WP Nashville 2016 students(Here are your Music Biz 2016 students who went to Nashville and learned all sorts of neat things about da biz in May.)

Your Music Biz 101 Wrap Up: Week Of June 6th


It’s good to have you open this.  You make the biz so very proud.  The trick is to keep going.  So do so.

Listen Wednesday at 8PM as your Music Biz 101 & More radio show plays an interview conducted by SiriusXM’s Steve Leeds with “The Song Machine: Inside The Hit Factory” author John Seabrook.  This interview was pre-recorded in front of a live William Paterson University studio audience this past April. They talk about Katy Perry, Max Martin and the formula for hits in 2016.

Meanwhile, Fast Company released its 100 Most Creative People in Business list.  Scroll through to see who you recognize.  What can you do to get on this list?  Wiz Khalifa is suing his label and former manager.  NPR Music talks about their worst songs of all-time.  Do you agree with any of these?  Also, change is on the horizon at “Hamilton.”

And WP Music Biz students uploaded more than 20 new Music Biz 101 & More podcasts to iTunes and SoundCloud last week.  Click HERE to listen to some great interviews with some great peeps.

There’s also this:

The Warner Nashville building houses a cool A&R dude from Atlantic Records, Steve Robertson, who gave us a tour.  Did you know that Warner/Chappell has offices there?  Now you do.  On their floor, they have writers rooms.  Here’s a sign and a peek into what the room looks like.


Here are the WP students hanging in the Warner Nashville lobby.  You can see our friend Steve Robertson on the far left wearing glasses and making a mature face.  Meanwhile…

Before visiting Warner Nashville, the lil’ kiddies invaded Curb Records Studios, thanks to WP Music Management alum John Butler, who’s a big (and tall) VP of radio promotion there.  You can see John’s head on the far left, next to the body of young Bobby Mahoney.

Now go scroll down and click on the topics you hold dear to your heart (and then click on the others ones too).
Your Professor David Kirk Philp

Van Duyne, Bruno & Co.

How I Optimized My Ultimate Guitar Riff Playlist
You should click on this and give it a read. Hypebot will republish this post, written by WP student Zack Smith, next week.  Spotify playlists are becoming the new radio.

How can you get people to listen to your playlist (which should include a smattering of your songs)?  Zack provides some good ideas.  There are some other links that dive deeper that you should click on too.  So do it!

American Idol Producer Files $6 Million Lawsuit Against Phillip Phillips
This is worth a read to understand contracts and California law.  Plus, you can get all warm and cynical inside thinking about these folks arguing over their millions of sheckles.  Meanwhile, did you know that the company that owns ‘American Idol,’ 19 Entertainment/Core Media Group, filed for bankruptcy in March?


Christine Vay Wealth Management

Managing Your Band working book cover

The Business Of Phish
If you’re not into Phish, if you’re not into the whole jam band thing, it doesn’t matter.  Read this.  You’re going to pick up a couple golden nuggest of wisdom that will make you’re life so much better by 2021.

Warner Spent $1 Billion On A&R Over The Past 12 Months
Who said major label groups weren’t needed?  Read this to see where that billion bucks went.  Click!

Instagram Launches Business Accounts, Provides Analytics
Who cares?  If you’re in da music and entertainment industry, or want to be in it, you should care.  Click & read and make yourself understand this.

How ‘The Blockchain’ Could Change The Music Industry
If you haven’t heard of ‘The Blockchain’ yet, now you have.  It’s a technology based upon cryptocurrency technology that could get artists (and their management teams) paid instantly without the need for exchange rates.  Read this and, like the Instagram article, understand it.  This is one that needs multiple reads to get it.  Start getting it.

Josh Friedlander RIAA Music Biz 101 & More

Podcast of the Week: The RIAA’s Josh Friedlander
Listen to this excellent interview with Josh Friedlander, the SVP of Strategic Data Analysis at the Recording Industry Association of America.  Josh talks about what the RIAA does, industry trends, and the inclusion of streams in album certifications. Podcast produced by MBA in Music Management student Samantha Shank.

John Seabrook Music Biz 101 & More

Music Biz 101 & More Podcasts: Stream Us 24/7 – Here’s Who’s Coming Up Soon! 
Great guests are coming over the next few months to your Music Biz 101 & More radio show, including:

  • 6/8 – John Seabrook – Author & Smart Man
  • 6/15 –  Steve Leeds – SiriusXM
  • 6/22 – Jeff Cuellar – AC Entertainment/Bonnaroo
  • 6/29 – Joe Conyers III – Downtown Music Publishing/Songtrust

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


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

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Professor David Philp is Assistant Professor Music Management & 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).  Reach him at PhilpD@wpunj.edu or find him on LinkedIn HERE.

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