Creative disruption from Blige to Swift upends music world in 2014

December 30, 2014 2:16 PM

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No less than the taxi industry or the news media, the music business was defined in 2014 by disruption: that tech-world buzz word referring to the way a given field is upset - and in some cases remade - by new players armed with new strategies.

Think of Beyonce releasing her self-titled album one evening last December with no warning, a hugely successful digital-era stunt that made her peers question the value of the traditional promotional campaign, much as Uber has forced cab companies to rethink how they acquire passengers. In recent we...

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