My perspective on Spotify and whether you should have your music on the service. bit.ly/Spotifyinfo
3 Apple/Beats merger game changers nobody has mentiond yet: ow.ly/xrqWo
Great observation from Billy Mann: You have Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie" featuring Jay Z--clearly two of the most celebrated and influential cultural music icons to come up for this generation. The lyric video for the single involves a gorgeous vintage car, Tom Ford clothes, lyrics about expensive material wealth and the kind of marketing firepower that major companies dream of. The song goes to radio and live online and between recording costs, marketing and promotion spend, allocated resources AND understandable expectations, it shoots up to #2. #2! What is at #1? At #1 is this, "Thrift Shop," a record that is in part about hunting for discount items at the local thrift shop down the road. An--until recently--unknown new artist with a much lower profile featuring partner. It's a song that lacks all of the shine and gloss that comes (naturally) with Justin Timberlake's first release in many years, but it is a track that--for however long--has captured the TOP of the chart. So... RESPECT to MACKLEMORE and, for sure, this is not the last we will hear from JT, who's magic is as much his musical power as it is his natural ambition.
It really doesn't look good for a music service to sue artists: ow.ly/GcqmY