Top 5 MusicBiz Articles of the Week: April 28 – May 3


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Jay-Z Drops ‘100$ Bill’ To Go ‘Hand In Hand’ With ‘Great Gatsby’

Jay-Z is already a mogul in the music industry, and last week we discussed Roc Nation’s entrance into the world of sports. Now comes the movie business. Following yesterday’s release of Jay-Z’s single off the The Great Gatsby soundtrack, Markman explains Jay’s inspiration for the music and how he got involved with the film. Not only did Jay-Z record a single, executive produce the album, and help with the score, but he is also listed as an executive producer on film. Jay-Z continues to add to his resume and we’re excited to see what he comes up with next. View Article >

Apple’s iTunes Store Turns 10 In Triumph, But Faces Uncertainty

It’s hard to believe that iTunes has already been around for ten years. In those ten yeas, it has come dominate the music industry and revolutionize how the world listens to music. However, O’Malley explains that iTunes has been losing ground due to the popularity of services like Spotify and Rdio. Without Steve Jobs at the helm, Apple will need to find a way to adapt. View Article >

Twitter Takes On Music Discovery, but Comes Up Short

As Cha explains, the new Twitter Music App is not meant to be a competitor to services like iTunes or Spotify, but rather a complement. It aims to allow users to discover new music through Twitter interaction and later purchase through iTunes or listen through Spotify premium. While it is well designed and easy to navigate, the features and capabilities are relatively limited at this point. The app is still in its infant stages so expect it to evolve after early feedback. View Article >

Releasing Free Music Saved Mad Decent

Galil illustrates how, contrary to conventional wisdom, releasing free music can actually help musicians and record labels make money. Diplo’s Mad Decent record label has made many tracks available for free initially before repackaging them for sale through iTunes. Through the success of tracks such as Baauer’s “Harlem Shake, this strategy has helped Mad Decent build a solid fanbase and ultimately stay in business. View Article >

Beastie Boys Sign Deal for ‘Multidimensional’ Biography

Remaining Beastie Boys Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz have been relatively quiet following the death of Adam “MCA” Yauch one year ago tomorrow. This week they announced a new memoir set for release in 2015 aimed at “challenging the form and making the book a multidimensional experience”. Brandle describes the innovative approach that Diamond and Horovitz are taking toward the project. The Beastie Boys have a history of innovation and pushing the envelope, so fans will eagerly await the memoir’s release. View Article >

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