(On the left, ARIZONA manager Jake Posner.  On the right, your Professor David Kirk Philp.  In between, two thumbs.  They needed a ride after breakfast and couldn’t afford an Uber.)

Hi!  What cha been up to?  Did you have a nice holiday season?  Did you gain a lot of weight?  Have you lost any yet, or are you waiting for spring?  So many deep questions.

Meanwhile, our next Music Biz 101 & More radio show
will be this Wednesday, January 30th.  It’s an interview with Ken Mansfield, author of The Roof: The Beatles’ Final Concert.  The Beatles were a band a long time ago who changed the world a bit.  Ken was the U.S. manager of the band’s label, Apple Records.  He’s going to share with us his memories of the band and the group’s final concert on the roof of the Apple headquarters in London EXACTLY 50 years later – yes, the concert took place on January 30, 1969.

I just realized that Wednesday is the anniversary.  Can you see my goosebumps?

If you don’t want to listen live, you’ll get to hear the interview when it’s up as a podcast.  We’re on iTunes, Spotify, and SoundCloud.  Just look up Music Biz 101 & More.

As always, our Twitter account stays alive and active.  Have a question about anything?  Tweet us: @MusicBiz101wp

Now keep scrolling down.  You’ll be glad you read the stuff coming at ya!

See you very soon!

Your Professor David Kirk Philp

Managing Your Band – 6th Edition is out!  Did you buy it?!?

40% discount.  Hurry! 

Music Biz 101 & More Radio Shows: Here’s Who’s Coming Up Soon! 

Great guests are coming over the next few months to your Music Biz 101 & More radio show.

  • January 30 – Ken Mansfield, Author of “The Roof – The Beatles’ Final Concert”
  • February 13 – Jordan Chalmers, Atlantic Records Lifestyle & Influencer Marketing Manager
  • March 20 – Glen Barros, COO Concord Music Group

Tune in at 8 PM each Wednesday for some great, FREE music biz talk.

What’s Goin’ On

No long reads this week from us.  Instead, here are some links worth clicking on to give you updates on the biz.

2018 Video Game Sales Hit Record $43 Billion in Sales 

Wow.  $43 billion is big.  Did you know it’s bigger than the movie industry?  It is.  It’s bigger than movies.  It’s bigger than music.  Click or read this:

“The latest figures show that gaming is the top money-driving entertainent industry in the U.S., as well as globally. According to a report last week by Nielsen’s SuperData Research division, global digital revenue (which doesn’t include sales from consoles or physical copies of games) reached $109.8 billion in 2018 (up 11 percent year-over-year).”

Adventure Book Series Sues Netflix Over Trademark 

You can read this article or listen to the report from NPR.  This is a really interesting story about David and Goliath and trademark disputes.  Even more interesting – Did you know that a trademark can lose its status if the phrase or item being trademarked becomes too commonplace?

“The word zipper was originally a trademark for a toothed closure. But people started using the word zipper for any toothed closure, and that trademark became worthless. It became generic.”

Thermos, escalator, and aspirin were also once trademarked words.

Universal Merch Division Bravado Buys Merch Company Epic Rights 

In case you didn’t know enough about the merch biz, click and read this.  The former owner (and now extremely rich man) of Epic Rights, Dell Furano, was on our Music Biz 101 & More radio show a couple years ago.  You can listen to that HERE.

Also, if you want to take a very deep dive into Bravado’s competitor, Warner Music Artist Services, listen HERE to our interview with two of WMAS’s top dawgs, Matt Young and Dan Goldberg.

Did You Know – Over 200 Music Biz 101 & More Podcasts Are Up?

Yeah.  We didn’t know it either.  We’re at 201.  We recently uploaded our interviews with Jake Posner (see the pic at the very top), Atlantic’s Michael Parker, Live Nation’s Harvey Leeds, music biz attorney George Gilbert, Columbia Records’ Kari Keller, Ultra Music’s Miles Franco, and Catalyst PR’s Jen Appel (leave the last L off for savings).  Go and listen to everything on SoundCloud, iTunes, and/or Spotify.  You’ll be glad you did.

Women In Music 2018: Six Emerging Execs Shaping Music’s Future

This is an important read.  There’s a blurb below about America’s top-paid radio hosts.  They’re all men.  In this era of #MeToo, it’s important to understand that women keep pushing themselves and keep succeeding.  There’s more Women In Music that you should read. Some of it’s meh (yes, Ariana Grande is successful, next…).  Wade through this for what can really help you.  It’s worth your time.

Podcast of the Week

Our Jake Posner theme continues.  On this podcast, Jake talks about how he found ARIZONA, what their band/manager contract is like, and how the search for knowledge within the biz never, ever ends.  Give a listen.  It’ll put hair on your chest.

One Of America’s Best

(Ben Weinman, Kimbra’s manager and former Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist, with a WPU MBA class in 2018.)

Billboard Magazine officially announced its top 2018 music business programs on June 27th, and William Paterson’s undergraduate and MBA Music & Entertainment Industries programs received this national recognition.  Read the full article HERE.

If you didn’t click above, here’s what they said…

Wayne, N.J.

“There is no doubt in my mind that William Paterson University does an amazing job preparing students for the future,” says RCA Records co-president Joe Riccitelli, an alumnus of the school. “Their courses are relevant and competitive in today’s music business.” WPU’s music and entertainment industries program is now complemented by an MBA in music and entertainment management. The school produces the Music Biz 101 & More radio show and podcast, whose recent guests have included Scooter Braun and Florida Georgia Line manager Seth England.

Faculty: The school, 20 miles west of Manhattan, has visiting music/entertainment industry experts who lecture undergraduate and MBA students. Along with Riccitelli, recent participating executives have included Atlantic Records executive vp promotion John Boulos, Warner Music’s Matt Young and Dan Goldberg, and Atlantic head of digital strategy, marketing and e-commerce Paul Sinclair.


For full details about the Music & Entertainment Industries Program, including courses, the minor, and our MBA, click HERE.


For full details about the WPU Pop Music Studies Program, including courses and audition requirements, click HERE.


Professor David Philp is Assistant Professor Music & Entertainment Industries and Popular Music Studies at William Paterson University. He is the co-host of the only FREE advice college radio-based music & entertainment industry talk show in America, Music Biz 101 & More, which airs live most Wednesday nights and is available as a podcast HERE every night (days too).  Your favorite professor is also co-author (with Dr. Steve Marcone) of Managing Your Band – 6th Edition.  Reach him at PhilpD@wpunj.edu or find him on LinkedIn HERE.




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