Sound Recording Industries

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    The 10 Best Record Labels at DFW

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    Okay, Illegal Downloads Probably Are Hurting The Music Industry

    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 | ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    All of the Arguments About Digital Music, Summarized

    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 >>

  • Music

    December 1, 2011

    Rachael Yamagata Gets By With a Little Help

    Crowd funding from fans frees her to create Chesapeake.

  • Music

    October 6, 2011
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    September 8, 2011
  • Music

    July 7, 2011
  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    T Bone Burnett To Be Honored By The Producers & Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy In Ramp-Up To 2011 Grammy Awards

    T Bone Burnett​The 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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Dallas' Play-N-Skillz Are Getting An MTV Reality Show--And Want You Be On It, Maybe!

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    Play-N-Skillz Launch Label, Sign Local Artist

    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 >>

  • Music

    June 26, 2009
  • Blogs

    March 16, 2009

    The Other Day at NX35: Tweet or Die (Or: The 21st Century Music Biz)

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2008

    PlayRadioPlay Splits With Label

    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 >>

  • Music

    January 10, 2008

    How Major Labels Vie for a Comeback

    It's finally dawned on record companies that they're screwed. But is it too late?

  • Music

    August 23, 2007

    Label Mates

    While the bottom drops out for the big boys, many locals are doing just fine

  • News

    March 18, 2004

    Screwing the Man

    Electronic Robin Hoods claim music file-swapping is an act of civil disobedience

  • Culture

    March 11, 2004

    Free to Download

    How can you steal music you can't even buy?

  • Music

    October 17, 2002

    Home Free

    Onstage and off, the Dixie Chicks changed the way they do business

  • Culture

    August 8, 2002

    Do the Math

    The music industry says online piracy's killing the biz. A UTD prof says it ain't.

  • Music

    April 25, 2002

    Radio Active

    With Napster six feet under, the RIAA now wants to hang the Internet DJ

  • Culture

    April 11, 2002

    When Online Got Off Base

    Or: How Mark Cuban would have--and could have?--saved the music biz

  • Music

    March 21, 2002

    Bang to Hype

    At SXSW, it's all about the buzz, not the Buzz Band

  • Music

    February 21, 2002

    Not Wasting Any Time

    Dallas duo creates an online record label

  • Music

    December 6, 2001

    Empire Strikes Back

    The record industry counters piracy in the courts and on CDs. But has it gone too far?

  • Music

    November 1, 2001

    Industrial Evolution

    The record industry crippled Napster with litigation. But has it made things worse for itself?

  • Music

    October 25, 2001

    Double Shift

    Jenny Toomey tries to figure out the future of music--for herself and everyone else

  • Music

    August 30, 2001

    Dig A Hole

    When the bass player split, the Toadies split up

  • Culture

    November 9, 2000

    Ransom Notes

    Can one man convince millions of people to pay for their "free" music?

  • News

    August 31, 2000

    Playing Possum

    After six years, The Toadies' new album is finally finished, and it's good. So why isn't it out yet?

  • Music

    June 22, 2000

    Flanagan's wake

    VH1 vice president's novel about the music business mourns an era just since passed

  • Music

    June 1, 2000

    More Soup for you

    Now on the same label as Britney and the Backstreets, is Bowling For Soup the next teen-pop sensation? Uh, no.

  • Music

    March 16, 2000

    Bug in your ear

    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.

  • Music

    January 6, 2000

    Take these records, please

    Or: Yes, it was as bad as you think

  • Music

    November 25, 1999

    Oh, Mann

    Three years and one bad record deal later, Aimee Mann returns -- with two wonderful records

  • Music

    October 28, 1999

    Rock this town

    Or: Oh,'s another end-of-the-century list

  • Music

    October 7, 1999

    Ben there, done that

    Radish may be loosening their label's restraining bolt

  • News

    September 9, 1999

    Signing off

    Local talent scout Teresa LaBarbera-Whites discovered singing sensation Jessica Simpson the way she always does: without even trying

  • Music

    June 17, 1999

    The preacher and the Prophet

    Why can't we all just get along? The history, or not, of Russell and Jeff's Deep Ellum

  • Music

    June 3, 1999

    Cardboard tombstones

    In the wake of the Ellington 100, lesser zombie boxed sets walk among us

  • News

    February 25, 1999
  • News

    February 11, 1999

    Major Mistakes

    Signing to a record label can be bad for a band's health. So why do they keep doing it?

  • Music

    February 4, 1999

    Nothing but static

    Broadcast Data Systems listens to the radio so you don't have to

  • News

    July 16, 1998

    Schmidt happens

    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.

  • Music

    January 1, 1998

    Rock and roll over

    In today's music business, tomorrow's revolution is yesterday's fad

  • Music

    January 9, 1997

    Spirit of '96

    Last year showed pop still has more than a ghost of a chance

  • News

    September 5, 1996

    The Hip-Hop Hustle

    Tommy Quon and goldfinger found out that Dallas is no rapper's paradise

  • News

    July 11, 1996

    Accidental Deaths

    Wars between the electronics giants are killing Dallas' independent music stores

  • Music

    October 5, 1995

    Rock and rollercoaster

    After mulling its future for two years, Funland releases its first album

  • Music

    July 6, 1995

    Fight the power

    Reprise Records president defends the rights of his artists against the Right and the wrong

  • Music

    June 8, 1995

    Star maker

    Can Interscope do for four local bands what it did for Nine Inch Nails and Snoop Dogg?

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