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Uh-oh: CDs go the way of the 8-track …

February 16, 2018

Millennials have had years of fun mocking boomers and their caches of 8-track cartridges and cassette tapes.

Well, what goes around, comes around.

Now, “their” stacks of teen-years’ music CDs approaching laughing stock status.

Just ask Best Buy,  which is reportedly planning to quit selling music CDs at its stores this summer.

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Some music enthusiasts lament that CDs will be missed since they offer high quality reproduced sound that can’t be matched by digital streaming.

Gee, wasn’t the same thing said of vinyl records when they were dislodged by CDs?

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What do universities have in common with record labels?

February 19, 2016

Interesting article on Quartz.com tracking how “the internet’s power to unbundle content sparked a rapid transformation of the music industry” and arguing that “it’s doing the same thing to higher education today.”

Let’s start with the recorded music industry.

It’s no surprise that

The unbundling of albums in favor of individual songs was one of the biggest causes of the music industry’s decline.

It cannibalized the revenue of record labels as 99-cent songs gained popularity over $20 albums.

What did surprise me is that recording industry revenues have dropped by half from the $14 billion in 2000.

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The eroding revenues and and internet dynamics have “changed the way music labels had to operate in order to maintain profitability.”

“The traditional services of labels: identifying artists; investing in them; recording, publishing, and distributing their work; and marketing them—are now increasingly offered a la carte.”

And, talk about the top 1%  and distribution of riches …

Being a recording artist these days is a hard gig …

Pressure from labels then had downstream effects on content creators, specifically artists.

The top one 1% of artists now take home 77% of revenue, and the rest is spread across an increasing number of artists.

The pain of the record labels is forced on artists through smaller royalty payments.

Ouch.

Now, what’s the parallel to higher education?

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Clipping the “long tail” … vive la blockbuster.

November 18, 2015

Current & former students:  Remember Dewey the Cat?

Sure, you do … a blockbuster cat book that tried to ride the long tail to riches.

Anita Elberse, the HBS prof who wrote the Dewey case has a new book out called “Blockbusters”.

 

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Here are a few snippets from a WSJ review of the book…

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What do universities have in common with record labels?

April 27, 2015

Interesting article on Quartz.com tracking how “the internet’s power to unbundle content sparked a rapid transformation of the music industry’ and arguing that”and it’s doing the same thing to higher education today.

Let’s start with the recorded music industry.

It’s no surprise that

The unbundling of albums in favor of individual songs was one of the biggest causes of the music industry’s decline.

It cannibalized the revenue of record labels as 99-cent songs gained popularity over $20 albums.

What did surprise me us that recording industry revenues have dropped by half from the $14 billion in 2000.

QZ Chart 1

The eroding revenues and and internet dynamics have “changed the way music labels had to operate in order to maintain profitability.

The traditional services of labels: identifying artists; investing in them; recording, publishing, and distributing their work; and marketing them—are now increasingly offered a la carte.”

And, talk about the top 1%  and distribution of riches …

Being a recording artist these days is a hard gig …

Pressure from labels then had downstream effects on content creators, specifically artists.

The top one 1% of artists now take home 77% of revenue, and the rest is spread across an increasing number of artists.

The pain of the record labels is forced on artists through smaller royalty payments.

Ouch.

Now, what’s the parallel to higher education?

(more…)

For POTUS: One of Fortune’s “World’s Greatest Leaders” is a U.S. woman …

March 30, 2015

No, it’s not Hillary Clinton.

Fortune just released it’s list of the World’s Greatest Leaders.

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The highest ranked woman snagged the #6 spot on the list …

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Clipping the “long tail” … vive la blockbuster.

December 23, 2014

Flashback for my AMS & SBA alums:

Remember Dewey the Cat?

Sure, you do … a blockbuster cat book that tried to ride the long tail to riches.

Anita Elberse, the HBS prof who wrote the Dewey case has a book out called “Blockbusters”.

 

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Here are a few snippets from a WSJ review of the book…

(more…)

What do universities have in common with record labels?

July 15, 2014

Interesting article on Quartz.com tracking how “the internet’s power to unbundle content sparked a rapid transformation of the music industry’ and arguing that”and it’s doing the same thing to higher education today.

Let’s start with the recorded music industry.

It’s no surprise that

The unbundling of albums in favor of individual songs was one of the biggest causes of the music industry’s decline.

It cannibalized the revenue of record labels as 99-cent songs gained popularity over $20 albums.

What did surprise me us that recording industry revenues have dropped by half from the $14 billion in 2000.

QZ Chart 1

The eroding revenues and and internet dynamics have “changed the way music labels had to operate in order to maintain profitability.

The traditional services of labels: identifying artists; investing in them; recording, publishing, and distributing their work; and marketing them—are now increasingly offered a la carte.”

And, talk about the top 1%  and distribution of riches …

Being a recording artist these days is a hard gig …

Pressure from labels then had downstream effects on content creators, specifically artists.

The top one 1% of artists now take home 77% of revenue, and the rest is spread across an increasing number of artists.

The pain of the record labels is forced on artists through smaller royalty payments.

Ouch.

Now, what’s the parallel to higher education?

(more…)

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun … oh my, Sister Cristina.

May 21, 2014

A couple of weeks ago we posted the gone-viral of the nun who rocked the house on Italy’s version of The Voice

Well, she did it again …

Her coach — bad boy rapper J-Axe — put her in the battle round singing the Cyndi Lauper oldie.

Pity her poor opponent — Luna Polumbo.

Geez … who wants to compete against a nun?

This one is worth watching, too … have fun.

 

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Clipping the “long tail” … vive la blockbuster.

December 3, 2013

Flashback AMSers: Remember Dewey the Cat?

Sure, you do … a blockbuster cat book that tried to ride the long tail to riches.

Anita Elberse, the HBS prof who wrote the Dewey case has a new book out called “Blockbusters”.

 

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Here are a few snippets from a WSJ review of the book…

(more…)

Outta Here: Tina Turner bolts for Switzerland.

January 26, 2013

Last week it was Phil Mickelson … the pro golfer said he was considering relocation options to mitigate high tax rates.

Phil – a white, conservative, male – got blasted by the liberal press for his apparent unwillingness to be patriotic and pay his fair share.

Yesterday, the story got more interesting.

Rock icon Tina Turner announced that she’s renouncing her U.S. citizenship to become a Swiss-miss.

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As you may know – or can see above – Tina is not a white, conservative, male.

So the press coverage has been, shall we say, “gentle”.

To that point …

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Papa asks: “Want a Taylor Swift CD with your pizza?”

November 16, 2012

Punch line: With internet piracy and digital song-sharing sites like Spotify, selling records is increasingly difficult.

Taylor Swift uses retail partners, traditional media and broad audience targeting to top the charts once again.

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Excerpted from WSJ’s, “Taylor Swift Album Fast Out Of Gate”

Taylor Swift’s “Red,”  is on track to sell more than one million copies in its first week in U.S. stores.

The album is expected to set new one-week sales records on Apple’s iTunes Store.

Target — one of Ms. Swift’s corporate sponsors—sold more than 400,000 copies, also a one-week record for the chain.

Breaking the one-million-unit mark today takes more ingenuity than it did in 2000, the year the CD-sales boom peaked.

The pace of million-sellers has slackened along with broader music sales, which have fallen by nearly 42% in the past 12 years.

Sales have been hurt by Internet piracy and a variety of other factors.

As online access replaces ownership, million-selling debuts could become a thing of the past.

Ms. Swift’s latest ascent into the stratosphere has been aided by several corporate partners, including Papa John’s Pizza which has been delivering to customers Ms. Swift’s “Red” CD along with a single-topping large pizza for a total of $22.

Her photo also appears on Papa John’s pizza boxes.

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Many of Walgreen’s 8,000 locations have displayed the disc prominently, along with free-standing, life-size cardboard images of the 22-year-old pop star that fans have used for photo opportunities.

Wal-Mart offers a limited edition Red ‘Zine Pack.

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The album has also been powered largely by more traditional means.

Since announcing the album in August, Big Machine has released four singles and played 30-second previews of each song the day before the singles went on sale on iTunes.

Potentially boosting Ms. Swift’s sales, Big Machine isn’t making her album available through online streaming services such as Spotify for at least several months.

Many artists and labels have complained that they make little from such services, which let users listen to unlimited amounts of music for a flat monthly price, or even free.

Though Ms. Swift is nominally a country artist, her music has taken on an increasingly pop sound, a key to attracting more buyers.

You don’t get a number like she did without attracting a number of tribes.

It’s the niche-ing of America.

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BOOM: Ryan lands some direct hits…

August 31, 2012

Beyond his scapling of Obama’s record, I thought he made some points that likely to resonate with specific target groups: young voters, women and small businesses.

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“College graduates should not have to live out their twenties in their childhood bedrooms, staring at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life.”

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“I said, I hope it’s not a deal-breaker Mitt, but my playlist starts with AC/DC, and ends with Zeppelin.”

 

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“My Mom started a small business, and I’ve seen what it takes …   She earned a new degree and learned new skills to start her small business.  It wasn’t just a new livelihood.  It was a new life.  And it transformed my Mom … Her work gave her hope.  It made our family proud.  And to this day, my Mom is my role model.”

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“Behind every small business, there’s a story worth knowing. 

They didn’t come out of nowhere …

And if small businesspeople say they made it on their own, all they are saying is that nobody else worked seven days a week in their place. 

Nobody showed up in their place to open the door at five in the morning. 

Nobody did their thinking, and worrying, and sweating for them. 

After all that work, and in a bad economy, it sure doesn’t help to hear from their president that government gets the credit.”

  Game on !

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Don’t call me “Dogg” … call me “Lion” … I’ve been reborn!

August 1, 2012

Breaking news …

Snoop Dogg wants you to know that he’s tired of hip-hop, is Bob Marley reincarnated and is embracing reggae instead of the culture of guns he once rapped about.

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Also, he’s got a new name: Snoop Lion

Snoop says he was was “born again” during a visit to Jamaica and is ready to make music that his “kids and grandparents can listen to.”

Snoop didn’t explain why he was switching from “Dogg” to “Lion,” but it’s likely a reference to  a religious symbol popular in the Ethiopian culture.

Lion has new reggae album coming in the fall along  a coffee table book about his rebirth.

You just can’t make this stuff up.

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