The 2016 In-Memoriam Music Business is Sadly, Booming

The 2016 In-Memoriam Music Business is Sadly, Booming

The deaths of so many music stars in 2016 has fueled sales of what’s being called the “In Memoriam” music business:

  • George Michael’s death on Christmas Day sparked a 12,000% increase in sales
  • Prince album sales surged 16,000% after his death
  • David Bowie streams on Spotify were up 2700% after his death
  • Leonard Cohen’s sales/streams increased by 400% following his death

The kicker in all of this is that the artists’ very deaths often remind us, to varying degrees, that our own time to experience all that life has to offer is limited.

This last point came home to me personally: When Prince died in April at age 57, I was knocked out of my complacency about how much time we have to do things. I booked Round 2 of my Nat Geo Around The World Trip immediately thereafter. I didn’t want to miss something that I had dreamed about my whole life. It made me come face to face with my own mortality in a very real way.

Read more below on who specifically drives after-death sales – and the different behaviors between existing and new fans.

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YURT ALERT! Really Want To Keep This To Myself But….

YURT ALERT! Really Want To Keep This To Myself But….

Without a doubt the most fun and amazing spot in NYC to while away early evenings and weekends during the winter months.

The Winter Garden includes Christmas trees for sale thru Brooklyn’s Crest Hardware, cutouts for photo ops, and blankets and heaters for outdoors drinking. But most importantly, the garden houses 5 or 6 yurts – all different sizes – that are heated, but also offer vintage fur coats should you get chilly. Each yurt also features a buzzer that alerts wait staff that you need more mulled wine or another fondue.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS PLACE.

Details here.

Note: Garden closes on the early side (9pm) to accommodate neighbors so this is a spot to hit up from 4pm during the week and starting at noon on the weekend.  Two menu items I can definitely recommend: the fondue for 2 with sausages and the potted trout with caper jam – YUM!!  But everything looks delicious!

More pics below.

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2016 Holiday Parties: Secrets to Hosting Great Events

2016 Holiday Parties: Secrets to Hosting Great Events
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The winning champagne glass from Riedel along with Georg Riedel conducting our Champagne Workshop

 

Holiday Parties are in full swing. Last week I attended 3 outstanding events:

  1. A Riedel Glassware Champagne Tasting Workshop with Georg Riedel which is typically only available to winemakers and industry professionals. Super informative and a great learning experience (see full details with pics below).
  2. Vintage powerhouse SparkPretty’s Crystal Ball-Themed Holiday Extravaganza!!
  3. Nick Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Creams Sorbaes Calendar Release Party at The Ace Hotel

Read on below for more details on all the holiday party trends coming out of these 3 special events as well as each events’ secret ingredients for success.

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SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATE: The Future Belongs To The Video Star

SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATE:  The Future Belongs To The Video Star
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This is Tai Lopez – I predict he’ll be way bigger on Snapchat than DJ Khaled, if he’s not already…..

 

HELLO and/or GOOD MORNING!! Today I want to share some of my favorite ways to use social media, as well as a few tips and recommendations including new people to follow on snapchat.

SNAPCHAT

Here’s what’s new: Spectacles, of course (which I cannot wait to get my hands on – although there seem to be some glitches based on wifi availability). Lines at the NYC store which had been hours long for the last couple of weeks seem to be easing up so might be time to pick up my spectacles soon.

New People To Follow On Snapchat:

Currently, snapchat is awash with youngish guys giving out “how to be a millionaire/billionaire” advice. Most seem pretty scammy but none more so than:

Tai Lopez (@tailopez) – PICS ABOVE!

Lives in LA, huge mansion, garage full of lambos, Ferraris, Rolls Royces, surrounded by personal trainers and rappers and dozens of skanky girls. I’m appalled by his shenanigans but also addicted to his posts – and I must give him his due – he does drop some nuggets of solid advice every couple of days. From what I can tell he runs some kind of mentorship program where for $67 a month, subscribers are sent self-improvement books. But, supposedly, the real money comes from the dating websites he runs. Millions of articles online about him – most have “scam” in the headline!  I’m not sure if he’s a scam artist or just a great hustler. I discovered him on Forbes of all places – where he was recommended as a “business guru” to follow on social media.

Here are 5 additional (far less outrageous) people to follow:

  • Justin (@justinkan) – LOVE this guy. He spends a lot of time in China and his tech/biz acumen is terrific!!!
  • Shawn Thomas (@askamillionaire) – lifestyle entrepreneur? another scam?
  • Kevin Kruse (@kevinauthor) – a serial entrepreneur and an author, more of an introvert than most snapchatters. I’ve found his advice really solid – e.g. he recently did a snapstorm on how to meet/talk with people at holiday parties if you’re not a super extrovert which I found very helpful (and Kevin is the Forbes writer who recommended Tai….).
  • Chris “Kubby”Kubbernus (@chriskubby) – marketing, creative, social media maven, very practical.
  • Ginicanbreathe (@ginicanbreathe) – a snapchat strategist/agency. I like her on camera persona!!

My all-time favorites continue to be: Mark Suster, YesJulz, Sam Sheffer and Dustin Brohm.

Another big finding: almost all of these snapchat stars are working diligently on developing their brands on youtube – seemingly that is where the big bucks are to be made.

And, btw, big shout out to Gary Vee for this article about how to use social for personal branding. Biggest tip: document, don’t create.

Read on below for how my use of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are evolving.

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A Movement Flight: One Night Only, Outstanding, Highly Recommend

A Movement Flight: One Night Only, Outstanding, Highly Recommend

Was introduced to Emily Schoen recently. She’s the Artistic Director and Choreographer of dance company, Schoen Movement.

She is doing a phenomenal piece at the Brooklyn Brewery, this coming Wednesday, Dec 14th. Tickets are $40 and based on what I saw Friday at rehearsal, it is going to be fantastic. I already have tickets. I encourage everyone with any interest in dance to check it out. And c’mon, dancers in a brewery?  Who wouldn’t want to check that out??

Besides Emily’s group, there are 2 other dance companies collaborating on Wednesday’s performance. LoudHoundMovement, with co-artistic directors Brendan Duggan and Mallory Rosenthal, also rehearsing on Friday. Big thumbs up for them as well.

Check it out if you can. I will be there and would love to see as many friends as possible.

Here’s a link to Emily’s site as well as a link to ticket info.

More pics below from the rehearsal as well as another short video.

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Awesome First Party of the Holiday Season: Here are my 5 keys to success!

Awesome First Party of the Holiday Season: Here are my 5 keys to success!

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My annual holiday party went down Friday nite and it was a HUGE success!

DETAILS: 30 guests, I do all the cooking and prep. No tree – I always want to get rid of it way earlier than the city allows! But I do like a festive vibe – so lots of lights and poinsettias.

Read on below for my 5 keys to success for hosting a great party. Also sharing pics – thanks Loreen Stevens and Cary Lawson for providing some great photos of the nite.

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