Opinion: Your Income Sources are Not Created Equal
With all the praise being rightfully heaped on streaming for single-handedly turning around the outlook of every music industry pundit, it feels like everyone should be going all-in on streaming. That may work for record labels, but diversity remains critical for working musicians
Termination Rights Under U.S. Copyright Law
The 1976 Copyright Act provides for the termination of copyright transfers – but authors need to act within a limited timeframe. Creators are entitled to reclaim their copyrights regardless of any contract stating otherwise after certain time periods.
Music Gateway Presents – Billy Corgan: Music Industry Run by ‘feckless idiots.’ Technology Will Free Artists to See Their Brand Value.
Smashing Pumpkins frontman, Bill Corgan has said in an interview with CNBC that the music industry is run by “feckless idiots” that are stuck in an old business model that has been slow to adapt to the new ways we consume music. He said, “The music business is mostly run...
NMS’ 5-Year U.S. Music Industry Revenue Projections
New Music Seminar 2015: 5-Year U.S. Music Industry Revenue Projections By: Tom Silverman | Executive Director, New Music Seminar A New-Year industry overview traditionally is a retrospective but the New Music Seminar is all about the future of music and the music business so we look forward. Here we look...
Live365: The Future of Internet Radio
If you think you have what it takes to host your own radio show, look no further than Live365. The world’s largest Internet radio network empowers individuals and organizations alike by providing a “voice” to reach audiences around the world. We’ve chatted with Live365’s audio producer Ander Frischer about the...
Artists and The Branding of Cool
While it is often difficult to pinpoint the origin of cool, those able to both recognize and determine some thing’s “coolness” will ultimately separate themselves from the competition.
Arctic Monkey’s Do I Wanna Know — Deconstructed
David Penn deconstructs Arctic Monkey’s recent hit “Do I Wanna Know”, analyzing the song’s form, structure & more. Provides comprehensive insight to songwriters & producers to why a song becomes a hit.
Music With Boundaries: Cross-Territory Licensing Issues & How To Solve Them
Nothing is more frustrating to a music fan than the being confronted with the ‘I’m Sorry This Content is Not Available In Your Region’ denial or the mysterious ‘ghost’ album accessible in one country but not another. Although typically, the gaze of the industry and artists alike is on the...
Settling Down For Now: Spotify V. Ministry Of Sound & Copyrighted Playlists
Settling is usually sensible, but in the case of Spotify and Ministry of Sound (MoS) it was a slight disappointment. If the case had been heard, an interesting legal issue would have to be confronted – is there a copyright in a music compilation? Why are Compilations Still Relevant? Apple’s...
Looking Back: Tom Silverman On “The Next Physical Format”
Back in 2007 when the writing was on the wall about the demise of the CD and vinyl sales were almost nonexistent, I wrote this commentary for Billboard. Today, as CDs are down 19.6% year-to-date and album downloads are down 14%, Vinyl is up 32.7%, it is clear that consumers...