A Closer Look at the Digitization in Our Lives

Recorded music used to start with a label and an artist. The production process was expensive because of the skilled technicians and the sophisticated equipment. Add to that a music video, the physical album, the distribution process, and what do…

Hey, Spotify. Taylor Swift called. She wants her money.

With the music industry moving from CDs to streaming, firms like Spotify have created new supply and demand and new incentives for performers and providers.

Human Capital: Backup Singers

Last night at the Nantucket Film Festival, I saw the new documentary, “20 Feet from Stardom.” Focusing on the (unknown) backup singers who worked with mega stars like Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger, the film had great music and a…

Creative Destruction: How Super Star Musicians Make Money

As the old music business cycle unfolded, top performers got a substantial cash advance to make an album, they toured for several months or maybe a year and then MTV promoted their videos. At that point, they took a break…

Did Radiohead Change the Music Industry?

“The fact of the matter is that popular music is one of the industries of the country. It’s all completely tied up with capitalism. It’s stupid to separate it.”                       …

Silent Salons

The Spanish Society of Authors (SGAE) receives a steady stream of income from Spain