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Declaration of a New Alternative: No Pop

​By Toronto music blogger/reviewer The Lonely Vagabond. In the digital age, in the age of social media, in an age where the music business model has virtually disappeared, the silos between eras and genres no longer exist. Commercial and non-commercial is the new paradigm. In a brief moment of inspiration I coined a new term, No Pop. ...

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"Fifteen years of utter bollocks": how a generation’s freeloading has starved creativity

Arguments for digital piracy are drivel – it's high time we steered away from this cultural cliff, argues author Chris Ruen. Driving down civilisation road, it takes effort to grapple with the ramifications of our choices along the way. Out of basic self-interest, we often ignore our own effects upon the world. You throw your rubbish ...

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Twitter's Head of Music: "Think Like a Fan" [transcript]

Bob Moczydlowsky has built his career around helping artists grow an audience; first as SVP, Product & Marketing for D2F platform Topspin and now as Twitter's Head Of Music. His experience give his remarks at a recent TedEx event some weight; so we had them transcribed. He shares simple and straightforward advice that's worth paying attention to: When I ...

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An Open Letter to Robb McDaniels, Founder and CEO of InGrooves

By Philip Kaplan, Founder of Distrokid. Dear Mr. McDaniels, This is in response to an article you wrote on HypeBot (here) entitled, “5 musings from a digital music exec who’s been doing this a long time and isn’t even that old.” In the article, you oppose your competitors who “offer to distribute all the music you ...

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5 Musings from a Digital Music Exec Who's Been Doing This a Long Time and Isn't Even That Old

Guest post from Robb McDaniels, Founder and CEO, INgrooves Music Group. I have been at the helm of INgrooves Music Group for nearly twelve years now, and have largely chosen to keep my head down and mouth shut (must be that New England upbringing).  But once in a while, it is necessary to speak up and ...

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Let's Give a Boost to American Jazz, Too

Lawrence A. Johnson, a music critic who also runs a group of web-based classical-music sites, has had a corker of an idea: He's launched a nonprofit foundation whose purpose is to boost the number of performances of American classical music. Not only will Mr. Johnson's foundation commission new compositions and ensure that they get performed and ...

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An Industry Insider Explains Why Streaming Music's Already Profitable

By Thomas McAlevey, CEO of Radical.FM. This article was originally published on Radical.FM's blog. Just how bright is the future of the music industry really? A new generation has spoken and Access (streaming any music in the world from ‘The Cloud’) will win out over Ownership (collecting a finite number of songs as CDs or files) ...

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Why Bashing Jazz is Profitable

Everyone wants in on the fun. Just over a week ago, the New Yorker created a fuss by fabricating quotes that trashed jazz and falsely attributed them to Sonny Rollins. Days later, a disclaimer was added to let unsuspecting online readers know it was all in jest. Over the weekend, it was the Washington Post's turn. ...

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Long Time Music Industry Writers Clueless on Impacts of Technology

Op Ed by Daniel Legere for China Music Radar. Every now and again the big bad business press take a dip into topics that don’t really suit them or their typical audience. Could be boredom, or perhaps vague attempts at riding the buzzwagon of a trending topic. Imagine our surprise when we spotted this article on ...

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Streaming Music Reduces Artist Revenue and Waters Down Creativity

Op Ed by John Dilley from HighSpeedInternet.com. When iTunes launched 10 years ago, it became the model for buying and legally downloading music. Soon services like Spotify came along and changed the game from a purchasing model to a licensing model. How has this changed the industry? For consumers it’s great, but for the music industry ...


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