The Orchard Pinball Machine

(Our podcast with Fueled By Ramen/Roadrunner Records president Mike Easterlin awaits your ears.  Click on the pic.)

We learned this week that Soundcloud has a deal with Sony Music, giving it deals with the three major label groups.  Can you smell another streaming competitor to Tidal, Apple Music and Spotify coming around the corner?  Speaking of Spotify, they came to an agreement of their own with a whole mess of publishers concerning a whole mess of royalties never paid.

There was also lots of Instagram news this week. Some is below, but we also learned about the music buying/streaming/listening habits of its users.  The writer of that article, by the way, Lauren Wirtzer-Seawood, used to be Beyonce’s social media guru. Oh, and click HERE to discover 10 ways to motivate yourself every day.

Listen Wednesday as your Music Biz 101 & More radio show interviews Epic Records EVP of Promotion, Todd Glassman.  He’s held senior roles at Columbia Records, Island Def Jam, and Universal Motown.  This shall be a good one.

Below, we focus on Hozier’s recent synch licensing success, Sony’s publishing purchase from the Michael Jackson estate, the aforementioned Instagram news, and more.

Finally, look at this image below:

The guy on the right is the guy composing this email.  The guy on your left is Bobby Mahoney, WP Pop Music student and lead dude in Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son.  The band’s new record, Anxiety Queens, comes out this summer.

Go scroll down and click on what interests you the most.


Van Duyne, Bruno & Co.

Your Music Biz 101 Wrap Up: Week Of March 21st

Hozier’s “Arsonist’s Lullabye” Breaks Shazam Record After ‘Walking Dead’ Synch
Read what happens to a song after it gets perfect placement within an episode of a hit TV show.

Instagram May Change Your Feed, Personalizing It With An Algorithm
In other words, the days of you posting something on Instagram and it falling chronologically in with posts of others whom you follow are over.  Just like with Facebook fan pages, while you may have spent years cultivating a base of followers, you’ll now have to advertise in order to reach them all.

You had to know this was coming.  Twitter will be next.  Remember – these platforms start with good intentions, but like in everything else, once big money gets involved, the good intentions fade away in order to please investors and shareholders.

How do you get control back?  Make your own website, put on amazing content there, and use social media to drive people there.  Easier said than done, but if you don’t want to be beholden to The Man, that’s your best chance.

2016 WP Music Management Seminar Lecture Series

Author John seabrook will speak at William Paterson University’s 2016 Music Management Seminar Lecture Series on Tuesday night, March 22nd at 8:00.  He’ll discuss his new book, The Song Machine: Inside The Hit Factory.  If you’re interested in how today’s hits are made, read it.  This event is FREE and open to the public.

Music Biz 2016 Nashville

How An Indie Rock Band Help Start A Multi-Million Dollar Company
Click and read to see how the tour manager for Modest Mouse found a problem in the merch business and helped create a global solution.

Rob Fusari Single Don't Let Love Down

Dream Careers – Amazing(ly Expensive) Internship Opportunity
I’m torn about passing this along, but our readers are smart people.  You can figure out what’s best for you.  Doc Marcone and I learned about Dream Careers during our Music Biz 101 interview with Donna Ross of INgrooves (hear her talk about it HERE – scroll to 45 minutes in).

Anyway, if you have $8,500 and are available for 8 weeks, this might be the perfect chance for you to get your foot in the door of the entertainment company you’ve had your eyes on.  There’s an application process, so you can’t just get this.  But click and look around.  If you don’t have the money, let’s talk about how you can get in the old fashioned way – by being awesome and having a killer resume.

Vay Financial

Dave Philp Singer Songwriter Cape May 2016

Your Professor David Kirk Philp spoke at Singer-Songwriter Cape May this past Friday about all of the types of people and companies in between a song’s creator and the final consumer’s ears.  The room was full.  Questions were asked.  A splendid, and educational, time was had by all.

The Orchard Pinball Machine

The Orchard has a cool pinball machine in its lobby.  This picture of the pinball machine is proof.  Do you have a lobby?  If so, what kind of pinball machine is there?

Sony To Pay Michael Jackson Estate $750 For Music Catalog
There’s still money in publishing.  The best part of this deal for the Michael Jackson estate?  They finally get out of the debt the late King of Pop had left it in.  Click and read.  Meanwhile, there’s a rumor that Paul McCartney may finally get the rights to the Beatles publishing back (Paul & John sold their interests in the catalog back in 1969).

LA Reid At William Paterson University: A Recap
Epic Records Chairman/CEO LA Reid visited William Paterson University’s music biz program on March 9th and offered some inspiring nuggets of wisdom.  Click to read a recap, taken from tweets and Instagram posts from that night.

Todd Glassman Music Biz 101 More Interview

Music Biz 101 & More This Week: (Repeat) The JT Project
Great guests are coming over the next few months to your Music Biz 101 & More radio show, including:

  • 3/23 – Todd Glassman, Epic Records Head of Promotions
  • 4/6 – John Scher – Legendary Concert Promoter
  • 4/13 – Summer of Love (Glen Burtnik, Tony Pallagrossi, Rich Russo)
  • 4/20 – Rob Fusari – 2x Grammy Winner
  • 5/4 – Brad Prendergast – SoundExchange Senior Counsel, Licensing & Enforcement

And more that we can’t announce just yet.  Tune in at 8 PM each Wednesday for some great, FREE music biz talk.


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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 or find him on LinkedIn HERE.

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