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Rob Fusari Live Music Biz 101 & More
(What happened right after this pre-show pic was taken at last week’s Rob Fusari event at The Cutting Room in NYC?)

Your Music Biz 101 Wrap Up: Week Of May 9th


It was another captivating week in the music & entertainment biz.

Listen Wednesday at 8PM as your Music Biz 101 & More radio show interviews Jason Hobbs, SVP of Digital Strategy at Machine Shop.

If you’ve been a steady reader of this weekly thang, you’ll know Machine Shop is the “innovation company” wholly owned by the band Linkin Park.  I’ve posted THIS ARTICLE about Machine Shop, Linkin Park, and Harvard twice because it’s that good.  Read it.

Meanwhile, Apple Music is apparently about to get a relaunch (read HERE about a new discount for students).  YouTube and Hulu are working on projects to get you to cut out your need for cable televsion.  And Drake’s new album “Views” earned $8 million in revenue in just one day.

There’s also this:

A big debt of gratitude goes out to music business attorney Ron Bienstock, who filled in at the last minute for our radio show last week when our scheduled guest had an emergency come up.  Our podcast with Ron should go up within the week.  To find our more about him, click HERE.

Now go scroll down and click on what interests you the most.

Your Professor David Kirk Philp

Van Duyne, Bruno & Co.

Is Britney Ready To Stand On Her Own
“What do you do when your dreams come true, and it’s not quite like you planned?”  These Don Henley/Glenn Frey lyrics relate perfectly to Britney Spears, who had it all and nearly lost it all.  Here’s how she was saved.  Yet, it still feels a little weird.  Read it and let us know if you agree.

Meanwhile, listen to this NY Times Popcast, with recent lecturer Ben Ratliff, which discusses the Britney Spears situation and her “conservatorship.”

“It’s A System Rigged Against Artists;” The War Against YouTube
Ohh, you should read this.  You see, everyone has railed against Spotify.  Now, they’re catching up to YouTube.  Is that fair?  Click and let us know what you think.

Music Biz 2016 Nashville

Could ‘Desert Trip’ Rake In $100 Million?
The Who.  Bob Dylan.  The Rolling Stones.  Neil Young.  Paul McCartney.  Five of the biggest names in Rock history will descend upon Coachella’s Indio, California site in October for three days/nights.  How much could the promoter, Goldenvoice/AEG, earn?  What about the artists?

Next question: How much is this about “art” and how much is about money?

Final question:  In 25 years, what would an equivalent concert look like?  Who do you think would perform?

Vay Financial

Managing Your Band working book cover

How Marvel’s Brand Expanded As Far As Their Universe
This 4-minute video gives a history of Marvel comics and how that led to some of today’s biggest movie franchises.  Give a click.

Jason Hobbs Machine Shop Music Biz 101 & More

Music Biz 101 & More This Weeks: Jason Hobbs of Machine Shop
This is a repeat of an earlier show.  It’s worth listening to.  Coming up:

  • 5/11 – Jason Hobbs – SVP Digital Strategy at Machine Shop/Linkin Park
  • 5/18 Special Repeat
  • 5/25 – Brad Prendergast – SoundExchange Senior Counsel, Licensing & Enforcement

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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