Must Listen of the Week:
‘Calling All Fans’: Korean Pop Invasion Rallies Americans In LA
If you don’t know anything about K-Pop, it’s time you did. This is a good report from NPR that gives you a primer on the music (it’s more than just “Gangham Style”) and its fans. Don’t ignore this. One of Scooter Braun’s (manager or Arianna Grande & Justin Bieber) clients? Psy.
Must Listen of the Week II:
Autobot$ Rule: Why ‘Transformers 4’ Is China’s Box Office Champ
The world is more than just America (sounds like a good book or James Bond movie title). You should listen to this and try to figure out what makes China, the world’s #1 economy, tick from an entertainment and cultural standpoint. Question: Have you seen all 4 Transformers movies? Have you seen any of them?
Must Read of the Week:
5 Lessons For The Music Industry From Weird Al Yankovic
This guy is older than fifty. He’s not supposed to have a #1 album. You’re not even supposed to care. How has he been able to do what so many other artists from the Classic Rock generation can’t? What’s in it for you? Click & read, mmmkay?
Announcement of the Week:
Your Music Biz 101 & More Radio Show To Debut Season #2 September 3rd
Did you know our (meaning yours & my) Music Biz 101 & More radio show is the only FREE advice music business talk show in the United States? Yup, ’tis. Start tuning your radio dials to 88.7 FM at 8pm on September 3rd. Or stream it live HERE.
Pic of the Week Uno:
Last week, I was in Nashville, the capital of Country music. American Idol was there too. This is James, who won a golden ticket to Hollywood. He let me snap this pic before the AI handlers kicked me out of the building. Root for the boy. He’s a nice fella.
Pic of the Week Dos:
Stax Records in Memphis was one of the most influential record labels in American history. During my journey to the Soul City, I took this pic for your visual pleasure. If you ever get a chance to hit up Nashville & Memphis (they’re 3 hours from each other and eons apart in every other way), do it.
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More Stuff To Check Out:
Iggy Azalea Means Big Business For Brands
She’s not just a rapper named after a plant on your parents’ front lawn, she’s also a hit-maker and brand-builder. Click & read this article about how her management team (all women), plus her label, are positioning Ms. Azalea for the long-term.
Is Rock Dead? Gene Simmons Of Kiss On The Future Of Rock & Roll
Do you agree with him? Just ’cause he said he doesn’t have to mean he’s right. Unless he is. Make a comment after you click.
A Spotify Playlist Trick That Just Might Make You Some Money
Indie band Vulfpeck tried something recently that netted them $20,000 from Spotify (before the service put a stop to it). Can you do something similar? Maybe. Click to find out.
Help Find The Man Who Inspired Passenger’s ‘Riding To New York’
How can a chance encounter turn into a new song? Listen to this interview. If you think you’re a songwriter, follow Passenger’s (Mike Rosenberg) lead and always have your brain in songwriting mode. You never know when surreality will happen to you.
Why Email Newsletters Are Still A Vital Marketing Tool For Musicians
Here’s an excellent read that should take you about 30 seconds if you just read the bullet points. By the way, if you’re reading this now, that proves that email is a great way to reach highly-targeted audiences. If you don’t have an email list, start now.
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