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Portugal.The Man Breaks Through in a World Full of The Same Sh*t Everywhere

Portugal.The Man Breaks Through in a World Full of The Same Sh*t Everywhere

When Portugal. The Man’s “Feel It Still” became the biggest rock crossover song in five years, it made me think about why that doesn’t happen more often, and whether things might be about to change…

NPR Growth Continues, Reinforcing the Idea that "It's the Content, Stupid"

NPR Growth Continues, Reinforcing the Idea that “It’s the Content, Stupid”

Newly released NPR numbers help to support the idea that there’s nothing wrong with radio as a medium, only the product…

Linkage - Music Industry Bounceback? Sony Streaming Over $1b; Indies Seeing Big $$

Linkage – Music Industry Bounceback? Sony Streaming Over $1b; Indies Seeing Big $$

Three stories from the label side that, based on the headlines, appear to be cause for optimism. Sony has already surpassed $1 billion in streaming revenue this year, and Indie labels have pulled in $6 billion in revenue — more than $1.2 of that from deals with majors…

Linkage - The State of Things

Linkage – The State of Things

Three think pieces on the state of the music industry – one somewhat rosy, one that warns about what algorithms really mean for us, and one about the five new 800-pound gorillas that want to control entertainment…

What Is The Year's Biggest Radio Deal Netting Entercom? In Terms of Cash, Not Much

What Is The Year’s Biggest Radio Deal Netting Entercom? In Terms of Cash, Not Much

The sales price for KSWD/The Sound is in, and it’s an eye-popper — and not in a good way if you’re an iHeart or a Cumulus. Assets just aren’t worth what they used to be…

In Selling The Sound, Some Think Entercom Gave The New 88.5 FM a Gift. Unlikely.

In Selling The Sound, Some Think Entercom Gave The New 88.5 FM a Gift. Unlikely.

Lots of action on the rock radio front in Los Angeles the past couple of weeks, with the debut of an expanded 88.5 and a format change in store for KSWD/The Sound. Some believe the latter helps the former. Probably not…

With Apple Music Now at 30 Million Subscribers, Global Paid Subs Pass 100m

With Apple Music Now at 30 Million Subscribers, Global Paid Subs Pass 100m

In an interview with Billboard, Jimmy Iovine said that Apple Music now has “well over” 30 million paying subscribers. When combined with Spotify, that means the industry has broken the 100 million benchmark…

Linkage - Weekend Reading

Linkage – Weekend Reading

What happens to all those unclaimed royalties? Can you buy your way up streaming playlists? Spoiler alert – Yes!, And a great NYTimes piece on what was playing in Basquiat’s studio…

Video Responsible for More Than Half of All On-Demand Music Streaming Time

Video Responsible for More Than Half of All On-Demand Music Streaming Time

If you thought that video music streaming was just a small add-on to the time people spend with Spotify, Pandora, and the like, you’d be wrong. It’s actually the reverse. And that’s a problem…

Nielsen Data Suggests a Return to Focus on "At-Work" Listening

Nielsen Data Suggests a Return to Focus on “At-Work” Listening

With radio marketing budgets largely having gone the way of the dinosaur, stations might be wise to see at-work listening through the lens of customer acquisition – especially in younger demos. Nielsen data suggests why…

KBCO Celebrates 40 Years With Staff Reunion

KBCO Celebrates 40 Years With Staff Reunion

An informal get-together of KBCO employees, past and present, celebrated the legacy of KBCO — and its current #1 status in the Denver/Boulder Nielsen ratings…

Great News From the Triple A Front: KCSN in Blockbuster Move; KBCO #1 in Denver

Great News From the Triple A Front: KCSN in Blockbuster Move; KBCO #1 in Denver

KCSN will tie the knot with KSBR, expanding massively throughout SoCal. Meanwhile, Triple A stalwart KBCO lands at #1 6+ as it celebrates its 40th anniversary…

NYU Prof Says Radio is in Deep Trouble, NAB Says That's Silly. They're Both Right.

NYU Prof Says Radio is in Deep Trouble, NAB Says That’s Silly. They’re Both Right.

New York University’s Larry Miller says radio must adapt or face a bleak future. NAB responds with strong data, but even within that data there are hints that Miller is right…

If Goldman's Streaming Predictions Are Correct, Music Radio, In Current Form, is Done

If Goldman’s Streaming Predictions Are Correct, Music Radio, In Current Form, is Done

There’s lots of buzz this week about a Goldman Sachs report that projects streaming revenue will jump by some 500% by 2030. If this comes to pass, music radio is in for a major re-think…

Legendary Alternative WBRU is Sold; Will Flip to Christian

Legendary Alternative WBRU is Sold; Will Flip to Christian

Originally launched on FM in 1965, Brown University’s WBRU has been sold and will change formats to Christian-formatted K-Love…

YouTube Not Getting it Done, So Artists Will Target the DMCA

YouTube Not Getting it Done, So Artists Will Target the DMCA

YouTube’s meager payouts to musicians, combined with its inability or lack of desire to stop piracy, is leading artists to move toward changing the law, closing a loophole that some say YouTube exploits…

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