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Music Industry Vet Discusses Secrets of Napster, Hackers & Big Tech Music Labels

In part 2 of our interview series with music industry veteran Shannon O’Shea, Shannon tells how the intent of Napster was different from the outcome and how the internet has impacted the music industry. She also discusses artist’s rights, recording contracts and what’s happening with the effort on the part of the Big Tech Music “Labels” (Google, Amazon, Pandora and Spotify) to cut royalties to recording artists.

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Be sure to see part one of our interview with Shannon O’Shea if you missed it.  Shannon provides tremendous insight to how the music industry works and what challenges the recording artists you love deal with.  It’s valuable information for both recording artists and their fans.

Shannon O’Shea is a leading advocate for the rights of recording artists.  She is also the co-creator and founding manager of the multi-platinum group GARBAGE, and founding manager critically-acclaimed 8mm. Shannon and her select roster have worked with some of the world’s most compelling talent and their emissaries, including the Rolling Stones, Marilyn Manson, David Bowie, No Doubt, U2, Meat Beat Manifesto, Uncle Kracker, Moth, Kill Hannah, Foetus, Mellowdrone, System Of The Down, Depeche Mode, Deep Purple, Fiona Apple, Black Grape, Hanson, Folk Implosion, Chuck D, Michael Hutchence, Black Sabbath, Primal Scream, Ice Cube, Korn, Bjork, Churchill, Shining, Meese, Envy On The Coast, Puscifer, and A Perfect Circle amongst many others.

Stay tuned for the next part of this interview next Tuesday when Shannon discusses the perception vs the reality of what recording artists earn and what it takes to get their work played.  If you have topics you would like to see Shannon address in future episodes, please leave a comment.

You can learn more about Shannon O’Shea with SOS Management on her website:

Video produced by Mark Stout Photography.


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