Problem. By, Bob Lefsetz (www.Lefsetz.com)

July 19, 2014

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I’m sick and fucking tired of armchair quarterbacks e-mailing me what they think is a hit, adjudicating while knowing nothing. Want to know what’s a hit? ARIANA GRANDE’S PROBLEM! Huh? That’s right, welcome to today, where you’ve got a bunch of pontificating blowhards angry the world doesn’t conform to their desires when the truth is […]

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Paste Magazine’s Interview With Steve Stoute – 7/9/14

July 10, 2014

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From Steve Stoute’s interview in Paste Magazine, the night before the Emmy Awards, speaking about the Emmy nomination of VH-1′s The Tanning Of America documentary that he executive produced: Although the culture continues to soar, there are still problematic aspects. Women are barely visible (or, primarily visible in some troubling ways). But, admittedly, things are […]

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Money. By, Bob Lefsetz

July 9, 2014

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The problem is you’re not paying. Every day I’m spammed by bands. Acts that want my attention. That are bitching how the system is unfair and they can’t get paid by Spotify. But the truth is in the past they’d have to pay to play. I’m not talking at the gig, but in terms of […]

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Rules. By, Bob Lefsetz

July 7, 2014

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THERE ARE NO RULES IF SOMETHING IS GREAT “I cried when I wrote this song Sue me if I play too long” “Deacon Blues” Steely Dan There were no singles on “Aja.” Fans didn’t want a jazz-influenced rock album. But “Aja” sold prodigiously upon release and is considered a classic today despite breaking all the […]

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Trickery. By, Bob Lefsetz

June 24, 2014

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That’s Yahoo’s new business model. To sneak in advertorial amongst the real posts to try to get you to click on them so they can make money. And you wonder why no one trusts the press. David Carr did a good article about that today: “A Novel Lays Bare Media Ills”: http://nyti.ms/1qsC5pz Which is why […]

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Amateurs/Professionals By Bob Lefsetz (www.Lefsetz.com)

May 1, 2014

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AMATEURS Have tons of ideas, are excited about all of them and see none to fruition. PROFESSIONALS Have tons of ideas, pick one and do their best to make it happen. AMATEURS Think they can do everything. PROFESSIONALS Know it’s almost impossible to achieve one thing. AMATEURS Think they know everything. PROFESSIONALS Are always learning. […]

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What People Don’t Want To Believe

April 25, 2014

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By, Bob Lefsetz from www.Lefsetz.com 1. Only blockbusters count and make serious dough. Either you’re a superstar or you’re starving. Yes, the Internet allows old folks and some young ‘uns to troll on on a subsistence budget doing house concerts and maybe playing theatres, which have now all been relabeled “clubs,” but the dream of […]

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