Music Business Resources

Below, are a few articles I have found interesting and helpful regarding the vastly changing music industry. If you would like to submit an article or website please feel free to contact me.


Selling Music Online – TuneCore

Music Think Tank 

Analytics & Insights for the Music Industry – Next Big Sound

Licensing/Sample Clearance – Harry Fox Agency

The Root – The Music Industry’s Funny Money 

The Smoking Section – The 8 People Every Successful Rapper Needs On The Team

Pandora – Pandora and Artist Payments 

Social Times – VEVO Has Paid $200 Million Back to Artists in 3 Years 

Hypebot – Behind the Numbers: What Artists Earn From Spotify

Band Zoogles – 5 Ways to Get Your Music Noticed by Music Bloggers 

Forbes – The First Step To Building Your Personal Brand

Digital Music News – Music Sales Somehow Didn’t Implode Last Year… 

Complex – 10 Music Industry Heads Who Should Be A&Rs  

New York Times – Not Like the Old Boss: Hip-Hop’s Spirit Guide

New York Times – As Music Streaming Grows, Royalties Slow to a Trickle

Thisis50 – 50 Cent’s GRODT 10 Year Anniversary Infographic

Business Insider – How Alex Day Became The Biggest Unsigned Singer In The World, Without Touring

Billboard – Jay-Z and Roc Nation Sports: What Are Their Prospects?

Jay Shells – The “Rap Quotes” Project

DreamVille – J. Cole Breaks Down “Power Trip” Production

TechCrunch Disrupt NYC 2013 – In Conversation with Troy Carter (Atom Factory)

RIAA – RIAA Announces Inclusion Of Digital Streams To Gold & Platinum Awards

Billboard – Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs on Revolt TV, Time-Warner Deal, MTV’s Influence (Q&A)

Revolt TV – Timbaland Talks About Working on Jay-Z’s Magna Carter Holy Grail 

Billboard – Russell Simmons, Steve Rifkind, Brian Robbins Launch All Def Music Label Through Universal 

NPR: This Beat’s For You

Billboard – Lyor Cohen Unveils 300, New ‘Content Company’ with Atlantic Deal, Google Backing and Ex-Warner Brass

All Access – Nielsen Survey Finds Radio Still Top Way To Discover New Music 

New York Times – Bieber’s Manager to Start Entertainment Investment Fund 

New York Post – Indie Artists are New No. 1 in Music Industry

New York Times – Family and Football, With a Few Audibles, for Music Executive

Forbes – How Mike Will Really Made It

New York Times – Beats Music Enters Online Streaming Market 

Fast Company – Troy Carter: Fired By Lady Gaga and Loving It

New York Times – New Venture to Mine Twitter Data to Find Music’s Next Big Thing

ShopTalk by Nick Onken – Episode 1: Scooter Braun 

New York Times – Warner in Deal to Sign Acts Found on Shazam

New York Times – The Man In The Middle 

BuzzFeed – How Young Thug Got Trapped By A $15,000 Advance From A Major Label 

The Hollywood Reporter – Power of Pitbull: ‘Timber’ Rapper Reveals Plan to Become Next Billion-Dollar Brand

Mashable – Radio Is Still the Most Popular Way to Find New Music, Study Says

Noisey – Venturing Down The Lemon Brick Road: How Gucci Mane Feeds The Streets From Jail

Billboard – How Universal Music Group’s New Top-Level Troika Brings Peace (For Now)

ASCAP – Booking Your Own Tour: A How-To Guide

New York Times –  Jimmy Iovine, a Master of Beats, Lends Apple a Skilled Ear

Beats Music – Apple to Acquire Beats Music & Beats Electronics

Medium – Why Being a Hip-Hop Producer Sucks

New York Post – Amazon to Launch New Music Streaming Service

FastCompany – How DJ Skee Is Reinventing What It Means To Be A DJ

Forbes – Will The Album Go The Way Of The VHS Tape?

New York Post – Sony Threatens to Leave Licensers Amid Royalties Battle

Complex – How Much Does It Cost to Book Your Favorite Rapper?

Hot97 – Ryan Leslie: Cassie got me paid & I still make more money than most artist!

Rolling Stone – Dawn of Def Jam: Watch Rick Rubin Return to His NYU Dorm Room

Sterling Berliant – Sickamore talking with LA Reid about A&R at the Revolt Music Conference 2014

The Combact Jack Show – The Kevin Liles Episode

The Fader – With Migos, The Atlanta Mixtape Meets Big Data

NY Times – SoundCloud Signs Licensing Deal with Warner Music

Jezebel – A Chat with Dionne Osborne, the Vocal Coach Who Changed Drake’s Style

Medium – Why 2014 Was One Of The Best Years For Rap 

NY Times – Jay Z Bids on Aspiro, a Swedish Music Streaming Company

NY Times – Hot 97, a Hip-Hop Pioneer on Radio, Reaches a Crossroads 

RIAA – News and Notes on 2014 RIAA Music Industry Shipment and Revenue Statistics

NY Times – Global Online Music Sales Slightly Surpass CDs and LPs

Four Pins – Drake In Real Life 

NY Times – A Rapid Rise for Shawn Mendes, in Tune with Social Media 

Complex – The Sound of Success: Meet Scott Vener, the Man Behind the Music of ‘Entourage’

WSJ – How the Cash Flows in Spotify Streams

NY Times – Zane Lowe, the D.J. Scratching Out of Beats 1 for Apple

Rap Radar Podcast – EP 2: J Cole’s manager – Ibrahim “Ib” Hamad

Pitchfork: The Compton Sessions: How Dr. Dre Created His Comeback

Fusion: Money in the music streaming business keeps mysteriously disappearing. Here’s why.

Medium: The Definitive Album Release Checklist

Wired: Can Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre Save the Music Industry?

Grantland: Mac Miller Finds the Way

The Fader: OVO’s Family Business

NY Times: Poo Bear, Speaking Softly and Carrying a Bieber Comeback

HBO on Vimeo/Dreamville: J Cole: Road to Homecoming

YouTube: Jake One Beat Making Videos 

NY Times – Chance the Rapper Honors Chicago, His Hometown, With Magnificent Coloring Day

School of Greatness: Scooter Braun on Creating a Life and Legacy That Matters with Lewis Howes

Rap Radar Podcast – Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua 

Rap Radar Podcast – Cortez Bryant

Rap Radar Podcast – Sickamore

ABC News – Music Mogul Chance the Rapper on Changing the Music Industry

Billboard – J. Cole’s Manager & Dreamville President Ibrahim ‘Ib’ Hamad Talks ‘Going Platinum With No Features’ & Success of ‘4 Your Eyez Only

NY Times – Apple Music: Platform? Promoter? Both.

Billboard – The Weeknd Opens Up About Paparazzi & Overcoming Stage Fright In Rare Interview

A Waste of Time with Its The Real – Young Sav & Steve-O

A Waste of Time with Its The Real – Sickamore

Tax Season – The Karen Civil Episode

Drink Champs – Scott Storch & Steve Lobel

The New Yorker – Nas on Investing in Products People Want | TechFest | The New Yorker

DJ Booth – Why Lil Yachty Not Knowing Who Handles His Publishing is Alarming

Beats 1 – OTHERtone on Beats 1 with Jimmy Iovine

Books I have read and found useful:

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