Does Chatter Matter? The Impact of User-Generated Content on Music

Spotted on: NYU Archives Here’s a paper titled “Does Chatter Matter? The Impact of User-Generated Content on Music”. It’s a study in how blogs and and social networking sites are impacting music sales. The study did not include any analysis on radio or internet broadcasting as a variable. Since this a very long and convoluted […]

What Do Album Sales Measure?

On the surface, this may appear like an obvious question. Album sales measure the number of people who buy an artist’s music. Let’s look a little deeper at what album and track sales are an actual measure of. Many artists that experience high volumes of downloads on p2p networks also experience brisk sales. The days […]

The Cult of Personality – The Modern Artist’s Mantra

The future for musicians looks like more than just great recordings and live shows.  The opportunities that the internet provides modern artists is available to everyone, and thus its potential is diluted.   One way to get noticed is to generate interest in who you are and what you’re saying. in other words, creating and maintaining […]

Why We Listen to Music

Music is not a commodity. It’s not something that people buy, or consume. It’s not a revenue stream, or a career choice. It’s an expression of the depths of peoples’ humanity. It’s an experience. Our ears bring us some of the greatest pleasure. Life is a song that plays all the time: running water, the […]

Album Sales: A Realistic Perspective

In getting a picture of what’s next for the music business, let’s take a moment to look at reality right now. There are a few reports from mid-2007 that CD sales are way down (15% from the first half of last year), while digital sales are up over 48% (If you find any more recent […]

The Album: Extinction or Evolution?

  Prince gave his album away in a newspaper, and Radiohead broke new ground with In Rainbows by letting fans choose how much to pay. Animosity toward major record companies is growing faster than US citizens contempt for their government (I’ll refrain from linking out to anything here). The entertainment industry is entering what is […]

Price Points vs. Perceived Value

One of the hot topics of conversation in digital music is price points. It’s such a grand term, though it’s really just two memes strung together: the idea of price, and the idea of points. Neither of which is really the issue at hand in the music business. Any conversation about digital media (also known […]