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But Who's Buying?

No Wave: Is This The End Of Tidal? And If So … Then What?

On June 30, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple was in talks to acquire Tidal, the on-demand music-streaming service launched by Jay Z (and…
Michael Nelson | September 27, 2016 - 10:07 am

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CMJ Sure Seems To Be Over. So How Come Nobody Is Talking About It?

The CMJ Music Marathon has been around longer than many of its participants have been alive. Like infinite waves of incoming NYU freshmen, the marathon…
Michael Nelson | August 29, 2016 - 12:30 pm

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No Control: Thoughts On The End Of The Headphone Jack And The Future Of Digital Music

Do you know who Lyor Cohen is? This isn't a rhetorical question. I have no perspective here. If you work in the music business, he's…
Michael Nelson | August 12, 2016 - 11:29 am

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Skewed VIEWS: The Huge Truth About Drake’s Record-Breaking Chart Run

There's no point anymore in trying to keep up with the records broken and set by Drake's VIEWS because its legacy further swells every week.
Michael Nelson | August 5, 2016 - 12:03 pm

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Countdown To Extinction: An Update From The Front Lines Of The Festival Wars

Back in January, I wrote this story for Stereogum about an unusually public clash between two music festivals. Both were happening in New York City,…
Michael Nelson | July 29, 2016 - 11:55 am

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We’ve Passed Peak Vinyl – Here Comes The Collapse

From 1996 - 1999, I worked at a New York City record store called Rebel Rebel. I was a student at NYU when I got…
Michael Nelson | July 22, 2016 - 12:38 pm

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You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet, Baby: Thoughts On The Nielsen Music Mid-Year Report

Is there even such a thing as good news anymore? Man, if there is, please share, because I'm not hearing it. The whole world is…
Michael Nelson | July 15, 2016 - 1:37 pm

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But Who’s Buying? A Column About The Music Business

A few weeks before Britain's historic Brexit referendum -- before John Oliver eviscerated the whole thing on Last Week Tonight; before Noel Gallagher broke his
Michael Nelson | July 8, 2016 - 10:07 am