#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.

Feargal Sharkey: CEO, UK Music: Access To Finance

18 Jan 2011

Access to finance is one of UK Music’s ongoing priorities – working to open up schemes like the Enterprise Finance Guarantee, or helping banks and Government understand the pressures and needs of music entrepreneurs. More...

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.)

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).


22 Jun 2010

I believe we as an industry should focus on the development of a proper micropayment system, wherein people are asked to pay a smaller amount for access to quality content...

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