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Coldplay Gearing up for Independence

By On June 8, 2009

Coldplay has a 5 album deal with EMI/Parlaphone. Vida La Vida is officially their 4th album to date, so they owe one more album (if that doesn’t count a greatest hits collection).… Read More

Digital Music

Artists For The Moment Vs. Artists That Lasts

By On December 27, 2008

In the last few months, I’ve found myself gravitating towards artists I think I’m going to listen to in 10-15 years.  Artists I can hold on to, artists that mean something, artists… Read More

Digital Music

The Roots: Changing Thing Up Live

By On December 11, 2008

Came across a 8 minute jam style version of The Roots’ classic “You Got Me” featuring Jill Scott. It  shows how artists can make the live show an experience much more than… Read More

Digital Music

A Marketing Savvy Flutist??

By On December 7, 2008

So I was browsing YouTube and came across a video by Greg Patillo, a flutist who’s really taking advantage of YouTube to market his music. He has a few vids up but… Read More

Music Business Commentary

Making The Physical Album Worth Buying

By On October 14, 2008

A couple posts ago, I talked about how a lot of independent artists and labels are offering free digital downloads with the purchase of the Vinyl Record.  Today, I was listening to… Read More

Digital Music

Vinyl Comes With Free MP3 Download

By On October 10, 2008

I think a lot of music fans can agree that Vinyl is the best form of music in physical format. The artwork is large, it feels great to hold, and has an… Read More

Digital Music

Remember That Folky Cover Version of "Hey Ya??"

By On October 8, 2008

Awhile back, a friend sent me this YouTube video of this guy (Matt Weddle of Obadiah Parker) covering “Hey Ya” by Outkast. It became viral and everyone was talking about it (over… Read More

Digital Music

Music Marketing: Kanye West vs. 50 Cent

By On September 30, 2008

OK, so the whole Kanye West Vs. 50 cent is a little old, but I wanted talk about it since Kanye is gearing up for his new release in November. What I… Read More

Music Business Commentary

Working With a $0 Music Video Budget: Video 1

By On September 9, 2008

You don’t have to have a $300,000 music video budget to get people into your music. There’s now many examples of videos that cost practically nothing to produce, but effectively turn people… Read More

Music Business Commentary

New Derek Sivers' Speech at Berklee College of Music

By On September 8, 2008

Check out Derek Sivers’ (former head of CDBaby) speech at Berklee College of Music. He makes a lot of great points, but one of the points really stood out: “Be one of… Read More

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