Creatives No.5 – The Superstar Effect

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This week, I’m adding a Featured Artists section to call out breaking musicians, filmmakers, and more that you should check out. Let me know if you dig it.

Would love to hear what you think in the comments below!

My Posts
streaming

Spotify vs. Beats – Making Sense of The Echo Nest and Topspin Acquisitions

Examining recent moves by Spotify and Beats Music to own the streaming music space. Om Malik called it one of “10 Must-Read Stories.”

Artists of the Week
mark kroos

Mark Kroos – Playing Dueling Banjos by Himself

Mark Kroos won Guitar Player Magazine’s International Guitar Superstar Competition in 2011, and has been touring the US and Canada ever since. In the class of Andy McKee and Jon Butler – young artists making the guitar/banjo do unimaginably beautiful things.

Tatia Pilieva – First Kiss

Gorgeous piece of filmmaking where 20 strangers pair off to share first kisses. Lots of controversy surrounding the video though – Are they models? Yes. Will it be used for an advertisement? Probably. Doesn’t change the impact of Tatia’s work for me, at least.

Creatives Posts
lucian grainge

1. From CEOs to Opera Singers – How to Harness the “Superstar Effect” (Tim Ferriss)

Cal Newport and Tim Ferriss explain why it’s not enough to be better, you need to be different. Being the best is only part of the success story.

2. Can This Man Save the Music Business? (Los Angeles Times)

“Even though many may have written off the recording industry as a casualty of the digital age, Universal Music Group’s Lucian Grainge is determined to reinvent it.”

3. Business Rules (The Lefsetz Letter)

Great business rules to live by, across any industry.

4. Pono Music – Where Your Soul Rediscovers Music (Kickstarter)

Neil Young and team made a promise to deliver the best possible listening experience for your digital music. They’ve built an HD audio player and are making high-resolution digital albums available for purchase from $14.99-$24.99.

Think it’s bogus or too niche? They’ve already raised $4mm on Kickstarter and have 29 days to go. Worth checking out.

5. The Future of the News Business (Marc Andreessen)

Marc Andreessen, one of the godfathers of the Internet, explains where he believes the news business is headed.