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Bob Lefsetz

Bob Lefsetz is the author of “The Lefsetz Letter.” Famous for being beholden to no one and speaking the truth, Lefsetz addresses the issues that are at the core of the music business: downloading, copy protection, pricing and the music itself.

Articles by Bob Lefsetz

Do’s and Don’ts

2 days ago

June 23, 2019 6:00am by
Bob Lefsetz

From the Lefsetz Letter

Don’t feel bad that you don’t know what’s going on, today no one knows what is going on.
Do ignore the trolls, what they’re looking for is a reaction, and once you give it to them they’re not only satisfied, they’re encouraged and double-down.
Don’t assume you’ve got all the facts. Chances are your news sources are biased. Or shaded.
Don’t believe all the facts. Despite the internet being built on 0’s and 1’s, it’s easier than ever to employ subterfuge, since there’s no common police, or referee.
Don’t follow leaders and watch the parking meters. This is the era of the individual. Go your own way.
Don’t assume anyone is that big and influential. We live in a

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Rolling Stone Analysis on Streaming

16 days ago

June 9, 2019 6:00am by
Bob Lefsetz

What is Happening to Streaming’s Superstars?

My conclusions:
1. The major labels are screwed.
2. Rock isn’t as dead as we think it is.
3. When other genres adopt streaming, hip-hop’s hegemony will decline.
Tim Ingham brings to attention the fact that the top five acts on streaming platforms have lost market share.In other words, the rich aren’t getting richer.
“Overall on-demand audio streams in the United States in 2018 grew by a very healthy 42 percent year-on-year, to 534.6 billion. Yet in the same year, the top 50 streaming tracks claimed just 0.7 percent of these plays, down from 3.9 percent in 2017.”
Now if you go to BuzzAngle’s 2018 report of

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