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Exciting Announcement of the Week:

Atlantic Records COO Julie Greenwald Speaks at William Paterson Tuesday Night

The 2015 Music Management Seminar Series, hosted by the Music Management Department at William Paterson University, welcomes Atlantic Records Chairman/COO Julie Greenwald Tuesday night, April 7th, at 8:00. The event is FREE and open to the public.  Interested?  Click on the link for details or hit Reply and we can converse.

Must Read of the Week:

(Actually) True War Stories At NBC

This is a great read for you all about leadership, backstabbing, money, and lies.  It sounds like a TV show.  But it’s really all about NBC News.  Take some time and sit down with this.  You won’t be able to stop once you start.

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

Must Read of the Week II

YouTube Piracy: Perfecting The Art of Turning (Stolen) Straw Into Gold

This is a great expose about how pirated videos are made available on YouTube and how YouTube, and the pirates, both profit.  You’ll also learn the word “panegyric.”  Go ahead, look it up.  Thanks to Prof. Van Duyne for the link!

Pic of the Week #1:

On Monday night, William Paterson University’s Popular Music Studies majors produced Now That’s What I Call Pop 3 – a concert featuring their tunes & talent.  Here’s a pic of some of the ladies who impressed the crowd.

Must Read of the Week III:

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett on Horror, Metal and his Annual Fear Festival

Here’s a great example of how you can take your interests and turn them into something that will bring in money.  If you have a little bit of the entrepreneurship bug within yourself, click and give this Mashable article some love.

Pic of the Week #2:

That’s Jenni Sarikas on piano and Zach Doyle on fiddle from last week’s Now That’s What I Call Pop 3 show.
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This past week, Jay Z and a large group of music-maker-heavyweights (from Jack Black to Madonna to Alicia Keys to Usher) hosted a fancy press conference announcing the re-launch of Tidal, a streaming music service that will be subscription-only to consumers.  $9.99 or $19.99 per month, depending upon how you like your streams to sound.

There has been lots of criticism from critics (because that’s their job) and other artists.  Big concerns include how much artists and songwriters will earn from Tidal vs. Spotify, which is consistently bashed for it’s low payouts.

Of course, most artists (signed and unsigned) don’t seem to realize that they aren’t paid by the streaming service; they’re paid by their label or aggregator (like CD Baby).  Below are some links that can help familiarize you with the issues.

My take?  It seems that there’s a wave (pardon the pun) of “we need more money; forget all about the ad-supported/freemium model” coming from the major labels, which is trickling down to business tycoons in the biz like Jay Z (keep in mind: This Tidal Jay Z is the “business, man” Jay Z and not the artist).

I have a feeling that they’re paying more attention to themselves than the consumer.

Meanwhile, if you read the YouTube article above, piracy is still alive and kicking on the web.  Don’t you think it will just get worse if we change course now?

My rant ends here.  Feel free to disagree with me.  Just let me know so we can have a healthy debate with crinkled eyebrows and comments about each other’s mothers.

Those links I promised?  Just scroll below now.

Jay Z’s New Streaming Service Is A Huge Step Backwards For The Music Industry
(thanks for the link, Doc Marcone!)

Lily Allen Slams Tidal While Supporting Spotify In Twitter Rant

Tidal Addresses The Backlash: “There’s Still So Much More To Do.”

Here’s A Mostly Positive Review Of Tidal Itself, The Actual Service People Will Subscribe To

By the way, we aren’t hearing much about Neil Young’s Ponoanymore, are we?

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