Peter Kafka

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Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll, Minus the Sex and Drugs, Plus a Big Helping of Data

You don’t often read essays about the music business–written by somebody employed by a major label, no less–that include sentences like this: “With our business, the fan experience starts becoming that which contextualizes what was known prior as an artifact.” But there’s plenty more in this post by Ethan Kaplan, who now runs the “emerging technology” unit for Warner Music Group’s sales and marketing arm. Read on for big thinky thoughts about big data and big music.


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Nobody was excited about paying top dollar for a movie about WikiLeaks. A film about the origins of Pets.com would have done better.

— Gitesh Pandya of BoxOfficeGuru.com comments on the dreadful opening weekend box office numbers for “The Fifth Estate.”