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Re-posted from Billboard, Feb. 25, 2014 Leslie Fram is CMT's SVP of music strategy and Matthew Siegel is Viacom Music Group's VP of music strategy. Here they write about what they say is a "missed opportunity" by the tech industry to actively create products geared around...

[from The Comet] It’s true that independent musicians have access to a greater range of professional quality resources than ever before. It’s no secret that you don’t need a label deal to distribute music digitally, promote it online, or even sell custom merch. That said, the artists...

[from The Comet] The first Billboard chart was published in 1936, and the Top 100 list first made its appearance in 1958. Now, in 2010, a new crop of startups are tracking the data that’s important in today’s music business – not CD sales – but Facebook friends, Twitter...

[from The Comet] In my last post, I outlined three lessons every artist should live by. Prince, whose music I love, recently made a statement which has now provoked me to revisit the first rule in greater detail: Make it easy for fans to discover your music -...

[from The Comet] Changes in the traditional label system have been chronicled far more extensively than I dare attempt (David Byrne’s piece in Wired is a personal favorite). This is a complex topic which I’ll address further in subsequent posts, so for brevity’s sake I’ll start...

After discussing this post with Dan last night, I've made a bunch of edits and clarifications (all in bold): If you were at all interested in my last post on the MySpace-Label joint venture, then you should read this email The Orchard sent out to its...