@marchogan: Appointment Listening is the New Surprise Drop

In December 2007, Thom Yorke explained Radiohead’s rationale for releasing their then-new album, In Rainbows, with just 10 days’ warning and a “pay what you like” price tag. It was, quaintly, an unheard-of way of doing things back then. “We were trying to avoid that whole game of who gets in first with the reviews,” he told David Byrne in a Wired interview. “These days there’s so much paper to fill, or digital paper to fill, that whoever writes the first few things gets cut and pasted. Whoever gets their opinion in first has all that power.” Radiohead didn’t want to defer to the whims of grumpy reviewers. They wanted the power.

This stealth release method led to what was, at that time, unusual: a communal listening experience across the globe.

Read it on Pitchfork



Mark Suster: How Would You Build a Movie Studio if You Started Today?

This should be a question for every aspect of our business, club owners, labels, publishers, managers.

I met Andrew Stalbow and Petri Järvilehto from Seriously several years ago after they had just left Angry Birds where they were responsible for international business development / licensing and the game studio, respectively.

They had a new company in mind and they posed a question to me

“If Walt Disney were to try and build a movie studio from scratch today — how would he do it?”

I took the bait.

Read the story on Medium.


MBW: TIDAL just smashed streaming album records. Not a ‘serious competitor’?

According to trusted market monitor BuzzAngle, Lemonade was the biggest-selling album in the US so far this year (it won’t be for long: Drake’s Views is about to eclipse it).

Lemonade shifted 656,484 ‘album projects’ in its opening week, says the company.

This included 489,000 ‘pure’ album downloads, as well as 908,000 song sales.

However, it also included 115.5m streams of Lemonade tracks on TIDAL.

Read more on Music Business Worldwide.