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No Platinum albums in 2014? Just Shake it off.

Taylor Swift "Shake it off"

Until Taylor Swift’s 1989 album came out this week, there were no platinum albums to be had this entire year. That’s a first ever in the music industry and it’s unfortunately going to become the norm as music gradually becomes more singles oriented, and streaming officially takes over for good.

That CD player in your computer. Kiss it goodbye. Apple already did.

I do applaud Taylor Swift’s camp for taking all her albums off of Spotify, I’m sure it helped contribute to some of the big sales (though the marketing and single behind that album has been brilliant) but I honestly think Spotify isn’t the recording artists biggest enemy. Youtube should be holding that high honor. Youtube pays artists even less of what Spotify dishes out and has an audience that dwarfs Spotify’s (by the way, Spotify claims it pays roughlt 0.6 cents per stream to artists, which really isn’t all that bad compared to Pandora ,which is a house of horrors and whole another post in itself).  If I wanted to right now, I could probably find Swift’s whole 1989 album streaming on Youtube in about 5 minutes. EVERYONE still goes to Youtube first for music. Yes, Spotify has been making strides in streaming every year, but Youtube is still the biggest baddest streaming website out there. It just is. And that’s where the real fight for artists royalties should began. Because the money clearly isn’t going to becoming from album sales. Soon, the gold record will become obsolete as well.

If you’re a  recording artist, you have to be aware of this. Radio still dominates for singles. Pop culture doesn’t care about your masterpiece 10 song album. I do

The internet killed the CD, which doubled back and killed the itunes store for good measure. Streaming is here and it’s the future. Or you can just shake it off like Ms. Swift.

 

 

Northeast Regional A&R Power Summit

I’m going to be a panelist at the upcoming Northeast Regional A&R Power Summit in Philadelphia on September 29th. Come join me and other industry professionals as we talk about music production tips and our experiences in the industry. It’s going to be a great platform for independent artists to get their networking game on and learn a couple tips while you’re at it. You can get tickets following the below link.

http://www.nearpowersummit.com/

Delirious Blacksmith Management

The past couple months have been insanely busy. Been slacking with the updates on here. I’ll have to punish myself when I finish writing this by listening to the new Maroon 5 album on repeat for a few hours. I give it 30 minutes until my ears start spontaneously squirting blood.

In big management news, I’m extremely excited to announce that my production team The Skywalkers, consisting of myself and Ken Lewis, have officially signed a management deal with Delirious Blacksmith Management. Delirious currently manages super producers Stargate and the talented writing team Espionage. Hopefully even bigger and better things to come in the years ahead.

Lots of cool projects I’ve been working on lately. A couple things I’m really excited about is the Kanye West compilation record for G.O.O.D. music, which I think is gonna be big, and a new artist off of capital records named Kat. All productions. Also, been working on the debut record for a new rapper named 2chainz who seems to be getting a bit of buzz lately. Hopefully all theses records will be coming out in the next couple months. Will keep you posted.

Louis C.K. and Ticketmaster

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I’ve always liked the comedian Louis C.K. Now I love him. The comedian announced that he was bypassing Ticketmaster altogether and only selling tickets for his upcoming tour through his website, all for the flat rate of $45. That even includes the sales tax.

If anyone’s bought a concert ticket through Ticketmaster lately, I’m sure you know how it’s become an absolute “extra fee” charging nightmare. They hit you with so many mysterious processing fees that by the time you’re about to click the “order now” button two $60 tickets have magically ballooned into $100. Like some twisted David Blaine magic trick only not so amusing when it’s your checking account doing the disappearing act. And that’s only if you’re lucky enough to beat the hundreds of scalpers trying to purchase tickets ahead of you.

I vaguely remember Pearl Jam a decade ago trying to fight Ticketmaster in court. I was too young and dumb to really care about what they were standing up for and the reasons behind it. But I get it now. Ticketmaster has become a huge monopoly. How the government is letting them get away with this is beyond baffling. Now every big event has to go through them because they’ve got deals in place with the biggest arenas in America. How is this possible?

The good news is there’s someone out there like Louis C.K seeing the problem and doing his part for his fans. Maybe other entertainers will start to follow his lead. One can hope