Trying to find legitimate record labels in the Dallas/Fort Worth area turned into a quest that crossed the thin barrier of insanity on more than one occasion as more and more record labels fell off our list. Fifty-four or so for the Dallas area alone were the number of record labels listed on the st ... More >>
This would have surprised me no matter who had turned it up, but there was a special irony in learning that illegal music downloads "aren't hurting the music industry" from a beleaguered print magazine's free-news arm: Illegal downloads aren't hurting the music industry, new study claims | ti.me/10 ... More >>
Piracy is theft. Piracy isn't theft because nothing physical is being stolen. You are taking money out of the hands of artists. Artists were already being ripped off by labels. Artists can make the money back by touring. Kickstarter. Here is a bulleted list of numbers showing how much it costs ... More >>
Crowd funding from fans frees her to create Chesapeake.
T Bone BurnettThe Producers & Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy swears it's kind of a big deal, having created a "best practices guideline" and leading various charges, etc., since forming 10 years ago. OK, whatever. Doesn't really matter.Because, if nothing else, what it's doing in the ... More >>
Steve VisneauP-p-p-p-p-p-p-p-play-N-Skillz!I was lucky enough to spend some QT with Dallas hip-hop super-producers (not to mention two-time Grammy winners) Play-N-Skillz last week on the set of Tum Tum's new music video for his Salinas brothers-produced track "Smoke Something" off his excellent n ... More >>
The proud owners of a new major label imprint. Yesterday, two-time Grammy-winning Dallas hip-hop production duo Play-N-Skillz announced a deal it has signed with Universal Music Group urban imprint SRC/Universal to launch its own imprint, which will be called G4 Muzik. After the jump, the full pr ... More >>
If you managed a band in 1999 and told your clients to forget the major labels and focus on "social networking" while giving away free tracks--you wouldn't have lasted long enough to even be working today. But at least you could say "I told ya so." Ten years (and countless futile RIAA lawsuits) ... More >>
Less than four months after the release of Texas, Aledo-based PlayRadioPlay is no longer affiliated with Island Records or the label’s distributor, Universal Music Group. Dan Hunter, the man behind the bubblegum electro-pop, announced the release with a two-page letter outlining how things went s ... More >>
It's finally dawned on record companies that they're screwed. But is it too late?
While the bottom drops out for the big boys, many locals are doing just fine
Electronic Robin Hoods claim music file-swapping is an act of civil disobedience
How can you steal music you can't even buy?
Onstage and off, the Dixie Chicks changed the way they do business
The music industry says online piracy's killing the biz. A UTD prof says it ain't.
With Napster six feet under, the RIAA now wants to hang the Internet DJ
Or: How Mark Cuban would have--and could have?--saved the music biz
At SXSW, it's all about the buzz, not the Buzz Band
Dallas duo creates an online record label
The record industry counters piracy in the courts and on CDs. But has it gone too far?
The record industry crippled Napster with litigation. But has it made things worse for itself?
Jenny Toomey tries to figure out the future of music--for herself and everyone else
When the bass player split, the Toadies split up
Can one man convince millions of people to pay for their "free" music?
After six years, The Toadies' new album is finally finished, and it's good. So why isn't it out yet?
VH1 vice president's novel about the music business mourns an era just since passed
Now on the same label as Britney and the Backstreets, is Bowling For Soup the next teen-pop sensation? Uh, no.
For 25 years, Bug Music has protected the rights of songwriters. In the process, it's gotten Willie Dixon's songs back from Led Zeppelin and transformed Iggy Pop into a TV commercial composer.
Or: Yes, it was as bad as you think
Three years and one bad record deal later, Aimee Mann returns -- with two wonderful records
Or: Oh, look...it's another end-of-the-century list
Radish may be loosening their label's restraining bolt
Local talent scout Teresa LaBarbera-Whites discovered singing sensation Jessica Simpson the way she always does: without even trying
Why can't we all just get along? The history, or not, of Russell and Jeff's Deep Ellum
In the wake of the Ellington 100, lesser zombie boxed sets walk among us
Signing to a record label can be bad for a band's health. So why do they keep doing it?
Broadcast Data Systems listens to the radio so you don't have to
After 10 years of being told he was the Next Big Thing, former Three on a Hill and Funland frontman Peter Schmidt makes the best record of his career. And he did it, for the most part, all by himself.
In today's music business, tomorrow's revolution is yesterday's fad
Last year showed pop still has more than a ghost of a chance
Tommy Quon and goldfinger found out that Dallas is no rapper's paradise
Wars between the electronics giants are killing Dallas' independent music stores
After mulling its future for two years, Funland releases its first album
Reprise Records president defends the rights of his artists against the Right and the wrong
Can Interscope do for four local bands what it did for Nine Inch Nails and Snoop Dogg?