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Archive for May, 2010

  • It's Like Twisted Sister Meets Mr. Mister

    By Mike on May 27, 2010
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    This is one of the best pop songs I’ve heard recently. It took me two listens to decide that. It’s Boy Meets Girl by Evan Taubenfeld and it’s off his new album, “Welcome to the Blacklist Club” We’ll be hearing this all over soon. Read the lyrics as you listen to it. It’s well worth it: Boy Meets Girl by […]
  • The Future of Pop Music

    By Mike on May 27, 2010
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    From The Music Industry Report (http://musicindustryreport.org): Why the CD is dead and what music companies need to do about it. A great short “YouTube” video that every potential Independent Label/Production Company/Artist Development Company/Management Company should watch. Jim Park Young is a Korean music executive and provides wisdom keys concerning why he feels his company has been so successful in marketing pop artist overseas. During the interview, Mr. Young also states that the Album format is dead and that the key to success for the foreseeing future will be on creating great singles and selling them online. He also states that if your focus is only toward selling music from your project, you are leaving too much money on the table.
  • The Song Cat A&R Podcast – Episode 5

    By Mike on May 27, 2010
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    This week I feature My Silent Bravery, ZimBob Music & Mike Trapp. Discussion about the new music business. How to make it as an artist. Get episode 5 here. Great new music and discussion about the music industry. Listen here or subscribe via iTunes Alternatively, subscribe via rss here.
  • The Controversy Surrounding Facebook's Privacy Settings Explained

    By Mike on May 22, 2010
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    I hear a lot of confusion about Facebook's privacy policies. Apparently a lot of people are planning on quitting Facebook collectively on May 31st. I saw this piece yesterday and thought it explained what's going on reasonably well. If you want to get a quick understanding of it just watch this short video:
  • Are You Watching Tremé on HBO? This Is the Real Davis McAlary…

    By Mike on May 22, 2010
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    His name is Davis Rogan. He’s a friend of some good friends of mine. I interviewed him a while back when I heard they were making Tremé and that one of the main characters was based on him. I was going to write a piece on The Huffington Post but I didn’t end up writing it. I will probably come […]
  • The Worst Motivational Speech EVER!!

    By Mike on May 21, 2010
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    Give him a minute to warm up… nuf said: Update: The original video I posted was taken down by the owner (I don’t blame him) but some people anticipated that and made a copy of the video. The one you now see below is a copy so the quality isn’t as good as the original. I’ve been thinking about this […]
  • The Song Cat A&R Podcast Episode 4 – On The Prowl For Great Music

    By Mike on May 20, 2010
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    This week I feature 9giants, Michelle Harding, Anna Nalick, Alan Lorden & Othentic. Great new music and discussion about the music industry. Listen here or subscribe via iTunes Alternatively, subscribe via rss here.
  • Sharks In The Music Biz

    By Mike on May 19, 2010
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    I got involved in a discussion recently on LinkedIn with others who work in the music business and we were discussing some of the ways business people have taken advantage of acts and someone had a really interesting story from the UK. I’ll leave the people unnamed for the moment but here’s the story in his words:
  • New York Silly: Look Kids. There's Mommy!

    By Mike on May 19, 2010
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    My neighborhood, Greenwich Village in Manhattan is home to a lot of celebrities. Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick and their children live down the street. This morning I'm on my way to the office and I see this big billboard for SJP's next movie on the side of a building and it occurs to me that they can't leave home without seeing that and I just wondered what that must be like. "Look kids. There's mommy!"
  • New On Huffington Post: How to Make It As an Artist in the New Music Business

    By Mike on May 17, 2010
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    After years of drought, we may now be moving into the best time to be a musical act in decades, if not ever. A time when there is less incentive than ever before for any business person to prey upon the aspirations and naivety of artists and a time when artists can hire their own business teams and be off to the races.