Why So Many Artists Hate iTunes

Apple have had arguably a greater influence on the music industry in modern times than any musician. When they introduced the iPod way back in 2001, they basically created the first viable platform for digital music to succeed on. Yes, before the iPod there was MP3 players,  but none of them really managed to take... Continue Reading →

Why Band Break Ups Mean More Bands

 It’s an unfortunate truth that tragedy and musicians tend to go very much hand in hand. The world is decorated with thousands of murals commemorating musicians taken before their time in unfortunate circumstances. Last week was the anniversary of one of the prime figures of tragedy in music, Kurt Cobain, who unfortunately took his own... Continue Reading →

How to Calculate if Practice Actually Makes Perfect

Academics have one job, to advance knowledge within their field. The two ways they do this are by teaching and researching. Both are obviously important because teaching communicates what is already known within the field, while research creates new knowledge. Economic research involves quite a bit of quantitative measurement and seeing if one thing is... Continue Reading →

How Golden Discs Get Extra Money From Me

A recent post on this site looked at the decline in the contribution of physical music to global music revenue. CDs and Vinyl have finally been overtaken by streaming in this field. While there is a definite decline in the sale of CDs and other physical music formats, they still have their place in the music... Continue Reading →

Is Electric Picnic Getting Better or Worse?

The headlining acts for the 2019 Electric Picnic festival were announced this week and as usual the announcement was met with mixed reviews. This year's indie/soul type headliners (Hozier, the Strokes, and Florence and the Machine) sees a departure from last year's more Hip Hop based headliners of Kendrick Lamar, NERD, and Massive Attack. Obviously... Continue Reading →

The Effect of Death on Music Sales

Mondays are usually tough enough in their own right, but this week on the 4th of March 2019 the start of the working week was accompanied by the savage loss of Keith Flint. As well as being an absolutely crucial character to British music, Keith was also an incredibly funny person who will be missed... Continue Reading →

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