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Who cares how many people downloaded the new U2 album, the only important thing is how many people LISTENED to it!

This is a huge sea change that is getting little publicity and has been overlooked in the outcry about streaming payments. In the future, you will get paid for every play of your track for all time. Talk to oldsters, the money’s in the publishing, and now the money’s in the play. The more people subscribe, the more each stream is worth. The more streams you get, the more you get paid. So you might have even retired, yet if your music is still popular, if you still have fans, you’ll continue to get paid.


SoundScan is nearly irrelevant. Furthermore, Spotify lists plays, information that used to be hidden from the hoi polloi. The fact that old media trumpets an old metric is indicative of their failing and flailing status. They do it because they’re brain dead and everybody else is doing it. It’s good to be number one, but much more important to be number one on Spotify or YouTube than SoundScan. Ask yourself, who IS buying music these days? Only the ancient Luddites, the rest have moved on to access.


Deezer Elite is SO good you’ll gladly pay. I want to listen to all my old music all over again, to hear what I might have missed, especially on tracks where I never owned the CD. Tidal is coming and expect Spotify to follow. Sure, it’s double the price, but worth it if you’re a music fan. This is gonna change the face of both listening and the kind of music we are listening to. Rich acoustic sounds sound better in FLAC, it’ll pay to get it right in the studio, because once again people will be able to hear it!


What kind of bizarre world do we live in where the only person standing up for paperless is Cat Stevens, who canceled at the Beacon because of high resale prices?

It’s sad that the NY legislature is so ignorant and so swayed by the wrong powers to the degree they ban paperless.

This is an artist issue. The only people who can prevent tickets from being sold at a multiple of face value are artists. But most don’t want to move on this. For fear they won’t sell out, or because they’re participating in the secondary market themselves.

It’s sad, income inequality has infected the music business. But, once again, it all comes down to the artists. They can solve this problem. You don’t have to make every ticket paperless, you can still do platinum, but you can either be part of the problem or part of the solution.

But the sad thing is the public has become inured to scalping. They know the only way to get a good ticket is to comb StubHub, and now even Ticketmaster lists secondary tickets. The enemy has won.


The only thing that can’t be stolen, that cannot be replicated online. This is the music business’s advantage, one that everybody else is trying to copy. Events are rampant, publications have conferences, but music was there first. This is the silver lining of the internet era.


The new autograph, the new souvenir.

Acts can charge for meet and greets, just as long as they let their fans post the resulting pictures to social media.


Was purchased by Google for $1.65 billion in 2006.

WhatsApp was purchased for $19 billion by Facebook in 2014.

Who got the better deal?

Yes, there are huge infrastructure costs, but one has to laud Google for picking up YouTube at what now appears to be a bargain basement price.

As for Facebook, I assume you saw the article that teen use had declined, “Teens are officially over Facebook”:

It appears that Facebook paid quite a premium for WhatsApp, but the truth is you can’t be victimized by not invented here syndrome. Acquisitions can help you, the same way Apple purchased SoundJam to build iTunes.


What did Gretzy say, skate to where the puck is going?

Samsung is screwed in mobile because it doesn’t have unique software. The Korean company is being undercut by cheap Chinese Android phones. The big money goes to those who can predict the future and plan for it. If you’re focusing on today, you’re soon to be behind the times.


It doesn’t matter how many people downloaded U2′s album, or Thom Yorke’s, but how many people shared them. Your goal is to get people talking about your production, it’s the only way to both keep it alive and make it grow. The old mold of mainstream media promotion is purely one on one, it engenders little virality, which is why new albums and movies are hyped to high heaven and are instantly forgotten. Your music should be a disease. Which can spread through the whole world via one person. If someone is not eager to share your work, you’re dead in the water.



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Category: Music, Think Tank, Web/Tech, Weekend

Kiron Sarkar’s Weekly Report 10.18.14

Overview Inflation in developed economies and a number of  emerging markets is falling sharply, mainly due to declines in food and, in particular, energy prices. The sharp decline in inflation increases the risks of deflation in the Eurozone (EZ) and further undermines the Bank of Japan’s (BoJ) 2.0% (excluding the  impact of the sales tax…Read More

Category: Think Tank

How Do Liquidity Conditions Affect U.S. Bank Lending?

How Do Liquidity Conditions Affect U.S. Bank Lending? Ricardo Correa, Linda Goldberg, and Tara Rice Liberty Street Economics, October 15, 2014     The recent financial crisis underscored the importance of understanding how liquidity conditions for banks (or other financial institutions) influence the banks’ lending to domestic and foreign customers. Our recent research examines the…Read More

Category: Credit, Think Tank

How Are Economic Inequality & Growth Connected?

Category: Economy, Think Tank

How Much Slack Is in the Labor Market? That Depends on What You Mean by Slack Murat Tasci and Randal Verbrugge Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, 10.15.14           Estimates of labor market slack can diverge a great deal depending on how slack is defined. We calculate slack using five different concepts…Read More

Category: Employment, Think Tank

Hold Your Wallet When the Swedish Central Bank Prize Rewards “Clever” By William K. Black New Economic Perspectives         The Swedish Central Bank’s (the “Bank”) prize in economics has gone to Jean Tirole.  It is always good to test such an award by looking at the writings of the recipient in an…Read More

Category: Think Tank

Sea Change

Sea Change By John Mauldin October 13, 2014       Sea Change Prologue The Boys Who Cry Wolf A Monkey Wrench for the Fed Every Central Bank for Itself The Man Behind the Euro Curtain The Wrong Side of the Trade The Texas Carry Trade The Bond Bull Comes Stampeding Back The Third Leg…Read More

Category: Think Tank

What’s in the Minutes?

What’s in the Minutes? Bob Eisenbeis Cumberland Advisors, October 13, 2014       Bob Eisenbeis is Cumberland’s Vice Chairman & Chief Monetary Economist. Prior to joining Cumberland Advisors he was the Executive Vice President and Director of Research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Bob is presently a member of the U.S. Shadow…Read More

Category: Think Tank

Restoring Confidence in Reference Rates

Restoring Confidence in Reference Rates October 2, 2014 William C. Dudley, President and CEO, NY Fed Remarks at NYU Stern School of Business, New York City       Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you today.1 In my remarks today, I will focus on the development and use of reference rates for…Read More

Category: Federal Reserve, Fixed Income/Interest Rates, Think Tank

Howard Stern’s Success

How did this happen? They’re fighting to be on Howard Stern’s radio program. Today alone, he featured not only Chelsea Handler and Billy Idol, but Bill Murray, the ungettable get. That’s right. Bill doesn’t even have an agent, he’s elusive, but he wanted to be on Howard’s show. In an era where content providers are…Read More

Category: Television, Think Tank, Weekend