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The record industry traditionally releases big albums in the fall, to take advantage of the holiday shopping season. But the industry is moving toward a future of monthly subscriptions rather than a la carte purchases. Will fourth-quarter album release dates matter in the near future?
Last Oct. 27, Taylor Swift released what the country-crossover star called her "first documented pop album," 1989. By year's end, it had already sold 3.7 million copies, according to Nielsen Music. Swift's blockbuster, not available on Spotify, might be among the last of its kind: big pop albums issued in the fall to take advantage of the holiday shopping season.
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Wrote about digital radio for Billboard's print magazine, but if you don't want ink-stained hands you can read it here.
Bruce Warren, program director for the University of Pennsylvania's musically ­adventurous public-radio station WXPN, says he's "loving Beats 1," Apple's 5-week-old digital radio station. But, he adds, he doesn't understand the media's fascination with the service's human-curated, DJ-hosted ­format. "There are a lot of cool radio ­stations around the world that are doing that on any given day," he says. "It's like, 'Wake the f-- up, hipsters!'"
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Stereogum debuts its ravishing new Cover Story layout. Also, there are some words by me about vinyl.
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Another one for +NPRmusic. We've talked about royalties. A new +Berklee College of Music report spotlights the issue of transparency: How much actually gets to artists?
A report on the music industry from Berklee College of Music offers recommendations for ensuring that royalties make it to their rightful owners.
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My first piece for NPR!
We asked everyone we could think of, from fans to musicians to label owners what the ideal streaming service should look like. Turns out the new world, even in our fantasies, is a work in progress.
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This went up almost a month ago now, just giving it another bump because I realize not everyone might have had a chance to read it when it was first posted.
With the music business in an especially volatile state right now, Marc Hogan puts the industry’s woes in perspective by ...
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Reviewed Destroyer's tremendous 'Poison Season' for +SPIN 
There seems to be some misunderstanding about how difficult Dan Bejar is to understand. A decade-plus worth of press clippings label the man "obtuse," which generally signals that the writers, including at least a few that I respect very much, don't know what "obtuse" means (it's an insult similar to "slow-witted" — remember The Shawshank Redemption). It's just this fallibility of established authorities that decades of great music have existed t...
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I have an article in Billboard. This one goes pretty deep in the music-biz weeds, but I hope it's the first of more to come.
AMRA, the collections society formerly known as the American Mechanical Rights Agency, has announced an agreement to handle royalty collections for Apple Music.
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Pitchfork let me write a feature about playlists.
Through interviews with the people behind services like Apple Music, Spotify, and Google Play Music—as well as IRL experts at ...
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My first post for Stereogum, on my first impressions of Apple Music. Grime revival FTW?
Less than 90 minutes after I began downloading Apple's new mobile-phone operating system, the voice of London grime rapper Skepta was yawping in my headphones: "This ain't a culture/ It's my religion." Those lines could almost describe how, for most of the past decade, many devotees have approached the company that Steve Jobs built; the cult of personality around products from the iMac to the iPad helped grow a business that's now the biggest by ...
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I steered an interview between Pixies' Black Francis and TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe for Time Out New York.
It's an indie rock summit! Two indie rock statesmen come together for a juicy conversation
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Best New Track. And it's only maybe my third-favorite track from the album so far.
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