All the growth in the music business now comes from old songs—with consumption of new music actually shrinking. How did we get here, and is there a way…
Recent revelations from an alleged industry insider paint a disturbing picture
I rarely talk about my workaday life before I settled into music and writing. Those days are far too strange and confusing to convey without writing a…
Let me peer into my crystal ball, and predict the next decade in the music world. I’m brave (or foolhardy) enough to tell you what I see—but you may…
Consumers struggle with a proliferation of TV streaming platforms, but a simpler landscape is coming—and not just in video
She left us 25 years ago today, at age 33—never realizing how famous and beloved she would become after her death
But I now see firsthand how the music industry is fumbling this huge opportunity to revitalize its business
Few genres are more preposterous than the locked room mystery. The premises are absurd and plot solutions ridiculous—but still I keep on reading.
I revisit my past predictions about this company, and make some new ones
I grapple with philosopher Byung-Chul Han’s view that we are living in a "Burnout Society" where excessive positivity causes widespread depression and…
In which the author expostulates on his odd notions about sports, music, and life
The era of collective ensembles dominating the charts has ended, probably forever—and it's an issue much larger than just music