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9/11/2015 at 8:00 a.m.
The Golden Age: 16 Very Expensive Highlights From Music-Business Memoirs
"It was considered great sport to take one of the framed gold records … lay it on the grand piano, spread a gram or so on the glass, and spin it until the coke arrayed itself in a giant spiral."
By Kenny Herzog
9/10/2015 at 8:00 a.m.
Timeline: 180 Years of the Music Industry’s Partnerships, Sales, and Sell-offs
Before it became the consolidated behemoth it is today, the business was a tangled web.
By Matt Giles
9/9/2015 at 8:00 a.m.
Why Major Music Labels Still Matter
Despite the trend toward DIY and digital releases, old-guard record labels still have some advantages that their newer counterparts don’t.
By Annie Lowrey
2/25/2015 at 8:00 a.m.
Inside Sour Patch Kids’ Brooklyn Crash Pad for Indie Bands
A sweet deal?
By Carrie Battan
9/30/2012 at 9:05 p.m.
Grizzly Bear Members Are Indie-Rock Royalty, But What Does That Buy Them in 2012?
The lead singer lives in a 450-square-foot apartment. Some band members don't even have health insurance. Is rock stardom any way to make a living?
By Nitsuh Abebe
3/9/2009 at 4:30 p.m.
Music Business on Vacation Until 2013, Claims Record Exec
"Until CD sales really stagnate, all those revenue streams bring in more money than facing reality."
By Lane Brown
1/28/2008 at 12:32 p.m.
Meet Qtrax, Digital Music's Latest Non-Threat to iTunes
Making its online debut today is
Qtrax, a free, ad-supported, peer-to-peer service with a song catalog to rival Apple's iTunes. Too bad it's terrible in almost every way!
1/2/2008 at 4:20 p.m.
Year-end Report: Record Labels Not Doing So Well
2007 was truly another bang-up year for the failing music industry, with album sales
down an impressive 15.3 percent from the record business' already-pretty-crappy 2006.
12/3/2007 at 10:48 a.m.
Music-Business Meltdown! Ultragrrrl Out of a Job!
On Friday, there were some pretty big layoffs at Island/Def Jam records which apparently included executives Greg Thompson, Paul Pontius, Rob Stevenson, and everyone at Sarah "Ultragrrrl" Lewitinn's emo sub-label Stolen Transmission (meaning she no longer gets to
hang out with Jay-Z and she'll have to update the address she was using to solicit free shit in the mail).