA Division 1 football almost every year.  One change that keeps showing up year after year is realignment of the athletic conferences.  Over the past three years, there has been a number of high caliber teams moving either from one […]

October 31, 2013

Jackie Robinson’s Legacy Recedes on Baseball Rosters

Fall Classic Logo

(from The New York Times, October 29, 2013) The first time the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Redsox faced each other in the World Series was 1946. That year there wasn’t a single African-American on either roster; 67 years later, there is only one. Reviewing the historic World Series battles of these two teams […]

October 31, 2013

Leagues Embrace Twitter, with Eye on Future Revenue

Link URL: https://twitter.com/nfl

                    (from Sports Business Journal, October 27, 2013) As social media outlets like Twitter continue to grow, executives from the major pro-sports are looking for new ways to benefit from the consumer conversation that is social media.  Seeing as sports fans are becoming more and more […]

October 31, 2013

Hollywood’s Go-To-Label: How Republic Reignited the Soundtrack Market

Republic Records

(from Billboard Magazine, November 2, 2013)  Since the release and success of “The Hunger Games,” “Les Misérables,” and “The Voice,” Republic Records has been actively working towards making a niche in Hollywood’s soundtrack industry.  “It’s our goal to be known in Hollywood as the go-to music company,” states Charlie Walk, executive Vice President for Republic […]

October 24, 2013

As Downloads Dip, Music Executives Cast a Wary Eye on Streaming Services

digital sales

                    (from The New York Times (Nytimes.com), October 20, 2013)  While CD sales have been declining over the last decade, the first yearly decline of downloads is making music executives turn to streaming service as the possible cause. Currently track downloads are down 4 percent from […]

October 24, 2013

Concord Plots new Future

Concord Music Group

(from Billboard Magazine, October 19, 2013) While preparing for Paul McCartney’s new album, Concord Music Group does not look like it has changed much since its purchase six months ago by an investment group conducted by Wood Creek Capital Management. Although it looks the same externally, the company has changed quite a bit. The company has […]

October 24, 2013

The Global Goal

2014 World Cup Brazil

(From Billboard Magazine, October 19, 2013) Only eight months left until the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. There have been more than 4.5 million ticket requests that will be awarded by lottery before the World Cup opener on June 12. The world is not only looking forward to the biggest sporting event of the year, […]

October 24, 2013

Twitter Deal Rankles Some Network Execs


(from Sports Business Journal, October 21, 2013)  The recent Twitter deal that NFL has legislated is causing annoyance among TV networks.  The agreement allows NFL to tweet highlights throughout the week, but not during telecasts.  Network executives are concerned because they say it draws people away from watching since viewers can see results and top […]

October 24, 2013

Report Spotlights Female NFL Fans

Female Fans

(from Sports Business Journal, October 14-October 20, 2013)  To most people football, or any major sport in general, has always been more of a “guy thing” to partake in.  However, due to a recent study done by the University of Central Florida featuring approximately 1,600 female fans, female interest in the NFL has brought new […]

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 […]

October 17, 2013

No Label, No Problem as ‘Idol’ Alums Turn to Kickstarter (and Fans) to Fund Their Music


        (From Billboard Biz, October 10, 2013) Imagine if there was a way for artists and fans to work together to create the artist’s next album. Now imagine musicians being able to connect with fans on a personal level offering private concerts, dinner dates, lunch parties, a phone call, and more as […]

October 17, 2013

Arrowhead Stadium Loudest in NFL

Decibel Up

(from espn.go.com, October 14, 2013) The Kansas City Chiefs officially broke the world record for the loudest outdoor sports stadium on October 13, 2013. They reached an enormous 137.5 decibels within the final minutes of the game against the Oakland Raiders. “To put that in perspective, a jet engine at 100 feet is about 140 […]

October 17, 2013

Flirting With Netflix, Cable TV Companies Court Danger

Link URL: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-10-14/netflix-in-talks-with-cable-tv-companies-dot-whats-in-it-for-cable

(from BloombergBusinessweek, October 14, 2013) Netflix has made their stand and will not be going anywhere any time soon, unless of course they come into your home through the cable box.  As is the case with most cable and broadcast providers, Netflix is currently looking to find ways of teaming up with competing suppliers of television […]

October 17, 2013

Breaking Band: How an NYU Class are Trying to Make Australia’s Tigertown Rock Stars


(from Billboard Magazine, October 14, 2013) The music business students of Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development located in New York have a very chaotic semester ahead of them as they work with an Australian band called Tigertown and help them break into the music industry. This is the first time that Village Records […]

October 9, 2013

Spotify Throws Its Weight Behind Artist Marketing


(Billboard Magazine, October 1, 2013) Spotify, the world’s largest subscription music service, has recently launched a new artist marketing program called Spotlight. According to Steve Savoca, Head of Content at Spotify, the program will be “the banner under which we put these artists we partner with.” Focused on helping to break out new artists, Spotlight would […]

October 9, 2013

NARM Renames Itself the Music Business Association, Expands Mandate

Music Business Association

(From Billboard Magazine, October 7, 2013) The National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM), an organization founded in 1958, has announced it will now be known as the Music Business Association. NARM was the trade organization representing music retailers, distributors, and others involved in the sale of music and related merchandise. Not only has the organization […]