A Band Threatens to Sue Us After We Accuse Them of Playlist Payola. Here’s My Response.

A Band Threatens to Sue Us After We Accuse Them of Playlist Payola. Here’s My Response.

Should payments to Spotify playlist curators — any kind — be banned?  Yes, they should. As Spotify replaces radio (and pretty much everything else), there’s a pretty serious debate over how songs are landing onto coveted playlists.  Back in the day, labels paid radio stations to play their records.  Now, the same thing is starting to happen on Spotify playlists — […]

Sony Never Paid a Piece of Their Spotify Advances. So Why Are They Paying on the IPO? – Digital Music News

Sony Never Paid a Piece of Their Spotify Advances. So Why Are They Paying on the IPO? – Digital Music News

It’s not that Sony wants to give you the money.  It’s that they simply can’t afford not to. Once upon a time, Sony Music Entertainment charged their artists a fee for every CD sold.  Why?  Because Sony, along with Phillips, co-developed the CD back in the early 80s, thereby making them the patent owners.   So you — the artist, sub-label, whatever — […]

Another Top Official Quits the FCC’s Corrupt 'Broadband Committee'

Another Top Official Quits the FCC’s Corrupt 'Broadband Committee'

The FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) has now suffered another major defection —based on allegations cozy ties with giant telcom companies. New York City’s CTO Miguel Gamiño Jr. is the latest high-prile ficial to quit the FCC’s controversial Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC).  The defection is based on policies that are doing little to help lower-income Americans. Gamiño is […]

Sonos Is Pulling All Of Its Advertising from Facebook — Effective Immediately

Sonos Is Pulling All Of Its Advertising from Facebook — Effective Immediately

You won’t be seeing Sonos ads on Facebook anymore — or Instagram, for that matter. Looks like Sonos is sending a very clear message about Facebook’s privacy breaches — and potentially sparking a mass exodus by prominent advertisers.  According to details confirmed ahead the weekend, Sonos is actively removing its advertisements for its speaker systems from Facebook’s massive network.  And yes, […]

Buzzkill: The Music Industry Is Only 60% of Its Size In 2008

Buzzkill: The Music Industry Is Only 60% of Its Size In 2008

Is the music industry popping the champagne cork prematurely? Revenues in the US-based music industry have grown by 16.5 percent since 2016, according to a just-released report by the Record Industry Association America (RIAA).  In a comeback 2017, revenues approached $9 billion. Sounds pretty solid.  But Cary Sherman, the longtime CEO the RIAA, is warning against early celebrations.  According to […]

YouTube's Banned Gun Videos are Getting Uploaded Onto Pornhub

YouTube's Banned Gun Videos are Getting Uploaded Onto Pornhub

Can you really ban anything from the internet?  YouTube’s ban on certain firearm videos is leading to some unexpected consequences.   YouTube recently instituted a major updates to its policies on videos involving weapons.  A stepped-up ban includes videos involving direct sales guns or those with links to sites that sell them.   Bloomberg has also reported that YouTube videos cannot […]

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Says Net Neutrality Hurts Poor People

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Says Net Neutrality Hurts Poor People

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says millions rural Americans lack broadband access — and net neutrality is to blame. Why don’t more impoverished Americans have reliable broadband access?  The reason, according to FCC chairman Ajit Pai, is net neutrality.   In a speech recently delivered to members the American Cable Association (ACA), Pai argued that heavy-handed government regulations have been holding back broadband […]

Chvrches Reveal Influence of Eurythmics' Dave Stewart and the National's Matt Berninger on 'Love Is Dead'

Chvrches Reveal Influence of Eurythmics' Dave Stewart and the National's Matt Berninger on 'Love Is Dead'

Chvrches just announced their upcoming third album, the Greg Kurstin-produced Love is Dead. But according to the band, who decamped to New York before work began on the new record, Kurstin’s involvement was never a forgone conclusion. In fact, in casting about for a producer (the first time the Scottish trio had looked outside the band for help) Lauren Mayberry, […]

Chvrches Reveal Influence of Eurythmics' Dave Stewart and the National's Matt Berninger on 'Love Is Dead'

Chvrches Reveal Influence of Eurythmics' Dave Stewart and the National's Matt Berninger on 'Love Is Dead'

Chvrches just announced their upcoming third album, the Greg Kurstin-produced Love is Dead. But according to the band, who decamped to New York before work began on the new record, Kurstin’s involvement was never a forgone conclusion. In fact, in casting about for a producer (the first time the Scottish trio had looked outside the band for help) Lauren Mayberry, […]