Monthly archives: October, 2015

Universal Music Group Announces New Exec Management Board, Reshapes Int’l Structure

Universal Music Group has unveiled a new executive management board and a reshaped international structure which has been redefined into regionally focused hubs to better leverage the group’s resources and know-how….


Adele’s ’25’ Is a Lock to Sell 1 Million in Its First Week — How About 2?

The singer’s first new song since 2012 sets big expectations for “25” as it stands poised to break sales records. “F–ing Adele.” So cracked a member of Justin Bieber‘s team after “Hello,” the 27-year-old British singer’s first new song since 2012, premiered Oct. 23, siphoning all attention in its wake and pushing aside highly touted same-day releases…


Recording Academy to Honor Producer Rick Rubin

Legendary music producer Rick Rubin will be honored by the Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing during next year’s Grammy Week celebration. The annual event, which recognizes behind-the-scenes wizards like Rubin and past recipients including T Bone Burnett, Jimmy Iovine and Quincy Jones, is set for Thursday, Feb. 11 at The Village studios in West Los Angeles….


YouTube Red Launches Today – Creators To Be Paid During 30 Day Free Trial

Google’s YouTube is launching its paid video and music subscription service today. YouTube Red‘s $9.99 per month subscription extends across devices and platform, including their recently launched Gaming app….


Spotify’s Most Viral Tracks – US, UK And Global

Each week Spotify reports its 10 most viral tracks based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it from October 16-22 on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify….


Developing A Strategy: A New Definition

As artists and managers are aware, having a solid strategy is critical to a successful marketing campaign, but what exactly is a strategy? This article looks at how the term is often used far too lightly, and the need for strategy to have a new definition….


New Study Says Streaming Music Is Revenue Neutral

Traditional wisdom goes something like this: streaming is killing the music industry because it does not return enough revenue to artists and labels to replace the money lost from falling sales. As is often the case in the digital age, traditional wisdom may be wrong….


Deezer Abandons IPO Plans, Thanks In Part to Pandora and Apple Music

Apple Music’s damage to Pandora contributed to Deezer’s decision Tuesday to pull its initial public stock offering. Didier Bench, chairman of Deezer’s board, told the Wall Street Journal the company changed its mind after seeing Pandora shares fall 36 percent last week. He added Netflix’s disappointing third-quarter also factored into the decision. “It’s better for us to wait a…


Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, YouTube’s Robert Kyncl to Keynote CES

Online video is taking over International CES next year. When the annual consumer electronics conference descends on Las Vegas in January, it will feature keynotes from Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and YouTube chief business officer Robert Kyncl. They join previously announced speakers including Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and Samsung Electronics president WP Hong. …


Adele’s ‘Hello’ Has Biggest YouTube Debut of Any Video This Year

YouTube announced on Tuesday that Adele‘s single “Hello” had the most explosive debut of any video this year, having racked up 50 million views in its first 48 hours alone. The video, which bowed early Friday (Oct. 23), attracted as much as 1.6 million views in a single hour and is bound to reach 100 million in its first…