Weekly Newsletter and Podcast
Look Out Boomers: The Next Generation of Arena Stars Is Coming [WSJ] FULL STORY
Newer music acts are playing to huge crowds. The fresh crop of touring stars includes (from left) Bad Bunny, Tyler, the Creator, Ghost, Harry Styles and Billie Eilish.
Is there a green solution to the vinyl record backlog? [BBC] FULL STORY
The backlog in the vinyl industry since the pandemic began means that artists and some music fans are having to wait around a year to receive their records.
How Did the FN Meka Mess Happen? [Variety] FULL STORY

Capitol Records Severs Ties With A.I. Rapper FN Meka, Apologizes to Black Community for “Insensitivity” [Hollywood Reporter] FULL STORY
Grammy nominations can hurt an artist’s career, Yale study finds [Hypebot] FULL STORY
The study by Balázs Kovács, an associate professor of organizational behavior at the Yale School Of Management, and colleagues suggests that Grammy nominations often come with a downside.
Will Web2.5 Onboard Music Fans to NFTs and Crypto? [Billboard] FULL STORY
With an eye on Web3 as the future, many crypto pioneers say Web2.5 is the key to scaling the music NFT business.
Former Beatport Employees Allege a Toxic Workplace Where Fear Ruled [Vice] FULL STORY
The powerhouse dance music retailer preached inclusivity and diversity, but ex-staffers say bullying, sexism, and casual racism was pervasive.
Inside the Business of Beatmaking [Trapital] FULL STORY
Creators can sell instrumentals — either under an exclusive license or not — to artists around the globe for a fraction of the previous cost. With $200 million paid out to creators to date, BeatStars has reset the entire economics of beats. 
Feeder playlists, explained [Austin Staubus] FULL STORY
Spotify’s feeder style playlists are nothing new, but they’re often overlooked and misunderstood by artists and their teams when pitching for wider editorial playlist inclusion.
In the streaming era, Substack helps indie rockers pay the bills. Can it last? [Guardian] FULL STORY
The email subscription platform has been a source of inspiration and financial freedom for Pitchfork favourites struggling in the streaming economy.
How Short Will Songs Get? [Ted Gioia] FULL STORY
We now have 30-second classical works and pop tunes you can sing in one breath—but is this really the future of music? “Songs are more like elevator pitches, where you need to reach the end before the doors open on the fourth floor.”
10 of the Biggest Artists Right Now Without a No. 1 Album [Billboard] FULL STORY
Megan Thee Stallion is far from the only major star right now lacking a chart-topping LP on their resumé, Here are 10 of the biggest names of recent years who’ve yet to reach pole position on the chart, in no particular order.
This week, Jay and Mike discuss these important stories:
• Shazam Turns 20! ~ We Walk You Through Some Important Milestones
• TikTok Curators Are Helping Songs Go Viral — And Labels Are Writing Checks
• How Much Should Indie Artists Fear A Major Label Push For A Two-Tier Payout System?"
I'm looking forward to seeing you at this year's AmericanaFest, Sept. 13-17 in Nashville! I'll be moderating a panel called "DIY Success with Five Guaranteed Strategies" and participating in mentoring sessions. Passes are on sale now at!

I'll also be moderating an all-star panel at the upcoming Music Tectonics Conference in October. Learn more and register at JG
YouTube Shorts Best Practices for Artists & Labels [YouTube] FULL STORY
This two-pager provides examples of how music artists used Shorts and hopefully inspires you to get started and utilize Shorts as promotional strategy for all your activities, on & off release cycle.
The Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine high school gets down to business, just not the music business [LA Times] FULL STORY
The Iovine and Young Center Integrated Design, Technology, and Entrepreneurship Magnet, a high school based at Audubon Middle School in the Leimert Park neighborhood.
After Astroworld catastrophe and Drakeo’s stabbing, Live Nation faces mounting questions over concert safety [LA Times] FULL STORY
Ralfy the Plug, born Devante Caldwell, pictured, was with his brother Drakeo the Ruler when the rapper was stabbed to death backstage at the Once Upon a Time in L.A. festival in December.
‘This is what I tell myself when I post and I reach no one…’ [Hypebot] FULL STORY
Independent UK musician Kelvyn Colt has more than 100,000 followers on Instagram, but even he is feeling the same loss of connection with fans that most artists are feeling right now.
Revelator's Bruno Guez on NFTs and Brands as Art Patrons [Muse] FULL STORY
Bruno Guez is the CEO and founder of digital asset management platform Revelator and a former director on the board of Merlin Network. He brings over 25 years of experience as a seasoned music executive.
You may not know his name, but you know his songs. Nashville songwriter Brett James has more than 25 #1 songs to his credit.


• Cameo offers musicians an ongoing revenue stream that also excites fans [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Sony Music Japan is building 'the largest virtual talent development and management project in history' [MBW] FULL STORY
• iHeartMedia Plans to Host Metaverse Concerts In ‘Fortnite’ Virtual World [Hollywood [Reporter] FULL STORY
• He’s Written Some of the Hottest K-Pop Hits. Now, JUNNY Is Stepping Into the Spotlight Himself [MBW] FULL STORY
• Almost 60% of Americans’ Entertainment Time Is on Ad-Supported Platforms, Luminate Report Finds [Variety] FULL STORY
• After going public via SPAC deal, Spotify rival Deezer repositions brand ‘to attract Gen Z’ [MBW] FULL STORY
• Music’s Best Strategy for Content-to-Commerce [Trapital] FULL STORY
• Fans can now pay to access their favorite artist's music before it's officially released on Audiomack [MBW] FULL STORY
• The Most Damning Allegation in the Twitter Whistleblower’s Report [Wired] FULL STORY
• BMI Layoffs Hit ‘Just Under 10%’ of Workforce [Billboard] FULL STORY
• 'Rap Sh!t' muses on music and the art of making it [NPR] FULL STORY
• Orleans case sheds light on fees, fees, and more fees [MTP] FULL STORY
• California Rap Lyrics Bill Clears Final Vote, Heads to Governor for Signature [Billboard] FULL STORY
• Is NFT Star Daniel Allan Web3’s First Breakout Music Act? [Billboard] FULL STORY
• WME Taps Lucy Dickins to Lead Its Music Department in a Major Agency First [Billboard] FULL STORY
• ‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’: The Cranberries, 'Zombie' [The RInger] FULL STORY
• What's that humming sound? In music, it's not to be ignored [NPR] FULL STORY
• 'I don’t manage conventionally – I manage spiritually...' [MBW] FULL STORY
• Essential Guide: Talent Agencies [Wrapbook] FULL STORY
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