He’s a Bitch

Here’s a frightening thought of something that is, and has always been. Just a handful of people decide what music is going to be unleashed on the public. That same handful will decide the order of priority those acts will receive. That same handful will also make projections, sometimes accurate, sometimes humorous, and those projections…

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Imagine Dragons will be #1

Tomorrow Imagine Dragons will be # 1 with about 170k. Now before everyone celebrates, I think it’s way low, based on sales to date of the last record. Way low considering the massive marketing push, including a very costly TV commercial during the Grammys. Way low with Drake right below them on his week #…

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Music Business Machine

As you know, I’ve been in this business for decades. Experienced the good, the bad, the ugly. Been fortunate and blessed along the way. Lucky enough to have some astonishing mentors, teachers, and friends, along the way. One in particular, Shep Gordon. When I became successful I asked Shep what I could do to repay…

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Gersh, Zutaut, Kalodner

There have been some extraordinary A&R people in the history of the business, whose signings have been monumental. There has also been, and continues to be, some real losers, who get lucky or use politics/friendships, or nepotism, to stay put. However, the three A&R man team of Geffen Records, in the 80s, would be pretty…

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Won’t even cover their salaries.

With the indie/hipster genre showing massive sales attrition, the NWO projections being based on TEAs (which is not part of that world), and a public shift into singles and more commercial leaning music, will the groovy, hipster A&R types, that the labels erroneously hired in droves, now be let go? I would assume their signings…

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