How Low Can Album Sales Go?

Spotted on: Digital Music News It’s nothing new that the music industry is experiencing a steady downward trend in album sales. A few years ago, chart toppers were moving millions of albums a week. This trend isn’t just continuing, it’s advancing. For the first quarter of 2008, albums sales were down 10.7% from the same […]

How Collective Idiocy Left the Record Companies in Bits

Spotted On: The Guardian “When the history of our digital times comes to be written, one of the questions that will puzzle historians is why the record companies missed the significance of the internet.” What a great thought (and a very catchy headline). Here is a summary of the article, with some commentary. Since World […]

Artist Turns to BitTorrent when his Music is Pirated by iTunes

Spotted on: TorrentFreak An interview with the Flashbulb about his recent calamity with iTunes, and putting his album up on BitTorrent. It turns out iTunes is selling his albums without permission, and not paying royalties. The Flashbulb (Benn Jordan) has been releasing albums for 14 years, the last 5 have included various commercial endeavors. The […]

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 Happens to Music Collections When They’re Just Collections?

Music has value because it moves us. That special album that takes us back to some magic moment, or the songs we love to dance to. What has people by albums is the love of the music. MP3 collecting is similar to collecting baseball cards.  Grab an artist’s entire discography, and trade among your peers.  […]

Happy Birthday, Bob!

Today is Bob Marley’s birthday (in my opinion, an international holiday). in celebration of the birth of one of the most influential and incredible musicians of our time, here are some videos of Bob. If you want to honor Bob’s memory today, stand for something you believe in. A couple of interviews, speaking about music, […]

Frank Zappa on the Music Business

Spotted on: Youtube Who woulda believed that a 20 year old video would provide such great wisdom about music today? The first half of the video is on the music business. The second half is a tirade about sex. Had he mentioned drugs, we’d have the holy trinity of music.

Doug Morris: Music Industry Genius or Bitter Luddite?

Spotted on: Wired.com (and thanks for this awesome article) In the wake of the announcement that Universal and SonyBMG are uniting to start a new download service to compete with iTunes (which will offer 75% of all music sold in the US), Doug Morris, Universal Music Group’s CEO, was profiled in Wired Magazine the other […]

Unbundling Albums – The Silent Killer

Spotted on: The Register Capgemini recently broke down album sales in Britain since 2004.  While the report is still confidential, The Register reported on a few details.  And what is the reported main source of lost revenue in the British recording industry?  Album Unbundling.  File sharing came in at 18% of the projection. The iTunes […]

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 […]