Gen Y Did What Eliot Spitzer Couldn’t

Even a politically ambitious New York Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer, couldn't stop payola. Congress has never been able to. Radio never wanted to. And record labels still in their heart of hearts believe it's just the price of doing business. So the latest news that CBS has settled its problem with Spitzer in exchange for a $2 million charitable donation while admitting to payola practices should appear to be another nail in the coffin of this "dreaded disease". Clear Channel, Emmis and Cox are among the major groups to be subpoenaed as part of Spitzer's jihad. Entercom is fighting Spitzer but hasn't had much success so far. So&hellip

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Radio’s Loss of Young Listeners May Be Unstoppable

Larry Rosin, a great guy and excellent researcher, was quoted in the New York Times recently as saying radio's unwillingness to target listeners in the 12-24 year old demographic instead of the money demo 25-54 is contributing to a significant drop in listening. Rosin's Edison Research indicates that listening hours have dropped about 21% among 18-24 year olds in the last ten years. Other mitigating circumstances are cited including the usual culprits -- the Internet, mobile devices, video games, movies, television, instant messages, portable music players and music downloading. What's significant -- and what the radio industry must&hellip

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Record Labels Doing Smart Things

Warner led the other record labels excepting EMI in working deals with Google's YouTube. And they did it the smart way by negotiating a stake in Google's new acquisition. In return the labels get a collective $50 million worth of equity, a system for helping control digital rights and a pioneering position in a hot property that means a lot to the music industry. Now this is more like it. Better than suing consumers through RIAA. Better than sitting on the sidelines while technology passes them by. The record label of the future has to do more of this.&hellip

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Stop Illegal Downloading — Sell t-shirts

I've been thinking that record labels are really taking it on the chin because of the next generation and their ubiquitous tool -- the Internet. How do you stop illegal downloading? Is it even worth stopping it? Better yet, how do the record labels get in on this revolution instead of being on the outside looking in. One thing that hasn't become virtual (yet) is merchandise. To my knowledge no one has invented a virtual t-shirt. Notice I am being careful to say -- yet. Well, it's not likely. This is my way of asking -- doesn't the record industry have the next generation by their -- computers and mobile phones -- if they become&hellip

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Let The Lawsuits Begin (And Fail)

Universal threatened it and now they've done it. They are suing Grouper.com and Bolt.com for allegedly building traffic by encouraging users to share music videos without their permission. Note Google, which just purchased YouTube, was not included because they worked out a deal. Universal seeks compensation. It cites Mariah Carey's video "Shake It Off" as drawing 50,000 viewers on Grouper alone. Let me understand this. The major labels are hurting. The Internet because of illegal and legal downloading has cut into CD sales. Massive lawsuits from RIAA have not been able to stop the decline. So it makes sense that when the record&hellip

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