Haters Gonna Hate

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Wait – Is that an insult?  If so, who’s being insulted?  While we figure this one out, go ahead and read below. 

Your Weekly Music/Entertainment Industry Social Media Wrap-Up

After a couple of top stories, scroll down to find some headlines and articles that particularly interested William Paterson University Music Biz students over the past week.  

Must Read of the Week #1:

Pandora Picks Up Exclusive Rights To ‘Serial’ & ‘This American Life’

This is a big deal.  We’ve seen Netflix and Hulu and Amazon purchase exclusive rights to valuable video content.  Now that podcasting is surging, Pandora has pulled off a coup.  This will drive more listeners to the service and likely grow the audience for both programs.

Have you heard either of these?  If not, go listen to some episodes.  We still haven’t seen a big music podcast explode into the mainstream.  Maybe the format is waiting for you.

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Must Read of the Week #2:

Spotify Doesn’t Make (Or Lose) Money For The Music Industry. Here’s Why That’s OK.

Here’s an interesting take on the lower royalty argument against Spotify.  In this case, the author states that Spotify is a net neutral service because the losses in revenue are offset by the decrease in piracy, which sucked revenue from the biz.  Think about that as you read.  

Pics of the Week:

Songwriter/Producer/Grammy and Emmy-nominee David Wolfert (L) interviewed by songwriter Martin Briley at Thursday’s Pop Seminar Guest Series.

Wolfert spoke about connections and access, how Ariana Grande initially recorded one of his songs, and what it takes to compose for documentary films and corporate jingles.

The event was a smashing success.  Were you there?

Music Management student Ashley Overa presented her Honors Thesis to the William Paterson University Board of Trustees on Thursday.  She also spoke about the program, her internship at Atlantic Records, and a fundraising event she ran to raise funds and awareness for VH-1’s Save The Music.

Last week’s radio show guest was Liv Buli (pronounced Leave Boolee), the Data Journalist for Next Big Sound.  We talked about numbers and which ones are important for DIY and superstar artists.  Podcast coming soon, so stay tuned!

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More Stuff To Check Out:

Why I Think Social Media Sucks

Social media star Essena O’Neill announced the other day that she was quitting YouTube and Instagram.  Click to watch her emotional announcement video.  I had never heard of her until Pop Music student Nicky Costabile sent this over on Thursday.

Watch it.  Do you believe Miss O’Neill?  Do you notice the irony of using social media to announce you’re quitting social Media?  Methinks we haven’t heard the last of this 19-year old Aussie.

Activision Blizzard Buys Candy Crush Maker For $5.9 Billion

Found by Music Biz student Thomas Ricciboni, he reports to us that videogame company Activision Blizzard (maker of Call of Duty) has bought King Digital Entertainment, which produces Candy Crush and other games for Facebook and mobile devices.

If you’re a gamer, or follow the industry, what does this mean to you?
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More Stuff To Check Out Part II:

Taylor Swift Sued For Allegedly Stealing Lyrics To ‘Shake It Off’

This story is brought to us by Music Biz student Kara Cressey, who sent three different articles about this subject.  An R&B singer/songwriter who wrote a song in 2013 called “Haters Gonna Hate” thinks Swift pulled a fast one and owes him $42 million.  Click for details.

How The EDM Industry Can Make Noise In An Age Of Digital Disruption

In this article brought to us by Music Biz student Pedro Molina, we see a link to a case study elaborating on how technology serves as a bridge between the millennial generation and the rise of EDM music.  If this is your think, dive deeper and check this out.

Are Protest The Hero Changing The Way We Purchase Music?

Brought to us by Music Biz student Kyle Gordon, click to read about this Canadian metal band’s plan to release a single each month instead of following the traditional two-year cycle of record, release, tour, and repeat.  Do you think this will matter?  Could you do this?

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How Baseball’s Digital Arm Generates 10 Million Streams A Day

Artist Managers Survey – How They Feel About Labels, And How They Don’t Understand Their Artist Contracts

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