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As if it weren’t hard enough: @TheFOWShow Covers the Direct Shot Supply Chain Debacle

December 7, 2019 Comments off

If you are lucky enough to have an independent record store in your community today (mine is the fabulous Waterloo Records), you may not realize just how lucky you really are.  For an independent record store to have survived the last 20 years is something of a modern miracle.  (I think the Waterloo story should be a Harvard Business School case study, frankly.)

It’s also important to realize that physical configurations contributed to 25% of global recorded music revenues in 2018.  Vinyl alone accounts for 3.6% of global revenue.  But–all the majors have outsourced their U.S. physical distribution to a company called “Direct Shot” and the result is a disaster for this delicate ecosystem.  I find it hard to believe that any sales guys had much to do with that decision–it has that extra special Boston Consulting Group stench to it.

The point is that the one way that it could be harder for retailers than it already is due to contractions in the market and streaming cannibalization is if the labels also contracted their stock, shorted them, or just simply didn’t timely deliver the records the stores ordered.  It’s also a silly move for the labels–that’s a nice 25% of revenue you got there, be a shame if something happened to it.

This episode of the first-rate Future of What podcast hosted by the brilliant Portia Sabin is one of the first in depth public conversations on this vital topic.  You may also want to read the open letter from retailers to the major labels that appeared earlier this year, as well as an in depth post about the Direct Shot debacle in the MusicBiz blog.

@krsfow: @theblakemorgan on The Future of What Podcast Talks #IRespectMusic

December 8, 2017 Comments off

A real treat, Portia Sabin talks with Blake Morgan about the #irespectmusic campaign and more, two of my favorite people on the best music business podcast!

 

@KRSfow: Future of What Podcast on the Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act

September 16, 2017 Comments off

Episode #94: Recently, a bill was introduced by Republican congressman Jim Sensenbrenner which calls for the creation of a comprehensive database of compositions and recordings. The “Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act” claims to make things easier for coffee shops, bars and restaurants who want to license music to play in their establishments. To many in the music industry, the bill seems like a wolf in sheep’s clothing with the potential cause big problems. On this episode we dig deep into the bill with Future of Music Coalition’s Kevin Erickson and attorney Chris Castle.

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The Importance of Credits

September 4, 2017 Comments off

Another outstanding podcast from Portia Sabin’s Future of What podcast, this time with the music credits services Jaxsta and Discogs on the importance of credits.  Credits are also known as the moral right of attribution, currently under review at the U.S. Copyright Office.  Yet another artist rights area where the U.S. lags behind the rest of the world.  (See also Robert Levine’s recent post on Billboard about Auddly, a different and also important approach to the credit issue and my previous post on how Facebook sell artist names as keywords without rights.)

 

Future of What Podcast on Songwriter Class Actions Against Spotify

February 26, 2016 Comments off

The Future of What is a great podcast series with the awesome Portia Sabin on important topics in the music business.  In this episode, Portia dives into the class actions against Spotify with a series of interviews including songwriter (and plaintiff) Melissa Ferrick, Howell O’Rear, Christiane Kinney and me.

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