Dean Kay
The Dean's List
 Music, Copyright and New Technology in the News
From a Creator's Perspective
Monday 10/16/2017
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Tech companies and criminals have made billions
supporting the illegal exploitation of our cultural past
while ruthlessly pursuing the dismantling of incentives creators need
to fashion our cultural future

New York Times
Silicon Valley Is Not Your Friend
By Noam Cohen -- We are beginning to understand that tech companies don’t have our best interests at heart. Did they ever?  Lately, the sins of Silicon Valley-led disruption have become impossible to ignore.

What Spotify Can Learn From the Roman Slave Trade
By Mark Mulligan -- To say that Spotify will become a label is too narrow a definition of what Spotify (could) become. Instead it (could) be a next generation music company, encompassing master rights, publishing, A+R, discovery, promotion, fan engagement and data, lots of data. …. Spotify could … acquire, for example, Kobalt, Believe Digital and Soundcloud to create an end-to-end, data-driven discovery, consumption and rights exploitation music power house.

Spotify Pays 75% More Than YouTube on Free Streams; 515% More on Paid Streams
By Daniel Sanchez -- Does the YouTube value gap actually exist?  According to Google and YouTube, of course not.  Yet, multiple studies have shown the contrary.

The Best Selling Artists Of All Time
By Bobby Owsinski -- The RIAA is the most reliable source since it certifies Gold, Platinum and Diamond awards based on scans of the product barcode during checkout at retail. (Keeping in mind that the RIAA didn’t start certifying record sales until 1958) … here’s a list of the 20 best selling artists of all time in the U.S. according to the RIAA.

Case Studies in Digital and Traditional Grassroots Artist Development
Ariel Hyatt of CyberPR shares takeaways from two important panels at the recent MONDO.NYC gathering: Case Studies in Digital and Traditional Grassroots Artist Development and How Streaming Playlists Work and How to Get On Them.

Demystifying the Role of Music Supervisor
By Paula Parisi -- The job of a music supervisor is largely misunderstood, according to panelists at the Guild of Music Supervisors State of Music in Media Conference, who said their role is as much about detective and curatorial work as it is about sound-tracking.

Late Shift Is Another Step Toward The Merging Of Movies And Video Games
By Megan Farokhmanesh -- Moviegoing etiquette dictates that any cellphone use in a theater is bad form, but the film Late Shift challenges that dynamic. Viewers aren’t just encouraged to use their phones, they’re almost required to if they want to see the story progress.

After Two Brain Surgeries, A Loss Of Language and a Breakup, Beat Producer Tokimonsta Reflects On A Tough Few Years
By Randall Roberts -- What happens when music stops making sense?

[Perhaps you can use some of these to spice up your lyrics. After all, Arthur Hamilton went from rags to riches when he used the word “plebian” in the bridge of, “Cry Me A River.”]
10 Things You Didn’t Know Had Names
By Adrienne Crezo

Want A Historic Tour Of Beale Street? There's An App For That
By Wayne Risher -- Want to explore historic Beale Street or the Memphis Music Hall of Fame at your own pace, on your own smart phone? There’s an app for that. Memphis-grown digital platform (Music 901) offers interactive tours, marketing for museums, festivals. Early adopters include Memphis Music Hall of Fame and Beale Street historic district.

How To Check If Someone Has Read Your Email
By Kim Komando

'Respect' Wasn't A Feminist Anthem Until Aretha Franklin Made It One
All Things Considered -- No one saw it coming, but the song Aretha Franklin laid down on Valentine's Day 1967 would go on to become one of the greatest recordings of all time.

John Fogerty Talks Reuniting With Creedence Guitar After 44 Years
By Andy Greene -- John Fogerty was still in his pajamas on Christmas morning when he noticed that the last remaining present under the tree was unusually large and covered up in one of his trademark plaid shirts. On his wife's urging, he removed the shirt and began peeling back the wrapping paper, revealing a Rickenbacker guitar case. Tears began welling up as he realized what he was about to see. "I was immediately struck dumb," Fogerty says. "I turned to my wife and said, 'Am I about to get overwhelmed here?'" He opened the guitar case and began sobbing uncontrollably.

This Man Devoted the Last Seven Years to Studying “Who Let the Dogs Out?”
By Brendan Menapace


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