Keith Harris: The Charts - A Race to the Bottom...?

21 Nov 2011

I am intrigued by the rowing back from on-air, on-sale by record labels seeking a higher chart entry. In recent weeks I have taken to asking at various music seminars that I have attended, aimed at young people wanting to get into the industry, if anybody knows what is number one in the charts in that week. Very few attendees ever seem to know, or probably even more importantly…care.

#83 Newsletter Editorial - Reasons To Be Cheerful

01 Nov 2011

The world is in the midst of a global financial and economic crisis. Last week European leaders arguably saved a faltering Euro by agreeing to write off 50% of Greek debt and set aside 1 trillion Euros to promote financial stability. Closer to home, protesters at St. Paul’s argue that capitalism is broken, and banking and political systems are to blame...

Keith Jopling: Is The Music Industry Really Ready To Innovate?

31 Oct 2011

Innovation is the watchword in business at the moment, with all sectors keen to look to new ideas to help drive some growth out of the glum depths of the current recession. The music industry is no exception with a slate of new digital services – from Deezer, Blackberry and Virgin Media in the UK (and Facebook and Google initially in the US)...

Alison Tickell: Better Batteries

28 Sep 2011

The Better Batteries campaign aims to sign up 100 performance venues and touring productions to make the switch from disposable to rechargeable batteries and increase the rate of recycling for both disposable and rechargeable batteries.

Richard Marks: Ethical Ticket Exchange Will Be Sadly Mist

18 Sep 2011

The sad demise of Scarlet Mist - the ethical ticket exchange - represents another victory for the bad guys and leaves concert and festival-goers without a key service they had come to rely on...

Keith Harris: UK Riots Aftermath - The Blame Game...

31 Aug 2011

Having read pages of soul searching reflection on the causes of the recent riots I am surprised to find that there is an element that seems to have been completely overlooked. There was of course the usual, almost traditional resort to blaming music...

#81 Newsletter Editorial - Remake, Remodel: Review

29 Jun 2011

So a late afternoon spent in the Boardroom of PRS discussing five key themes to emerge from Tony Wadsworth’s recent label report. Artist development, changing media, the health of the label, digital vs. physical and the alternatives for artists – what did we learn?

#80 Newsletter Editorial - Streams & Silver Linings: Where 'The Cloud' Is Taking Us...

21 Jun 2011

The recent furore surrounding Apple’s iCloud announcement started well before the launch, as the media train rumbled along, gaining momentum, pundits speculating wildly until its final perfectly timed explosion on 7th June into vlogs, blogs and broadsheets the world over...

#79 Newsletter Editorial - Remake, Remodel

16 May 2011

MusicTank's 4th Industry Report, written by BPI Chairman and former Chairman & CEO, EMI Music UK & Ireland Tony Wadsworth, draws from the quarter century Tony has spent on the frontline of the record business - including the most tumultuous decade in its history. It defies much of the accepted wisdom and reveals the latest thinking on the evolution and future of the record company through conversations with some of the sector's top executives.

Latest MusicTank Report: Tony Wadsworth Puts Labels in the Spotlight

10 May 2011

"The music industry continues to evolve and record companies are at the heart of that change - nurturing the latest talent, forging new ways to reach fans and creating exciting music experiences. Tony's knowledge and insight means he is well-placed to explore these themes and articulate emerging trends too." John Reid, Warner Music Europe & International Marketing, Warner Music Group.

Going Viral

04 Mar 2011

Matt Smith’s lightening tour through the fundamentals - the processes and rules of engagement - of what makes a video go viral - a summary from his keynote MusicTank presentation, 03.03.11 - 'How To Spawn A Viral Hit'.

The Electric Proms - RIP?

04 Feb 2011

That such a rich, vibrant and culturally significant music brand is to be dropped from the TV schedules is truly disappointing...what other TV platform produces such treats as Elton John teaming up with Plan B, an exclusive Robbie Williams night with a special string and horn section, Dizzee Rascal performing with an orchestra for 1Xtra or Oasis on stage with the Crouch End Festival Chorus?

MT Community response: Number One with a Bullet?

04 Feb 2011

Regarding this newsletter editorial and 'front-loaded' releases...could the record companies not set up a system allowing reviewers, DJs, etc. to stream pre-release versions of any future-single or album? This would solve the issue of p2p sharing as no 'tangible' version would have been available prior to official release.

#77 Newsletter Editorial - Ringing In the Changes

20 Jan 2011

The radio-to-release window has effectively been closed, meaning that for the majority of new releases, fans will be able to buy tracks as soon as they hear them on radio. The move offers a legitimate solution for people unwilling to wait weeks to buy a track they like who might otherwise be tempted to piracy. It will also see the chart return to being a meaningful signpost of popularity, where tracks enter and climb rather than chart high then immediately plummet.

Brave New World…

11 Jan 2011

“Social gaming is the next MTV” according to Yuza Mobile CEO, Richard Skaife, who keynoted MusicTank's recent forward-looking panel, Brave New World… that considered location-based gaming, augmented reality (AR) and app development vehicles for the music industry.

A&R Radio

10 Jan 2011

In answer to your request for ideas, 'kooky' or otherwise...why not set up a radio station publicly previewing material not yet commercially released by publishers and producers? (material that's been filtered for quality, genre relevance, etc.)

Instant Music Purchasing By TV

22 Jun 2010

...a service that allows you to instantly buy (touch the red button now!) any music currently playing in an advert or programme...

Bundling Downloads With Vinyl

22 Jun 2010

I’d like to see some consumer research on the likely effect of bundling downloads with vinyl. As a vinyl fan, I’d doubtless buy plenty more if I didn’t have to make a pressurised and often random extrapolation at point of purchase over whether I’m more likely to play the music at home (vinyl) or in the car/at work (CD/download).

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