Trickle Down Innovation Primer: Pandora Earnings and Insider Sales

Here’s some interesting numbers on Pandora: Ad Supported Service                                                        Subscription Service (Pandora One) 2012 Revenue                       $240 million                               $34.4 million Year/Year growth                 101%                                                87% % of total revenue                 87%                                                 13% Did your gross income grow 101% from last year? Or even 87% from last year? Trickle down innovation apologist Erik Kain writing in Forbes has a […]

New Music Weekend: CMJ Picks Alvarez Kings, Blackbird Blackbird, TH White, Blondfire, DIIV, Sea Wolf, Citizens!, The Antlers, Holy Other

Staff picks for CMJ bands in NYC from the ultimate arbiter of taste! 1.  Alvarez Kings (Sheffield) @alvarezkings October 18, Lit Lounge CMJ Showcase 2.  Blackbird Blackbird (San Francisco) @blckbrdblckbrd October 17, Pianos 3.  T.H. White  (New York) @thwhitemusic October 17, The Bowery Electric 4.  Blondfire (Los Angeles) @blondfire October 17, Union Hall 5.  GZA Irving Plaza […]

Why is Spotify Tanking?

You have to ask yourself, why is Spotify looking more and more like a ponzi scheme?  They are feeling the squeeze based on analyst reports–revenues (likely mostly advertising) are not sufficient to cover their operating costs and royalty costs. And remember, just like Pandora, Spotify has one product–music. So you have to ask yourself why […]

Originally posted on Four Nights of Music Rights:
This is a video of a presentation by Korean entertainment mogul Lee Soo Man at the Stanford Business School.  A good companion piece is the recent New Yorker article “Factory Girls: Cultural Technology and the Making of K-Pop“

New Music Weekend: Kristy Lee Cook, All Time Low, Chvrches, The 1975, Flying Lotus

This week’s staff picks selected by the ultimate arbiter of taste! 1.  Kristy Lee Cook (Nashville) “Airborne Ranger Infantry” @kristyleecook 2.  All Time Low (Baltimore) “Don’t Panic” @alltimelow 3.  CHVRCHES (Glasgow) “The Mother We Share” @chvrches 4.  The 1975 (Manchester) “Chocolate” @the1975 5.  Flying Lotus (Los Angeles) “Putty Boy Strut” @flyinglotus