Archive for the 'Major Labels' Category


Updates – W/E – 12-05-09 (From Hiatus)

It’s been about 6 months since my last blog post. Amazing how time flies when it comes to these posts! Continue reading ‘Updates – W/E – 12-05-09 (From Hiatus)’


Ridiculous Riders…THIS is Why You Pay So Much at Concerts!

Wow.  Okay, for everyone out there that’s not familiar with the term rider, the definition that Wikipedia gives is “a set of requests or demands that a performer will set as criteria for performance.”

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Poor Warner…Don’t Blame Piracy, Blame Yourselves…

Have you been to the Warner Music Group YouTube page lately?

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Music Sales in 2008

Okay, here’s some raw data from Hypebot (they seem to look at the numbers as a negative, but hey, digital numbers are still rising, so that’s good news for us indies).

For the 52-week period ending December 28th, according to retail data collected by Nielsen SoundScan: Continue reading ‘Music Sales in 2008’


Why You Should (or Shouldn’t) Seek a Major Label Deal…

This post is for all of those artists who still believe that the only way to have a successful career in the music industry is to get signed to a major label recording deal.  During the course of doing research for my label’s business plan, I came a across a real diamond.  Recently, Ian C. Rogers (of gave a Keynote Address at the GRAMMY Northwest MusicTech Summit 2008.  In his address, he broke down perfectly the relationship between artists and labels in the new musical landscape.

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What Do A&R Reps Do?

Hmm…  You know, I’ve read and heard a lot from A&Rs at major labels.  Usually what an artist trying to break into the business tends to hear from them is “I don’t have time to listen to every submission that is sent to me.  That’s not what I’m here for. ”  Or something to that effect.

Okay, so since these fine, upstanding ladies and gentlemen seem to be a little confused as to their actual job functions, I actually went out and did a little research on what exactly it is that an A&R rep should do.  What is their actual job function?  What keeps these busy bees buzzing all the way to the bank?

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‘The Sin That’s Killing the Music Industry”

Is it true that Rihanna, who’s had some of the biggest hits of the last 20 years only has 20 grand in the bank?  I don’t know, but just the thought of it is enough to make me repeat what I’ve been saying for years.  Major labels suck.  They run in the most inefficient fashion, lose money, and then recoup their losses from their artists.  My man Adam Bernard sums it up perfectly in his article on major label greed and 360 deals.

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