|Must Read of the Week:
Adele’s Manager: ‘Streaming’s the Future, Whether People Like it or Not”
Oh my. The whole recording industry is all up in arms about Taylor Swift pulling her catalog from Spotify. Her decision, in my opinion, hasn’t been explained well enough. There are holes in her arguments. Read THIS, which came out Saturday. Even her label owner is still sloppily leaving out YouTube. That is streaming. Yet, all the artists pick on Spotify. I’ve got no horse in this race, the cliche goes. I’d just like all the horses to run in straight lines. Unfortunately, the track is a circle.
Must Read of the Week (Parte Dos):
How The Cartoon Network Grew Up
This is a great, in-depth interview with the CMO of the Cartoon Network, Michael Ouweleen. He talks about the evolution of humor, of cartoons, and how to develop a company that bends genres and changes how people laugh.
Big Announcement of the Week:
Our big & awesome guest on this week’s Music Biz 101 & More radio show (the only FREE advice music business talk show in the United States) is record company owner, artist, musician, music supervisor, and educator Al Cohen.
Al owns ACM Records, which has been around for over 20 years. How have they been able to survive, and thrive, over all the changes over the past two decades? How did Al carve out so many relationships with major labels and companies? And what happens when the Academy of Country Music decides their ACM is better than your ACM?
Tune your radio dials to 88.7 FM at 8pm this WEDNESDAY night to find out. Orstream it live HERE.
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Pic of the Week:
Do these count as pics of the week? Today, we’re saying they do. If you’re around the WP campus on Tuesday night, stop in and see some top talent perform. Seriously. These groups are very cool.
Pic of the Week Dos:
Really, this isn’t a pic o’ da week either, but it’s something created by social media intern Sierra Binondo. And no, you’re not weird.
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More Stuff To Check Out:
Bono Defends Spotify: ‘Let’s Experiment. Let’s See What Works.’
I’ve heard that Bono has a horse in this race because his Elevation Partners venture capital fund has a stake in Spotify. However, you should read what he says. Do you agree?
The WP Distinguished Lecturer Series Has A Cool Guest This Week
If you’re a fan of NPR’s Radiolab, you’ll want to check out Robert Krulwich, who’ll be at William Paterson this Friday night. Guess what? Students can get in FREE! Go!
The Evolution Of Violin Design: How Stradivarius Won The PR War
Did you know that today’s violin that we all know and love didn’t used to look like today’s violin? How did it get its shape and why? Click to see how this instrument has evolved since the 1500s.
Here’s Why Beyonce Hasn’t Tweeted Since 2013
Beyonce isn’t stupid. And, after you read this, you’ll realize the people who run her social strategy are pretty sharp too. In fact, I am ordering you to read this. By the way, you know why Beyonce hasn’t tweeted in over a year? No. I won’t answer. You read and see why. It’ll be worth your time.
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Facebook Hands Over Control Of News Feed To Users
7 Powerful Facebook Features That Bands Overlook
Warner Music Signs Licensing Deal With SoundCloud
ABC’s Music Chief On ‘Nashville,’ Songs From ‘Scandal,’ And Making The Move From Movies To TV
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