Promoting Music

Content related to how music is promoted and marketed to various consumers.

Thoughts on the Radio Royalties Ruling

It's been busy times in the music industry recently. I have unfortunately been a little busier still, and busier than I would have liked. Isn't it annoying when your day job gets in the way of what's really important? Like going to concerts, finding new bands or spending entire an day listening to free form jazz fusion and the progressive styling of Frank Zappa...

The Cycle of Mediocrity in Mainstream Music

As someone who spends way too much of my day immersed in music, thinking in depth about the music industry itself seemed to come as a natural extension. I can't say it's always an enjoyably tangent to dwell on, as usually I end up thoroughly frustrated by all the greed, unethical practices and general lack of artistic vision that are a big part of the music industry, but overall it's pretty productive and has led to some interesting insights.

Neil Young Sees Plenty of Protest Songs to Check Out Online: They Are the Songs of Our Times

Although one of the qualities of a good song is a feeling of being timeless, many of the best songs ever written were written in response to specific events and might even be referred to as "protest songs." Music seems to go along with protesting very well because of its emotional charge, wide reach and and ability to bring people together. The current tumultuous times we live in are no exception and so it seems only obvious that new protest songs are being written to help people get their message out.

Exclusive Radiohead TV Broadcast to Start the New Year

Well, 2008 already looks to be an exciting year and at the rate the music industry is changing, it looks to be more exciting than even our first indications. Leading the pack with more exciting news once again is Radiohead. This time the band is going to be broadcasting an exclusive New Year's performance of tracks from their latest release, both online and on television, through www.current.com.

Here's the broadcast times for television:
December 31, 2007:
9 p.m. PST / 12 a.m. EST
10 p.m. PST / 1 a.m. EST
January 1, 2008:
5 a.m. PST / 8 a.m. EST

Thoughts on YouTube and the Music Industry

Since it's debut and popularity explosion, there's been some controversy over YouTube. Much of the debate stems from more copyright infringement issues and problems with people uploading material from ripped DVDs (copyrighted) etc. To be honest, I never really was into YouTube when it first debuted, maybe because I had no desire to watch "regular" people's videos. When I discovered it's wealth of concert footage though, I was hooked, as I'm sure you can tell by how many great concert clips I've shared on the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll.

Thoughts on the New Radiohead Album to be Released Online

Perhaps you heard the news the other day, just about every music news outlet I saw had the story. After months and months of hearing that the latest release from Radiohead would not be out till early next year, this extremely progressive band has once again defied everyone's expectations.

Hunkasaurus and His Pet Dog Guitar, MUSEA and the Artists Against Corporate Art

Sometimes I think about how many artists are going by the wayside because they cannot get support for their music. I'm sure there must be thousands if not millions out there who have real talent, just were/are not "radio friendly". This is unfortunately one of the failures of the capitalist music industry; artists that are already playing the sounds of what is popular are what is promoted because companies are in it to make money and sell music, not promote good music.

Internet Radio Saved, At Least For Now

In the music industry, today may have almost been known as the day the music died... or at least the day Internet radio died...

Trying to Save Internet Radio and is it Really in Jeopardy?

In the ever changing world of the Internet, music and copyright law there is apparently a new issue: royalties paid by Internet radio stations to play the songs. A recent ruling has scheduled a drastic increase in the royalties paid by Internet Radio for July 15th 2007 that will be retro active to Jan 1st 2006. This royalty increase will cause millions to be paid out and might easily jeopardize the entire industry of Internet radio and end up being far more harmful to the artists than helpful.

The Demise of the Record Industry through Aggressive Music Marketing

Back when I first heard about Napster, I didn't know what to make of it... it just seemed far to good to be true, a place where you could get music... for free??? It definitely took some getting used to, but I'd cite Napster as one of the major reasons I am as obsessed with music as I am these days as through downloading was the first place I was exposed to many of my now favorite artists.

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