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ASCAP Daily Brief
Thursday, September 27, 2012
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This daily email, compiled by ASCAP Board member, music publisher and songwriter Dean Kay, cuts through the media clutter to bring you links to the most relevant news and commentary on the rapidly evolving music industry and how it affects your future livelihood. Now the ASCAP Daily Brief can be accessed on the Headlines page of and in the ASCAP RSS Feed.

Tech companies have made billions supporting the illegal exploitation of our cultural past while ruthlessly pursuing the dismantling of incentives creators need to fashion our cultural future.

Is it The Pirate Party, or The Pirate Lobby?
By The Trichordist — It’s endlessly fascinating to witness the double standard of the internet companies and pirate communities. The conversation is, was and will always be about money….Let’s be clear about this, the conversation is not, nor has it ever been about free speech …

Google’s Influence in Germany
By Sandra Aistars — In an online piece, German news magazine Der Spiegel outlines the ways that Google is quietly influencing internet and copyright regulation in Germany, with important implications for creators.

What Actually Drives Music Consumption
By Chasson Gracie — I created the conceptual model to understand the independent variables that help predict music consumption, along with predicting how much change in those independent variables can impact one’s consumption of music in a way that leads to revenue for an artist, an artists’ label et al.

Did You Know Steve Jobs Hated the Sound of the iPod? He Liked Vinyl 
By Brad Kava

Music Apps Become Pawns In Platform War
By Kyle Bylin — Apple did not debut a Pandora rival at the recent iPhone 5 unveiling. Sentiment among analysts about the possibility, however, did reveal something about how the ongoing platform war will impact music apps

Beathound Analyzes Your iTunes Library, Shows You Albums You’re Missing and Recommends New Releases
By Thorin Klosowski

The New Myspace. Does it Stand a Chance?
By Chris Bolton — Myspace has released a video showcasing an upcoming reboot of the ailing company’s flagship social platform….But will a slick new interface bring back the users that have been fleeing Myspace for years now? And is the interface really as easy and sexy as the video makes it seem?

Developers Doubt Whether Facebook Can Hack It On The Mobile Web
By Connie Guglielmo

Why Mobile And Music Are a Must: Interview With Songza Co-Founder Eric Davich
By Eric Jackson — I’ve mentioned Songza in the last few months in these posts. It’s my favorite mobile music app at the moment for its expert curation of different music moods that I often like to listen to during the day.

The Branding Power of Today’s Music Videos
By Brian Petchers — In the last six years or so, however, the improvements in web-video technology and its proliferation has allowed the music video to reassert itself as the most powerful artist branding tool, regardless of whether it is played on national television or not.

Mediacize This: Radio, Your Clients are Becoming “Media”
By Mark Ramsey — One of the greatest challenges for ALL traditional media – radio, TV, and print – is what I’m calling the “mediacizing” of brands.” As our client brands create content via media these brands become media, and as brands become media we have to ask: Where does that leave traditional media brands? Will big brands need radio (or TV or print) when they are their own media and can create their own content?

Music Blogs: Little Engines Power Big Things So You Can Be Lazy
By Eliot Van Buskirk — Here are a few of the cutting-edge music recommendation apps that rely on the work of hundreds or thousands of music bloggers all over the world.

Streaming Music May Be More Environmentally Damaging Than CDs
By Michael Pettitt — Streaming an album online 27 times will use more energy than the production of its CD equivalent. Could streaming music be more damaging to the environment than the manufacture of CDs?

The Last Chance Saloon – Where Dreams Go to Die
By Brian Thompson — “This is my last chance, my last kick at the can.” I heard those words today…and it stung. Don’t ever say that. Ever.

Aqua Notes: For When Inspiration Strikes In The Shower
By Adam Popescu — If you do your best thinking in the shower, you either have soggy wads of paper on the floor or a lot of forgotten ideas. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Singe Andy William dead at 84
By CBS News — [Personal Note: For the past few years, I’ve had the pleasure of overseeing Andy’s music publishing enterprise. He was warm, ingratiating, and always interested in the progress of his company. Although we all know how gifted Andy was as a vocalist, few know how grounded his talent was in solid musicianship. When I mentioned I was working with Andy to legendary composer, arranger Johnny Mandel, who, along with Dave Grusen and others, were staff arrangers on Andy’s TV show in the 60’s, he said, “Andy was one of the best musicians I ever worked with.” Apparently, the arrangers used to love to try to throw Andy curves by coming up with the most complicated arrangements they could dream up for him to maneuver through. Andy would never fail to breeze through them as if he’d performed them for years. Of course, Andy’s wonderful recordings will always be part of the soundtracks of our lives but we’ll all be reminded of Andy, himself, year after year, when, like Bing Crosby’s classic recording of “White Christmas,” Andy’s iconic rendition of “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” brightens our holiday seasons for eternity. I’ll miss him. DK]


Dean Kay has been at the helm of some of the most highly respected and forward thinking music publishing companies in the world, first as COO of the Welk Music Group, then as President/CEO of the US division of the PolyGram International Publishing Group, and now as President/CEO of his own precedent setting venture, Lichelle Music Company. Prior to his involvement in publishing, he was a successful songwriter, having had hundreds of his compositions recorded – including “That’s Life” by Frank Sinatra. Mr. Kay has been a member of the Board of Directors of ASCAP since 1989 and is Chairman of its New Technologies Committee. He is also on the Board of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA).

The ASCAP Daily Brief-Powered by The Dean’s List is intended as a guide to direct music professionals to key articles about issues facing the entertainment industry. Recipients are encouraged to read further about the issues by accessing the complete article through the links provided. Author attribution is provided with each article, and none of the links allow readers to by-pass subscription archive gateways. Please note that all editorial comments are indicated in brackets. Questions? Comments? Please Contact Us

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