Music Industry

Death, Sex & Money

Where is Lisa Fischer's Backup?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

You've heard Lisa Fischer singing backup vocals for everyone from the Rolling Stones to Beyoncé. But after decades of touring with rock stars, Fischer lives in a far more humble reality.

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Studio 360

Google Plays Hardball with Indie Musicians

Thursday, February 05, 2015

It’s hard enough to make a living in music. Now Google is forcing a new contract on musicians, and threatening to kick one musician off YouTube if she won’t sign.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Taylor Swift Broke Up With Spotify. Should Everyone?

Friday, November 07, 2014

Taylor Swift broke up with Spotify - she's not releasing her new album on the streaming service and removed all her old songs. A look at whether the move has larger implications for us.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Clive Davis

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Music industry executive Clive Davis was on the Lopate Show recently to talk about his five decades working with everyone from Aretha Franklin and Carlos Santana to Patti Smith and Lou Reed. He also told us what he's a fan of -- and what he's listening to now!


The Takeaway

The Life and Legacy of Whitney Houston

Monday, February 13, 2012

One of the music industry’s brightest stars was missing as the country’s top recording artists gathered at last night’s Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The tragic death of pop powerhouse Whitney Houston on Saturday, at the age of 48, shocked the music industry and the world. Houston brought gospel tones to mainstream R&B. Her vibrant voice and unparalleled range made her a mainstay of pop superstardom throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

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Studio 360

We'll Pay You to Listen to This

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The music industry is dying, and the smart money says the key to success is giving music away for free.  Scott Blaszak has a better idea: he’ll pay you $10 to download his album.  “Free is not enough!” Blaszak says.  He has a name for his revolutionary business model: “PremiFree.”  You saw it here first

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Studio 360

You Used To Be About The Music, Man

Friday, April 03, 2009

The music industry has been suffering from workplace downsizing for years ever since Napster displaced CDs. Studio 360’s Eric Molinsky catches up with some former music industry executives to see how they reinvented themselves.