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Guitar Center, the largest retailer for musical instruments in the US, has filed for bankruptcy

View of a Guitar Center store in Hollywood, California. Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images Guitar Center, the largest musical instrument retailer in the US, has filed for bankruptcy. The company announced Saturday it was entering the Chapter 11 restructuring process, during which it'll stay in business. Guitar Center said it expects to finish up the process by the end of the year. Like other physical retailers, Guitar Center has felt the negative impacts of consumers' increasing reliance o...
Tags: Music, News, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Bankruptcy, New York Times, Retail, Afp, Guitar Center, Hollywood California, Lord Taylor, Valerie Macon, Paige Leskin, Getty Images Guitar Center, US Guitar Center


The return of Tower Records

Tower Records, the iconic chain of killer record stores is back as an online retailer. The cultural powerhouse declared bankruptcy in 2006 and closed the doors of its physical stores, although the independent Japanese stores remain open. Now, the brand has relaunched with a solid Web site, a digital version of their Tower Pulse! — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Music, News, Records, Retail, Tower Records


Americans are spending more on vinyl records than CDs for the first time since the 1980s

Peter Cade/Getty Images US record sales in the first half of 2020 totalled $232.1 million, nearly double the $129.9 million raked in from CD sales, according to estimates from the Recording Industry Association of America. It is the first time vinyl records have outperformed CDs since the 1980s. The best-selling vinyl albums in the first half of 2020 included releases by Billie Eilish, Harry Styles, and Queen’s “Greatest Hits” album, data from Nielsen Music and MRC Data shows. Digital sub...
Tags: Music, US, Trends, Customers, Lp, Records, Retail, Live Music, Vinyl, Cds, Cd, Riaa, World Economic Forum, Nielsen Music, Spotify Apple Music, EP


Bose are shutting down all stores in North America, Europe, Australia and Japan

Bose are closing 119 stores worldwide meaning hundreds of job losses, saying that retail outlets are no longer needed. Renowned audio-tech makers Bose have announced a major closure of their retail stores across the globe. All of their walk-in shops across North America, Europe, Japan, and Australia will be shut down over “the next couple of months”. The company says that whilst they are still seeing strong sales, the majority of their retail is done online. The necessity for physical r...
Tags: South Korea, Music, Japan, Layoffs, Australia, United States, Retail, Stores, Closed, Closure, Closures, Shops, Bose, Burke, Greater China, Physical Stores


Brands of the decade: 2010–2019

Ten years ago, when social media and blogging were still new and a rational person was in the White House, I did something ambitious and presumptuous: I published a list of the Brands of the Decade.* And now it’s time to do it again. To qualify for my highly subjective top-12 list, a brand had to meet these guidelines: Founded during the second decade of the 21st century or shortly before or Had a significant impact on the way we do business or live our lives during this decade or ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Lyft, Twitter, Spotify, Music, Science, Technology, London, Sweden, Pinterest, Instagram, Colorado, Film, Washington


‘Our window to the world’: Love of music, art inspires window-dresser at Seattle’s Easy Street Records

On and off for 25 years, Kevin Larson has been dressing the West Seattle store's two front windows in a style that reflects not only the tastes of the people who work there, but the store's customers as well, while celebrating new and established artists in a way that few stores do anymore.
Tags: Business, Music, News, Entertainment, Life, Retail, Seattle, Local News, Local Business, West Seattle, Kevin Larson


HMV isn’t going anywhere as Canada saves the UK music shop

The high street is dwindling and HMV are teetering on the edge, but Canada have saved the day for the UK’s biggest music retailer. HMV had a bad start to 2019 after a disappointing holiday period left their future uncertain. The music shop, and biggest physical entertainment retailer in the UK, went into administration at the start of January after clawing it’s way out of the same position 5 years ago. It may represent a dying high street as online shopping becomes the norm and streamin...
Tags: Business, Music, UK, HMV, Netflix, Canada, Retail, Shop, Buyout, Industry News, Putman, Sunrise Records, Doug Putman, Music Retail


Mallwave: nostalgic synth music for imaginary and abandoned shopping centers

Mallwave is a microgenre of bedroom electronic music and smooth jazz meant to evoke nostalgia for the vibrant mall scenes of the 1980s and 1990s that many of the music's composers are too young to have experienced or at least remember. Think of Mallwave as a hauntological soundtrack for an Orange Julius-fueled consumer culture where Suncoast, Merry-Go-Round, and Spencer Gifts anchored suburban reality. (Or, in the case of some of the moodier tracks, the kind of muzak that might play in your ...
Tags: Video, Music, News, Shopping, Retail, Electronic Music, Retro, Nostalgia, 1990s, 1980s, Julius, Koenig, Spencer Gifts, Malls, Mallwave, Joe Koenig


Is high street music dead? HMV collapse into administration – again

The UK’s biggest music retailer are struggling to keep up as music goes digital going into administration after clawing their way out of it 5 years ago. It’s a sign of the times – the high street is slowly dying as Netflix and Amazon replaces DVD shops, digital music services replace record shops and Amazon replaces every other shop. After high street retail suffered the biggest Christmas slump yet and the “worst year on record” for sales in 2018, the UK’s biggest physical music retailer HMV h...
Tags: Amazon, Spotify, Music, UK, Digital, Sales, HMV, Netflix, Retail, Streaming, Kpmg, High Street, Apple Music, Administration, Industry News, Will Wright


Breadway Bakery, la boulangerie café conviviale et mémorable d’Odessa

Artem Trigubchak et Lera Brumina, architecte et architecte d’intérieur basé à Kiev, en Ukraine, présentent Breadway Bakery, un projet de boulangerie / café situé dans le centre de la ville d’Odessa et à l’empreinte tant conviviale que mémorable. En effet, Breadway Bakery est un lieu réunissant boulangerie et ses atouts (vente à emporter) et un café servant des petits-déjeuners et des déjeuners. Les jeunes architectes de ce projet, Lera Brumina et Artem Trigubchak ont eu pour objectif de créer...
Tags: Books, Design, Ukraine, Pop, Architecture, Restaurant, Retail, Decoration, Vintage, Concept, Kiev, Odessa, Deco, Mobilier, Minimaliste, Urbaine


No, Best Buy Has Not Completely Stopped Selling CDs—Yet, Anyway

Numerous news sites reported that as of this weekend, retailer Best Buy was calling it quits on CD sales, apparently all citing a report from Billboard in February giving a July 1st, 2018 kill date at the chain. That’s not the case, though it does appear to be true that Best Buy has made the fairly obvious business …Read more...
Tags: Music, Science, Technology, Best Buy, Retail, Vinyl, Streaming, Cds, Fact Check, Target


Sony Music Experience Invites You to Be a Rock Star For a Day

Sony Square in New York’s Flatiron district has just unveiled its latest exhibit—The Sony Music Experience—which is open to the public from March 14 through April 25. It features different interactive components and is inspired by a day in the life of a Sony Music recording artist: Recording Booth: Think you’ve got what it takes? Sony Square NYC invites visitors to put their singing skills to the test karaoke-style and step inside a custom booth to record a vocal track for one of ten songs avai...
Tags: Music, New York, Technology, Uncategorized, Advertising, Sony, Retail, Meghan Trainor, Flatiron District, Sony Music, Madison Avenue, Pop-ups, Sony Square, Sony Square NYC


Finding Personality in the Ephemeral Comic Shop

For many North Americans, comic shops maintain an aura of otherness, a place where the comic book guy from The Simpsons meets the cast of Big Bang Theory for a showdown of snark and poor people skills. Dan Gearino offers a more compelling and complex place for the comic shop in popular culture by demonstrating how entrepreneurs and distribution channels have reshaped that commercial space over the last 50 years. His reporting demonstrates a commercial climate that ha...
Tags: Comics, Music, New York, Interviews, US, New York Times, Retail, Marvel Comics, Valkyries, Dan Gearino, Pini, Cultural History, Raina Telgemeier, Tom Spurgeon, Telgemeier, Wendy Pini


October linkfest

Fictional African countries are in the news these days thanks to the U.S. commander-in-chief’s name-checking “Nambia” and anticipation building for the Black Panther movie. (Marvel Comics fans will recall that the Black Panther hails from the land of Wakanda.) Naturally, there’s a Wikipedia entry on fictional African countries – updated to include Nambia. And here’s Marvel’s Black Panther wiki, which includes the Wakandan map and flag.     A list of songs whose lyrics mention brand names (...
Tags: Twitter, Music, Maps, UK, Design, Technology, Mississippi, Film, Washington Post, Wikipedia, Marvel, Journalism, Beer, Renaming, Myths, Usage


Apple Chicago: Don’t Call It a Store, It’s a Town Square

As shopping increasingly becomes a retail experience, and online commerce challenges in-store, brands are jockeying to elevate the customer journey. Few brands are setting the bar as high as Apple, which is pioneering a new retail model that aims to transform the notion of what a “store” means in 2017 (and beyond). Apple, Interbrand’s reigning “Best Global Brand,” has passed 500 retail stores worldwide, generating more than $42 billion in revenue. In 2013 hired Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts as S...
Tags: Apple, Music, Design, Technology, Cook, Mississippi, Education, Entertainment, Buzzfeed, Uncategorized, Advertising, Digital, San Francisco, Customer Experience, Chicago, Culture


The Land of Fenty: The Rihanna Masterclass in Brand-Building

The measure of any pop star’s career is not gold records or downloads but brand extensions. And Rihanna is proving to be as powerful an on-the-shelf brand collaborator as she is in music, where she is the #1 artist in the pop category of Billboard’s music charts not just this year, but for the past 25 years. “Before she was BadGalRiRi: music, fashion and beauty icon, Robyn Rihanna Fenty was a little girl in Barbados transfixed by her mother’s lipstick. The first time she experienced makeup for ...
Tags: Music, Celebrities, Entertainment, Rihanna, China, Uncategorized, Advertising, Spain, Beauty, Viral, Broadway, Ikea, Retail, Selena Gomez, Apparel, Puma


The North Face Sponsors Exclusive Release by Maggie Rogers

It was only 18 months ago that up-and-coming singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers stunned Pharrell Williams when he visited her grad school music program at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute at the Tisch School of the Arts and was floored by her demo track, “Alaska.” The encounter (captured on YouTube) skyrocketed her to fame, with the song going to #1 in 23 countries. After a year-long tour, appearing on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, Late Night With Seth Meyers, the BBC, NPR’s...
Tags: Apple, Europe, Fashion, Music, Jimmy Fallon, Entertainment, Advertising, Digital, Alaska, Retail, Pharrell, Outdoor Gear, Apparel, Seth Meyers, Pharrell Williams, Maggie


Beaten by Beats, here’s how Monster is reinventing itself

Dr. Dre sold Beats to Apple for $3.2 billion – and Monster got exactly none of it. No matter. The innovative retail giant has a new plan, bolder and brasher than before, to turn retail inside out (with help from The Barclays’ Center, and the Florida Marlins, and RocNation…) The post Beaten by Beats, here’s how Monster is reinventing itself appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Business, Music, Trends, Features, Jay-z, Headphones, Barclays, Home Theater, Retail, Beats, Dr. Dre, Monster, Dre, Noel Lee, Florida Marlins


The Beautiful Secrets Behind Vinyl

This article takes a deep dive into the world of vinyl, exploring why vinyl is superior to a digital format, how one can maximize the sound quality of a vinyl record, several useful ideas for recycling a vinyl record, and more. ______________________ Guest post by Alex Frank of Music Instruments Center Let’s take a second to do a little exercise, shall we? Imagine yourself strolling down the street, by your favorite bar. You have your new dress or suit on, and you are feeling f...
Tags: Music, Aretha Franklin, Time, Tesco, Guest Post, Retail, Music Business, More News, How I Listen, Thomas Edison, Edison, Berliner, Amazon Maybe, Alex Frank, Edouard Leon Scott, Edward Gilliard Emile Berliner


7 Tips For Improving Merch Sales

While physical music may not sell like it once did, the merchandise table remains an excellent way for artists at all levels of notoriety to pull in serious cash, as well as promote their music by putting their merch out into the world. Here we look at seven different ways to step up your merch game. _____________________________________ In this latest from MusicThinkTank, Will Meyers offers up seven different techniques for driving up merch sales at your next show. "It’s important...
Tags: Music, Marketing, Retail, Music Business, Music Think Tank, Live & Touring, Owen Davie, D.I.Y, MusicThinkTank Will Meyers


5 Tips For Helping Your Band Sell More Merch

While sales of physical music may be in a slump, other types of physical merchandise continue to provide a reliable source of revenue for both established artists and up-and-comers. Here we look at five techniques for selling even more. __________________________ Guest post by Patrick McGuire from the TuneCore Blog . Patrick is a writer, composer, and experienced touring musician based in Philadelphia. With the music industry reeling over increasingly poor record sales, artists a...
Tags: Music, Marketing, Paypal, Queens, Retail, Square, Philadelphia, Shopify, Music Business, Owen Davie, Lucian Grainge, D.I.Y, Patrick McGuire, Bandcamp Big Cartel


Music's Top Money Makers, Where They Got It From

For all the talk of money in the music industry, it's interesting to take a step back and look at who's actually been pulling it off and raking in the real industry cash. Here we look the music business's top ten earners and where that money came from. ___________________________ Guest post by Bobby Owsinski on Music 3.0 There’s a lot of money in music once you reach the top 1%, so it’s always interesting to see who made what and how they did it. Billboard took a look at the top 50...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, Jay Z, Adele, Kanye West, Ed Sheeran, Guest Post, Justin Bieber, Retail, Coldplay, Drake, Kanye, Music Business, Streaming & Cloud


Vinyl Sales Are Flattening, But Why?

The income boost that many artists and labels get from vinyl record sales is in danger of shrinking. This year vinyl sales grew just 2% compared to 12% in 2016, according to new data from Nielsen Music.  ______________________________________________ Why are vinyl record sales flat?  Have we just reached a saturation point or are there other factors that the industry could overcome? "It’s flattening out,” Steve Sheldon, president of Los Angeles pressing plant Rainbo Records told Ch...
Tags: Music, Los Angeles, Retail, Music Business, Indie Labels, Major Labels, Bruce Houghton, Sheldon, Steve Sheldon, Rainbo Records, D.I.Y, Michael Fremer, Russell Elevado


Pharrell Williams Powers Old Navy’s 2017 Back to School Musical

With back-to-school season approaching, retail brands are putting out some of their most creative content in preparation for the upcoming shopping stir. After all, the advertising campaigns that go behind each denim jacket, new pair of sneakers and multi-colored backpack, are a culmination of months of comprehensive brainstorming and planning. Well-known American clothing company, Old Navy, based out of San Francisco, creates original content year after year, consistently leading the pack amids...
Tags: Music, Campaigns, Kids, Nbc, Teens, Education, Entertainment, Navy, Youtube, Amy Schumer, Advertising, San Francisco, Content Marketing, CSR, Back To School, Amy Poehler


Au Revoir, Colette Paris: The End of an Era

In a shock to the world of fashion, renowned Parisian boutique Colette will close its doors in December. The shuttering of the cult icon of haute cool, which just celebrated its 20th anniversary, signals the end of an era. “As all good things must come to an end, after 20 wonderful years, Colette should be closing its doors on December 20 of this year,” the retailer said in a statement. “Colette Roussaux has reached the time when she would like to take her time; and Colette cannot exist without...
Tags: Music, Instagram, Entertainment, France, Uncategorized, Advertising, Nike, Adidas, Luxury, New York Times, Paris, Retail, Apparel, Karl Lagerfeld, Pharrell Williams, Aston Martin


TuneCore Nears $1 Billion In Payments To Indie Artists, Offers FREE Track Distribution To Celebrate

Indie music distributor TuneCore has announced that its artists are approaching the milestone of $1 billion in revenue earned solely from downloads and streams. TuneCore along with its parent corporation Believe Digital are currently actively for sale. __________________________________________ TuneCore announced that its indie artists are approaching the milestone of $1 billion in revenue earned. That impressive number does not include revenue from other TuneCore offerings, such a...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Fcc, Australia, France, Retail, Music Tech, Streaming & Cloud, Bruce Houghton, Canada UK, TuneCore, Billion Dollar Club, Publishing Administration, D.I.Y, Scott Ackerman, Believe Digital


11 Most Expensive Albums Ever Produced

While the vast majority of artists are forced to record their music on a budget, we here look at eleven different instances in the history of recorded music when record labels spared no expense funding an artist album, although the return on such investments was not always proportionate. ___________________________ Guest post by Elyadeen Anbar of Soundfly's Flypaper Most of us record albums with budgetary constraints — that’s just our reality. Imagine waking up one day with unlimi...
Tags: Music, New York, London, New York City, Beach Boys, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, Bbc, Kanye West, Hawaii, Guest Post, Eminem, Brian Wilson, Retail, Fleetwood Mac, Warner Bros


5 Branding Lessons From Third Man Records

After an exciting and illuminating visit to Jack White's baby, Third Man Records, Chris Robley shares some valuable insights into what made the venue/studio/record store such compelling place to visit, and how the lessons learned there can be applied to the branding of other artists. __________________ Guest post by Chris Robley of DIY Musician A few weeks ago I was in Nashville for the Music Biz conference. On the last day I had some time to kill before my flight home so I decided ...
Tags: Music, Marketing, Neil Young, Guest Post, Retail, Nashville, Jack White, Ableton, Music Business, Indie Labels, Chris Robley, Raconteurs, D.I.Y


Sonic Branding: How Sound Sets the Tone for Customer Experiences

Last year, Tinder added a feature that allows you to link your dating profile to your Spotify account, giving potential lovers a sense of your music taste. You can share your favorite artists and what Spotify calls your Anthem—“that one single track that tells your story”. While sharing Bieber’s new hit single may not keep you from being single, it gives Sally, 26, “avid traveler/coffee connoisseur/SoulCycle addict,” a feel for who you are in a way descriptions and pictures cannot. Music doe...
Tags: Spotify, Music, New York, Entertainment, Tinder, New York City, Uncategorized, Advertising, Customer Experience, Czech Republic, Broadway, Retail, Imax, Soundcloud, Ray, Man Made



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