Sound Recording Industries

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    How Bob Marley was sold to the suburbs

    At the time of his death, in May 1981, Bob Marley was 36 years old, reggae's biggest star, and the father of at least eleven children. He was not, however, a big seller. For Dave Robinson, this presented an opportunity. Two years after Marley's passing, Chris Blackwell, the founder of Marley's lab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    One label controls almost all of hip-hop, and that's a problem for music fans

    It's common knowledge that the popular music industry is dominated by a few huge companies, sometimes referred to as the Big Three: Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group. It used to be the Big Four, until EMI was subsumed into the other three. Before that, it was the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2012

    Five more coveted Colorado music-industry jobs

    In our series of coveted Colorado music-industry jobs, so far we've covered a range of jobs, from being a guitar tech and handling publicity to being tasked with overseeing digital music delivery from a vast electronic music catatlog to band management. Today, we bring you five more coveted gigs. Ke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Free money! Denver bands have unclaimed SoundExchange royalties. Are you on the list?

    The bad news is you didn't win a gazillion dollars last night in Powerball -- some lucky jerk in Michigan did, apparently. The good news is, however, you may still have some cashola coming your way that you weren't expecting. Think of it as finding a crisp twenty in the pocket of pants you haven't w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    Five world-changing albums that wouldn't have existed if blog buzz determined greatness

    One day, historians will look back and marvel at how blogs changed the music industry -- that is if they can avoid being distracted by the next big thing long enough to think analytically about history. Where just a few critics used to shape the tastes of music fans across country, now an army of bl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    Artists like Springsteen and Dylan can start applying to regain copyrights of 1978 recordings

    ​When copyright law was revised in 1976, there was a provision that gave artists control of their work after 35 years, provided they applied two years in advance. The law didn't go into effect until 1978, but now artists like Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Loretta Lynn can start a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Google further monetizes YouTube, which means enduring ads on every music video

    ​After a four year legal battle with over 3,000 independent music publishers, YouTube has agreed to pay licensing fees to the National Music Publishers Association. While this doesn't affect YouTube's preexisting contracts with the four major labels, it does change the way YouTube and its pare ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Library of Congress and Sony Music team up for massive collection of free vintage recordings

    The Library of Congress has just turned on its new streaming audio service, which includes a large piece of the national archives totaling around 10,000 titles. The joint venture of Sony and the Library of Congress gives users access to many Sony-controlled recordings that have long been out of circ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Grooveshark challenges Google and the music industry in a battle of legalities

    ​In case you haven't been paying attention, there are some heated battles going on in the digital space right now with regard to digital music distribution rights. Just three weeks ago, Amazon launched their cloud storage and streaming services much to the chagrin of the major labels. As we wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Amazon gives us the first big cloud, but the major labels want to take it away

    ​On Tuesday, Amazon surprised everyone by introducing Amazon Cloud Drive. Everyone was literally surprised, including the record labels, consumers, journalists -- nobody had a clue this was coming. In case you've missed it, Amazon Cloud Drive is an online file locker where you can store your f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    How the music industry will change in 2011

    ​In the past decade, the music industry has seen a lot of changes, but it has struggled to keep pace with technology, piracy and consumer demands. Already this year we've started to see a few more changes take shape, from crackdowns on piracy websites, a resurgence of interest in the currently ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    LimeWire shut down by permanent injunction

    ​Looking for WMAs of Third Eye Blind? You're going to have to look elsewhere. Effective immediately, LimeWire, the popular peer-to-peer file sharing service, has gone the way of pagers, payphones and the Walkman. In 2006, the music industry filed a suit against the service for a "massive sca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    The French are fighting piracy in a new and interesting way, but could it work here?

    ​The French government has revealed a plan to combat piracy that could either be the most brilliant gesture ever or the most monumental waste of government resources of all time (okay, maybe not all time, but close). The proposal: French residents can buy a 50-euro gift card with which they ... More >>

  • Music

    October 7, 2010
  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    $16 million to recover $391,000: The RIAA just blew a lot cash. Here's ten more of the industry's greatest wastes

    [via Flickr]​Last week, it was revealed the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) spent $16 million to recover $391,000 from lawsuits involving peer-to-peer file sharing. No, we didn't print that backwards; you don't need to adjust your screen -- they really did waste that much mone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    Court cuts peer-to-peer file sharing penalty by a factor of ten

    ​Back in college, perhaps you found yourself loading up Kazaa and Limewire after a drunken night of revelry, trying desperately to find a copy of "Man! I Feel Like a Woman," before passing out at your desk, not realizing you were sharing an entire library of music the whole time. If you manage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Album Sales Are In The Crapper, But The National Is Doing Just Fine

    This week's signs of the music industry's apocalypse: 1. The National had the highest selling debut album in the country this week, good for number three overall (behind Justin Beiber and Lady Antebellum). 2. This was the worst week for album sales since SoundScan started keeping track in 1991. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    OK Go's Damian Kulash weighs in on viral marketing

    There was an interesting op-ed in the New York Times this weekend by OK Go's lead vocalist Damian Kulash that dealt with his label's inability to update their business model to incorporate YouTube. It's worth a read for his insiders perspective, even if it's a problem most of the Internet has been c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2009

    Flier of the week: U.S. Pipe CD release

    I pretty much fell in love with the pop-art styled hippy/hottie take on Shiva (I think that's Shiva -- my Hindu mythology is a little shaky) on this U.S. Pipe CD release poster the second I saw it. The style, the subject matter, the detail -- all brilliant! Good to know that even as the music indust ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2008
  • Blogs

    August 25, 2008
  • Music

    January 24, 2008

    Major Fables

    It's finally dawned on record companies that they're screwed. But is it too late?

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2007

    Spin Master

    As part of the Denver National Convention brouhaha in town yesterday, Howard Dean announced the convention committee’s leadership team. It’s a powerful, experienced bunch, including Leah Daughtry, Dean’s chief of staff, as the convention’s CEO. The list also includes Jenni Engebretsen as dep ... More >>

  • Music

    March 8, 2007

    Home Stand

    A decline in sales forces Suburban Home Records to scale back.

  • Music

    June 29, 2006

    Pearl Jam

    Sunday, July 2, and Monday, July 3, Pepsi Center, 303-830-8497.

  • Music

    December 15, 2005

    Yule's Tide

    Searching for gems in the flood of seasonal discs.

  • Music

    May 5, 2005

    The Beatdown

    A NARAS board gets the 411 on the RIAA.

  • Music

    January 29, 2004

    The Beatdown

    For your ears only: You can listen to the music, but by God, dont share it.

  • Music

    September 18, 2003

    The Beatdown

    The music industry is in a shambles, but Suburban Home is celebrating independence day.

  • Culture

    August 8, 2002

    Do the Math

    The music industry says online piracy's killing the biz. A UTD prof says it ain't.

  • Music

    June 6, 2002

    Unchanged Stripes

    Jack and Meg White resist the spoils of success.

  • News

    May 2, 2002

    Digital Dilemma

    Will new royalty fees kill Web radio?

  • Music

    March 28, 2002

    Bang to Hype

    At SXSW, it's all about the buzz, not the Buzz Band.

  • Music

    December 20, 2001

    Industrial Revolution

    Napster's gone, but the record industry's copyright woes aren't.

  • Music

    October 11, 2001

    Stop Your Sobbing

    In the wake of September 11, Ray Davies reconsiders his past and looks to the future.

  • Calendar

    March 29, 2001
  • Culture

    November 9, 2000

    Ransom Notes

    Can one man convince millions of people to pay for their free music?

  • Music

    October 5, 2000


    Lawyers rock and roll.

  • Music

    August 3, 2000


    The downfall of Napster is wussifying the Web.

  • Music

    April 13, 2000

    Five Alive

    The country revisionists behind BR5-49 play Nashville's numbers game.

  • Music

    March 2, 2000

    Risky Business

    Rapper Dannell McNeil takes a chance with his own record label and a new album.

  • Music

    February 10, 2000

    Hit Pick

    This week's local music pick: Acoustic Junction

  • Music

    February 3, 2000

    Cleared for Takeover

    Backwash gets caught up in merger mania!

  • Music

    December 16, 1999

    Net Profits

    Online music distributors are banking on indie musicians' lack of business savvy.

  • Music

    August 26, 1999

    MP3's Company

    The hottest digital audio format -- and Web site -- on the Net is changing the way local bands view the future.

  • Music

    July 29, 1999

    Monster Magnets

    After nearly twenty years, Electric Frankenstein has rock down to a mad science.

  • Music

    June 18, 1998
  • Music

    September 19, 1996

    Westword Music '96 Awards Showcase

    1 night, 5 bucks, 7 venues, 39 bands Sunday, September 22 6 P.M.-1A.M. in LoDo

  • Music

    December 20, 1995
  • Music

    November 2, 1994



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