Curated Reads

This page is dedicated to organizing the over four years of newsletters into more readable chunks with additional sources to check out.

Music Streaming Platforms

Tencent (7/22/2020); Audiomack (9/18/2019) Deezer (8/28/2019)
Additional sources: 1. Selling Digital Music, Formatting Culture by Jeremy Wade Phillips,  2. Platform Capitalism - Nick Srnicek, 3. 'SoundCloud and Bandcamp as Alternative Music Platforms' - David Hesmondhalgh, Ellis Jones, Andreas Rauh

Social Media & Recorded Music

The Unheard Battle Over Social Media Licensing (5/18/2022), TikTok's Advertising Niche (6/24/2020) TikTok's History (2/27/2019); Triller (2/5/2020)
Additional sources: 1. Playing to the Crowd by Nancy Bahm, 2. DIY Music and Politics of Social Media - Ellis Jones


Spotify's Stock Hit Bottom. What's Next? (5/4/2022) Spotify's Great Podcast Bet (6/9/2021) Spotify’s Perfectly Calculated ‘Wrapped’ Campaigns (11/20/2019), Why Spotify Will Struggle in India (12/5/2018)
Additional sources: 1. 'The Spotify Teardown', 2. 'Unfree Agents'  - The Baffler, 3. Revenue Streams - The New Yorker  

Song Rights Acquisition History

History of Hipgnosis (10/14/2020); Brief History of Publishing Consolidation (5/27/2020)
Additional sources: 'Mass Hipgnosis' / 'The Masters Own You' - The Baffler

Music Piracy

The Persistent Lie About Music Piracy (10/9/2019); RIAA's History of Suing Music Fans (8/21/2019)
Additional sources: 1. 'All The Rave' by Joseph Karl Mann, 2. 'The Effect of File Sharing on Record Sales: An Empirical Analysis'  by Felix Oberholzer‐Gee and Koleman Strumpf , 3. The Death & Life of the Music Industry in the Digital Age - Jim Rogers

United Kingdom Parliamentary Inquiry

Part 3 (8/4/2021); Part 2 (5/5/2021); Part 1 (2/3/2021)
Additional sources: 1. Economics of Music Streaming - The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, 2. 'Music Industry Reacts to UK Streaming Economics Inquiry Report' - Music Ally

History of the CRB (5/19/2021); Pandora's Anti-Songwriter Past (5/1/2019)
Additional sources: 1. Official Government Website, 2. 'Fine-Tuning: Why Extending the Public Performance Right in Sound Recordings Would Require Changes for the Copyright Royalty Board' - The George Washington Law Review

Sites 2 Check Out

Art and Labor
Buy Music Club
Money 4 Nothing
Music Workers Alliance
No Bells
Union of Musicans and Allied Workers
Water & Music