Kobalt founder and CEO Willard Ahdritz is not known for his shy and retiring nature. Nor is the gregarious New York-based, Swedish-born exec afraid to make big, bold statements about where the music business is going wrong and what Kobalt, the music publishing company he founded in 2000, is doing to fix it.
Long known primarily for quantifying the success of all sorts of entertainment content, from its much-ballyhooed television ratings to its SoundScan and BookScan tracking systems for music and publishing, Nielsen has been expanding its purview in recent years.
When Tidal made its big media push at the end of March, the core message was clear: while other streaming music services like Spotify and Pandora pay a pittance to artists, Tidal offers musicians a ...
The headline figure from IFPI’s 2015 “Recording Industry In Numbers” report would be the previously reported 0.4 percent fall in global music sales to $14.97 billion. Digging into the 132-page document, however, reveals a wealth of interesting analysis -- case studies on Germany, South Korea and Brazil, the rise of China, and much more. Here are seven takeaways from this year’s report, published today (April 20).
Seymour Stein, a bona fide music industry legend, turns 73 this month. Get him talking about music he loves, though, and he’ll match the passion of any young industry whippersnapper pound for pound. Stein is still every bit as full as admiration for great bands as he was more than half a century ago, when …
Instagram has announced a new community dedicated to music and musicians called @Music, in an effort to leverage the platform’s user interest in the topic. Unofficially, music has always been a large part of Instagram, accounting for an estimated 25 percent of all the platform’s activity. Recognizing this, Instagram executives have ...
It was surely only a matter of time. Having faced a battering in the media and the music industry in the three weeks following its puffed-up press conference, Tidal owner Jay Z has publicly defended the service – and revealed that it has attracted 770,000 paying subscribers to date.
As YouTube turns 10 years old today, Google is putting the finishing touches on an on-demand music streaming service as an add on to its video service. With Spotify, Apple, and Deezer and others, YouTube’s significant foothold in the industry, a YouTube streaming service seemed almost inevitable.
Nearly a year after announcing its purchase of Beats -- both its successful premium headphones division and its nascent-at-the-time, now-hibernating streaming service -- for $3 billion, Apple is inching closer and closer to unveiling its much-anticipated revamp of that streaming service. Apple hasn't revealed many details, not even a name for the new service, but when it does emerge, Beats will face stuff competition from market leader Spotify along with other streaming upstarts including Jay Z' ...
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