And you wonder why so many music companies are diversifying into other, non-music industries. Because when the research companies are saying things are bad, then things are bad. Which brings us to Pricewaterhouse Coopers, which just issued a report calling for a modest one-percent annual percent growth rate for the US-based music industry through 2017. Which, spun the right way, means at least things aren't still sinking.
Early data in America suggests that paid downloads are already declining, thanks to rapid ramps in streaming. But the question is whether streaming is merely eating downloads, or the entire recording industry lunch.
California based skate-shoe company Vans who have developed numerous footwear/merchandise lines inspired by bands ranging from Bad Brains to Metallica have entered into a partnership with Queens, New York based Reggae independent VP Records to create the Dub Rockers sneaker. One-hundred and twenty pairs of the black mid-top accented with the Ethiopian/Rastafarian colors, red, green and gold, will be distributed throughout the summer, part of the promotional campaign for VP’s latest imprint, Dub Rockers,
Ana•mana•guchi. The polysyllabic tongue-twister of a name, like a toddler attempting Japanese, is on the lips of a swelling army of fans and admirers after several thousand helped propel the DIY, 8-bit electronic group into the pantheon of Kickstarter breakout bands.
By Anne Leighton writing for Michael Brandvold Marketing. (Dedicated to My Therapist) If you’re crowd funding, you’re doing something both for and about yourself, and there can be a lot of spiritual awakenings along that path to reaching your goal.
One slide in a presentation by Internet analyst Benedict Evans should really stand out to people in the music business: Ecosystem sizes. The chart shows the growth in the ecosystem sizes over the last three years of Apple iOS, Google Android, Amazon and Facebook.
For this installment of 'Independent Study,' we visited Cascine founder Jeff Bratton, whose passion for Swedish pop, such as Jens Lekmann and Chad Valley, and dream of working with them, brought him from Italy to Stockholm to Los Angeles to,...
A union of five independent labels sold to U.S. retail by Warner Music Group’s Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) is seeking a physical-only distribution deal that could upset the business model for distributors, according to sources familiar with the plans.