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The Morning Tabs – February 3

by WAMM on February 3, 2011 · 0 comments

Thursday’s Tabs feature a dubious claim from YouTube, a Jeff Price blog post on artist development, a look at the two different kinds of music attorneys, and a battle of the, um, corporate bands.

  • As wearisome as it is to listen to people talk about how the music of today just “sucks,” how it isn’t as good as it used to be, there is, in fact, some economic merit to this idea. It started when the majors went public, when quarterly profits became a big priority, and when, as Jeff Price so eloquently points out, artist development started to mean something very different.
  • If you just read the title, “Free music pays as well as paid music, says Youtube,” it’s hard not to instinctively roll your eyes. But what if, thanks to far better ad targeting, huge increases in traffic, and several other factors, it’s not so ridiculous after all?
  • If you go to the right (or maybe wrong) kind of bars, you’ve doubtlessly run into one or two weekend warrior-type bands, guys with real jobs who just love blowing off steam by playing together. If you’ve ever wanted to see them compete, well, Fortune and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame are hosting a Battle of the Corporate Bands. Proceeds will go toward the Rock Hall’s education programs.
  • Artists House Music has just uploaded a whole new crop of videos featuring Ed Fair, a music business attorney, talking about the legal side of the music industry. (via Music Industry Report)
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