William Paterson University Music Business programs

Here’s your weekly music & entertainment industry wrap-up, handcrafted to give it that perfect Music Biz 101 flavor. You can always click HERE to sign up for our weekly newsletter, the official newsletter of the William Paterson University Music Management and Popular Music Studies programs.  We guarantee the best information this side of ignorance.

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

Must Read(s) Of The Week:

What Happens When Your Label Loses Everything?

The man in the picture, boys and girls, is currently the most hated man in America.  His name is Martin Shkreli and he runs a pharmaceutical company that just raised the price of a drug called Daraphrim from $13.50 per pill to… $750.  He’s also an investor in Collect Records.

Was an investor.

Because of the outrage over the price hike, the man in charge of Collect, Geoff Rickly (who’s also the frontman for the band No Devotion), had to break ties with his biggest form of income. And now the label is likely to go out of business.

How has this happened so quickly?  And why?  Read this article now and get a full sense of what happens when you cut a deal with the devil – and have the character to recognize him when he rears his ugly horns.

(Thanks to Cole Mozelesky for this story.)

Must Read of the Week #2:

‘Don’t Tell Artists What They Want To Hear.  Tell Them The Truth.’

Click and read this great interview with Allen Kovac, the manager of bands as diverse as Blondie, Five Finger Death Punch, Nelly Furtado, Motley Crue and the Bee Gees.

For those of you wondering what to look for in a manager, or for those of you interested in becoming one, here’s a great account of what one type of manager is like.  Oh, you’ll learn some stuff too.

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

Pic of the Week #1:

Pic of the Week #2:

Your author played a Beatles cover gig last week outside in Lincoln Park, NJ.  The purpose was to raise awareness for another gig taking place October 10th.  That gig’s purpose is to raise money for CUMAC, one of New Jersey’s most pivotal food banks. Interested?  Click reply and ask for more info.

Pic of the Week #3:

WP’s Modern Entertainment Company class met with Arts Presenter Jane Stein this past week to talk about a big event the class is producing, Collage! 2015, which is a musical snapshot of the Best of the Best of WP’s Music Department.  

Click HERE to see event details.

Pic of the Week #4:

A group of WP Jazz students brighten a cloudy day this past week at lunch in our Student Center.

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 ** Our guest this week is Fred Goodman, Author of ‘Allen Klein: The Man Who Bailed Out The Beatles, Made The Stones, And Transformed Rock & Roll’**

Fred will discuss his time writing for Rolling Stone and the NY Times, how he came up with the subject of the Klein book, how he conducted his research and interviews, and more.  This is going to be extremely interesting, so make sure you listen!

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Music Biz 101 & More is the only college radio-based FREE advice music & entertainment biz talk show in all of the Americas.  Hosted by William Paterson University professors Dr. Stephen Marcone and David Philp, the show airs live most Wednesdays at 8PM EST on WPSC: Brave New Radio.   

 More Stuff To Check Out:

Spring Internships at Warner Music Group?  Apply Now!

If you’re looking to intern at WMG this spring semester, go HERE and apply.  As you know, we have a new relationship with these folks to help place our most qualified students.  So if you don’t get an internship there this time, try again.  If you apply, be sure to let Prof. Philp know so he can try to help!

Before you apply for any spring internship, we recommend you read THIS, which was written to help you nail that phone or in-person internship interview.

Apple Music, Spotify, and a Guide to Streaming Music Services

Interested in what the top streaming services are?  Curious about how they’re different from one another?  Click on the link or pic and you’ll have a real good sense.

YouTube Set To Launch New Subscription Service(s)

If you look at the link above, you’ll see that YouTube isn’t part of the list of streaming services.  That’s about to change.  Click to read what details we have (some of this is still hush hush) and think about how this service, on the world’s largest streaming service, may affect you as a music maker, marketer, or consumer.

Inside The Rise & Receding of the Russian Music Industry

We try to include at least one article on the international biz for you to read each week. This is an extensive look at what’s gone on in the Russian music industry since the fall of Communism in the late-’80s.  There’s lots of politics, religion, and corruption to read about, so click.

Verizon Launches Mobile Video Service Go90

Why should you care about this?  Because your mobile providers are doing all they can to incentivize you to use them.  In a way, they’re like music streaming companies, each trying to one-up the other with exclusives and a better consumer experience.

Plus, if you knew Snapchat at one point offered platform-specific Warner Music Group content, they you should see that this Verizon channel may be an opportunity to get more music videos in front of a captive, yet mobile, audience.  Read and think on this. It’ll be good for yuze.

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

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Why Periscope is the Next Big Thing in Social Media

Facebook Debuts 360 Degree Videos

A Sprawling Empire: How FOX’s Hit Show Affects The Music Industry

And finally…

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Until next week (or our next class),

Professor Philp

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