A discredited economic theory is still guiding the decisions of most digital music labels today - even if they don't know it. This is the dumb theory of the Long Tail and how a tsunami of shitmusic destroyed it.
Boiler Room - the broadcasting platform which brought the party (and DJs turning knobs) into living rooms around the world - is changing. The company has unveiled parts of a new business model involving "brand fee/royalties" and a quasi-franchised version of the Boiler Room experience coming to a town near you.
You don't own that file, you license it, and with streaming it can easily be taken away. Microsoft naturally shows us a dystopian vision of the future of licensed culture.
Will Sumsuch went to the Brighton Music Conference, and what he saw was "an industry suffering from an identity crisis."
Another day, another closure. Who would want to open a nightclub in Chicago?
Everyone will be Unsung. Including you.