Category: Idea Factory

Let’s Buy and Release Some Shelved Albums

Here’s a crazy idea for a company: The sole purpose and activity will be to negotiate a cut-rate price for the rights to an album shelved by a label. Once we have the number



Google’s Amazing Potential for Unsigned (and Signed) Bands

Like most marketing buzzwords, I really dislike the term “game-changer.” It’s way too overused by bloggers and PR people regarding products that usually are the complete opposite in that they’re more of the same crap that already exists. On the rare occasion that there is something revolutionary that comes along though, it’s really exciting, but…



I Can Pay You More than Spotify

I’ve been thinking about Spotify a lot in writing a couple articles about the service, and reading lots more. The one thing that always stuck in my mind was “if their royalty rates are that low, couldn’t a band just put Google Adsense on their own page, stream it themselves, and make about 100x more?”…



Unsigned [Rock] Artists Release Dates Calendar

While signed bands’ releases are well-publicized, I often will catch wind on the forum or through twitter or some other place that an unsigned band I like just released an album. Oftentimes, I probably would have pre-ordered it, but I’d at least liked to have known about it. So let’s fix that… I’ll be compiling…



Royalty Waivers for Radio?

Here in St Louis and elsewhere also, I’ve always had three major problems with rock radio: it’s repetitive, it plays too many “safe” songs, and there’s way too many commercials. Two weeks ago, I literally timed 23 minutes straight of not hearing music on KPNT due to…



An Actual Music Discovery Service

Googling the term “music discovery service” will probably net you thousands of results for services that claim to be the best at helping you discover new music that you inevitably will love. However, I have yet to find one that is (at least for me) the complete…