The Rhapsody founder laid out the real cost of digital piracy, the head of A2IM talked about why artists must diversify to survive, and Billy Corgan discussed how an industry-wide obsession with fame is ruining music.
Music News 2012
Viacom announced its Artists.MTV initiative, a massive anti-music-piracy court ruling in India gained the attention of music industry leaders worldwide and blogger Aaron Colter analyzed the pay-what-you-want model.
The British High Court sided with the music business regarding new anti-piracy laws, top digital providers laid out their plans to promote industry growth and Russell Simmons shared his thoughts on the current climate.
A leaked audit showed the problems faced by major labels, SESAC tried to sell in spite of an anti-trust lawsuit and Columbia Records execs talked about the label’s continued success.
Reports tracked Hadopi’s successful implementation of anti-piracy laws in France, the RIAA claimed the music industry is still collapsing and controversy erupted as the EMI split is finalized.
Spotify heralded as a necessary evil for artists and labels, MySpace’s new Internet radio player increased its registered users and Kodak’s recent fall provided a dire lesson for the music industry about failure to adapt to new technologies.
Vevo’s real benefit to the artists and publishers was analyzed, Noel Gallagher and industry analysts explored the fall of popular bands and the RIAA president criticized Google and Wikipedia for anti-SOPA action.
Trent Reznor discussed film scoring and the future of the business, a new study revealed industry profitability in the past decade and a label executive objected to the EMI merger.
Experts analyzed the potential rationale behind the Megaupload shutdown, Motley Crue members discussed the “weird” modern music business and Ne-Yo joined Motown as A&R director.
January marked as the best month for artists to release new albums, a study showed many artists appearing on Billboard become one-hit wonders and file-sharing site MegaUpload was finally brought down by feds.