Collage! 2015 merchandise sales

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Your Weekly Music/Entertainment Industry Social Media Wrap-Up


Must Read of the Week #1:

Hey TGIFridays! ‘Happy Birthday’ Going Into Public Domain

This is good news for everybody sick of hearing anything but “Happy Birthday” in public places on your big day.  This 2-year old lawsuit is in the settlement phase, so now all of your favorite restaurant waiters & waitresses can sing loud and strong to you.

Wait.  Is that really a good thing?  Click to find out more.

While you’re reading, how about streaming WPSC: Brave New Radio HERE.

Must Read of the Week #2:

A Deeper Dive Into Music Royalties And What’s At Stake For Music Fans 

We should find out this week what the new statutory rates are going to be for Pandora and SiriusXM – meaning what they’ll pay to rights holders per stream.

In addition, there are heated (and well-lobbied on both sides) discussions going on about whether or not terrestrial radio station will pay labels (and, subsequently, artists once recouped) for the music played over the airwaves.  This article takes the label side of the issue.

Give a read and get up to speed with this important issue.

Pics of the Week:

Professor Philp’s Modern Entertainment Company class sold custom merch last week at a giant show called Collage! 2015 that the class helped produce.  The eclectic show included the William Paterson University Jazz Orchestra, Concert Choir, Flute Ensemble, Brass Quintet, Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and more.

Over 700 people were in attendance for a Thursday matinee and nearly 500 for the Friday night extravaganza (say that word 5 times fast with crackers and gum in your mouth).

From left to right: Marla, Jess, Yasmin, Bianca, Joelle, Bobby and Cole.

You got here from left to right Professor David Kirk Philp, Music Biz 101 & More producers Jess Frank and Bianca Russo, and Bobby Mahoney, from Bobby Mahoney and the Seven Sons.  They interviewed artist manager Alex Kadvan on last week’s show.  Doc Marcone was on assignment. If you thought he was missed, you thought right.

Click on the pic to read about this promotion, which we posted about back in May.  It appears to be rolling out to stores now.  However, I have the Starbucks app and saw nothing about this promotion anywhere.  I asked a barista.  She said these weren’t supposed to be out yet.  So we will continue our vigil while drinking java chip frappuchinos (venti at the time of this writing).

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** Our guest this week is…

Tom Hefter, Marketing Services Specialist at Ticketmaster Entertainment. We’re talking about the Year in Music Biz 2015 and our predictions for 2016. 

We’ll start the show with a call in from a representative of the NAMM 2016 show.  Then, it’s all about the very recent past and future.  Tweet us your questions and predictions.

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More Stuff To Check Out:

Can Spotify Lure Back Taylor Swift And Adele?

Up until now, Spotify has not made any difference in the content available to ad-supported (freemium) customers and subscription.  It appears they’re re-thinking that.  This is a pretty big now in the short history of streaming, so take a look.

Suit Claims Weeknd Song Infringes On Film Soundtrack

This suit claims The Weeknd and his co-writers of “The Hills” copied elements of THIS soundtrack, which is a little-known movie from 2013.  Read the article, listen to the soundtrack, and see what you think.
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Music Biz 2016 Tickets on Sale Now! 

Think about going to the music industry’s main convention of the year, Music Biz 2016.  In fact, William Paterson University’s Music Biz program will attend.  Buy tickets now and let’s hook up? We’ll interview folks for the radio show/podcast and bring a whole class of eager students.  Hit reply and ask for details!

More Stuff To Check Out Part II:


5 Ways To Avoid An Email Misunderstanding

This is great, because we’ve all meant one thing but, when read in an email, the reader has thought something else.  Click and learn these 5 easy points to make your life happier. 🙂

The Virologist

Want inspiration?  I urge you to read this article about a 27-year old and how he’s been building websites since he was 12.  This article, from January, is timely because the “kid” just received a $25 million from Tribune Media in support of his company.

He makes websites go viral.  What can you learn from this article to help yourself?

How To Make Small Talk Less Painful

If you dread speaking to people you don’t know, click.  If you are naturally shy, click.  If you’re a Type A personality who chokes when it comes to intimacy, click.  This will take you 4 minutes to read.  Let it help you.

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