Weekly Music Industry Update

Here’s your weekly music & entertainment industry wrap-up.  We don’t cover celebrity couples.  No, man.  We’re hardcore when it comes to the music business and the entertainment biz.  Come back every week to find out what you wanna find out.  Or click HERE to sign up for our weekly newsletter.  Still, what is up with Kim & Kanye?  Inquiring minds want to know.

Must Read of the Week:

9 LI Restaurants Sued Over Music Payments

Great find by Jenni Sarikas!  This article perfectly covers how ASCAP (and the other performance rights organizations) works in support of their member songwriters and publishers (publishers were an ignored party in this article, otherwise it was spot on).  Read what happens if a restaurant doesn’t pay their license.  Get two viewpoints.  Then think to yourself: Who isn’t being fair here?

Must Read of the Week (Parte Dos):

The Biggest YouTuber In The World

Felix “Pewdiepie” Kjellberg has the largest number of YouTube subscribers on his channel in the world.  Combine the subscribers for President Obama, Beyonce, and One Direction and he still has more (31.8 million as of Halloween).  You should see what he does and read about how he’s become so successful.  It’s all about gaming, passion, and listening to his audience.  Have you ever heard of him?  Ever seen any of his videos?  What do you think?

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 visiting 2014-2015 Music Biz Expert Paul Sinclair.

Paul is the head of digital and eCommerce at Atlantic Records.  In the pic above, you can see him 3rd from the left during a chat with Doc Marcone’s Personal Management in the Music & Entertainment Industry class.

Paul is brilliant.  He’s all about data (not that bass), but not just data collection.  His concern is how do we use it all to break artists and sell music.  What do you want to ask him?

Tune your radio dials to 88.7 FM at 8pm this WEDNESDAY night to find out.  Orstream it live HERE.

Tweet us questions now: @MusicBiz101wp

Call into the show after 8:30: 973-720-2738

Pic of the Week:

Like the footwear?  These are the sneaks that draped the footsies of Rob Fusari/Cary Nokey as he guested on last week’s Music Biz 101 & More radio show.  Good thing we didn’t notice these until post-show.  We would have spend the whole time chatting about redundancies between zippers and laces.

Pic of the Week Dos:

WP Music Biz student Aaron Gollubier shows off his strange Nirvana shirt.  Read the back.  Not your typical tour T.

To always keep up with pics of what’s going on around WPU and its Music Biz department (covering all things music), follow our Instagram Page HERE or Music Biz 101 Facebook page HERE.

More Stuff To Check Out:


A Contest That Gets You On The Radio!!

Hurry!!!  The Deadline only THREE days away!!!!  You want to get your music on college radio?  Here’s your chance!  The winner of our awesome Theme Song Contest now not only gets an in-studio guest appearance on the Music Biz 101 & More Radio Show, you also get a 15-minute block of interview time and YOUR music played on 88.7 WPSC during Phillip Gorokhovsky’s 7 PM show on January 14th.

In addition, WPSC: Brave New Radio will also pick YOUR BEST ORIGINAL SONG and put that song into their rotation for a month.  Here’s a way to get your music on WPSC.  The only way to win is to enter.  So do it!

How Irving Azoff Plans To Collect 30% More For Songwriters Than BMI & ASCAP Do

If you read Must-Read #1 above, you totally understand what the performance rights organization business model.  Now read the link above.  Former/current artist manager and Live Nation Entertainment CEO Irving Azoff has started Global Music Rights, a company set out to disrupt the performing rights market.  Check out his plan.  Think it will work?

Is Disney Headed For A Cold Spell?

Selena Gomez has left.  “Frozen” has thawed.  What’s next for Disney’s music division, Hollywood Records?  Click to read what the company may be thinking during this time of star-transition.

Taylor Swift’s Unwelcome P.R. Campaign

By the time you read this, Taylor Swift will probably be the first artist of 2014 to sell over 1-million units of the same album.  But at what expense?  Read a number of criticisms of how she’s done this and ask yourself if it’s just the media jumping on her because it’s the cool thing to do or if the criticism is valid.  What do you think?

The Year’s 50 Most Innovative Companies

Look at the list.  Do you see one of your target places to work in the top 50?  How many of these companies have ties to entertainment?  More than you think.

10 Steps For Booking Your Own Tour

Thanks to Jess Frank for the link!  All 10 are good, but #1 is probably the most important.  Which one do you think is the most imperative?

Bookmark This!! (Other Stuff To Click On & Read)

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Marconi’s Violin Fetches $1 Million 

YouTube Music Service Could Cost Artists/Labels $2.3 Billion In Lost Revenue

Like It Or Not, Instagram Video Ads Are Here

How Do We Fix The Industry’s Gender Imbalance? Female Producers Weigh In

And finally…

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Until next week (or our next class),

Professor Philp

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